Monday 28 October horse racing tips – Elliott’s 11/8 chance can have Champagne corks popping at Wexford
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Monday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.
The new week kicks off with four UK and Irish fixtures, and the afternoon action on the flat comes from Galway in Ireland; while over the sticks there is racing from Wexford in Ireland, as well as from Ayr.
Completing Monday’s line-up of meetings is an evening all-weather fixture from Kempton.
Leicester’s scheduled fixture on the flat was unfortunately abandoned due to a waterlogged track following a Sunday inspection.
Galway (flat) – 12.40 – 4.35pm (8 races)
Wexford (jumps) – 12.50 – 4.20pm (7 races)
Ayr (jumps) – 1.00 – 3.55pm (6 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 4.25 – 8.00pm (8 races)
MONDAY 28 OCTOBER NAP SELECTION
(1.10) EASTERN RACER (6/1, Unibet) hasn’t been the most consistent, but the Bushranger gelding got back to winning ways at Thurles earlier in the month with a defeat of Duhallow Noelie before almost backing up that success with a runner-up effort at the Curragh later in the month.
Shane Byrne’s charge turns out here just six days on from 2lbs higher in the weights, but if he can continue his good spell of form then it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him in the thick of things again here.
Assuming that recent outing hasn’t left a mark then he can bounce back to winning ways in this contest.
(2.20) MAGIC FOUNTAIN (11/10, William Hill) has finished third on each of her last two outings, and while the War Front filly isn’t one of the Ballydoyle leading lights she can get off the mark here .
Third on turf at Thurles earlier in the month behind Acapella Blu, she was denied by less than one length latest at Dundalk where she was perhaps given too much to do.
Only 2lbs higher, she arguably sets the standard on her form to date and if she can find some further improvement back in maiden company then she could open her account now.
12.40 – Mazara
1.10 – Eastern Racer
1.45 – Meeting
2.20 – Magic Fountain
2.55 – Miracles In May
3.30 – Sayar
4.05 – War Anthem
4.35 – Grace To Grace
(1.25) ANYTHING WILL DO (3/1, William Hill) struck at the first time of asking over hurdles when scoring at Listowel, and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can get back on the winning trail here.
The Westerner gelding ran struck by just over one length over Fou Diligence, and although beaten into third last time at Galway he wasn’t disgraced despite crossing the line eleven lengths’ adrift of the winner.
Still unexposed and likely to have further improvement, he could be worth siding with to bounce back here in what looks a slightly easier contest than the one he took in last time.
(3.10) CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC (11/8, Unibet) has proven himself to be a high-class hurdler, beating Penhill in the Grade One Irish Daily Mirror being a particular highlight of his career over timber.
Gordon Elliott’s charge has been lightly raced since through injury, but he returned from a 641-day break at Naas back in January to finish a good third to Ballyward at Naas, and he was subsequently denied only by a half-length on his next outing three weeks later.
Absent again for another eight months, the Stowaway gelding showed no ill effects following his break to run out a ready winner over Captain CJ at Fairyhouse latest, and likely to come on for that run he could take some beating here as an unexposed sort over fences who has the potential for better still to come.
12.50 – Aurora Sunrise
1.25 – Anything Will Do
2.00 – Shumaker
2.35 – Game Present
3.10 – Champagne Classic
3.45 – Eclair De Beaufeu
4.20 – Fortune Street
(1.35) EBONY JEWEL (7/4, Ladbrokes) got off the mark at the second attempt and first outing for Nick Alexander when successful at this venue back in March, after which the Westerner gelding didn’t disgrace himself when finishing sixth of twelve runners behind Mcfabulous in a Grade Two contest at Aintree the following month.
He had two subsequent winners behind him that day, while the runner-up has won twice since, and switching now to hurdles he could prove a useful recruit to this sphere where he can show improvement to score at the first attempt over timber.
(2.45) NORTONTHORPELEGEND (5/1, Paddy Power) might have found the heavy ground too much when running a rare lesser outing at Kelso earlier in the month, but the Midnight Legend gelding could be worth chancing to bounce back quickly faced with better ground here.
Rebecca Menzies’ charge won twice during the winter months, scoring at Catterick and Wetherby, and he returned from a break to twice finish runner-up at Hexham and Cartmel before scoring at the latter venue in August with a defeat of Pretty Miss Mahler.
Now eased 1lb in the handicap, this looks an easier contest than the one he took in last time, and the less testing surface could help him to do better so no surprise to see an improved effort here where he can get back to winning ways.
1.00 – Elle Est Grande
1.35 – Ebony Jewel
2.10 – Three Is Company
2.45 – Nortonthorpelegend
3.20 – Rightdownthemiddle
3.55 – Legal Beagle
(5.30) BRYN DU (2/1, Bet365) found a jolt of improvement when equipped with a tongue-tie for the first time, finishing third behind Idoapologise at Newcastle earlier in the month, and William Haggas’ charge can show further progress here to open his account.
The Ivawood gelding was beaten less than two lengths, keeping on once headed, and the form of that outing has since been boosted by the runner-up winning next time out.
Switching to polytrack now, he could be capable of getting off the mark if continuing to find improvement and assuming the headgear has the same positive effect, and he can strike here.
(6.00) AQUILEO (11/4, William Hill) showed something to work with when finishing fourth on debut despite looking in need of the experience, and the Gleneagles colt can show the benefit of that first run to do better here.
Roger Varian’s charge was beaten around seven lengths having missed the break and racing green throughout; but he finished the race quite well once the penny dropped and he’s sure to have learned plenty from that outing.
Likely to improve on the back of that debut he can get off the mark at the second attempt.
4.25 – Foxy Forever
4.55 – Almareekh
5.30 – Bryn Du
6.00 – Aquileo
6.30 – Cipango
7.00 – I’lletyougonow
7.30 – Jumira Bridge
8.00 – Kyllachy Gala