Monday 21 October horse racing tips – Cole’s 5/2 chance can charge to Windsor success
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for Monday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.
The week gets underway with a four-fixture schedule of fixtures as racing in Ireland takes a day off, and there is afternoon action on the flat at both Windsor and Pontefract, where there is Listed action on the card; while there is also jumps racing from Plumpton.
Completing Monday’s fixture list is an all-weather card on the fibresand at Southwell where racing takes place under the floodlights.
Windsor (flat) – 2.00 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Plumpton (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Pontefract (flat) – 2.20 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) – 5.30 – 8.30pm (7 races)
MONDAY 21 OCTOBER NAP SELECTION
(3.00) VOLTAIC (5/2, Bet365) is proving hard to win with and remains a maiden after eleven starts; but Paul Cole’s charge has proven largely consistent despite failing to get his head in front.
The Power gelding had finished runner-up in each of his previous five outings prior to returning from a short break to finish fifth of nine runners behind Bear Force One at Newbury last month where he crossed the line almost nine lengths adrift.
That was a significantly stronger heat than he had been used to previously, and now tried in claiming company with a return to more testing conditions likely to suit then he could bounce back here to open his account.
(4.00) PRINCE OF HARTS (9/2, Bet365) has been running well of late, winning at Nottingham prior to posting solid efforts in the frame in starts at Asccot, including when beaten four lengths behind Flashcard when last seen.
The Dalakhani gelding also struck on the all-weather at Wolverhampton back in March, and the form of his latest run looks decent in the context of this race with the fourth and fifth horses home both winning since, while the winner has acquitted himself well in Group company following that success.
Rod Millman’s charge should find this easier, and with the underfoot conditions unlikely to present an issue then he could go close here racing from the same mark.
2.00 – Field Of Vision
2.30 – Rodin
3.00 – Voltaic
3.30 – Blistering Bob
4.00 – Prince Of Harts
4.30 – Madeleine Bond
5.00 – Milan Reef
(3.40) SAMARQUAND (5/1, William Hill) has an absence to overcome, but it could be worth chancing on Harry Fry’s charge to make a winning return here having looked a useful prospect last term in a light campaign.
The Malinas gelding won his first two starts, scoring in a Wincanton bumper on debut last April before returning with a win over hurdles at the first attempt at Ludlow before finding Getaway Trump too strong at Exeter although he was possibly unsuited by the heavy ground.
He reportedly bled in his last outing when pulled up at Newbury, and he could be worth chancing on his reappearance having had wind surgery and now switching to chasing where he could go close if translating the pick of his form over hurdles onto this sphere.
(4.10) FUKUTO (8/1, Coral) could be worth giving another chance to on his reappearance having found the Grade Two Finesse Hurdle too much of a test back in January at Cheltenham.
The Cokoriko gelding was a French hurdles winner for his previous yard last October, and he made a strong start for David Bridgwater when chasing home the progressive Torpillo at Sandown prior to that Cheltenham run.
This is much more suitable, while he remains thoroughly unexposed after just two starts for this yard and he could well improve.
2.10 – Avarchie
2.40 – Agent Westy
3.10 – Andapa
3.40 – Samarquand
4.10 – Fukuto
4.40 – Uallrightharry
5.10 – Heavenly Promise
(2.50) SPYGATE (13/8, Paddy Power) has had a few chances now, but Richard Fahey’s charge almost took advantage of his latest outing at Hamilton where despite behind 2lbs wrong at the weights managed to find only one too good.
That came in heavy ground, and the Brazen Beau colt found only National League too strong by a head, running on strongly having looked outpaced for a time. The form of his earlier fourth-place finish at Catterick has been franked, and he has only been raised 2lbs for that last run so remains fairly weighted.
Ground here will be no issue, and he sets a decent standard on his form to date so could take some beating here from a handy draw.
(4.20) KING POWER (5/2, William Hill) is still a maiden after six starts, but Andrew Balding’s charge has contested in some solid contests including the Lingfield Oaks Trial where she finished tenth behind Anapurna.
Although she hasn’t been seen at her best in three subsequent outings since that Lingfield outing, latterly beating only one home behind Caravan Of Hope at Ascot earlier in the month where she was beaten less than two lengths, the Frankel filly nevertheless sets a decent standard on form and has shown enough to suggest she can win a race.
This is certainly no gimme, but she boasts the most solid form and still with the potential to improve could be worth chancing to get of the mark.
2.20 – Genever Dragon
2.50 – Spygate
3.20 – Rake’s Progress
3.50 – Wyclif
4.20 – King Power
4.50 – Arrowtown
5.20 – Autumn Flight
(5.30) PIAZON (9/2, Ladbrokes) goes well at this venue and the Striking Ambition gelding is worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet here.
Julia Brooke’s charge last scored at Ayr back in July, beating One Boy, and he bounced back from a couple of lesser efforts to finish three lengths’ third behind Hard Solution at Redcar latest.
A six-time course and distance winner from marks as high as 77, he was also an 85-rated turf winner at his peak, and while he’s not at that level now he is certainly capable of taking an advantage of a lowly mark of 60 back on fibresand.
(7.00) BREAK THE SILENCE (15/8, Bet365) has perhaps just failed to see out one mile here the last twice, but Scott Dixon’s charge won twice over course and distance earlier in the campaign and ought to appreciate turning out back at seven furlongs.
The Rip Van Winkle gelding has been beaten a neck and a half-length on his last two outings, and he is only 2lbs higher here so remains handicapped to post another big run.
Given his decent course and distance record he might be worth siding with then to get back to winning ways returned to his best trip, and he can go close under his promising 7lbs claimer who has steered him to two of his course successes.
5.30 – Piazon
6.00 – Creativity
6.30 – Orange Blossom
7.00 – Break The Silence
7.30 – Move In Faster
8.00 – Risk Mitigation
8.30 – Marvel