Tuesday horse racing tips 31 December – Cox’s 3/1 chance looks Just The Man to land Lingfield win
Brian Healy looks ahead to Tuesday's UK and Irish horse racing meetings and gives his race-by-race selections for every race.
The final day of racing in the current decade sees four UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Tuesday, and there is jumps racing from the cards at Warwick and Uttoxeter as well as from Punchestown in Ireland.
Meanwhile, on the all-weather there is also a fixture at Lingfield on the polytrack.
Lingfield (flat, aw) – 12.00- 3.20pm (7 races)
Punchestown (jumps) – 12.05 – 3.25pm (7 races)
Uttoxeter (jumps) – 12.15 – 3.30pm (7 races)
Warwick (jumps) – 12.25 – 3.40pm (7 races)
BRIAN HEALY’S NAP OF THE DAY FOR TUESDAY 31 DECEMBER
(12.00) MAN OF THE SEA (4/1, William Hill) posted some fair form in Ireland for Ken Condon, winning at Navan on his final outing for that yard prior to switching to Neil Mulholland.
The Born to Sea Gelding finished third at Bath on his debut for his current yard back in May, but he comes here as a multiple winner in Jersey and he could well add to his tally here where the handicapper might be taking a chance allocating a mark of just 60 ahead of this outing where he makes his polytrack debut.
Assuming the different surface doesn’t catch him out, he could go close in this contest and no surprise to see him competitive from a good draw back from a break.
(1.40) JUST THE MAN (3/1, Coral) arrives here in good form having won two of his last three starts, and Clive Cox’s charge can follow up his latest success over this course with another success if seeing out the longer trip.
The Rajsaman colt was a winner at Newbury back in July, and following a pair of solid efforts in defeat he got back on the winning trail at Kempton over one furlong shorter than today’s distance. He scored by a neck that day from Good Tidings, all out to hold on; but he was disappointing next time over the same course and distance where he beat only one home.
However, he quickly bounced back latest, scoring readily, and a 3lbs rise for that success doesn’t look unduly harsh if the step up in trip unlocks further improvement. He didn’t appear to be stopping at the end of his success over slightly shorter at Kempton, and he ought to get the race run to suit so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him posting a big run.
12.00 – Man Of The Sea
12.35 – Today Power
1.05 – Kuwait Currency
1.40 – Just The Man
2.10 – Golden Fountain
2.45 – Tipperary Jack
3.20 – Little Miss Lilly
(12.40) KUPATANA (SP) was a very useful sort for Nicky Henderson, but the Westerner mare wasn’t always the most fluent of jumpers, although she showed better form for Paul Nicholls with two wins from three starts at Ditcheat which included a Listed contest at Cheltenham in April.
Now with Henry de Bromhead, she hasn’t shown her best in two starts for her new yard at Wexford and Clonmel respectively; but both runs have come in Listed company, and she might appreciate this drop in grade for her latest run where she looks the clear pick at the weights on her best form.
A tongue-tie is now applied which may help to elicit some further improvement, and a clear round of jumping ought to be good enough to see her get off the mark here for an in-form trainer/jockey combination.
(1.45) Sizing John makes his long-awaited reappearance, but the former Gold Cup winner might need this first run in two years, and it could be worth chancing on BURROWS SAINT (SP) to get back to winning ways.
The Saint Des Saints gelding is one of four runners in the race for Willie Mullins, and having proved smart over hurdles a couple of seasons ago, including finishing third in a Grade One at Punchestown, he has shown a good level of ability over fences where he reeled off a three-timer from five starts over the larger obstacles last term.
Possibly needing his reappearance in the Drinmore Chase behind Fakir D’oudairies, he reverts to the smaller obstacles here where he could have more to offer and he remains relatively unexposed over timber although he does have to improve a good deal on official ratings against this field.
However, unlike most of her rivals she arrives race-fit and she could take advantage of her match-sharpness to post a big run under Rachael Blackmore here.
