Monday horse racing tips 9 December – Hannon’s 13/8 chance can dash to Newcastle victory
The week kicks off with a schedule of just three UK horse racing meetings taking place where jumps racing comes from Musselburgh; while on the all-weather there is afternoon action from the polytrack at Lingfield.
Completing Monday’s fixture list is an evening all-weather meeting under the floodlights at Newcastle on their tapeta surface.
Lingfield (flat, aw) – 12.00 – 3.30pm (8 races)
Musselburgh (jumps) – 12.15 – 3.15pm (7 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 3.10 – 6.45pm (8 races)
BRIAN HEALY’S NAP OF THE DAY FOR MONDAY 9 DECEMBER
(1.00) HARRISON POINT (3/1, William Hill) caught the eye on debut at Kempton back in August, finding only Eshaasy too strong by a neck, and Archie Watson’s charge can step up on that first outing and experience to go one place better this time around.
The Speightstown colt did nothing wrong in that first outing, but he was perhaps just held back by inexperience and he ought to know more on this latest outing where he can improve.
The winner has since contested a Group Three contest, while three subsequent winners have also all come out of that contest, and he looks worth sticking with in receipt of 6lbs from standard-setting Story Of Light to get off the mark at the second attempt under record-breaking Hollie Doyle.
(2.30) AEGEUS (3/1, William Hill) showed a decent level of form in four starts for his previous handler Amanda Perrett, rounding off her time with that yard with a win at Newcastle in October, and the First Defence gelding can follow up that success on his first outing for new handler Jedd O’Keeffe.
He had finished runner-up on the turf track here in August, beaten two lengths behind Sandyman; but he made his first start on the all-weather a winning one when beating Ravenscar by a head latest.
He showed a good attitude to hold off his challengers, and that run came over one mile which might just have been on the sharp side. There could be more to come now switched to the handicap ranks where he features on what looks a workable mark, and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix.
12.00 – Island Hideaway
12.30 – Duke Of North
1.00 – Harrison Point
1.30 – The Lacemaker
2.00 – Swiss Pride
2.30 – Aegeus
3.00 – Watchable
3.30 – Zapper Cass
(12.45) Lightly-raced MALYSTIC (9/2, Paddy Power) showed a good level of ability in bumpers, winning twice with victories at Newcastle on both turf and all-weather either side of finishing runner-up here, and Peter Niven’s charge was far from disgraced despite only finishing in midfield in a Grade Two contest at Aintree in April behind Mcfabulous.
The Malinas gelding was making a good fist of his hurdles debut at Market Rasen last month when unseating while still holding every chance at the third last, and that experience and reappearance won’t have been lost on him.
He remains with the potential to do better still, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him posting a big effort with that first run under his belt to build upon, and he can get off the mark at the second attempt.
(1.15) IZZY’S CHAMPION (9/2, Coral) bettered his form over hurdles when finding only the reopposing Benny’s Secret too strong over this course and distance last time, and with that experience under his belt then the Gold Well gelding could turn the tables if showing improvement for that effort.
Lucinda Russell’s charge was beaten only two lengths on that occasion, although the winner did appear to do the job a shade readily having had the benefit of prior chase experience.
However, the selection could turn the tables now where he reopposes on 4lbs better terms, and with the potential to improve as a chaser he might be the one to side with here.
12.15 – Gemologist
12.45 – Malystic
1.15 – Izzy’s Champion
1.45 – Defi Sacre
2.15 – Guena Des Mottes
2.45 – Mighty Thunder
3.15 – Eagle Ridge
(3.45) LEXINGTON DASH (13/8, William Hill) showed up well on his debut at Lingfield last month, beaten just over one length behind Dancin Inthestreet, and with the experience under his belt then Richard Hannon’s charge could improve to go one place better.
The Siyouni colt was perhaps just undone by his inexperience late on, but he posted a first run full of promise and he should progress on the back of that effort.
The bare form of that debut perhaps isn’t particularly strong, but he nonetheless turned in a decent performance and with the potential for better still he ought to go close.
(4.45) LEZARDRIEUX (4/1, Bet365) stepped up on some moderate turf efforts when scoring here in October, beating Comeatchoo by a half-length, and while Grant Tuer’s charge wasn’t able to follow up next time at Kempton he could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways here.
The Due Diligence gelding was beaten around four lengths into fifth in that last outing, possibly just stretched by the longer trip having tried to make all and maybe not getting home.
However, he drops back to the minimum trip on his return to this venue, and his reapparance back at this track could coincide with a return to winning ways.
3.10 – Quoteline Direct
3.45 – Lexington Dash
4.15 – Minhaaj
4.45 – Lezardrieux
5.15 – Proceeding
5.45 – Billy Wedge
6.15 – Almurr
6.45 – Lord Of The Glen
BRIAN HEALY’S BEST BETS FOR MONDAY 9 DECEMBER
12.45 Musselburgh – MALYSTIC (9/2, Paddy Power)
1.00 Lingfield – HARRISON POINT (3/1, William Hill)
1.15 Musselburgh – IZZY’S CHAMPION (9/2, Coral)
2.30 Lingfield – AEGEUS (3/1, William Hill)
3.45 Newcastle – LEXINGTON DASH (13/8, William Hill)
4.45 Newcastle – LEZARDRIEUX (4/1, Bet365)