Paddy's Pick 5: our tips for Saturday's huge £100,000 game

By Paddy's Pick 5
Fri 26 May 2023

There is a huge jackpot up for grabs in the Paddy's Pick 5 competition this week! All we need to do is pick the winner of the five chosen races...

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Here’s our guide to the five races that need solving. Best of luck! You can also watch each race live on Racing TV.

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Leg One

2.05 Goodwood: click here for runners and riders plus betting

Richard Hannon made it no secret last season how highly he regards CLASSIC and it may be worth siding with his three-year-old in what looks a tricky puzzle to solve.

The son of Dubawi was a big eyecatcher on debut last year before he was narrowly defeated by this year's Dante winner The Foxes on his second start, and made the most of a good opportunity to score at Newmarket after that.

Hannon said afterwards that he wouldn't be surprised if his youngster ended up running at the highest level, and he still looked a work in progress there, too.

His effort on his final outing in 2022 was disappointing, as was his return to action in the Greenham, although connections were quick to blame the testing ground as an excuse last time out.

The concern is that he may not have trained on but, given the promise he showed as a juvenile last year, it will be disappointing if he isn't capable of going close off a rating of 91 on his handicap debut. His handler has a great record in this race, too.

Selection: Classic.

Leg Two

2.25 Haydock: click here for runners and riders plus betting

Another tricky race on paper, but a chance is taken on ROYAL CAPE who bolted up at Windsor when last seen, and a rating of 88 could underestimate him.

Hughie Morrison's charge was narrowly denied by Lose Your Wad, who is now rated 93, on his return to action at Kempton in April and won a novice stakes at Windsor with a huge amount to spare when sent off the 1-2 favourite last time out.

That may not have been the strongest race, but he had it won a long way from home plus attracted plenty of support beforehand.

William Buick is an eye-catching jockey booking, and if his mount handles this quicker ground, he ought to be involved in the finish on his handicap debut.

Selection: Royal Cape.

Leg Three

2.40 York: click here for runners and riders plus betting

MONDAMMEJ is a useful sprinter on his day and looks sure to go close in this 0-105 handicap.

Although his losing run dates back to 2021, he has been set some difficult tasks over the past couple of seasons and has produced some fine efforts in defeat, including when second in a Listed contest over this course and distance last year.

After an outing to blow away the cobwebs, the six-year-old ran another respectable race to finish fourth in a similar contest to this, again over course and distance, when last seen.

He now finds himself on a rating 2lb below his last winning mark plus meets Korker, who finished two places in front of him last time out, on 5lb better terms.

The faster the ground, the better his chance is, and he gets his ideal conditions on Saturday, so another big run is expected.

Selection: Mondammej.

Leg Four

3.30 Haydock: click here for runners and riders plus betting

This looks a good renewal of the Group Two Betfred Temple Stakes, with Group One winner The Platinum Queen heading the betting. Roger Varian has warned his new recruit is likely to improve for the run, though, so it may be worth taking her on with TWILIGHT CALLS.

Henry Candy's sprinter took his form to another level last year and was narrowly denied by King's Lynn in this contest 12 months ago before arguably producing a career best to finish second in the King's Stand Stakes.

He was off the track for 326 days before returning to action at Newmarket this month where the ground was against him plus he looked in need of the outing. I expect connections have had this race in mind for a while, and the likelihood of a strong pace will suit the selection who relishes fast ground.

Selection: Twilight Calls.

Leg Five

3.40 Curragh: click here for runners and riders plus betting

This year's renewal of the QIPCO 2000 Guineas looked a strong one, and while some of the leading protagonists disappointed, it still looks the strongest piece of form on offer in this race.

Hi Royal ran a huge race to chase home Chaldean, but ROYAL SCOTSMAN was unlucky not to finish in front of him there and deserves to gain compensation here.

The son of 2015 Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Gleneagles has always been held in the highest regard by the Cole team and travelled enthusiastically beefore meeting trouble in running when third in the Newmarket Classic.

His effort can certainly be upgraded, and the decision to supplement him for 50,000 euros looks set to be rewarded.

Selection: Royal Scotsman.

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