Tuesday 14 January horse racing tips – George’s 10/3 chance to put the Bite on Doncaster rivals
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Tuesday's UK and Irish racemeetings.
Tuesday’s fixture list of UK and Irish horse racing meetings sees a further four racecards going to post with afternoon jumps racing action from the cards at Doncaster and Exeter, as well as from Fairyhouse in Ireland.
Meanwhile, in the evening there is an all-weather fixture under the floodlights at Chelmsford which races on its’ polytrack surface.
Fairyhouse (jumps) – 12.45 – 4.00pm (7 races)
Doncaster (jumps) – 1.05 -3.50pm (6 races)
Exeter (jumps) – 1.25 – 4.10pm (6 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 4.30 – 7.30pm (7 races)
Brian Healy looks through all four of the Tuesday racecards and gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all the day’s action.
BRIAN HEALY’S NAP OF THE DAY – TUESDAY 14 JANUARY
(1.15) HIGHEST BENEFIT (SP) has won three of his last four starts, and the Beneficial gelding arrives here in search of a hat-trick having won his last two outings following a break.
William Austin’s charge posted both those wins at Tramore, latterly beating Misty Adage by two lengths on New Years’ Day, appearing to score a shade readily, and while his new mark demands improvement he does look worth chancing given his current rich vein of form.
Heavy ground suits, and while he’s not been at his best previously at this venue this looks another decent opportunity for him to register another win, and it wouldn’t come as a shock to see him competitive again.
(1.45) HEATSTROKE (SP) was a fair sort for Nicky Henderson, winning at Huntingdon on his hurdles debut last February and making the frame behind Harambe and Highly Prized, although his last couple of efforts were a shade disappointing.
The Galileo gelding has since switched yards, joining Michael Cleary’s Irish operation and he makes his return to action here from more than eight months off the track where he could be well-treated from a mark of 121 based on his previous form for Henderson.
The services of a 7lbs claimer adds further credence to his chances in what looks a winnable introduction, and if he’s fit to go on his return to action then every chance he can make a winning debut for his new handler.
12.45 – Theatre World
1.15 – Highest Benefit
1.45 – Heatstroke
2.20 – Gale At Sea
2.50 – Rossmore’s Pride
3.25 – Bold Assassin
4.00 – Ultima Thule
(2.10) THE BIG BITE (10/3, Bet365) weakened as if needing the run on his chase debut at Kempton in November, but Tom George’s charge went well for a long way in that race and can improve now for the outing and experience to get back on the scoresheet.
The Scorpion gekding proved himself a smart hurdler last term, winning twice which included a decent prize at Haydock, and he might not have been suited by Kempton on his next start before contesting Grade One prizes at Cheltenham and Aintree respectively.
His Kempton chase debut was a hot race, but this looks easier and likely to do better this time around now he’s had a run then he could be set to post a bold effort in this contest and he can improve on his debut to get off the mark at the second attempt over the larger obstacles.
(2.40) PERFECT PREDATOR (11/4, Ladbrokes) won a Taunton bumper last February, and he was a very good runner-up on his next outing at Wincanton where he was denied only by a head behind Eritage.
Alan King’s charge – one of two in the race – has shaped well over hurdles in all three starts, twice finishing runner-up in outings at Hereford and here latterly when denied just over one length behind Baron De Midleton where a last-flight mistake robbed him of valuable momentum from which he couldn’t recover.
The Passing Glance gelding arguably sets the standard on that effort, and a repeat could well be enough to see him get off the mark now as he eases back in grade where he remains an unexposed sort who could have more to offer over hurdles.
1.05 – Jessica Rabbit
1.35 – Craigneiche
2.10 – The Big Bite
2.40 – Perfect Predator
3.15 – Stockburn
3.50 – Amberose
(2.00) ASHFIELD PADDY (2/1, William Hill) has shaped well on each of his four starts over hurdles to date, finishing in the frame at Uttoxeter prior to getting off the mark with a defeat of Teescomponentstrig at Haydock in December.
Jonjo O’Neill’s charge latterly finishing three lengths’ runner-up behind Mr Muldoon at Ascot latest, keeping on well but lacking the winner’s pace at the finish and he might benefit from this return to a longer trip where a 2lbs rise in the weights remains workable.
This is a slightly easier grade, and the Publisher gelding remains relatively unexposed so every chance he can remain competitive and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see another bold show where he can get back on the scoresheet.
(3.40) GOSHEVEN (7/4, Bet365) has yet to get off the mark over hurdles, but Philip Hobbs’ charge has already shown a fair level of ability in his four starts where he has twice finished third which includes behind Secret Investor in the 2018 Persian War Hurdle.
The Presenting gelding was absent for more than one year following that outing, but he shaped well on his reappearance back at Chepstow over the Christmas period when finishing fourth to Harry Senior, and a repeat of that effort ought to see him firmly in the mix.
This further step up in trip could unlock some further improvement, and this could be an ideal opportunity for him to open his account.
1.25 – Kapga De Lily
2.00 – Ashfield Paddy
2.30 – Tudors Treasure
3.05 – Whitehotchillifili
3.40 – Gosheven
4.10 – Some Can Dance
(5.00) LADY SHANAWELL (2/1, William Hill) showed better form for a step up in trip in her last couple of all-weather starts last autumn, and Ben Haslam’s charge can get off the mark in this sphere on her return to the level.
The Lord Shanakill filly finished third on both those starts at Newcastle and Wolverhampton respectively, latterly finishing just over one length third to Blyton Lass back in September last year. She had won the time before at Cartmel over hurdles though, and she also struck in that sphere at Wetherby with a defeat of the useful Paricolor prior to being tried in Listed company over timber where she finished sixth in successive starts.
She returns to the level here where she can exploit a mark of 50 now she steps up further again in distance on the level, and with plenty of scope to improve based on her hurdles form then she can go close.
(5.30) ELUSIF (9/1, William Hill, each-way) wasn’t seen to best effect at Lingfield late last month, but Sean Keightley’s charge had gone close the time before over the same course and distance, and the Elusive Quality gelding can get back on the scoresheet here.
Although he hasn’t won since reeling off a Kempton hat-trick in the first quarter of 2019, he has posted some respectable efforts since, and he had a subsequent winner in arrears when beaten a neck behind Axel Jacklin two starts ago.
Not ideally positioned last time, he remains capable of a bold bid having been eased 1lb in the weights, and his last win last term came from a higher mark than this so he could be worth chancing to post a better effort with the return to one mile unlikely to pose an issue and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the frame.
4.30 – Equipped
5.00 – Lady Shanawell
5.30 – Elusif
6.00 – Karisoke
6.30 – Rebecke
7.00 – Lep
7.30 – The Game Is On