Tuesday UK horse racing tips 21 January – Stick With Bill to land Leicester win
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Tuesday's UK racemeetings at Exeter, Leicester and Newcastle.
Brian Healy gives his Tuesday UK horse racing tips where just three meetings are scheduled to go to post as racing in Ireland takes another day off. The day’s racing action comes over the sticks at Exeter and Leicester; while on the all-weather there is a fixture at Newcastle on their tapeta surface. Keep reading to get our race-by-race Tuesday UK horse racing tips for every meeting!
Exeter (jumps) – 1.00 – 4.30pm (8 races)
Leicester (jumps) – 1.15 – 4.15pm (7 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 4.05 – 7.15pm (7 races)
BRIAN HEALY’S NAP OF THE DAY – TUESDAY 21 JANUARY
WEST END STORY (9/4, William Hill) showed a decent level of ability in bumpers and over hurdles, and Philip Hobbs’ charge made a decent fist of his chase debut over this course and distance when finishing fourth behind Defi Du Seuil.
The Westerner gelding made a fair return to action from more than ten months off the track, finishing fourth to Diablo De Rouhet having looked in need of the run. That represents some strong form, and he still held chances when falling at Newbury when last seen in action in November.
That was another decent contest, and if he’s none the worse for that mishap then he could be worth siding with to get off the mark in this sphere where question marks hang over all five runners in the field.
RING THE MOON (7/2, William Hill) didn’t show a great deal over hurdles in his first few starts in novice company, but he found some improvement switching to a handicap where he found only one too strong in Out The Glen at Ffos Las last month.
Evan Williams’ Spanish Moon gelding was beaten just under two lengths in that outing, where he possibly wasn’t helped by a mistake two out which appeared to halt his momentum. Nevertheless, despite that error he stuck well to his task to bag the silver medal spot and finish ahead of a subsequent winner.
A 2lbs rise in the weights could remain workable given he remains open to further improvement as a handicapper, and if the drop back in trip doesn’t prove an inconvenience then every chance he can get off the mark.
1.00 – Kilconny Bridge
1.30 – West End Story
2.00 – Fanfaron Dino
2.30 – Ring The Moon
3.00 – Saint Dalina
3.30 – Great Tempo
4.00 – Prime Venture
STICK WITH BILL (SP) struck in a heavy ground bumper on his debut back in December 2018, and the Oscar gelding has made a good start over hurdles since returning from eight months off the track where he finished runner-up on his first start over obstacles at Chepstow and then followed up by going one better at Ffos Las in November.
Harry Whittington’s charge was flying too high in the recent Grade One Challow Hurdle where he finished a well-beaten fourth of five runners, but running in snatches. Nevertheless, he ought to appreciate this much easier assignment and he could prove hard to beat on the form of his earlier efforts over hurdles to date.
He has to give 6lbs to this field of rivals, but he is 2-2 in heavy ground and he likely has more to offer as a hurdler so looks worth sticking with here to get back on to winning ways.
WHITEHOTCHILIFILI (SP) boasts some solid form in bumpers, scoring at Southwell on debut and then running with credit in Listed and Graded company respectively at Sandown and Aintree.
Harry Fry’s Milan mare made a fine start to hurdling when finishing three lengths’ third behind Vienna Court at Ffos Las back in October, and that experience wasn’t lost on him when showing improvement to get off the mark over obstacles with an impressive victory over Lisa De Vassy at Wincanton on Boxing Day.
He made all the running that day, jumping left on occasion; but he had nine lengths to spare over the runner-up, and there ought to be more to come from him after just two starts over hurdles.
His Wincanton win came in heavy ground so these conditions will pose no issue, and while penalised for that success last time, she looks progressive and is capable of following up here with the potential for further improvement to come.
1.15 – Stick With Bill
1.45 – Rouge Vif
2.15 – Whitehotchilifili
2.45 – Big Difference
3.15 – Aiguille Rouge
3.45 – What’s The Scoop
4.15 – Kestrel Valley
FAIR WARNING (10/3, William Hill) has hit the crossbar in each of his last two starts, beaten just over two lengths behind Copperlight over course and distance in December and then being denied only by a neck behind Dark Phoenix at Kempton when last seen earlier in the month.
The Helmet gelding was a shade unlucky on that occasion as he was squeezed for room when trying to deliver his challenge. He did run on again though and a 2lbs rise in the weights for that recent outing remains workable given previous progression.
It wouldn’t come as a surprise to see another bold bid here, and he can get off the mark now.
NORTHERNPOWERHOUSE (5/2, William Hill) was a Musselburgh winner back in July last year and the Harbour Watch colt bounced back from a couple of lesser efforts at that venue and Beverley when almost taking advantage of a switch to this surface over course and distance when denied only by a short-head behind Castle Quarter in October.
Bryan Smart’s charge subsequently had a break for a couple of months after which he made a winning reappearance over course and distance, beating Mohareb and the reopposing Asdaa where he posted a ready success.
That rival has won since, and the pair meet again here on level weights so every chance he can confirm that form with another success here given he is unexposed on the all-weather and could have further improvement to come.
4.05 – Champagne Rules
4.40 – Fair Warning
5.15 – The Right Choice
5.45 – Majestic Sands
6.15 – Northernpowerhouse
6.45 – N Over J
7.15 – Gunmaker
TUESDAY UK HORSE RACING TIPS 21 JANUARY
1.15 Leicester – STICK WITH BILL (SP)
1.30 Exeter – WEST END STORY (9/4, William Hill)
2.15 Leicester – WHITEHOTCHILIFILI (SP)
2.30 Exeter – RING THE MOON (7/2, William Hill)
4.40 Newcastle – FAIR WARNING (10/3, William Hill)
6.15 Newcastle – NORTHERNPOWERHOUSE (5/2, William Hill)