Monday horse racing tips 20 January – Crisford runner can strike at Wolverhampton

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Monday's four UK horse racing meetings.

A new week of UK and Irish horse racing meetings kicks off on Monday, and although there is no racing in Ireland there are still four meetings going to post with afternoon jumps racing action from Plumpton and Newcastle; while on the all-weather there is a fixture on the polytrack at Kempton.

Completing the Monday quartet of racemeetings is an evening all-weather fixture on the tapeta at Wolverhampton.

Newcastle (jumps) – 12.55 – 4.00pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 1.20 – 4.50pm (8 races)
Plumpton (jumps) – 1.40 – 4.10pm (6 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 4.25 – 7.25pm (7 races)

Brian Healy looks through all four of Monday’s scheduled racecards and gives his Monday horse racing tips, race-by-race selections and best bets for each meeting.



(1.30) BLACK ABBEY (5/4, Bet365) found only one too good on his debut at Fontwell for new handler Harry Whittington, and the Hannouma gelding could go one better here with that experience under his belt.

Formerly a fair sort on the flat for Harry Dunlop and then having a spell in France, he shaped well in the testing ground behind Manucci on his hurdling debut on Boxing Day, keeping on well but no match for the winner although he pulled well clear of the third and rest.

That race-winner was subsequently far from disgraced behind the impressive Goshen at Ascot on Saturday past, and entitled to improve for the experience as well as having proven himself in testing ground then he can open his win account at the second attempt.

(2.30) WHATSDASTORY (11/4, Unibet) shaped well on her first start for Dr Richard Newland, producing a solid display to run out a five lengths’ winner over Sandymount Rose at Southwell, and the Beneficial mare can improve for that outing to follow up.

Formerly a winner between the flags in Ireland, she rounded off her time with her previous yard by chasing home Fiveaftermidnight over hurdles at Kilbeggan last May, and she’ll be sharper for her reappearance win which came on the back of seven months off the track.

She has to cope with a drop back in trip for this latest outing, but with the potential for better still to come she looks worth chancing to find some further improvement and she can make it 2-2 since joining her shrewd yard.

12.55 – Desert Dawn
1.30 – Black Abbey
2.00 – Mulcahys Hill
2.30 – Whatsdastory
3.00 – Dubai Days
3.30 – Dunly
4.00 – Bryden Boy

Newcastle races.

Newcastle race over the sticks on Monday.


(1.50) WINNETKA (10/3, William Hill) showed steadily progressive form in his four starts for Richard Hannon last term, improving for the switch to handicapping when denied only by a half-length at Nottingham in July.

The Camacho gelding has since switched to Tony Carroll, and he made a pleasing return to action from almost six months off the track when beaten only a half-length into third behind Barking Mad over seven furlongs here.

Entitled to be sharper for that reappearance, he could go one better here dropping back to six furlongs from only 1lb higher in the handicap, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him posting a big run under Hollie Doyle.

(2.20) WILEY POST (9/1, Ladbrokes) has proven himself to be a largely consistent performer and Tony Carroll’s charge has made the frame in four of his last five starts which includes a win at Brighton back in September.

The Kyllachy gelding was last seen finishing just one length runner-up behind Mohareb at Lingfield back in November, running on well having possibly blown a winning chance when he ran wide into the straight and gave up too much ground.

That race has thrown up a couple of subsequent winners, and he is only 1lb higher in the ratings here although Elisha Whittington’s 7lbs claim offsets a chunk of his burden and he looks weighted for a big run back under this rider who steered him to his last success.

1.20 – Bold Decision
1.50 – Winnetka
2.20 – Wiley Post
2.50 – Amarillo Star
3.20 – Visionara
3.50 – My Boy Sepoy
4.20 – Ember’s Glow
4.50 – Mistress Nellie


(2.10) Point-to-point winner MISTER MURCHAN (5/1, William Hill) has been slowly progressive since switching to hurdling for current yard Richard Rowe, running his best race to date over timber when finding only one too good at Ascot back in December.

The Westerner gelding finished four lengths’ runner-up behind Flowing Cadenza on that occasion, and although no match for the winner he had pulled nine lengths’ clear of the third. He wasn’t done any favours on that occasion however by being hampered on the home bend, but he kept on well for the silver medal and he could step up on that run to go one place better here.

Eased 1lb in the ratings for this latest outing, a reproduction of that effort might be good enough here and he can get off the mark.

(3.10) WHITE CHOCOLATE (11/4, William Hill) was a winner on the level for David Simcock, reaching a mark of 90 at his peak in that sphere, and the Mastercraftsman mare wasn’t disgraced switching to hurdles for new handler Seamus Mullins when finishing third over this course and distance behind Highway One O Two earlier in the month.

That was her first run in some five months and she might just have needed the outing where she crossed the line around 14 lengths adrift, running on again having looked outpaced mid-race. However, now she has that run under her belt she is entitled to do better now and she’ll strip fitter for that return to action.

On the form of that introduction she does need to find a shade more, but she can make her presence felt here and no surprise if she’s involved at the finish.

1.40 – Jack Valentine
2.10 – Mister Murchan
2.40 – Christmas In April
3.10 – White Chocolate
3.40 – Antony
4.10 – Ede’iffs Elton

Plumpton race over the sticks on Monday.


(4.55) CORVAIR (4/6, Coral) has to give weight away all round to this field, but Simon Crisford’s charge has looked a very promising sort in his three starts to date which includes a win latest at Lingfield over the Festive season.

The Toronado colt ran out an impressive winner on that occasion over Mutalahef, scoring by almost five lengths having made all the running, and now handicapping he could prove very well treated off an opening 86 given he has plenty of scope for better still to come.

He has looked a nice prospect who could prove to be significantly better than his opening mark, and he can successfully concede weight to this field and follow up his last-time success.

(5.55) TORO DORADO (11/4, William Hill) has been in good form of late, bouncing back from a lesser effort on his last turf start at Brighton in October to finish in the frame on all three subsequent outings which includes a win latest at Lingfield earlier in January where the Toronado gelding beat Holiday Magic by a neck.

Ed Dunlop’s charge won his only previous visit to this track, scoring over Stormbomber over a furlong shorter back in July last year; but this longer trip is no issue, and the form of his latest win was boosted when the runner-up scored next time up.

The handicapper has only pushed him up 1lb in the ratings, while he struck a good rapport with Luke Morris in that last outing so the pair could combine again for another success where his consistent profile should see him in the mix again.

4.25 – Eglish
4.55 – Corvair
5.25 – Distant Goddess
5.55 – Toro Dorado
6.25 – Snow Ocean
6.55 – Tulane
7.25 – Enzo

Simon Crisford can saddle a winner at Wolverhampton on Monday evening.