This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more

Sunday 14 April horse racing tips - No Larking about for McCain's 2/1 chance at Stratford

Brian Healy 14 Apr 2019
Wincanton are racing on Sunday as four UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Sunday's UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

Four UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Sunday to round off the week, and there is afternoon jumps racing at Wincanton and Stratford, as well as at Tramore; while Dundalk are also racing with a fixture on the all-weather.

Wincanton (jumps) - 1.50 - 5.10pm (7 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) - 2.00 - 5.20pm (7 races)
Stratford (jumps) - 2.05 - 5.25pm (7 races)
Tramore (jumps) - 2.15 - 5.35pm (7 races)



(2.25) EBONY GALE (8/1, William Hill) won a bumper here back in April last year, and Philip Hobbs’ charge is taken to return to winning ways having looked set to go close at Exeter last month prior to momentum being halted by a bad blunder at the last hurdle.

The Shirocco gelding had fallen on each of his first two hurdles starts at Chepstow back in November, after which he scored at Leicester with a defeat of Precious Bounty. The five-year old then found only Cliffs Of Dover too strong back at Exeter in January before taking a short break, and if he can recapture that level then he ought to go close.

He has a slightly longer trip to contend with here, but the additional distance could prove beneficial to his chances, and every chance he can get back on the scoresheet here.

(3.00) ROYAL SUPREMO (9/2, William Hill) has shown improved form back over fences from his sole earlier start over the larger obstacels at Kempton where he pulled up back in May last year.

Kim Bailey’s Beneficial gelding found only one too good at Uttoxeter on his return to chasing in the July, after which he went one better to score at Southwell when easily seeing off Old Pride by 16 lengths. That form is working out well with several subsequent winners since coming out of the race, and he could have more to come in this sphere following a break.

He has to prove fitness following eight months off, while a 10lbs rise does demand that he finds more; but he remains an unexposed sort over fences who should go close if lack of a recent run doesn’t hinder him.

1.50 - Tiffin Top
2.25 - Ebony Gale
3.00 - Royal Supremo
3.30 - Tea Time Fred
4.05 - Gamain
4.35 - Southfield Vic
5.10 - Perfect Predator


(3.05) Ger Lyons has his team in good form, and BURMESE WALTZ (11/4, William Hill) can continue the trainer’s fine run.

The Showcasing filly had made the frame in both starts on turf last term prior to her getting off the mark at the third attempt when scoring at this venue in August, beating Festina Plente by an easy six lengths.

Lyons’ three-year old then ran better than the bare result when finishing sixth behind Sparkle n’joy in a Listed contest back at Leopardstown in September, possibly stretched by the extra furlong.

She is back to six furlongs here, and while she lacks a recent run, proven winning form over course and distance are big positives and she can go close here.

(4.45) DREAMBOAT DAVE (15/8, William Hill) has finished third on each of his last two starts, and Ger Lyons’ charge can get off the mark here.

The Morpheus gelding has taken time to find his feet, but he is showing race-by-race progressing and he has finished fourth and third over this course on his two previous visits.

He ought to be sharper for a pipe-opener at Navan at the end of March where stepped up in trip he finished third again to Cuban Hope, and with the potential to improve again then he earns the vote to open his win account here.

2.00 - Silent Look
2.35 - Empire State
3.05 - Burmese Waltz
3.40 - Succeedandsurpass
4.15 - Waterboy
4.45 - Dreamboat Dave
5.20 - Sharjah


(2.40) MIDNIGHT OWLE (9/2, Bet365) got no further than the first fence at Wincanton earlier in the month, but his previous success at Taunton was solid and the Midnight Legend gelding can quickly bounce back here.

Caroline Dyson’s gelding ran out a six lengths’ winner from 9lbs out of the weights in that success, beating Drops Of Jupitor having jumped and travelled well; and it could be worth chancing him to leave that mishap behind with a return to winning ways although he’s not proven the most consistent of performers so there’s a chance he might have an off-day.

Nevertheless, if he can repeat the form of that Taunton success then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him post a big effort here.

(4.20) ITS ALL A LARK (2/1, William Hill) was an Irish point-to-point winner as well as making the frame in three of her four hurdles starts for Colin Bowe; but having since joined Donald McCain, the Oscar mare has won two of her three outings.

She ran out a seven lengths’ winner on her stable debut at Kelso, winning an amateur riders’ contest from Dew Pond, after which the quick turnaround and a 7lbs penalty might just have counted against her when finishing ten lengths’ runner-up to Another Theatre at Newcastle.

But she bounced back from the defeat to quickly resume the winning trend at Doncaster where she ran out a five lengths’ winner over Peters Cousin. She is 7lbs higher here, but Ann McCain’s 5lbs claim offsets most of the extra burden, and the trainers’ daughter has won on the horse before.

They can combine here to pick up another win, and the front-runner could prove hard to catch if granted a soft lead.

2.05 - Minella Bobo
2.40 - Midnight Owle
3.10 - The Bottom Bar
3.45 - Boher Lad
4.20 - Its All A Lark
4.50 - Goring One
5.25 - Arthur’s Secret


(2.50) SPYGLASS HILL (5/2, Bet365) has shown ability in a handful of starts over hurdles, finishing in the frame four times from his six starts to date, and he might have found proper heavy ground just too much of a test latest at Limerick where he finished fifth behind Carefully Selected.

Henry de Bromhead’s charge had been beaten only by one length on his previous run at Thurles, and the Morozov gelding ought to find this less testing ground more in his favour.

He wasn’t given the hardest of races in the mud last time, and he sets the standard on form; he ought to remain competitive as a result, and no surprise to see him going close again back on better ground.

(3.55) MONATOMIC’s (4/1, Paddy Power) jumping has let him down in two of his last three starts, but the Arcadio gelding can get back on the scoresheet here with a clear round.

Gordon Elliott’s charge has shown fairly useful form over the larger obstacles, winning at Down Royal in January with a defeat of Peacock’s Secret; and he chased home Poker Party at Naas in February either side of falls at Punchestown and Leopardstown last time out.

It was too far out to predict whether he would have influenced the result when he departed from the race; but he probably remains capable of better in this sphere and he can bounce back if his jumping holds up.

2.15 - Jeremys Dream
2.50 - Spyglass Hill
3.20 - Load Up Time
3.55 - Monatomic
4.30 - Thats Mypresenting
5.00 - Effernock Lad
5.35 - Stops A Nation

Share this with your friends

Your comments:

Sunday 14 April horse racing tips - No Larking about for McCain's 2/1 chance at Stratford

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Sunday's UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

Read more »

You have unread messages

    You have unread messages