Monday horse racing tips 2 December – Moore’s 6/4 chance could strike at Plumpton
Get Brian Healy's Monday horse racing tips, best bets & race-by-race selections for Decemer 2 UK racemeetings from Plumpton, Musselburgh and Wolverhampton.
The week on Monday kicks off with a low-key programme of just three UK meetings where there jumps racing action goes to post from Musselburgh and Plumpton; while on the all-weather there is a fixture at Wolverhampton on their tapeta surface.
Monday’s fixure at Musselburgh however is subject to passing an early morning inspection before racing can go ahead.
Musselburgh (jumps) – 12.15 – 3.15pm (7 races)
Plumpton (jumps) – 12.30 – 3.30pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 3.45 – 7.15pm (8 races)
Brian Healy gives his Monday horse racing tips, best bets and race-by-race selections for every fixture.
BRIAN HEALY’S NAP OF THE DAY FOR MONDAY 2 DECEMBER
(12.45) GEMOLOGIST (7/4, William Hill) has hit the crossbar in each of her last two starts, but the Sir Percy filly can open her account here, and Lucinda Russell’s charge could take some beating.
A maiden over hurdles, she has some fair form on the flat to her name at this venue, and her latest effort here when beaten just under two lengths wasn’t helped by a last-fence blunder; but she pulled well clear of the rest nonetheless, and she can go close again from just 2lbs higher in the weights.
This doesn’t look the strongest of races, and she ought to remain competitive so no surprise to see her going close.
(1.15) EAGLE RIDGE (6/1, Ladbrokes) cut little ice over hurdles over the course of the past couple of seasons, but Nick Alexander’s charge showed up much better when faced with fences over this course last month on his reappearance from more than six months off.
Placed in the point-to-point sphere earlier in his career, he finished a solid third in that chase debut behind Benny’s Secret where he was denied by little over two lengths having perhaps done too much too soon.
But, the Oscar gelding should strip fitter now and he is only 3lbs higher in the weights here; while he is also unexposed over fences and may have better to come. He looks worth chancing as a result, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him take a forward step here with the benefit of a run and chasing experience both under his belt.
12.15 – Malystic
12.45 – Gemologist
1.15 – Eagle Ridge
1.45 – Hey Bob
2.15 – Veiled Secret
2.45 – I’m Too Generous
3.15 – Blueskyandsunshine
(1.30) LONGHOUSESIGNORA (11/2, Bet365) took a backward step when finishing fifth on her latest outing, but Venetia Williams’ charge had shaped well on her previous outing at Worcester over fences on her return from seven months off the track.
The Milan mare latterly finished fifth over the smaller obstacles at Ludlow last month, beaten twenty lengths behind Bhutan; but she may not have been seen to best effect under her amateur rider, and she could be of interest kept to hurdles and stepping back up in trip.
With first-time cheekpieces now applied which could help to sharpen her up, she has Charlie Deutsch back in the plate and has been eased 2lbs in the handicap so could well post a big effort for her in-form yard here.
(2.00) NEFF (6/4, William Hill) was fair on the level, scoring at Lingfield in May, and the Pastorius gelding made a winning transition to hurdling when scoring a narrow victory over Minella Beat at Fontwell.
Gary Moore’s charge stepped up on that effort when finding only the potentially smart Ecco too good on his next outing at Ascot, beaten six lengths, but that run arguably sets the standard given that winner has run well since in a Grade Two contest.
With the potential for better still over hurdles, the lightly-raced sort ought to make his presence felt here where he can get back on the scoresheet despite giving away weight all round.
12.30 – Bean In Trouble
1.00 – Lisp
1.30 – Longhousesignora
2.00 – Neff
2.30 – Cheque En Blanc
3.00 – Scrutinise
3.30 – Russian Exile
(4.15) SNOW OCEAN (5/1, Paddy Power) was fair in Ireland when trained by John Oxx, but following a promising debut runner-up effort at Chepstow on his first outing for David Evans he ran a poor race at Southwell next time out.
David Evans’ charge might have been amiss that day however, and he left the form of that effort behind when scoring readily back at that venue latest with a near-five lengths’ defeat of Oblate, and the Exceed and Excel gelding can follow up with a repeat.
He has to prove as effective on tapeta, while the handicapper has taken no chances with a 9lbs rise following that success; but assuming he takes to this different surface then he could go well and it wouldnt’ come as a surprise to see him post a big given that he remains with the potential for better upped in trip.
(5.15) FALLS CREEK (9/2, William Hill) could be worth chancing given her form in defeat is arguably as good as any on offer despite the Street Cry filly not having tasted victory yet.
Andrew Balding’s filly finished runner-up on her only previous start on tapeta, which came over course and distance back in January when denied only by one length behind Clearance, and she has run better than her bare result the last twice which includes finishing five lengths’ fourth at Chelmsford latest behind the reopposing Homesick Boy.
She meets that rival on better terms here, while she is unexposed over this distance and on the surface, and she could post a big effort here which might well yield a first career success.
3.45 – Oh So Nice
4.15 – Snow Ocean
4.45 – Gabrials Boy
5.15 – Falls Creek
5.45 – Ghost Buy
6.15 – Seraphim
6.45 – Innamorare
7.15 – Storm Eleanor
BRIAN HEALY’S BEST BETS FOR MONDAY 2 DECEMBER
12.45 Musselburgh – GEMOLOGIST (7/4, William Hill)
1.15 Musselburgh – EAGLE RIDGE (6/1, Ladbrokes)
1.30 Plumpton – LONGHOUSESIGNORA (11/2, Bet365)
2.00 Plumpton – NEFF (6/4, William Hill)
4.15 Wolverhampton – SNOW OCEAN (5/1, Paddy Power)
5.15 Wolverhampton – FALLS CREEK (9/2, William Hill)