Monday’s race-by-race tips – Back Benjamin Thomas to get off the mark at Pontefract
Brian Healy goes through Monday’s horse racing meetings and gives his selections for every race across the UK and Ireland today.
A new week of horse racing action gets underway with a four-fixture line-up of meetings that sees action both on the level, and over the sticks.
The day’s flat racing meetings come from both Pontefract and Windsor, while Plumpton goes over the sticks. Also racing over obstacles is Roscommon who had to pass an early inspection in order to race on Monday.
Windsor (flat) – 1.50 – 5.20pm (8 races)
Roscommon (jumps) – 2.05 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Pontefract (flat) – 2.10 – 5.40pm (8 races)
Plumpton (jumps) – 2.30 – 5.30pm (7 races)
(3.20) BALTIC PRINCE (10/1, Ladbrokes) hasn’t won since scoring at Chester last September when beating Al Muheer in an amateur riders’ contest from 3lbs lower than today’s rating.
However, Tony Carroll’s charge has posted some creditable in-the-frame efforts since, going especially close at Brighton in August when beaten a head behind Sarmadee. While his last-time run was a shade disappointing, he did have the worst of the draw at the Roodeye, and the front-runner could be hard to peg back if getting to the front early here.
(4.20) LIME AND LEMON (4/1, Ladbrokes) has shown improved form since switching to handicaps, scoring at Beverley in July, and returning from a short break during which she moved to Clive Cox she finished a close-up runner-up behind Muraabit at Newbury last time.
She’s been raised 5lbs for that effort which looks a shade harsh; but the Makfi filly did put daylight between her and the third horse home, and possible she may have further improvement to come.
1.50 – Foxcatcher
2.20 – Evanescent
2.50 – Nepeta
3.20 – Baltic Prince
3.50 – Exoteric
4.20 – Lime And Lemon
4.50 – Flying Bear
5.20 – Desert Cross
(3.35) DREAM BABY (4/1, Bet365) could get back on the scoresheet here after a trio of third-placed efforts in recent starts.
Willie Mullins’ Yeats mare last tasted success in a Galway bumper twelve months ago; and after an inauspicious hurdles debut at Gowran Park in June, she has shown improved form since and appeared to relish the step up to three miles at Downpatrick last time when beaten eight lengths behind Double Take.
She possibly got to the front too soon there, and this longer trip could bring up sufficient improvement to see her get back to winning ways under Ruby Walsh.
(4.35) Winning point-to-point performer CALL IT MAGIC (11/4, Sky Bet) is worth chancing on his chase debut, having shown useful form over timber last term, including when beaten just one length behind MMD Sizer at Tipperary back in April.
Ross O’sullivan’s Indian River gelding has been beaten at odds-on on his last two start over hurdles, but he could improve for the switch to fences; and with Ruby Walsh taking the reins he can get off the mark.
2.05 – Theatre Wine
2.35 – Death Duty
3.05 – Bawnmore Lass
3.35 – Dream Baby
4.05 – Monbeg Worldwide
4.35 – Call It Magic
5.05 – Tom Horn
(2.40) BENJAMIN THOMAS (11/10, Ladbrokes) didn’t aid his cause of a winning debut run when fluffing the start at Pontefract last month; but he caught the eye as the race unfolded and went down only by two lengths behind Father McKenzie, with a similar gap back to the third.
That initial experience won’t have been lost on John Quinn’s Mayson colt, and likely to improve for that run he can go one better if coping with the softer ground here.
(3.10) STREET POET (11/2,William Hill) posted his best run to date when returning from a short break at Epsom in September where he was beaten less than one length behind Shufoog; but the Poet’s Voice colt didn’t build on that effort next time at Goodwood when finishing fifth behind Imari Kid.
While that was a shade disappointing, he represents the Sir Michael Stoute yard who has a near-30% strike-rate with their runners at this venue. Now tried in a first-time visor, the headgear could unlock some improvement, and with the stiffer track here likely to help, he can register a first success.
2.10 – Mount Moriah
2.40 – Benjamin Thomas
3.10 – Street Poet
3.40 – D’bai
4.10 – Alf Guineas
4.40 – Burmese
5.10 – Bahama Moon
5.40 – Van Gerwen
(2.30) It could be worth chancing LITHIC (6/1, Bet365) to get the day off to a winning start, and Jonjo O’Neill’s charge could well improve for the switch to hurdles having contested only a pair of bumper races to date.
An impressive winner on debut at Southwell in a race which has thrown up several subsequent winners; the Westerner gelding was upped in class next time to contest a Listed bumper at Newbury, where he came up short in finishing fifth having pulled hard in the heavy ground.
That race was won by subsequent Champion Bumper winner Ballyandy, and likely to improve for the switch to hurdling he is taken to make a winning debut over timber.
(4.30) UNANIMATE (2/1, William Hill) hasn’t won since scoring on his debut at Market Rasen back in September 2014, but David Pipe’s gelding has kept good company since, including competing in back-to-back Grade Three contests last term.
The Kentucky Dynamite gelding hasn’t shown his best in two starts this term, but he has an Aintree runner-up effort to his name from 2lbs higher last term, and this looks a winnable contest despite the presence of hat-trick seeking Kamool in opposition to whom he has to concede 5lbs.
His last-time run behind Bucking The Trend at Uttoxeter, where he finished fourth was a small step back in the right direction; while he has to build on that, he has the ability to outclass this field on his best form.
2.30 – Lithic
3.00 – Unify
3.30 – Goodwood Moonlight
4.00 – Remind Me Later
4.30 – Unanimate
5.00 – Chakisto
5.30 – Oskar’s Eva