Tuesday top racing tips – Best bets at Leicester, Newton Abbot and Pontefract

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We reveal our Tuesday top racing tips and best bets for the day’s trio of meetings at Leicester, Newton Abbot and Pontefract.

Tuesday’s horse racing action sees flat fixtures taking place at Pontefract and Leicester, as well as over the sticks at Newton Abbot on another exciting afternoon of equine action. While the racing might not be at the same level as recent rays, there’s sure to be some cracking racing nonetheless with 26 races going to post across the three meetings.

We’ve been in good form with our daily tips of late and we pick out our Tuesday top racing tips and best bets for the day over the three meetings.


1:15 Pontefract – Atlas Leisure Homes Ltd Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 5f

BALANCING ACT finished fourth behind the reopposing Kendred Soul when making her reappearance at Beverley last month; but likely to be sharper now the No Nay Never filly can turn the tables with her stablemate.

Jedd O’Keeffe saddles both, but the selection was conceding race-fitness to her stablemate on that occasion where she caught the eye running on well late from the back and she could build on that outing to get closer this time.

Eased 2lbs in the weights and with Megan Nicholls’ handy claim she is weighted to reverse that recent form and she could prove the answer in a tricky contest although her high draw isn’t entirely ideal.

Nevertheless, she can go well if showing the benefit of her recent reappearance and she should be in the mix.

1:50 Pontefract – Sochall Smith Chartered Accountants Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-95) 5f

RAYONG has been keeping better company than this since scoring on his debut last May, running with credit in Listed and Group Two company as well as competitive handicaps at York and Doncaster which included finishing second to wide-margin winner Mum’s Tipple in the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes.

Karl Burke’s Mayson colt made a promising return to action following nine months off the track when finishing seventh behind Art Power in the recent Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap at Royal Ascot and he’ll surely be sharper for that outing. He finished first in his group on the far side having raced from the number three stall and that form has certainly been boosted with the winner going on to win a Group Three in Ireland.

He’s been eased 2lbs in the weights following that run which will have brought him on and he should be cherry ripe to take advantage of this slight ease in grade so he could prove hard to beat if building on that Royal Ascot outing back on a better surface.

Trainer Karl Burke can get amongst the winners at Pontefract on Tuesday.

4:50 Newton Abbot – Babbacombe Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 2m5f

LORD BRYAN is none too consistent; but the Brian Boru gelding scored his last win over course and distance and could be worth chancing on his reappearance and return to this venue to repeat the feat and resume winning ways.

Peter Bowen’s charge ran out a three lengths’ winner over a useful yardstick in Deauville Dancer although his form since has been fairly patchy. That said, he has twice finished runner-up in the wake of that success, most recently getting to within a head of Cap St Vincent at Taunton.

His record fresh isn’t inspiring, but with course winning form to call upon he could still be capable of defying this mark on his return to action despite it not offering too much room to manoeuvre assuming he arrives here on a going day.

5:10 Leicester – British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 6f

MOUNTAIN BRAVE won twice on the all-weather prior to lockdown, scoring successes at Wolverhampton over seven furlongs and Newcastle over todays distance; Mark Johnston’s charge lost little caste in defeat behind Breath Of Joy when returning from the enforced break and switching to turf last month where the Sepoy filly was beaten less than one length into the runner-up spot.

She tried to make all the running that day, keeping on well once headed but quickly held by the winner and proving no match although she did well to hold on to the silver medal berth. That form has largely been upheld with the winner since running well in a better grade, while the third and fifth have both collected silver medals on their respective next outings.

Only 1lb higher in the weights for this latest outing she’ll be sharper with that recent run under her belt and the drop back to six furlongs for this contest could see her get off the mark on turf to add to her all-weather successes. One of our Tuesday top racing tips it would be no surprise to see him go close.

6:15 Leicester – Bodie Hodges Foundation Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 1m

JAZZ HANDS had been in good form on the all-weather over the winter months, winning three times at Southwell although he might just have been feeling the effects of a busy season when running a shade below his best when last seen.

Richard Fahey’s charge finished third to Lightning Attack, beaten around six lengths, but the Red Jazz gelding could bounce back returning from a break and switching to turf where he can compete from a 5lbs lower mark.

He has won on grass in the past so the chance in surface shouldn’t prove an issue and jockey Barry McHugh is 3-4 on him. Assuming he arrives here fully revved up then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him posting a big run on his reappearance and he can exploit this lower turf rating to get back on the scoresheet.