12.05 – Early Doors
12.40 – Kupatana
1.10 – Pasley
1.45 – Burrows Saint
2.15 – Avellino
2.50 – Barna Venture
3.25 – Immortality
(12.45) ACCORDINGTOGINO (SP) was a winner between the flags for Keith Purcell prior to joining forces with Dan Skelton, and while the Perugino gelding has yet to win for his current yard he has shown some useful form in making the frame in five of his six starts over hurdles.
The latest of those came when beaten only a half-length behind Potters Corner at Chepstow earlier in the month, just failing to last home and run down late on the dash to the line having led over the last.
The winner scored over fences in the recent Welsh Grand National, and the Skelton runner has only been raised 2lbs for that run so he could go close here with a similar effort. The form of his earlier runner-up finish has also been franked, and this could be his day to open his win account having shown enough to suggest he ought to be winning before long.
(2.25) DIAMOND FORT (SP) was in the process of running well and yet to be asked for full effort when falling three out on his chase debut at Chepstow earlier in the month, and if none the worse for that mishap then Fergal O’Brien’s charge could bounce back to get off the mark at the second attempt over the larger obstacles.
The Gamut gelding won twice over hurdles earlier in his career, scoring either side of a break back in 2017; but things haven’t gone to plan for him since, and the handicapper perhaps had his measure over hurdles.
He shaped promisingly over fences in his debut, and if none the worse for his fall in that contest then he could be worth chancing to open his account now.
12.15 – Alltimegold
12.45 – Accordingtogino
1.20 – Gatacre Street
1.50 – Informateur
2.25 – Diamond Fort
3.00 – Mr Washington
3.30 – Bourbon Beauty
(12.55) Point-winner CILL ANNA (SP) didn’t build on a promising return in an Aintree bumper when disappointing in a Listed prize at Cheltenham behind Urban Artist; but Paul Nicholls’ charge showed up better switched to hurdling when finishing five lengths’ third behind Kissesforkatie at Wincanton earlier in the month.
The Imperial Monarch filly was stepping up to this longer trip for the first time, and having cut out most of the running where she was keen in front she battled back well once headed although wasn’t able to match the winner’s effort.
She was beaten less than one length however behind the runner-up, and she might be able to make her presence felt with that experience under her belt where she ought to do better. A first-time tongue-tie is applied which might help her to eke out some further progress, and she can get off the mark here.
(1.30) SEEANYTHINGYOULIKE (4/1, Ladbrokes) is still searching for his first win over obstacles, but since being switched to chasing Jeremy Scott’s charge has largely acquitted himself well in defeat and it might not be too much longer before the Fruits Of Love gelding gets off the mark in this sphere.
Having looked in need of his return over hurdles in August, he made the frame in successive starts here and and Wincanton, and he was still pitching when falling four out at Ludlow; and he might still have been feeling those exertions two weeks later when only finishing fourth to Adherence at Taunton last month.
He was beaten six lengths there, but possibly he found his stamina stretched and dropped back in trip from 1lb lower in the weights this could well be his day in the sun.
12.25 – See Forever
12.55- Cill Anna
1.30 – Seeanythingyoulike
2.00 – High Counsel
2.35 – Glenforde
3.10 -Global Ruler
3.40 – Wilde About Oscar
BRIAN HEALY’S BEST BETS FOR TUESDAY 31 DECEMBER
12.00 Lingfield – MAN OF THE SEA (4/1, William Hill)
12.40 Punchestown – KUPATANA (SP)
12.45 Uttoxeter – ACCORDINGTOGINO (SP)
12.55 Warwick – CILL ANNA (SP)
1.30 Warwick – SEEANYTHINGYOULIKE (4/1, Ladbrokes)
1.40 Lingfield – JUST THE MAN (3/1, Coral)
1.45 Punchestown – BURROWS SAINT (SP)
2.25 Uttoxeter – DIAMOND FORT (SP)