Tuesday best racing tips – Punchestown, Musselburgh & Southwell picks
Brian Healy gives his Tuesday best racing tips and selections in every race across the day’s UK and Irish fixtures.
The bad weather continues to claim victims and a planned five-fixture card has become three following the loss of both Taunton and Bangor.
Those losses leave Musselburgh and Punchestown to go to post over the sticks; while there is also an all-weather meeting taking place in the evening at Southwell on their fibresand surface.
Punchestown (jumps) – 1.45 – 4.50pm (7 races)
Musselburgh (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) – 5.30 – 8.00pm (6 races)
Brian Healy looks over all three surviving meetings and gives his Tuesday best racing tips and selections in every race going to post throughout the day.
TUESDAY HORSE RACING TIPS AT A GLANCE
2.15 Punchestown – EARLY DOORS (11/2, BetVictor)
2.30 Musselburgh – FIRST ACCOUNT (85/40, BetVictor)
2.45 Punchestown – CHEB DE KERVINIOU (7/1, BetVictor)
3.00 Musselburgh – NINEOHTWOOONEOH (7/4, BetVictor)
4.05 Musselburgh – CHRISTOPHER WOOD (2/1, BetVictor)
6.00 Southwell – JEM SCUTTLE (9/4, BetVictor)
7.00 Southwell – ASTRO JAKK (5/2, BetVictor)
PUNCHESTOWN BEST RACING TIPS
EARLY DOORS (11/2, BetVictor) wasn’t seen to best effect at Fairyhouse last month when finishing sixth behind Allaho; but Joseph O’Brien’s charge can get off the mark over fences here.
A very smart hurdler, the Soldier Of Fortune gelding placed in a Grade One over timber before landing the Martin Pipe Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. He has since shown himself to be a potentially smart chaser with runner-up efforts at Galway and here on New Years’ Eve when beaten only by Smoking Gun.
That was a better effort than it appeared as he was badly hampered two fences out causing his rider to lose an iron and he couldn’t quite recover to overhaul the winnner.
Although he drops in trip for this contest, he remains with scope as a chaser and his high-class hurdles form makes him interesting here with the potential to improve further in this sphere.
CHEB DE KERVINIOU (7/1, BetVictor) showed fair form in France prior to pitching up at Gordon Elliott’s yard and although he’s winless for more than two years the Tiger Groom gelding could play a part here on just his third start for his new yard.
Runner-up on his debut for his new yard at Fairyhouse behind Biddy The Boss, he looked a tricky ride when last seen at this venue last month where he finished third of six runners behind Rocky’s Silver.
He gets in here on a featherweight while the booking of Rachael Blackmore catches the eye for this assignment. The further step up in trip looks a plus and the pair can combine for a big run where they could give last year’s winning trainer another win in this race.
1.45 – Yanworth
2.15 – Early Doors
2.45 – Cheb De Kerviniou
3.20 – Floueur
3.50 – Barrington Court
4.20 – Pencilfulloflead
4.50 – Ask Mary
MUSSELBURGH BEST RACING TIPS
FIRST ACCOUNT (85/40, BetVictor) won in the point-to-point sphere in Ireland prior to joining Donald McCain, and the Malinas gelding ran well on both starts over hurdles last term where he made the frame each time including when finishing third behind Al Dancer at Carlisle.
There was a lot to like about his chase debut back in November on his return from eleven months off the track where only Saint Freule proved too strong and he can build on that experience to go one better here.
Heavy ground might just have found him out that day, but he should have no qualms on these conditions on his first start for Keith Dalgleish and despite returning from another break he could prove the answer here.
Paul Nicholls sends NINEOHTWOOONEOH (7/4, BetVictor) on the long journey north to Musselburgh and the Fame And Glory gelding can make the trip worthwhile by getting off the mark.
The six-year old struggled last term in four starts, but he proved an altogether different proposition on his reappearance at Wincanton on Boxing Day where he sported a first-time tongue-tie and ran a very creditable third behind Lightly Squeeze.
He might just have needed that reappearance following more than eight months off, but he was a long way clear of the fourth and the form looks solid with the winner going in twice since before running well in the recent Betfair Hurdle.
This longer trip could unlock some further improvement and he can make his presence felt here having been eased 2lbs in the weights.
CHRISTOPHER WOOD (2/1, BetVictor) hasn’t built on some very smart juvenile form which includes a pair of wins as well as finishing third to Pentland Hills in a Grade One at Aintree.
Paul Nicholls’ charge failed to get competitive on his final start of last campaign in the Swinton Hurdle, and he’s struggled both starts this campaign although those runs have come against good opposition.
The Fast Company gelding has had wind surgery since his latest effort behind Epatante at Newbury in November and this is a much easier assignment. The handicapper might be taking a risk dropping him 5lbs in the weights and every chance he can get back to winning ways here.
2.00 – Glorious Lady
2.30 – First Account
3.00 – Nineohtwoooneoh
3.35 – Duke Of Navan
4.05 – Christoper Wood
4.35 – Pinch Of Ginger
5.05 – Malpas
SOUTHWELL BEST RACING TIPS
JEM SCUTTLE (9/4, BetVictor) hasn’t won for a while but the City Zip gelding might not have to wait too much longer to end his losing streak judging on recent efforts following wind surgery.
Declan Carroll’s charge has made the frame on both starts at this venue following an earlier procedure, latterly finishing three lengths’ third behind The Eagle’s Nest over seven furlongs at this venue.
He drops to six furlongs for this latest outing, but his proven stamina for further could prove an asset here where he’s likely to be ridden positively and he remains unexposed on this deeper surface so could well build on recent efforts to end his losing run here.
ASTRO JAKK (5/2, BetVictor) is still relatively unexposed and Karl Burke’s charge can get back on the scoresheet following a lesser run at Newcastle last time out.
The Zoffany gelding was a debut winner last term over six furlongs here and he finished runner-up on both subsequent outings prior to a break. He bounced back from a couple of lesser efforts in the wake of his absence to strike over course and distance and he wasn’t seen to best effect last time when beating only two home behind Reckless Endeavour.
That run came under a penalty and he’s been reassessed only 2lbs higher so could do better returning to this course and distance where he can make his presence felt.
5.30 – Luscifer
6.00 – Jem Scuttle
6.30 – Zapper Cass
7.00 – Astro Jakk
7.30 – Sea Willow
8.00 – Social City