Racing on Sunday in the UK and Ireland comes from Naas, Ripon and Stratford and there are two Group races at Naas, the Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint Stakes and the Lacken Stakes.

One of our fancies comes in the Group Three Lacken Stakes and it is an Aidan O’Brien Sprinter who will be bidding to build on what he showed as a juvenile last season.


  • Ripon 14:25 – Foreseeable Future @ 5/2
  • Ripon 14:55 – Valadero @ 11/10
  • Naas 15:45 – The Antarctic @ 15/8

Tip 1

C&D winner FORESEEABLE FUTURE (5/2) was successful at Ayr earlier this month over the sprint distance of 6f. The experienced eight-year-old made all in that race in what was a big step up from his opening appearance of the campaign.

The handicapper has put Ruth Carr’s gelding up 4lb in the ratings for his latest success, but he remains a long way below his peak mark. He should relish the ground at the Garden Racecourse, he has one of the best apprentices on board in Benoit De La Sayette and he has been eased in class despite that victory last month.

The Ayr winner features on the Betfred Betfinder as one of the most Napped selections this afternoon. If he reproduces anything near his best form, he will be very hard to beat in this class six handicap contest.

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Tip 2

VALADERO (11/10) is unlucky to still be a maiden as he has finished second on both of his two appearances on the track so far. He is now stepping up in distance to 6f and the extra trip should help the colt.

Dominic Ffrench Davis’ runner was only a neck behind the winner on his debut at Doncaster last month in a 16-runner field. He then finished second at Thirsk (5f) behind a smart runner from Kevin Ryan’s yard.

The son of Starspangledbanner should have learned a lot from his two experiences to date. He is now taking on a field of debutants, so it is a great opportunity for him to break his maiden.

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Tip 3

THE ANTARCTIC (15/8) was the winner of three races last season as a two-year-old, including a success at this Group Three level when he prevailed over this distance in France at Deauville. He also has some excellent form at the highest level, as he was second in the Group One Middle Park Stakes behind stablemate Blackbeard.

The son of Dark Angel made his seasonal reappearance at Navan last month over the extended 5f trip on heavy ground. He did not appear to enjoy the conditions at the Irish course when finishing third behind Ocean Quest.

The Ballydoyle runner should reverse the form with Jessica Harrington’s sprinter here though.

O’Brien’s three-year-old is likely to be even stronger this year. He won at this course on just his second career start and, with a run now behind him this season, expect to see a much better performance.

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