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Easter Monday 22 April horse racing tips - Dace's 11/2 chance looks hungry for success at Fakenham

Brian Healy 22 Apr 2019
Huntingdon's fixture over the sticks is one of eight UK and Irish race-meetings on Easter Monday

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Bank Holiday Monday's UK and Irish race-meetings.

The Easter Monday Bank Holiday schedule of UK and Irish horse racing meetings takes in no less than eight meetings, including the Irish Grand National fixture at Fairyhouse where the Ratoath track hosts the second day of their spring feature meeting which also includes Grade Two action on the racecard.

Racing in Ireland also returns to Cork for a second day of racing, this time on the flat having raced over the sticks on Sunday.

Elsewhere, there is jumps racing action in the UK at Huntingdon, Fakenham, Plumpton and Chepstow; while on the flat they race at Redcar on turf, and Wolverhampton on the all-weather.

Huntingdon (jumps) - 1.40 - 5.10pm (7 races)
Fakenham (jumps) - 1.45 - 5.15pm (7 races)
Cork (jumps) - 1.50 - 5.50pm (8 races)
Plumpton (jumps) - 1.50 - 5.20pm (7 races)
Redcar (flat) - 1.55 - 6.00pm (8 races)
Chepstow (jumps) - 2.00 - 5.30pm (7 races)
Fairyhouse (jumps) - 2.05 - 6.10pm (8 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) - 2.10 - 5.35pm (7 races)



(4.00) CHARMING ZEN (3/1, Boylesport) hasn’t accumulated many racing miles since his hurdles debut win for Dan Skelton back in February 2017, and having twice failed to deliver for Nicky Henderson subsequently the Youmzain gelding has shown better form since joining Olly Murphy with three in-the-frame efforts from four starts.

Wind surgery prior to his last outing at Southwell seemed to have some positive effect, and the seven-year old found only Hatcher too strong, although he was beaten by a good margin. However, he could still find some further improvement for this longer trip and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close.

1.40 - Lord Sparky
2.15 - King Vince
2.50 - Arch My Boy
3.25 - So Lonely
4.00 - Charming Zen
4.35 - Third Estate
5.10 - Sadlemor


(2.55) RAVENOUS (11/2, Boylesport) hasn’t cut much ice over hurdles previously, but the Raven’s Pass gelding ran his best race yet in this sphere to go down by little over one length over Commanche Red at Wincanton last month where he eventually finished runner-up.

Luke Dace’s charge won twice on the flat on turf last Autumn, and having been outclassed back on the level in the Further Flight Stakes recently, he returns to the jumping game where he ought to have a say despite being 4lbs higher in the weights here.

A repeat of that Wincanton success could be good enough, and no surprise to see him go close in this contest.

(3.30) VALUE AT RISK (2/1, Boylesport) is a fairly decent performer when the mood takes him, but he is a very hard one to predict and catch right. Nevertheless, Dan Skelton’s charge looks the pick of this quintet, and he is chanced to have a going day here.

The Kayf Tara gelding was a smart hurdler, winning an Irish Grade Two contest in his younger days; and the pick of his exploits over fences thus far has seen him win a Listed contest at Ayr last April.

He has been typically unpredictable this season, but he did manage to register a win at Market Rasen back in January; he hasn’t been troubling the judge since however, although he did post a third-place effort back at Ayr latest earlier in the month.

He is only 1lb higher here, so every chance he can go well again and he can get back to winning ways.

1.45 - Zoffany Bay
2.20 - Llancillo Lord
2.55 - Ravenous
3.30 - Value At Risk
4.05 - Scented Lily
4.40 - Italian Summer
5.15 - Sir Jack Yeats


(3.00) NOT ANOTHER MUDDLE (6/5, Boylesport) has looked a highly progressive sort since switching to fences, winning three of his first four outings over the larger obstacles which includes here and at Sandown.

Gary Moore’s charge finished fifth in the Grand Annual Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, beaten eight lengths behind Croco Bay; he was subsequently outstayed by the reopposing Romain De Senam over a longer trip at Fontwell, although he was trying to give the winner 6lbs plus the winning rider’s claim.

The Kayf Tara gelding has a sizeable pull at the weights now for this rematch, and the return to a shorter trip looks more in his favour as he bids to avenge his last time defeat; he ought to go close on these terms, and he can get back to winning ways.

(4.45) PRAY FOR A RAINBOW (3/1, Boylesport) looks to have found some improvement for the application of blinkers, finding only one too good at Huntingdon and then finishing third at Wetherby latest.

Sam Drinkwater’s charge was beaten around six lengths on the latter occasion, possibly just doing too much; but he remains with some scope off this mark to do better assuming the headgear continues to have some effect.

Unlike many in the race he at least appears to be coming into this contest in some decent form, and he can go close in a fairly weak race.

1.50 - Praeceps
2.25 - Ruby Yeats
3.00 - Not Another Muddle
3.35 - Bolister
4.10 - Brother Bennett
4.45 - Pray For A Rainbow
5.20 - Darebin


(3.00) CRAZYHEART (11/2, Boylesport) has been in decent form of late, making the frame in outings at Gowran Park and Leopardstown prior to getting back on the scoresheet at Wexford with a defeat of Cloudy Morning on his penultimate start.

Paul Nolan’s Alhaarth gelding had three lengths to spare, after which he posted a third-place finish back at Wexford earlier in the month where he was roundly seen off by the same rival.

The longer trip that day probably stretched him, but dropping back to two miles looks a good move and he might be able to bounce back here with a good 7lbs claimer easing some of his weight burden. 

