Who To Watch – Week Beginning 7th May

The action starts to come thick and fast now following a brilliant Guineas weekend with Chester’s May Festival taking place this week. Saturday is a busy one with the Victoria Cup at Ascot, Classic Trials at Lingfield and the Swinton Hurdle at Haydock.


  • Charlie Appleby – Horses are in rude health at present, operating at a 31% over the past two weeks. Gained six winners over the weekend, including 5 at Newmarket over the Guineas festival.
  • Kevin Ryan – A stable that is really starting to hit form, had 7 winners last week, helped by a treble at Pontefract on Wednesday. Not one winner was a favourite, so don’t be put off if his runners aren’t heading the market.
  • Clive Cox – Has his horses in good order, 5 winners from his last 15 runners including a double at Newmarket on Sunday. Multiple entries at Windsor on Monday and just the one at Bath.


  • Danny Tudhope – Talented rider slowly get more high profile rides. Rode 10 winners last week and it’s worth noting his rides for David O’Meara, as 6 of the winners were for him. Will have plenty of rides throughout the week and is bound to be in the winners enclosure multiple times with momentum behind him.
  • Harry Bentley – Really starting to hit his stride now, a hat-trick at Goodwood on Saturday can kick-start his season. Picks up good rides, most notably for Ralph Beckett and Henry Candy.
  • Jason Watson – Talented young claimer who is making great strides. Good value for the weight he takes off and proved that with 4 winners last week, with one at 14/1. Level stakes profit for his rides so far this season and he continues to improve. 


  • Yucatan – Beautifully bred son of Galileo out of multiple Group 1 winner Six Perfections, was a big Derby prospect last season before getting injured. Made a satisfying reappearance and should come on bundles, runs in the 3.55pm Naas on Monday.
  • Dreamfield – Unbeaten in two starts for John Gosden, he was an 8 length maiden winner on debut, but missed all of last season. His Dam is the trainers multiple Group 1 winner Izzi Top, has unlimited potential and is entered at Ascot on Friday.
  • Mutakatif – Boasts a high level of form in his first two starts, split 101 rated Finniston Farm and 98 rated Learn By Heart before doing the same to Group 2 winners Expert Eye and Barraquero. Finally got off the mark at the fourth time of asking at Chester, beat a rival who has won by 15 lengths since. Looks seriously well-handicapped off 87 and holds multiples entries at Chester and Ascot this week,

Alex Peperell

I’m an avid horse racing fan who often has his head in the form book. I have been properly into racing and thoroughly extending my knowledge of the sport for the last 3 or 4 years and it doesn’t matter if it’s the flat or jumps, I’ll watch it. I write and talk to anyone that will listen and feature on a few different racing websites and the odd magazine. Always learning, love a bet and constantly looking for the next winner.


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