Get Brian Healy’s selections for every race on Monday 18 November as he gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all three fixtures going to post throughout the afternoon.
The week kicks off with a schedule of three meetings which sees jumps racing going to post at Plumpton, while all-weather action takes place at Wolverhampton on tapeta in the afternoon.
Completing Monday’s quartet of horse racing meetings is an evening fixture on the Southwell fibresand under the floodlights.
Unfortunately, Leicester’s scheduled jumps meeting has been abandoned.
Plumpton (jumps) – 12.30 – 3.30pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 12.50 – 3.50pm (7 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) – 4.15 – 7.45pm (8 races)
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all three meetings on Monday.
(1.00) CHAMPAGNE COURT (4/5, Bet365) was a fair sort over hurdles last term, winning at Lingfield and making the frame several times in defeat, and Jeremy Scott’s charge wasn’t disgraces on his reappearance in the Chepstow Silver Trophy Hurdle when finding only Flash The Steel too strong.
However, the Court Cave gelding looked made for chasing when romping to an impressive debut success over the larger obstacles at Sandown earlier in the month, and sure to improve for that experience he could make it 2-2 as a chaser.
One mid-race mistake aside, he jumped really well and ran on strongly to register a six lengths’ defeat of Chambard and a 7lbs penalty for that success might not prevent a repeat success if he can show improvement for that first experience of chasing.
(2.30) FINNEGAN’S GARDEN (7/1, William Hill) shaped very much as if in need of his return at Fontwell last month, but Zoe Davison’s charge can improve for the outing to do better, and the Definite Article gelding could be worth chancing to bounce back.
The ten-year old had rounded off last term in good heart, winning his last three starts which included a soft-ground contest at Fontwell in March prior to scoring over this course on better ground the following month.
A three-time winner from six starts at this venue – and two placed efforts in defeat – he should strip fitter for that return, and the step up in trip will be in his favour; while he has proven heavy ground form so won’t be inconvenienced by testing conditions here. If he can be forgiven that reappearance run then he can do much better this time around, and every chance he can make his presence felt.
12.30 – Quloob
1.00 – Champagne Court
1.30 – Goldslinger
2.00 – Juge Et Parti
2.30 – Finnegan’s Garden
3.00 – Cheque En Blanc
3.30 – Timely Gift
(2.20) THE KING’S STEED (7/1, William Hill) disappointed last time over one mile at Chelmsford, but Shane Lycett’s charge is forgiven that effort and is perhaps better judged on earlier form which includes a win over seven furlongs at the same venue previously.
The Equiano gelding had finished a close third over course and distance earlier in October and just prior to that last success over Aiguillette where he made all and was strong at the finish to score a shade readily.
The third horse home in that contest has won since, and he could be worth chancing to bounce back from that latest poor effort where he races from the same mark.
(3.20) KASER (6/1, William Hill) has won his last two visits to this venue, and David Loughnane’s charge can strike again here having posted his last win last time out over the extended mile here in October.
The Invincible Spirit gelding scored by just over one length, running on well; but his earlier course win had come over this longer distance, and he’s been given time to get over his latest exertions for which he has been raised 5lbs.
This will demand more as he steps up in grade from his higher mark; but he nonetheless could be worth chancing to improve given his good record here and he can make his presence felt.
12.50 – Auchterarder
1.20 – Treaty Of Dingle
1.50 – White Mountain
2.20 – The King’s Steed
2.50 – Cwynar
3.20 – Kaser
3.50 – Foresee
(4.45) BLAKE’S VISION (13/8, Paddy Power) shaped with promise on his debut at Wolverhampton earlier in the month, slowly away and racing green early but finishing off the race well, and Mark Johnston’s charge can improve for that experience to get off the mark at the second attempt.
The Slade Power colt ought to be suited by this step up in trip to seven furlongs, and if handling the fibresand surface here then he can show progress on the back of that debut effort and he ought to go close now.
He finished off strongly on debut over six furlongs on his debut, and the yard has a decent record with its’ runners at this track so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see some improvement from him now and he can open his account.
(5.15) SAMOVAR (7/1, Ladbrokes) isn’t the most reliable, but he is proven on this surface and Scott Dixon’s charge may be worth chancing to get back to winning ways.
The Finjaan gelding struck his last success over this course and distance in October, and he subsequently ran well under a penalty next time when finding only one too good before a couple of lesser runs upped in trip and on turf.
Scott Dixon’s charge almost got back on the scoresheet latest when beaten just over one length behind Zapper Cass back over course and distance, and he’s been nudged up 1lb in the weights following that runner-up effort. However, he remains fairly weighted having gone close from higher in the past, and he can continue to give a good account.
4.15 – Clipsham Tiger
4.45 – Blake’s Vision
5.15 – Samovar
5.45 – Lilkian
6.15 – Bobby Shaft
6.45 – Blowing Dixie
7.15 – Alba Del Sole
7.45 – Silverturnstogold