Monday 15 July horse racing tips – Tinkler’s 2/1 chance can make Hay with success at Ripon

Ripon is one of six UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Monday.

Ripon is one of six UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Monday.

Brian Healy looks through Monday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings, and he gives his NAP of the day and best bet from the day’s six cards.

With six meetings on the agenda for Monday’s UK and Irish horse racing schedule, Brian Healy looks through the day’s action across the country and picks out his NAP of the day with a selection from Ripon.

Ripon hosts a seven-race card on Monday, getting underway from 2.20pm, and Brian turns his attentions to the fourth race of the afternoon at the Yorkshire track where his best bet of the day goes to post.

3.50 Ripon – Armstrong Memorial Handicap (Class 3) (3yo+ 0-95) 6f

Arecibo was a smart performer in France prior to joining David O’Meara, and the Invincible Spirit gelding opened his account for his new trainer at the fourth attempt having struggled previously.

He ran out a narrow winner over Harome who has run well since in a valuable contest at Ascot; but a 5lbs penalty and a return to six furlongs will demand more from him for all he could yet be well treated off this mark based on his old form in France. He is respected, and it would be no surprise to see him run well in his follow-up bid, but ROUNDHAY PARK (2/1, William Hill) is the call to come out on top in this contest.

Nigel Tinkler has his string in decent form at present, and the Mayson gelding has valuable course and distance winning form to call upon, scoring the latest of his successes last June when beating Mindsummer Knight from a mark of 90.

He remained competitive from higher marks, although he failed to add to his tally and the feeling was that he was in the grip of the handicapper. But he acquitted himself well nonetheless, making the frame at York in September behind Big Les from a rating of 94.

Although he hasn’t been seen at his best in a number of starts this campaign, his last two outings at Doncaster and Haydock respectively have been better efforts, and if he can continue with his current spell of form then there appears no real reason why he shouldn’t remain competitive.

Beaten around four lengths behind Cartmell Cleave at Doncaster on his penultimate start, where he finished third despite missing the break, he was only denied by a head subsequently last time out behind Gabrial The Devil at Haydock where he perhaps conceded first run having met with some trouble in running before finishing strongly.

The handicapper has pushed him up 3lbs for that near-miss, but he remains well-treated on the pick of his form from last campaign and a repeat of that latest effort at Haydock could prove good enough to see him ending his winless spell.