Monday 13 January horse racing tips – Hannon’s 5/4 chance can land Wolverhampton win

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selectons and best bets for every race across Monday's UK and Irish racemeetings.

A new week of UK and Irish horse racing meetings gets underway on Monday with a four-fixture schedule which takes in afternoon jumping action from Lingfield and also Punchestown in Ireland.

Meanwhile, on the all-weather there is a fixture on the Southwell fibresand in the afternoon, while Wolverhampton race on their tapeta surface in the evening.

Southwell (flat, aw) – 12.25 – 3.35pm (7 races)
Punchestown (jumps) – 12.45 – 4.00pm (7 races)
Lingfield (jumps) – 1.05 – 3.45pm (6 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 4.20 – 7.20pm (7 races)

Brian Healy looks at all four of Monday’s scheduled UK and Irish racing fixtures and gives his race-by-race selections for every meeting.



(12.55) Irish raider MY EXCELSA (6/5, William Hill) could be worth siding with again to double her win tally, and Johnny Levins’ charge can make it 2-2 over course and distance.

The Exceed and Excel filly shaped with some promise in three starts for previous handler George Scott, but having moved to Ireland he has taken his form up a notch and has twice made the frame from three starts at Dundalk prior to getting off the mark at this venue last month where he beat Fujaira King by just over one length.

He made all the running that day and found plenty for pressure, and now switching to a handicap he could find another jolt of improvement with a mark of 68 not beyond him on the evidence of his runs thus far; while a good claimer can take off 3lbs so every chance he can go close here.

(1.55) HARBOUR FRONT (11/8, Paddy Power) has shaped with promise on both starts on the all-weather for Robyn Brisland, finishing third at Chelmsford on his debut and then finishing just over one length behind Sharp Suited at Newcastle last month when crossing the line in a close fourth.

The Iffraaj gelding kept on at one pace, perhaps not helped by the steady gallop; but he should get more of a pace to aim at this time around and if he can handle the switch to this deeper surface then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him in the mix in what looks a relatively ordinary contest.

Open to improvement, he can get off the mark at the third attempt where he ought to make his presence felt.

12.25 – Bernie’s Boy
12.55 – My Excelsa
1.25 – Navajo Dawn
1.55 – Harbour Front
2.30 – Suitcase ‘n’ Taxi
3.00 – Break The Silence
3.35 – Le Musee

Southwell are racing on Monday on their all-weather surface.


(1.05) FLAMINGER (10/11, Coral) sets a clear standard on official ratings, and Gary Moore’s charge should take some beating as he bids to land a hat-trick of successes.

The Racinger gelding showed a useful level of form over hurdles, finishing in the frame on four of his five starts in that discipline; but he has taken his form up a notch since switched to chasing, and having found only Lisp too strong at Plumpton in December he has won both starts since at that venue and Fontwell latterly.

That last run came under a penalty, and he carried a big weight to a near-five lengths’ defeat of Templier, keeping on well, and his revised mark could still leave him with scope for better. He remains open to improvement, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see another big run as he bids to land his three-timer.

(2.05) ENZO D’AIRY (4/1, Bet365) didn’t fare too badly on his UK debut for Venetia Williams, eventually finishing fifth behind The Big Breakaway at Chepstow having previously shown useful form in France.

The form of that Chepstow run has worked out quite well, and while the Anzillero gelding wasn’t able to back up that performance next time at Uttoxeter where he finished a poor fourth and beaten some twenty lengths, he could be worth siding with to get off the mark at the third attempt.

On bare form he does have a little a find, and he might benefit in time from a stiffer test than this; but he remains capable of better and can still improve having possibly still needed his last start so he could give a good account in an ordinary contest.

12.35 – Baboin
1.05 – Flaminger
1.35 – Flight To Milan
2.05 – Enzo D’airy
2.40 – Heavenly Promise
3.10 – Epsom Des Mottes
3.45 – Galtee Mountain


(1.15) DAWSON’S COTTAGE (9/4, William Hill) showed improved form switched to handicapping on better ground to finish a close second on his reappearance from seven months off the track at this venue back in October last year, and the Oscar gelding can get off the mark now returning from a short break.

