Monday horse racing tips 16 December – Honeyball’s 15/8 chance can win again at Ffos Las

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Get Brian Healy's Monday horse racing tips, best bets and selections in every race across the day's four scheduled UK and Irish racemeetings.

Monday kicks off a new week of horse racing action which takes in four UK and Irish meetings, and the day’s jumps racing card comes from the fixtures at Plumpton and Ffos Las, as well as from Naas in Ireland.

Meanwhile, completing Monday’s quartet of racing action is an evening all-weather card from Wolverhampton on their tapeta surface.

Plumpton (jumps) – 12.10 – 3.20pm (7 races)
Naas (jumps) – 12.20 – 3.30pm (7 races)
Ffos Las (jumps) – 12.30 – 3.45pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 4.05 – 7.40pm (8 races)

BRIAN HEALY’S NAP OF THE DAY FOR MONDAY 16 DECEMBER

PLUMPTON

(12.40) DARKEST DAY’s (7/2, Ladbrokes) runs to date over timber haven’t been devoid of any promise, and Gary Moore’s charge can get off the mark in this sphere at the third attempt.

The Aizavoski gelding most recently finished third behind Hold That Taught at Lingfield in November, and although beaten a long way on that occasion he could improve on that effort here where he travelled well for a long way but found less than expected when asked for effort.

He may ideally want further than this two miles in time, but he is entitled to progress and may yet do better; and in a relatively poor contest he could be worth chancing to open his account.

(1.45) BATTLE OF IDEAS (10/3, Paddy Power) appears to have found some improvement since switching to chasing, winning at Newton Abbot in Juhne and making the frame in his three subsequent starts. Two of those have come following a break, and he was only beaten one length behind Don Lami at Taunton when last seen out last month, and a repeat of that could be good enough here.

Colin Tizzard’s charge showed on his previous run at Fontwell that he could handle a more testing surface when beaten less than two lengths on soft ground behind Eclair De Guye; while he is also a previous course winner, albeit over hurdles, and he could get back on the winning trail returned to this venue where he remains with scope to do better from this mark.

12.10 – Highest Sun
12.40 – Darkest Day
1.10 – Mr Perfect
1.45 – Battle Of Ideas
2.15 – Outrath
2.50 – Flaminger
3.20 – Falberto

Top trainer Colin Tizzard

Colin Tizzard can get amongst the winners at Plumpton on Monday.

NAAS TIPS

(12.50) YUKON LIL (2/1, Bet365) switches to hurdles here having shown some useful form in bumpers, and Willie Mullins’ charge could take some beating if taking to this discipline.

The Flemensfirth mare won twice in the bumper sphere, scoring at Killarney and Gowran Park last year, the latter of which came in Listed company. She continued to run well in defeat with further efforts in the frame at Navan and Fairyhouse before a fair seventh in a Grade Three contest at Punchestown.

She makes her return to action here from seven months off, but if she can run to a similar level over hurdles as she did in bumpers then she could prove a class apart from this field and she can make a winning introduction to hurdling.

(2.25) BAPAUME (6/4, Paddy Power) looked in need of the run in last month’s reappearance where the Turtle Bowl gelding faded into seventh having travelled well through the race, and Willie Mullins’ charge ought to prove a different proposition now with that run under his belt.

A very smart hurdler, he caught the eye in his chase debut at Fairyhouse when returning from five months off, making most and still looking full of running turning on only to fall in a hole and stop rather quickly.

That form looks quite strong with the winner since chasing home Fakir D’oudairies in the recent Drinmore Novice Chase, while the runner-up and fourth have both since collected further place prize money in subsequent runs.

The Mullins runner should improve markedly as a result following that reappearance which should see him strip fitter now, and every chance he can get off the mark over fences now.

12.20 – Golden Nomad
12.50 – Yukon Lil
1.20 – Tiger Tap Tap
1.55 – An Marcach
2.25 – Bapaume
3.00 – Conright Boy
3.30 – Annie Kate

Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins can saddle winners on Monday’s racecard at Naas.

FFOS LAS TIPS

(1.30) SOME CAN DANCE (13/8, Paddy Power) showed some progressive form over hurdles last term, winning twice before appearing in need of his reappearance from seven months off the track at Chepstow in October.

Sam Drinkwater’s Gold Well gelding however made a promising switch to these obstacles over a shorter trip at this venue last month, finding only Golden Whisky too strong by two lengths, and likely to have learned from that experience he could go one place better here.

Given the way he kept on in that contest then he ought to be suited by this slightly longer trip and off the same mark then there’s every chance he can go close.

(2.35) DEJA VUE (15/8, Coral) has shown progressive form, bettering her finishing position with every start and getting off the mark under similar ground conditions to these when romping to a wide-margin success over course and distance last month.

Anthony Honeyball’s Fame And Glory mare made all the running that day, readily drawing clear to register a 40 lengths’ defeat of her rivals, and she looks worth keeping onside to follow up now switched to handicapping where a mark of 122 might underestimate her potential for improvement.

She can continue to progress, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see another big run where she can register another win.

12.30 – Out The Glen
1.00 – Chez Castel Mail
1.30 – Some Can Dance
2.05 – Thomas McDonagh
2.35 – Deja Vue
3.10 – Definately Vinnie
3.45 – Fanfaron Dino

WOLVERHAMPTON TIPS

(4.40) None of these really set the heather alight, but HIDDEN DEPTHS (3/1, William Hill) has older form in the book that could see the Dark Angel get back to winning ways should he put his best foot forward.

Still a maiden following stints with both Sir Michael Stoute and Jamie Osborne, he has shown little in a trio of starts for current handler Neil Mulholland both on the flat and over hurdles where wind surgery hasn’t brought about a change of fortunes for the four-year old.

80-rated at his best, he steps up markedly in trip here and in a race full of disappointing sorts he could be worth chancing to open his account with the longer distance a possible source of improvement dropping into selling company.

(5.40) AUGUSTUS CAESAR (11/10, William Hill) has shown progress with each start, bettering his finishing position each time and opening his account at the fourth attempt when successful at Lingfield back in September.

David O’Meara’s charge ran out a neck winner over Newyorkstateofmind, making all the running and scoring a shade comfortably; that form has since been franked with both the runner-up and fifth horses collecting subsequent successes, and despite being raised 7lbs in the weights he could have more to offer.

Less exposed than his field, the Speightstown colt can follow up here and double his win tally with another success.

4.05 – Luna Magic
4.40 – Hidden Depths
5.10 – Good Answer
5.40 – Augustus Caesar
6.10 – Punting
6.40 – Divine Connection
7.10 – Godhead
7.40 – Calin’s Lad

Wolverhampton race on Monday evening under the floodlights.

BRIAN HEALY’S BEST BETS FOR 16 DECEMBER

12.40 Plumpton – DARKEST DAY (7/2, Ladbrokes)

12.50 Naas – YUKON LIL (2/1, Bet365)

1.30 Ffos Las – SOME CAN DANCE (13/8, Paddy Power)

1.45 Plumpton – BATTLE OF IDEAS (10/3, Paddy Power)

2.25 Naas – BAPAUME (6/4, Paddy Power)

2.35 Ffos Las – DEJA VUE (15/8, Coral)

4.40 Wolverhampton – HIDDEN DEPTHS (3/1, William Hill)

5.40 Wolverhampton – AUGUSTUS CAESAR (11/10, William Hill)