Sunday 27 October horse racing tips – Elliott’s evens chance can battle to Galway success on chase debut
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Sunday’s scheduled UK and Irish horse racing meetings.
Four UK and Irish horse racing fixtures go to post on Sunday, headed by Aintree where the Grade Two Old Roan Chase takes centre stage; while there is also jumps racing action from Wincanton.
There is also jumps racing action in Ireland with both Galway and Wexford going to post over the sticks.
Aintree (jumps) – 12.40 – 4.10pm (7 races)
Wexford (jumps) – 12.50 – 4.20pm (7 races)
Wincanton (jumps) – 1.00 – 4.30pm (7 races)
Galway (jumps) – 1.05 – 4.35pm (7 races)
SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER NAP SELECTION
(1.15) MR MULDOON (3/1, Bet365) has won both starts over hurdles since joining forces with the shrewd Dr Richard Newland, and the Rajj gelding arrives here in search of a hat-trick of wins following successes at Worcester and Kelso in recent weeks.
The latter occasion saw him finish with a real rattle to get up late to deny Sidi Ismael, and he could find further improvement for this step up in trip to three miles.
He has a sharper track to contend with here, but he looks set to go well on his handicap debut where a mark of 126 could prove to be very workable; while leading conditional Charlie Hammond can take off a valuable 3lbs, and equipped here with cheekpieces for the first time he ought to go close with a repeat of that last outing.
(1.50) ON TOUR (9/4, William Hill) could be worth siding with from the foot of the handicap, and the Croco Rouge gelding often goes well around here so may be able to go one place better than his latest outing.
Evan Williams’ charge emerged from a spell in the doldrums to go down only by a neck behind Vieux Lion Rouge at Chepstow earlier in the month, and he ought to be sharper now with that run under his belt.
With underfoot conditions unlikely to present a problem, and having been given a chance by the handicapper where he turns out here 5lbs below his last winning mark then he might be worth chancing to get his head back in front for all he isn’t quite the force of old.
12.40 – One Touch
1.15 – Mr Muldoon
1.50 – On Tour
2.25 – Chapmanshype
3.00 – Kalashnikov
3.35 – Plan Of Attack
4.10 – Cill Anna
(2.00) DANCING ON MY OWN (4/5, William Hill) might have been stretched by the longer trip at Galway when last seen in July, but the Milan gelding could be worth chancing with here to get off the mark over hurdles having shown some very useful form previously.
Henry de Bromhead’s charge twice clashed with Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Klassical Dream last season, finishing third and fourth respectively, with the latter run coming in the Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle.
Subsequently pulled up in the Coral Cup, he could only finish fourth at Galway when last seen, but he could be worth chancing returning from a break and dropping back to a trip likely to prove more suitable. The front three from that Galway run have all won since, and he sets the standard on his achievements to date so could well get off the mark here over hurdles.
(3.45) MOUNT HANOVER (5/2, Unibet) won twice over hurdles during the 2017/18 season, scoring wins at Fairyhouse and Thurles, and Henry de Bromhead’s charge has shaped with some promise in his two outings over fences this season.
The Kayf Tara gelding might just have needed his first run and the experience when finishing fifth at Listowel in September, and he showed some improvement next time at Roscommon where he went one place better behind Swordsman.
A mark of 120 switching now to a handicap doesn’t look unduly prohibitive, and he remains with scope to do better in this sphere so every chance he can find further improvement and post a big effort.
12.50 – Gabby’s Cross
1.25 – Surin
2.00 – Dancing On My Own
2.35 – Gunfire Reef
3.10 – Ego Des Mottes
3.45 – Mount Hanover
4.20 – Infinite Glory
(1.35) GOOD MAN JIM (9/2, William Hill) was bought out of the point-to-point sphere for a considerable sum of money, but Tom George’s charge could only manage one win last term at Ludlow where he ran out a two lengths’ winner over Ashutor before returning to that venue in March where he was beaten into the runner-up berth behind the impressive Sofia’s Rock.
The fifth horse home in that race has won twice since, which includes over fences, and the Martaline gelding could prove a different proposition now he switches his attentions to chasing where he could find considerable improvement in this sphere.
He has to shoulder top-weight which isn’t ideal, but he has the potential to post a big effort and might be worth chancing to make a winning chase debut.
(2.45) CAPTAIN CATTISTOCK (9/2, Unibet) proved himself to be a useful hurdler, winning three times – all here – prior to failing to make much of an impression in Graded company at Chepstow and Haydock.
However, since being switched to chasing Paul Nicholls’ charge has stepped up his form to win two of four starts including at Fontwell latest back in April where be beat Station Master readily despite appearing to idle in front.
The Black Sam Bellamy gelding could have more still to offer over the larger obstacles, over which he remains unexposed, and he can race here from the same weight as he did in that Fontwell success so if returning here in similar fashion then he could go well returning to this venue where he is 3-3.
1.00 – Minella Mojo
1.35 – Good Man Jim
2.10 – Clondaw Dancer
2.45 – Captain Cattistock
3.20 – Paricolor
3.55 – Eritage
4.30 – Now Look At Me
(1.40) BATTLEOVERDOYEN (Evens, Unibet) was clearly amiss when pulled up in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle back in March, but Gordon Elliott’s charge had proven to be a highly-progressive sort over timber prior to that blip and could bounce back here switching to chasing.
The Doyen gelding was a point-to-point winner prior to joining this yard, and he struck in a Punchestown bumper as well as over hurdles at Navan and Naas where he won the Grade One Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle.
He could prove hard to beat on his reappearance and debut over the larger obstacles if fully wound up for this return, and if he can translate his classy hurdles form to chasing then he can get back to winning ways.
(4.00) FIT TO BE TIED (16/1, Bet365) travelled well for a long way at Limerick two weeks ago before fading, eventually finishing around twelve lengths’ third behind Spyglass Hill; Niall Maddens charge could improve though for that reappearance which was his first run in seven months.
The Oscar gelding has yet to add to his tally since scoring at Limerick back in March 2017 – his sole success to date – but that return effort was his best in some time and a step back in the right direction having appeared to lose his way somewhat over fences.
He found less than looked likely last time out having travelled well into the contest, but with the run under his belt then he could prove a lot sharper now and he could make his presence felt here from the same mark.
1.05 – Mount Ida
1.40 – Battleoverdoyen
2.15 – Shady Operator
2.50 – Wake Up Early
3.25 – Quartz Du Rheu
4.00 – Fit To Be Tied
4.35 – Global Equity