Niall Madden’s charge followed up that near miss with a fair sixth in a bigger field event at Fairyhouse in November where the testing ground might not have been to his liking. Conditions for this latest run may again be softer than ideal, but he might be worth chancing nonetheless to get off the mark if he can replicate the form of his earlier runner-up effort.

A mark of 94 for this outing remains workable, and if the ground doesn’t inconvenience too much then he can give a good account and he looks capable of a big run.

(1.45) COLUMN OF FIRE (Evens, Ladbrokes) looked to have found some progression over hurdles this term, finishing third to Elixir D’Ainay on his seasonal return at Naas and going one better at Navan last month where he was beaten just over one length behind Longhouse Poet.

Gordon Elliott’s charge held every chance on his latest outing at Fairyhouse on New Years’ Day, still travelling well when falling at the second-last obstacle; but if he’s none the worse for that mishap then he could gain a measure of compensation this time around.

The Robin Des Champs gelding had finished runner-up here on his debut in a bumper a couple of seasons ago, but he won next time out at Navan and he has shown a useful level of form in all his completed hurdles starts since and he might be able to open his account now.

12.45 – Oak Park
1.15 – Dawsons Cottage
1.45 – Column Of Fire
2.20 – Et Dite
2.50 – Key Commander
3.25 – Tokyo Getaway
4.00 – Dreamingandhoping

Punchestown are racing on Monday over the sticks.


(4.50) OBERYN MARTELL (7/1, Paddy Power) certainly hasn’t set the heather alight in his recent runs, and his useful juvenile form where he won twice seems to be a distance memory now. However, this is his easiest assignment for some time and the Charm Spirit gelding could be worth chancing to bounce back to some sort of better form.

Eve Johnson-Houghton’s charge scored wins at Sandown and Salisbury back in the 2018 campaign, as well as finish fourth in a decent contest at York, although he has gone very much the wrong way since with wind surgery not helping elicit any improvement.

Indeed, his last five starts has seen him collectively beat only four other horses, and he was beaten nine lengths on his latest outing at Lingfield behind Real Estate where he had only one rival behind him.

He has been eased a further 3lbs in the weights now, while he also has a hood fitted and drops into Class 6 company where he has a useful 5lbs claimer booked for the ride, so he might be worth chancing to leave past form behind and get back on the scoresheet – especially if he can recapture some of his past ability.

(5.20) MOUNT WELLINGTON (9/2, Ladbrokes) has two wins and two placed efforts from his four starts at this venue, and Stuart Williams’ charge can enhance his good record here with a return to winning ways.

The Invincible Spirit gelding was a fair sort in Ireland although he failed to win for Aidan O’Brien prior to joining Henry Spiller, and he made an instant impact for that handler when winning over course and distance on his first start.

Although he wasn’t able to add further to his tally, he largely ran well in defeat and having looked in need of the reappearance at Newcastle in November he struck a return to the winners’ circle back at this venue over seven furlongs with a narrow defeat of Elzaam’s Dream. He was subsequently only beaten a short-head by Nezar over the same distance here earlier in the month, and he could bounce back dropped to six furlongs for this latest outing.

He has placed from higher marks in the past than his current 63 rating, and with the likelihood of a strong pace to aim at he looks sure to go close.

Richard Hannon can saddle a Wolverhampton winner with Raymond Tusk.

(5.50) RAYMOND TUSK (5/4, William Hill) took advantage of the easier grade to get back on the scoresheet over this trip at Newcastle last month, and the High Chaparral entire can double up here.

Richard Hannon’s smart stayer had been contesting in Group company, acquitting himself well behind the likes of Dee Ex Bee, Crystal Ocean and Stradivarius, and he posted a very good fourth behind Mustajeer in the Ebor Handicap at York prior to having a tilt at the Melbourne Cup where he never got a clear run and failed to make much of an impact.

Back from a break and dropping in class, he got back to winning ways latest with a half-length defeat of the reopposing French raider Funny Kid, but there appears no real reason why that form should be overturned with the pair competing again on level weights; while there is a suspicion that Richard Hannon’s charge won a shade easier than it appeared.

He rates the one to beat again, and it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see him add to his tally here where he remains unexposed on the all-weather and may well yet have further improvement to come.

4.20 – Looks Good
4.50 – Oberyn Martell
5.20 – Mount Wellington
5.50 – Raymond Tusk
6.20 – Kaser
6.50 – Never Alone
7.20 – Valentine Mist