Monday 12 August horse racing tips – O’Meara’s 7/4 chance can score another win at Catterick
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Monday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.
The wet weather over Scotland over the past few days has claimed Ayr’s scheduled fixture on the flat, thus leaving just four UK and Irish racemeetings to go to post on Monday.
The loss of Ayr leaves only Catterick as the surviving afternoon fixture, and the Yorkshire track are racing on the level; whiile in the evening there is further flat racing on turf from Windsor as well as from the all-weather at Wolverhampton.
Completing the revised fixture list for Monday is an evening jumps racing card at Ballinrobe in Ireland.
Catterick (flat) – 2.15 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Windsor (flat) – 5.30 – 8.00pm (6 races)
Ballinrobe (jumps) – 5.40 – 8.40pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 5.50 – 8.50pm (7 races)
(3.45) RASELASAD (7/2, William Hill) is a past course-and-distance winner, and with the ground likely to be testing Tracy Waggott’s charge could prove the answer to this trick handicap contest.
The Acclamation gelding handles all types of conditions, and while his winning form has come on better ground he is fully effective in the mud as he showed when denied only by a head at Musselburgh previously in soft ground.
He has hit the bar in three of his five outings this term, latterly beaten only one length behind Tribal Warrior at the Scottish track and he is only 2lbs higher in the weights here. He can continue to run well despite that rise, and with conditions no issue it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him go close.
(4.15) OLLIVANDER (7/4, Bet365) arrives here chasing a hat-trick of wins, having previously struck at Beverley and here latterly when beating Bedtime Bella by just over one length readily.
David O’Meara’s charge has since see that runner-up go on to score next time, and for all this is a tougher assignment stepping back into the handicap ranks from a higher rating, his rise in the weights is offset by the presence of a good 3lbs claimer so he ought to remain competitive here.
Proven over course and distance, as well as having performed well in the mud in the past, he looks to have plenty going for him and every chance he can win again.
2.15 – Maystar
2.45 – Desert Point
3.15 – Delachance
3.45 – Raselasad
4.15 – Ollivander
4.45 – Tonto’s Spirit
5.15 – Normal Equilibrium
(6.00) ONASSIS (4/1, Paddy Power) shaped encouragingly on her debut at Newbury back in June, finishing fifth behind Picture Frame, and the Dubawi filly subsequently put that experience to good use when finding only Dark Lady too strong on her next outing at Lingfield the following month.
Charlie Fellowes’ charge has since seen that form upheld by the winner making the frame in consecutive Group Three contests at Ascot and Newmarket respectively, and she can find further progress back on turf for this latest outing.
A well-bred sort, she can prove to be a smart prospect in her own right and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her getting firmly involved in this contest.
(6.30) MAKING HISTORY (11/4, Bet365) improved for the switch to handicapping to get off the mark at Leicester last month, beating Danny Ocean by almost four lengths; but Saeed bin Suroor’s charge failed to back that up next time when being soundly beaten behind Path Of Thunder at Newmarket when last seen.
The Dubawi colt may have found that run coming too soon for him under his 6lbs penalty, and he finished a well-beaten third of four runners where he crossed the line almost 15 lengths in arrears.
He’s been given more of a breather here, and while this handicap mark may look a little stiff based solely on that performance last time, he could still have further progress to come and may be able to defy this rating which is based on his earlier success where he posted a solid time having made all.
As a result, he could be worth chancing to bounce back from that lesser run on this occasion, and every chance he can do better.
5.30 – Moneta
6.00 – Onassis
6.30 – Making History
7.00 – Caradoc
7.30 – Bug Boy
8.00 – Grisons
(6.40) This doesn’t look a particularly strong race, and MOSSTOWN MILLER (4/1, Ladbrokes) is taken to open his account.
The Windsor Knot gelding has shown only fair form over hurdles since making the switch out of the point-to-point sphere; but he ran well back from a short break at Limerick last month, and PJ Hassett’s charge can build on that performance to gain a first win.
Fifth on that reappearance following three months off, he was beaten around seven lengths adrift of the winner, and a repeat of that effort will make him competitive here with cheekpieces applied for the first time which could well produce some further improvement in the eight-year old.
(7.10) LEVER DU SOLEIL (13/8, Paddy Power) thrived on the flat during July, winning four times in all, and Gavin Cromwell’s continued his good spell back over timber when finding only one too good at Galway earlier in the month.
The Le Havre gelding was beaten around three lengths behind Lucky Icon on that occasion, not helped by a last hurdle error; but he was clear of the third and rest of the field, and a repeat of that effort will put him firmly in the mix.
This slightly longer trip should pose no issue, and a runner-up effort over timber here last September in the mud shows he should have no issue with the ground so a big performance could be in the works and it would be no surprise to see him going close here.
5.40 – Global Freedom
6.10 – Kildevil George
6.40 – Mosstown Miller
7.10 – Lever Du Soleil
7.40 – Woodbrook Boy
8.10 – Sizing Malbay
8.40 – Pencreek
(6.20) FANTASTIC FLYER (3/1, William Hill) has been in excellent heart this term since returning from six months off the track, winning four of her six outings which include her last two at this course and distance, and Dean Ivory’s charge can land a hat-trick.
The Harbour Watch filly returned to action with back-to-back wins at Kempton and Chelmsford, and following successive defeats at both venues she returned to winning form in first-time cheekpieces here in July, beating Sonnet Rose by five lengths.
Having quickly followed up under a penalty earlier this month, beating Fly True by a half-length, making all and finding plenty for pressure to hold off the runner-up. A subsequent 5lbs rise is offset by her rider’s claim, and for all she needs more stepping up in grade if she’s to bag a hat-trick of wins, she could be capable of finding the improvement needed.
(7.20) STEELRIVER (4/1, Bet365) goes well at this track ,and Michael Herrington’s charge can get back to winning ways.
The Iffraaj gelding is a four-time winner in 2019, of which three have come at this venue, and his latest came when beating Green Door by a head in a claimer back in May. He has since been a little in-and-out, but there wasn’t much wrong with his near-miss at Catterick two starts ago, and while disappointing at Redcar latest he can bounce back.
A return to this surface and claiming company could see him return to the winners’ circle, and on these terms he looks sure to go well so no surprise if he were to go close.
5.50 – Cauthen
6.20 – Fantastic Flyer
6.50 – Street Poet
7.20 – Steelriver
7.50 – Dana Forever
8.20 – He’s A Laddie
8.50 – Say Nothing