Free horse racing selections for Sunday May 20

Trainer Richard Fahey
Trainer Richard Fahey

Keith Hamer previews the action from every meeting on Sunday with a Richard Fahey-trained runner given the nap vote at Ripon.

Society Red can continue his good start to the campaign with victory in the Wilmot-Smith Memorial Handicap at Ripon.

The form of Richard Fahey's four-year-old is on an upward curve in 2018 and he now looks ready to make his mark in this grade.

After shaping encouragingly on his seasonal debut on the all-weather at Chelmsford last month, Society Red was second of 15 at Pontefract when sent off favourite and duly went one better over an extended mile at Beverley earlier this month.

He only got on top close home that day, suggesting this nine furlongs will be right up his street.

Society Red has taken on some decent horses in the past, running Group Two winner Defoe to half a length at York last summer, so these opponents should hold no fears.

Benadalid can reap the benefit of an excellent seasonal reappearance to win the VW Van Centre (West Yorkshire) Handicap.

Chris Fairhurst's charge was only beaten three-quarters of a length in third place behind Moxy Mares after a 227-day break and a gelding operation.

He has only been put up 1lb for that effort three weeks ago and hopefully might have improved more than that in the interim.

Apache Song may have been out of his depth at Cheltenham in April, but James Eustace's five-year-old bounced back in style at Fakenham and can strike again at Market Rasen.

He has gone up 6lb for what was a facile success and it may not be enough to stop him doubling up in the Racing UK In HD! Handicap Hurdle.

No Ceiling should be all the better for his latest start four weeks ago following a break and looks the one to be on in the Inspire Insurance Services Handicap Chase at Stratford.

Ian Williams' eight-year-old has only had one run since winning at Doncaster in early December and could be on course for a lucrative summer campaign like in 2017, when he won twice and was placed in all his other four starts.

Fingerontheswitch has always had a preference for good ground and can confirm that impression with victory in the inspireracingclub.co.uk Handicap Hurdle.

Neil Mulholland's eight-year-old ended a 16-month barren spell at Huntingdon recently and, with conditions even better now, looks set to back that success up for which a 5lb rise looks reasonable.

Sporting Life tips

LIMERICK: 1.55 War Room, 2.25 Bang Bang Rosie, 3.00 Oakfield Rose, 3.35 Nick Lost, 4.05 Rashaan, 4.35 Thanks For Tea, 5.05 Don't Let Go, 5.35 Champagne Paddy.

MARKET RASEN: 2.10 Tayzar, 2.45 Mr Kite, 3.20 Elkstone, 3.50 Apache Song, 4.20 Lord Bryan, 4.50 Cusheen Bridge, 5.25 Telegraph Place.

NAAS: 2.05 Luminist, 2.40 Jewel Maker, 3.15 Offline, 3.45 So Perfect, 4.15 Speak In Colours, 4.45 Havana Go, 5.15 Gunmaker.

RIPON: 1.50 Cawthorne Lad, 2.20 G Eye Joe, 2.55 Benadalid, 3.30 SOCIETY RED (NAP), 4.00 Sandra's Secret, 4.30 Tigre Du Terre, 5.00 King Crimson.

STRATFORD: 2.00 Merry Milan, 2.35 No Ceiling, 3.10 Opera Buffa, 3.40 Fingerontheswitch, 4.10 Rocket Ronnie, 4.40 Celestial Magic, 5.10 Strike In Milan.

DOUBLE: Society Red and Benadalid.

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