Free horse racing selections for Friday May 3

Action from the Rowley Mile at Newmarket
Action from the Rowley Mile at Newmarket

Ashley Iveson expects Madhmoon to win the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and he has a tip for every race at the UK and Ireland.

NAP: Madhmoon 3.35 Newmarket

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Next best: Defoe 2.55 Newmarket

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Madhmoon can end Kevin Prendergast's 42-year wait for a second British Classic success with victory in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

It was all the way back in 1977 that the now 86-year-old trainer saddled Nebbiolo to win the Rowley Mile showpiece.

The veteran handler has enjoyed a whole host of big-race victories over the subsequent four decades - including eight Irish Classics - and although he has not enjoyed the same level of success in Britain, Madhmoon could be the colt to put it right.

The son of Dawn Approach looked every inch a top-class prospect when making a winning debut at Leopardstown last summer, and was just as impressive when stepped up to Group Two level on Irish Champions Weekend.

Following some bullish reports, it was admittedly a shade disappointing to see him beaten on his seasonal reappearance in the 2,000 Guineas Trial last month, but there were mitigating factors - namely the prevailing testing conditions.

Prendergast is adamant his latest stable star will improve significantly for the run - and with fast ground forecast, Madhmoon is expected to make his presence felt.

Defoe can get his season back on track by registering back-to-back victories in the Roaring Lion Jockey Club Stakes.

Roger Varian's grey made a flying start to the 2018 campaign - landing the John Porter at Newbury before following up in this Group Two contest.

He went on to run with credit at Group One level on three occasions and was well fancied to win the John Porter again on his recent return.

His performance in finishing fourth was a little underwhelming, but Varian is of the opinion his charge needed the run more than he expected - and he will have no such excuses this weekend.

Defoe deserves another chance to prove the fire still burns bright.

Sky Bet have the Top Price on every runner this week
Sky Bet have the Top Price on every runner this week

Sergei Prokofiev should prove hard to beat in the Zoustar Palace House Stakes.

Aidan O'Brien's charge mixed it with the best as a juvenile last season - most notably finishing third to Calyx in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

He struggled on his next couple of starts, but showed his true colours back over five furlongs when dominating his rivals in the Cornwallis Stakes over this course and distance.

The son of Scat Daddy made a winning reappearance in a Listed event at Navan in March - and getting the allowances from the older horses, he must have every chance of following up.

Enbihaar is of significant interest in the Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Daisy Warwick Fillies' Stakes at Goodwood.

John Gosden's filly came up a little short at this level in the Noel Murless Stakes at last October, but it was still a fair effort to finish fourth against the colts - particularly having raced wider than ideal for a long way.

With further progress almost certain, this looks a good opportunity for her to kick off the year with a black-type win.

Having blown away the cobwebs with a promising comeback run at Newbury, Richard Fahey's Borodin can get back on the winning trail in the £40,000 Cliff Stud Thirsk Hunt Cup.

There are two Grade Ones on the final afternoon of the Punchestown Festival in Ireland.

Following her costly final-flight fall at Cheltenham, the Willie Mullins-trained Benie Des Dieux looks set to reward those who keep the faith in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Annie Power Mares Champion Hurdle.

Having missed Cheltenham and Aintree through injury, Nicky Henderson's brilliant Kempton winner Fusil Raffles will be fresher than most heading into the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle - and that could prove crucial.

Sporting Life tips:

DONCASTER: 5.15 Watchable, 5.50 Kemble, 6.20 Romola, 6.50 Foolaad, 7.20 Astro Jakk, 7.50 Navajo Star, 8.20 Aussie View.

GOODWOOD: 1.35 Love To Breeze, 2.05 Enbihaar, 2.40 Qaroun, 3.15 Kick On Kick On, 3.45 Tiger Eye, 4.20 Deference, 4.55 London Eye, 5.30 Takumi.

HEXHAM: 5.30 Ardera Cross, 6.00 Notwhatiam, 6.35 Steel Wave, 7.05 Inchcolm, 7.35 Hafajay, 8.05 Dr Hooves, 8.35 Mrs Vonn.

NEWMARKET: 1.50 Vintager, 2.20 Sergei Prokofiev, 2.55 Defoe, 3.35 MADHMOON (NAP), 4.10 Almufti, 4.45 Persian Moon, 5.20 Alkaamel.

PUNCHESTOWN: 2.35 Ballycasey, 3.10 Minella Awards, 3.50 Benie Des Dieux, 4.25 Fusil Raffles, 5.00 Acting Lass, 5.35 Lac Kivu, 6.10 Silver Sheen, 6.40 Banjo.

THIRSK: 2.00 Bob's Oss, 2.30 Paddy Power, 3.05 Tajdeed, 3.40 Redrosezorro, 4.15 Borodin, 4.50 Nooshin, 5.25 Landing Night.

UTTOXETER: 2.10 Sea Of Mystery, 2.45 Now Look At Me, 3.25 First Flow, 4.00 Bob Mahler, 4.35 Theatrebar, 5.05 Goodthyneaway, 5.40 Big Meadow.

DOUBLE: Defoe and Madhmoon


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