Monday 11 November horse racing tips – Lavelle’s 5/2 chance can bring Joy to punters’ wallets at Kempton
Three fixtures go to post on Monday, and the day’s jumps racing action comes from Kempton and Carlisle, as well as from Fairyhouse in Ireland.
Fairyhouse (jumps) – 12.00 – 3.30pm (7 races)
Kempton (jumps) – 12.20 – 3.50pm (7 races)
Carlisle (jumps) – 12.45 – 3.40pm (6 races)
Unfortunately the scheduled jumps fixture at Stratford has become the latest casualty of the wet weather and has been abandoned, while the card at Fairyhouse will need to survive a Monday morning inspection.
Brian Healy looks ahead to Monday’s remaining UK and Irish horse racing fixtures where he gives his race-by-race selections for the remaining trio of fixtures.
MONDAY 11 NOVEMBER NAP SELECTION
(12.55) CELTIC JOY (5/2, Bet365) showed some progressive form over hurdles, twice finishing runner-up in starts at Fontwell at Stratford either side of a near-seven months’ layoff, and Emma Lavelle’s charge stepped up on his reapparance at the latter-named venue to get off the mark over fences latest.
That win came over this course at a slightly shorter yardage than this, with the Kayf Tara gelding scoring by a half-length over The Flying Sofa where he battled well to regain the lead close home having been headed.
He’s been raised 5lbs in the weights for that success, but there ought to be more to come from him over the larger obstacles and he can find further improvement on the back of that initial experience to strike again.
(2.40) IRISH PROPHECY (11/2, Bet365) had the reopposing Capitaine in arrears when scoring at Wincanton last month, and the Azamour gelding can confirm that form here.
Emma Lavelle’s charge was winning for the first time since scoring on his hurdles debut at Sandown back in November 2017, but he kept good company in the wake of that success behind the likes of Kalashnikov and If The Cap fits.
Things didn’t go to plan last term in two starts following a wind surgery, and he had a subsequent wind procedure ahead of his reappearance at Newton Abbot in August where he finished fourth although may have needed the outing. He subsequently ran out a two lengths’ winner latest, overcoming a late blunder in the process otherwise he likely would have won by more than the official winning margin.
He is 5lbs worse off with the Nicholls runner now, but he could have better to come given he is low mileage still and he could uphold the form of that Wincanton run with a repeat win.
12.20 – Chasamax
12.55 – Celtic Joy
1.30 – Ofalltheginjoints
2.05 – Sao
2.40 – Irish Prophecy
3.15 – The Kings Baby
3.50 – Catch The Cuban
(Read the full preview of Monday’s Kempton racecard)
(1.55) Course and distance winner LILY’S GEM (7/4, Ladbrokes) can get back on the scoresheet following a break, and Stuart Crawfords’s lightly-raced Scorpion mare could have further improvement to come after just three starts over hurdles.
Her sole success to date has come in a bumper here, but she has finished in the frame in all three hurdles starts, including here, and she latterly finished third at Perth back in June when beaten ten lengths behind Bialco where she was possibly just stretched by the trip.
She drops back in distance for this return from five months off the track, while the form of that last run has seen the runner-up strike twice since so a mark of 111 might not prove prohibitive on her handicap debut given she remains open to further improvement.
(2.30) MIDNIGHT SHADOW (3/1, Paddy Power) shaped as if the run was needed when finishing third of five runners on his chase debut here last month, but with that run under his belt Sue Smith’s charge ought to strip much fitter and can post an improved effort.
The Midnight Legend gelding was a Grade Two winner over hurdles last term, scoring in the Relkeel Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival before possibly failing to see out three miles in the Cleeve Hurdle next time.
Likely to improve on his chase debut he gets lumps of weight from his five rivals in this contest, and every chance he can show progress with that outing under his belt where he can get back to winning ways here.
12.45 – Gaelik Coast
1.20 – Ballymoy
1.55 – Lilys Gem
2.30 – Midnight Shadow
3.05 – Le Frank
3.40 – Symphony Hall