Monday horse racing tips 30 December – Pipe’s 9/4 chance can land First prize at Haydock
Brian Healy gives his race by race selections and best bets for Monday 30 December where three meetings go to post.
The penultimate day of racing in the current decade goes to post on Monday with just three scheduled race-meetings where jumps racing takes place at both Haydock and Taunton; while on the all-weather there is a fixture on the Lingfield polytrack.
Lingfield (flat, aw) – 12.05 – 3.20pm (7 races)
Haydock (jumps) – 12.25 – 3.40pm (7 races)
Taunton (jumps) – 12.45 – 4.00pm (7 races)
BRIAN HEALY’S NAP OF THE DAY FOR MONDAY 30 DECEMBER
(12.35) ROMAN SPINNER (5/1, BetVictor) arrives on a hat-trick of wins having already struck recent successes at this venue and Kempton, and Rae Guest’s charge can collect the three-timer.
The Intikhab filly latterly struck by a neck from Saikung at Kempton, showing a good attitude to hold off the runner-up, and that race has thrown up a subsequent winner so there may be better still to come from the Guest runner here.
She has only been raised 3lbs in the weights for that latest success which looks workable, and still with scope for better from a decent midfield draw then every chance she can make her presence felt again.
(1.40) PRINCE OF ROME (4/1, Ladbrokes) has been struggling to get his head in front, but the Lethal Force gelding has proven largely consistent and might be able to snap his losing streak here.
Richard Hughes’ charge hasn’t won since posting back-to-back successes at Chelmsford last August, but he has made the frame in all six starts this term since switching back to the all-weather and wind surgery having disappointed on turf in the early weeks of the campaign.
He has been beaten only by one length on his last two starts at Kempton and here, and he was only run down late and caught close home latest having been slowly away.
The handicapper might be taking a chance dropping him slightly in the weights, while the reapplication of cheekpieces could help ignite a spark which might see him get back on the scoresheet under his useful 7lbs claimer so every chance he could deliver a big run here.
12.05 – Agent Of Fortune
12.35 – Roman Spinner
1.05 – Elusif
1.40 – Prince Of Rome
2.10 – Winning Streak
2.45 – Mercury Dime
3.20 – Fair Power
(1.30) FIRST LORD DE CUET (9/4, Unibet) was a winner of a Plumpton bumper back in March, showing decent ability to run out a wide margin winner, and the Lord Du Sud gelding has made a very promising start to his hurdles career.
Fourth on his debut at Wincanton which might have been needed, he stepped up on that effort to get off the mark over timber at the second attempt with a defeat of South Seas at Southwell, scoring by just over two lengths.
Also a point-to-point winner, there likely is better to come from him and the fourth horse home in his hurdles success has won since to give the form a boost.
He has to carry a 6lbs rise in the weights for this latest outing, but he can improve and the application of a tongue-tie might help him draw out further progress so it wouldn’t be a suprise to see David Pipe’s charge follow up here.
(2.00) THOMAS PATRICK (3/1, Ladbrokes) went the wrong way over fences last term following his very promising return to action where he went down only by a half-length behind Elegant Escape at Sandown; but Tom Lacey’s charge could be chanced to bounce back here having dropped a fair bit in the weights.
A winner of three of his first four starts over fences in the 2017/18 season which included success in a Grade Three contest at Aintree, he signed off last term with a couple of poor efforts which saw him pull up at Taunton, and he failed to beat a rival home at Ascot when tried in the rearranged Denman Chase at Ascot.
He drops out of Graded company altogether for his return where he can race from just 1lb higher in the weights than when scoring his last success; while his Sandown reappearance last term showed he can go well fresh, and he could be worth chancing to make a winning return from a very winnable mark if able to show something like his best form here.
12.25 – Longhousesignora
12.55 – Cloudy Glen
1.30 – First Lord De Cuet
2.00 – Thomas Patrick
2.35 – Flinck
3.10 – Nesterenko
3.40 – Crypto
(1.50) SHAUGHNESSY (4/1, Paddy Power) won a Towcester bumper last May, beating Ask Dillon, and Oliver Sherwood’s charge showed some ability to make the frame in a trio of hurdles starts last term and he was beaten just over three lengths in the last of them behind Gone Platinum at Ffos Las in April.
The Shantou gelding made a decent first fist of things on his subsequent chase debut at Chepstow last month following more than seven months off the track, and although ultimately well-held in that run behind Lamanver Pippin, he shaped well for a long way although the run was probably needed.
That form perhaps is only ordinary, but he is entitled to strip fitter and improve for that return, and the experience he gained there won’t have been lost on him so every chance he can make his presence felt from what appears a very workable mark if he can show progress for that recent run.
(2.25) Several improving sorts on show for the day’s Listed feature, and it could be worth siding with MARIE’S ROCK (9/4, Coral) to come out on top having made a strong impression on her hurdling debut at Haydock earlier in the month where she ran out a five lengths’ victor over The Con Man.
Nicky Henderson’s Milan filly had posted an impressive bumper success at Ffos Las back in MAy, beatng Balladame, and she showed softer ground to hold no fears on her reapperance where posted a solid performance to overcome trouble in running and show a smart turn of foot to score readily.
That form may only be fair, but it was hard not to have been taken by the performance and there may well be better to come from her with that experience and reappearance effort now under her belt, so every chance she can show improvement to follow up here.
12.45 – Zoffee
1.15 – Flic Ou Voyou
1.50 – Shaughnessy
2.25 – Marie’s Rock
2.55 – Kilcrea Bridge
3.30 – Normandy Soldier
4.00 – Twenty Twenty
BRIAN HEALY’S BEST BETS FOR MONDAY 30 DECEMBER
12.35 Lingfield –ROMAN SPINNER (5/1, BetVictor)
1.30 Haydock – FIRST LORD DE CUET (9/4, Unibet)
1.40 Lingfield – PRINCE OF ROME (4/1, Ladbrokes)
1.50 Taunton – SHAUGHNESSY (4/1, Paddy Power)
2.00 Haydock – THOMAS PATRICK (3/1, Ladbrokes)
2.25 Taunton – MARIE’S ROCK (9/4, Coral)