Sunday 20 October horse racing tips – O’Neill’s 3/1 chance worth Watching to land Kempton success
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across Sunday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.
Sunday’s fixture list to close out the week sees four UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post, and there is afternoon jumps racing from both Sedgefield and Kempton. The Durham National takes centre stage at the first-named track; while there is a pair of Listed races on the agenda at the Sunbury venue.
In Ireland meanwhile there is jumps racing at Cork, while Naas are racing on the flat where the Listed Garnet Stakes is the feature race of the day in Ireland.
Naas (flat) – 1.15 – 5.10pm (8 races)
Sedgefield (jumps) – 1.55 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Cork (jumps) – 2.05 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Kempton (jumps) – 2.15 – 5.35pm (7 races)
SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER NAP SELECTION
(1.45) ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ (3/1, Coral) showed something to worth with when finishing runner-up behind Deidra on her debut at Naas last month, and with that experience under her belt Jessica Harrington’s charge could go one better here.
The Invincible Spirit filly was beaten just under two lengths, keeping on well but no match for the winner. However, she will have learned plenty from that initial experience and is likely to improve for the run.
That winner was tried in a Group Three contest next time, and she may well be better for the initial outing to get off the mark.
(2.55) BRUNELLE (9/4, Bet365) is 2-3 in her starts to date, making a winning debut at Leopardstown in July with a defeat of For The Trees prior to running with credit pitched into the Group Three Round Tower Stakes where she finished sixth of the twelve runners behind Lope Y Fernandez.
Ger Lyons’ charge quickly got back on track dropping to five furlongs and switching to the all-weather to register a win over Phase After Phase at Dundalk, and she could have more to offer stepping back up in trip here where the emphasis on stamina might unlock further improvement.
She has to prove her effectiveness on much slower ground, but if the conditions don’t inconvenience then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her collect another win.
1.15 – Johan Zoffani
1.45 – Allez Allez Allez
2.20 – Flaming Moon
2.55 – Brunelle
3.30 – Trethias
4.00 – Kiss For A Jewel
4.35 – Calonne
5.10 – Halimi
(3.05) WESTERN RYDER (11/10, Paddy Power) failed to add to his tally last term in five starts, and the Westerner gelding is winless since winning at Cheltenham in December 2017 when beating Lalor.
Despite no further success, Warren Greatrex’s charge has been set some stiff tasks and he has largely ran with credit which includes finishing third behind Mohaayed in a Grade Three contest last December, although he rounded off his season with a lesser run in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
He now switches to chasing, and if he were to transfer his smart hurdle form to this discipline then he could well take a fair bit of stopping on his reappearance, and a clear round could make him hard to beat.
(4.40) GLORIOUS LADY (10/3, Paddy Power) was a point-to-point winner for Gavin Cromwell prior to joining Keith Dalgleish, and the Fame And Glory mare got off the mark for this yard at the second attempt when scoring at Musselburgh in a bumper contest back in November last year.
That success was followed up by a nose defeat of Carpool to open her hurdles account at Bangor, and she lost no caste in defeat when upped in trip at Kelso latest where she was beaten just over one length into the runner-up berth behind Le Milos.
Now tried in the handicap ranks, an opening mark of 113 doesn’t look overly harsh, and likely to have further improvement to come she could get back on the scoresheet here.
1.55 – Grand Coureur
2.30 – Soloist
3.05 – Western Ryder
3.35 – Yes No Maybe So
4.05 – Chasma
4.40 – Glorious Lady
5.15 – High Renown
(3.40) LINGER (11/4, Bet365) was a faller on his last start over fences, but he had won over hurdles at Galway in July and could get back on the scoresheet returning to timber.
The Cape Cross gelding has run well in both subsequent outings on the level following his tumble at Tramore, finding only one too good at Down Royal before finishing a creditable sixth in the Irish Cesarewitch last weekend.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge could be worth siding with returning to hurdles where he is partnered by a 7lbs claimer to ease his burden, while this mark of 120 could prove workable given that he appeared to win a shade cosily on his last hurdles start so could still improve.
(4.50) JACK DILLINGER (9/1, William Hill) has finished runner-up on each of his last two starts over fences, and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can get off the mark at the fifth attempt.
The Westerner gelding won twice over timber last winter, scoring at Clonmel and Fairyhouse, and although a shade disappointing at Listowel latest he has since seen the form franked with the winner going in again next time in a Grade Three at Roscommon.
The fourth from that race has also win since, and he now makes his handicap chase debut where a mark of 130 might not be beyond him given that he remains relatively unexposed as a chaser and he may have more still to offer.
2.05 – Dime A Dozen
2.35 – Battle Of Midway
3.10 – Classic Concorde
3.40 – Linger
4.15 – Dream Conti
4.50 – Jack Dillinger
5.25 – The Little Yank
(2.45) THE FLYING SOFA (15/2, Ladbrokes) took in some strong company over timber last term, and Gary Moore’s charge was far from disgraced in making the frame behind the likes of Acey Milan and Pentland Hills before being thrust into the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
That contest proved beyond him, beating only three rivals, but he bounced back in more suitable company to finish runner-up at Wincanton in April before opening his hurdles win account at Plumpton when last seen,
The Sholokhov gelding now tries chasing and he could make his mark quickly over the larger obstacles where he could improve faced with fences, and if he can bring the pick of his hurdles form to this discipline then he could go close.
(3.50) TIDAL WATCH (3/1, William Hill) could be worth chancing to get off the mark over fences having looked set to score on just his second outing over the larger obstacles before falling at Newton Abbot in August with the race at his mercy.
However, he showed no ill effects from that mishap to find only a well-handicapped rival too good at Kelso latest, and a repeat of that effort might be good enough here although he is open to further improvement.
Twice a winner here over hurdles, Jonjo O’Neill’s charge had two subsequent winners behind him at Kelso, and he can race here from the same mark while continuing to enjoy his top conditional’s 3lbs claim so could well get off the mark now.
2.15 – Prefontaine
2.45 – The Flying Sofa
3.20 – Pacify
3.50 – Tidal Watch
4.25 – Silver Streak
5.00 – Fr Humphrey
5.35 – Zyon