1.50 - Shetland Bus
2.25 - Mutadaffeq
3.00 - Crazyheart
3.35 - Kiera Royale
4.10 - New Earth
4.45 - Billaway
5.20 - Miss Pernickety
5.50 - Dime A Dozen


(2.30) AFANDEM (4/1, Boylesport) didn’t progress as hoped from the horse which won a French Group Three contest as a juvenile, but the Vale Of York gelding could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways here and end a long losing streak.

A four-time winner in all for Hugo Palmer, he proved an inconsistent sort for Mark Johnston prior to joining up with Tim Easterby last Autumn; he has again proven a frustrating character, but his latest fifth of 19 runners on his reappearance at Thirsk was a step back in the right direction. 

He is handicapped for a big run if the application of first-time cheekpieces helps to spark a revival, and he can go close here.

(3.40) SALUTI (6/4, Boylesport) was a fair sort for Amanda Perrett, winning twice last season, and the Acclamation gelding can get back on the scoresheet here following a promising outing at Doncaster on his return to action and debut for new handler Paul Midgley.

He was beaten only a half-length on that occasion behind Right Action, just failing to hold off the challenge of the eventual winner who ran him down late; he ought to be sharper for that return though, and he is only 1lb higher in the weights.

Dropping back to six furlongs could work the oracle for the trailblazing son of Acclamation, and he could go one better here with a repeat of that reappearance effort.

1.55 - Fragrant Dawn
2.30 - Afandem
3.05 - Hortzadar
3.40 - Saluti
4.15 - Alfred The Grey
4.50 - Blazing Dreams
5.25 - Extreme Appeal
6.00 - Ascot Dreamer


(3.10) STEPHANIE SUNSHINE (5/2, Boylesport) has improved for the switch to handicapping, making the frame in her last two starts at this venue, and Sophie Leech’s charge can open her account here.

The Dubai Destination mare most recently finished third behind Flanagans Field back in March, beaten around four lengths; he was subsequently vanquished by a similar margin latest although he could only finish fourth to Espalion when upped in trip.

She could be worth chancing again from just 1lb higher in the weights, and with the addition of a first-time tongue-tie now applied then she could go close in a relatively weak race.

2.00 - Tamarillo Grove
2.35 - Old Harry Rocks
3.10 - Stephanie Sunshine
3.45 - Magic Saint
4.20 - Friend Or Foe
4.55 - The Dellercheckout
5.30 - Piggy Winkle


(2.40) GARDENS OF BABYLON (13/8, Boylesport) may not have been entirely suited by the Cheltenham track when finishing third behind Pentland Hills and the reopposing Coeur Sublime in the Triumph Hurdle; but Joseph O’Brien’s charge can finish ahead of the runner-up this time with this track more likely to suit.

The Camelot gelding made a good impression on debut at Punchestown where he saw off a big field, and he subsequently finished runner-up on each of his next two starts at this venue and Leopardstown, latterly behind Sir Erec.

First-time cheekpieces were applied ahead of his Triumph Hurdle mission, and despite jumping stickily at a few hurdles he ran better than the bare result having finished off the race well to come from a fair way back.

If he can get some more fluency in his jumping then he ought to go close here, and every chance he can reverse form with Gordon Elliott’s charge this time around. 

(3.50) OFF YOU GO (9/4, Boylesport) has looked a progressive sort over hurdles, winning two of his first three starts of the new campaign having already won twice towards the end of last season.

Charles Byrne’s charge struck on his reappearance at Galway in October, after which he ran better than the bare result here in December behind Wonder Laish; but he quickly regained the winning thread with a defeat of Jezki at Leopardstown in the Ladbroke Hurdle.

The Presenting gelding was last seen finishing a highly creditable runner-up behind Tiger Roll at Navan in the Boyne Hurdle, conceding first run but proving no match for Gordon Elliott’s star who won easily. 

Given that one’s exploits since, it wouldn’t come as a big surprise to see him feature heavily here, and he can get back on the scoresheet

2.05 - Quantamental
2.40 - Gardens Of Babylon
3.15 - Mormon
3.50 - Off You Go
4.20 - Ordinary World
5.00 - Burrows Saint
5.40 - Mon Lino
6.10 - Andy Dufresne


(3.20) ADELANTE (16/1, Boylesport) has looked a steadily progressive performer in her handful of starts to date, and the Zoffany filly can get off the mark here.

George Baker’s charge finished runner-up two starts ago in a French maiden at Chantilly, beaten just over two lengths, after which she ran with credit to finish just over three lengths’ fourth behind Balata Bay at Kempton.

That was her handicap debut, and she ran better than the bare result having met with some trouble in running where she was denied a clear passage; but she turns out here from 1lb lower in the weights, and with Cieren Fallon’s 7lbs claim a further enhancement to her chances then it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see her going close to losing her maiden tag here.

(5.35) SETTING SAIL (Evens, Boylesport) ran twice as a juvenile, scoring at the second attempt when running out a narrow half-length winner over Mt Augustus at Goodwood back in September 2017.

Charlie Appleby’s charge subsequently missed the entirety of last season, and he has been gelded since that last outing. The Dansili gelding now makes his return from his lengthy layoff, and it is perhaps significant that Team Godolphin have kept the four-year old on the books.

While the form of that Goodwood success perhaps hasn’t proven as strong as it might have been, he could still have plenty to offer despite his long absence, and the step up in trip to twelve furlongs could prove a catalyst for improvement.

It wouldn’t come as a big surprise to see him post a big run here, and he can double his tally.

2.10 - Attain
2.45 - Sunset Flash
3.20 - Adelante
3.55 - Naralsaif
4.30 - Kyllukey
5.05 - Power Home
5.35 - Setting Sail

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Easter Monday 22 April horse racing tips - Dace's 11/2 chance looks hungry for success at Fakenham

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