Tuesday 7 January horse racing tips – O’Neill’s 11/10 chance can strike Lingfield win

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Tuesday 7 January horse racing meetings from Lingfield, Taunton and Southwell.

Three more UK fixtures head to post on Tuesday, and the afternoon sees jumps racing action from both Taunton and Lingfield; while in the evening there is racing under the floodlights at Southwell on their fibresand surface.

Taunton (jumps) – 1.00 – 4.00pm (7 races)
Lingfield (jumps) – 12.45 – 3.45pm (7 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) – 4.15 – 7.15pm (7 races)

Brian Healy looks at all three racecards on Tuesday and gives his race-by-race selections and best bets.



(1.15) ORRISDALE (11/10, Bet365) was a Bangor bumper winner back in April last year, and Jonjo O’Neill’s charge wasted no time in following up switched to hurdles at Uttoxeter in November following a break, scoring readily over Captain Blackpearl by two lengths.

The Oscar gelding subsequently lost no caste in defeat when finding only one too strong at Newcastle last month, keeping on well behind Rath An Iuir but proving no match for the winner. He perhaps wasn’t suited by the slow and steady pace of that race, but it was a good effort nonetheless and he can show further improvement to get back on the scoresheet.

His earlier success came in heavy ground so he’ll be well suited by these conditions, and while he has to give weight all round to his field of rivals he could prove tough to beat upped in trip for this latest outing.

(2.15) DESTINEE ROYALE (Evens, Bet365) was a soft-ground bumper winner at Towcester on her racecourse debut back in April 2018, and the Balko mare was subsqeuntly absent for ten months until making a solid return at this venue last February over a longer trip where she finished five lengths’ third behind Dominateur.

That was her first run following wind surgery, but she has been absent again since until this latest return and she could be worth chancing to make a winning reapperance.

The form of his sole run last term has worked out well, with the winner going on to win three of four subsequent starts, while the runner-up has also won since. She is likely to be well-prepared for this latest reappearance by the Venetia Williams team, and this looks a very winnable return to action so every chance she can strike here if turning out fit and dropping back to two miles.

12.45 – River Tyne
1.15 – Orrisdale
1.30 – Seeanythingyoulike
2.15 – Destinee Royale
2.45 – Just Your Type
3.15 – Chloe’s Court
3.45 – Bennys Girl

Trainer Venetia Williams

Trainer Venetia Williams can saddle a Lingfield winner on Tuesday.


(2.00) FILOU DES ISSARDS (SP) might have needed the experience when finishing down the field on his hurdles debut at Ludlow back in November, but the Network gelding shaped better on the back of that effort when bagging a bronze medal finish over this course in December and the Network gelding can get off the mark now.

Philip Hobbs’ charge finished third between the flags prior to joining this yard, and having probably needed the run on his bumper debut for this yard at Ffos Las in October, he has progressed with each start and could find further improvement.

The ground might just have been too testing last time, but he could appreciate slightly quicker ground on this latest outing and in a fairly weak contest he can open his win account.

(2.30) COOLE WELL (6/1, Coral) could be worth chancing on his third start over fences to get off the mark in this discipline, and the Gold Well gelding has shaped well on both his starts over fences to date.

Jamie Snowden’s charge showed some fair form over hurdles last term, including winning at Plumpton, and having had wind surgery ahead of his chase debut at Newcastle back in November he chased home the useful Simply The Betts, beaten four lengths.

That was his first run for seven months, and he stepped up on the form he showed in that reappearance to chase home a potentially smart prospect at Haydock last month although he was no match for the winner.

Back in the handicap ranks now, he remains with scope to do better from this mark, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him post a bold show.

1.00 – Smiths Bay
1.30 – Buzz
2.00 – Filou Des Issards
2.30 – Coole Well
3.00 – Prudhomme
3.30 – Captain Cattistock
4.00 – Pola Chance

Captain Cattistock can make a winning switch to the hunter chase ranks at Taunton on Tuesday.


(4.15) MOONRAKER (5/2, William Hill) goes well at this venue, scoring four times over course and distance from his nine starts on fibresand, and Michael Appleby’s charge can get back on the winning trail here.

The Starspangledbanner gelding registered his latest win late last month, beating Awsaaf by two lengths, and he was subsequently beaten a similar margin into third behind Airshow over course and distance on New Years’ Day where he carried a penalty.

He finished behind the reopposing course specialist Samovar on that occasion, but he wasn’t seen to best effect having fluffed his lines at the start, and he might be able to turn the tables this time around despite the pair clashing on the same terms if getting away better from the stalls.

He could be worth chancing on this occasion to get back to winning ways where he remains well-treated on his old form.

(5.15) MOTAWAAFEQ (5/2, Coral) could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet having been tried on fibresand in France prior to joining this yard, and Michael Appleby’s charge is forgiven his last run where he shaped as if amiss at Wolverhampton last month.

The Wootton Bassett colt failed to beat a rival home, but he is perhaps better judged on his debut win for this yard at the same venue earlier in the month where be beat Badayel by a half-length. He showed a tendency to hang on both occasions, but his latest run was too bad to be true and he can bounce back switched to this surface.

The slight drop back in trip for this latest assignment could prove a good move, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see a better effort this time around.

4.15 – Cold Harbour
4.45 – Moonraker
5.15 – Motawaafeq
5.45 – Fancy Footings
6.15 – Atwaar
6.45 – Sea Of Cool
7.15 – Red Stripes