Monday 6 January horse racing tips – Ewart’s 6/5 chance can strike gold at Ayr

Get Brian Healy's Monday 6 January horse racing tips, best bets and selections in every race.

A new week of UK and Irish horse racing action kicks off with a relatively low-key schedule of just three meetings, and Ayr and Chepstow make up Monday’s jumps racing.

Meanwhile, on the all-weather there is a fixture on the tapeta at Wolverhampton under the floodlights.

Chepstow (jumps) – 12.50 – 4.00pm (7 races)
Ayr (jumps) – 1.05 – 3.45pm (6 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 4.15 – 7.45pm (8 races)

Brian Healy looks over Monday’s racing action and gives his selections for every race and bets bets for each meeting.



(1.20) LE CAMELEON (SP) has looked a useful sort in a pair of hurdling starts towards the end of last year, and Nick Williams’ charge could find further improvement to open his account at the third attempt.

The Great Pretender gelding has finished third on both his runs over timber, latterly at Exeter behind Sporting John who looked a smart prospect, and that race was arguably stronger than the one he takes in here.

He looked as if he might benefit for a stiffer test, so he could benefit from this turning into a slog; while he can show further improvement for his recent experience to get off the mark.

(1.50) This represents a big drop in class for BEAUFORT WEST (SP) who ran better than the bare result when finishing down the field at this venue on his reappearance in the Silver Trophy back in October, and Colin Tizzard’s charge could be worth chancing to get off the mark.

The Getaway gelding took in some strong contests following his switch from the point-to-point ranks, posting his best effort at Sandown in February when denied only by Winston C, and he was flying too high in the Supreme Novices’Hurdle on his next start.

He beat only five home on his reappearance behind Flash The Steel, but he’s had wind surgery since that outing which might help him find some improvement, and dropping markedly in class he could make the most of the easier assignment to open his account.

12.50 – On The Quiet
1.20 – Le Cameleon
1.50 – Beaufort West
2.25 – Tanrudy
2.55 – Nightboattoclyro
3.30 – Duc Kauto
4.00 – Jaisalmer

Top trainer Colin Tizzard

Colin Tizzard can saddle a winner on the Chepstow card on Monday.


(1.35) EMISSAIRE (11/2, Paddy Power) could be worth chancing to bounce back to form having unseated his rider at the first fence when last seen, and the Kap Rock gelding had shaped as if amiss the time before at Kelso when pulled up.

Lucinda Russell’s charge won a bumper here on his debut back in November 2017, and while he cut little ice over hurdles last term, he shaped as if likely to surpass his form over the smaller obstacles when finishing third on his chase debut at Bangor in October.

The handicapper has given him a chance off this mark based on his earlier form over hurdles, and he might be worth siding with back at the scene of his sole victory in a fairly ordinary race.

(2.40) ETTILA DE SIVOLA (6/5, William Hill) looks the safest option to come out on top in this small-field contest having won last time out, and while he has been raised 5lbs for that success he could prove a tough nut to crack here.

The Noroit gelding won a Doncaster bumper on his debut back in December 2017, after which he returned from a year off to also strike over hurdles at Sedgefield. He ran well in defeat subsequently, and efforts over fences this season hadn’t been without promise before he opened his account latest at Newcastle.

James Ewart’s charge appeared to find some improvement for the application of blinkers for the first time to see off Raecius Felix by three-parts of a length with the pair clear, and he showed a decent attitude to dig deep and hold on for the win.

He’s 5lbs higher now, but a repeat of that effort could be good enough to vanquish this field, and he can come out on top to give Brian Hughes another winner as he pursues a first jockeys’ championship.

1.05 – Miss Aloud
1.35 – Emissaire
2.10 – Sporty Yankee
2.40 – Ettila De Sivola
3.15 – Calix Delafayette
3.45 – Charm Offensive

Jockey Brian Hughes can ride a winner at Ayr on Monday.


(5.15) SHINE ON BRENDAN (7/4, William Hill) has shaped well on both his starts to date, finishing runner-up each time which includes here on his debut, and the Society Rock gelding can get off the mark at the third attempt.

Clive Cox’s charge was beaten only a neck on that occasion behind Waddat, running on late and splitting a pair of subsequent winners; and he bumped into one in Ivatheengine at Kempton latest, perhaps just doing too much.

He is likely to have further improvement to come, and every chance he can make his presence felt in this contest where he can get off the mark at the third attempt.

(6.15) THE GAME IS ON (5/1, Ladbrokes) got back on the winning trail over this course and distance back in November, and the Garswod gelding might be able to follow up here.

Sir Mark Prescott’s charge had previously won at Bath over the summer, but he appeared to find improvement over his earlier runs when beating Greengage by a short-head where he found plenty for pressure, and a 3lbs rise likely remains workable.

He has the potential for better still, and still unexposed on this surface he can repeat the dose.

4.15 – Disruptor
4.45 – Bernie’s Boy
5.15 – Shine On Brendan
5.45 – Eesha Says
6.15 – The Game Is On
6.45 – Copperlight
7.15 – Pivoine
7.45 – Dubai Elegance