Monday 15 July horse racing tips – Watson’s 2/1 chance can get off the mark at Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton are racing on Monday evening

Wolverhampton are racing on Monday evening

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Monday’s evening UK and Irish horse racing fixtures.

Monday’s late afternoon and evening horse racing action takes in four meetings across the UK and Ireland, with day one of the Killarney Summer Festival taking centre-stage.

Downpatrick’s jumps racing card gets the action underway on the late-shift, while there are further flat racing meetings on turf at Windsor, and on the all-weather at Wolverhampton. Killarney’s first day of racing for their five-day highlight is a mixed flat and jumps racing card.

Downpatrick (jumps) – 3.00 – 6.05pm (7 races)

Windsor (flat) – 5.30 – 8.30pm (7 races)

Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 5.40 – 8.40pm (7 races)

Killarney (mixed) – 5.50 – 8.50pm (7 races)

DOWNPATRICK

(4.00) The lightly-raced LAUREATE (5/2, William Hill) could be the one to keep onside here, and Colin McBratney’s charge has shown race-by-race progress over hurdles since switching from the flat and Mark Johnston’s yard.

The Poet’s Voice mare failed to score on the level, but she did post several in-the-frame efforts, and her exploits over hurdles have shown similar jolts of improvement each time. Latterly runner-up at this venue last month, she can step up again to get off the mark now.

She was beaten nine lengths latest behind Game Present, where she wasn’t helped by some jumping errors although the winner won easily in the end. This however doesn’t look a particularly strong race, and with the potential for further improvement still to come over hurdles she could be worth chancing to get the job done.

(5.00) MONITON (11/8, Paddy Power) has found the frame in found the frame in five of his last six starts, and the Stowaway gelding can open his account here.

Gordon Elliott’s charge was last seen finishing runner-up behind Lowtown Charlie at Wexford earlier in the month, where he was beaten around nine lengths and not for the first time suggested that three miles was beyond him.

However, he drops back in distance today and recent form figures over this trip read 3233 so he ought to remain competitive. While his finishing has often been weak, this doesn’t appear to be the strongest of races, and he is taken to end his winless streak with a victory.

3.00 – Avenir D’une Vie

3.30 – Guttural

4.00 – Laureate

4.30 – Peaches And Cream

5.00 – Moniton

5.35 – King Of Aran

6.05 – Barnet Brook

Gordon Elliott can saddle a winner on the card at Downpatrick on Monday afternoon.

Gordon Elliott can saddle a winner on the card at Downpatrick on Monday afternoon.

WINDSOR

(6.00) FLEETING PRINCE (11/8, William Hill) showed some promise on his debut at Chepstow earlier in the month, eventually finding only one too good behind Huboor where he was beaten just over one length.

That was a creditable effort by Charlie Hills’ charge given that he missed the break and raced keenly early to show his inexperience. But he got better as the race developed and the penny dropped, and he finished to good effect although he hung to his left in another display of inexperience late on.

He ought to have learnt from that however, and likely to improve with the run under his belt then he can go one place better here.

(6.30) CASPIAN QUEEN (15/8, Bet365) can improve on an encouraging debut fifth on the Lingfield all-weather last month, and Richard Hannon’s Sepoy filly can prove to be a lot better for the run by finishing much closer now.

Beaten just over three lengths, she wasn’t seen to best effect having been slowly away and then raced wide which included into the straight before fading, and the experience surely won’t be lost on her.

The winner and third from that race have both since acquitted themselves well in the subsequent Listed Empress Stakes at Newmarket earlier in July, and she is sure to improve for that first taste of action switching now to turf.

Assuming the drop back to the minimum distance prove prove an inconvenience, she ought to go well here and she better her debut effort to get off the mark now.

5.30 – Tavus

6.00 – Fleeting Prince

6.30 – Caspian Queen

7.00 – Sash

7.30 – Iconic Knight

8.00 – Sendeed

8.30 – Showroom

WOLVERHAMPTON

(6.40) MENDOZA (6/1, Bet365) posted several creditable in-the-frame efforts last term when trained by Brian Meehan, and having since joined forces with James Eustace the Zebedee gelding has been able to gain a first career win.

The success came when he struck at Kempton latest, stepping up on his earlier reappearance at Chelmsford where he looked in need of the run.

He had a neck to spare at the line that day over Di Matteo, making the early running before remaining prominent and then keeping on well once back in front to register his success. He could still have further improvement to come however, and a 3lbs rise in the weights doesn’t look unduly harsh.

Assuming the switch to tapeta isn’t a negative, it isn’t hard to think that he could have further improvement still to come and he can follow up here with a repeat.

(7.10) LAFILIA (2/1, Paddy Power) is turned out quickly following a near-miss effort at Chepstow on Friday, and Archie Watson’s charge can get off the mark now.

Formerly trained in Germany, the Teofilo filly has yet to really set the heather alight in her starts to date; but recent efforts in blinkers have been more encouraging, and she could be worth chancing to open her account if continuing to find improvement equipped with the headgear.

Third two starts at Bath, she wasn’t beaten by far when touched off by a half-length behind Rosie Royale at Chepstow latest. Only run down late in the day, that was a decent effort in a stronger race than this, and if she can repeat the run just three days on dropping into claiming company then she could well open her win account.

5.40 – Spargrove

6.10 – Milltown Star

6.40 – Mendoza

7.10 – Lafilia

7.40 – Global Destination

8.10 – Pushaq

8.40 – Al Daayen

Archie Watson can get amongst the winners at Wolverhampton

Archie Watson can get amongst the winners at Wolverhampton

KILLARNEY

(6.50) FLOWERING PEACH (11/2, Paddy Power) is taken to get back on the scoresheet following a couple of disappointing runs, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge could go close.

The Galileo filly was a Gowran Park winner on the back of a short break back in June, after which he struggled in Listed and Group Three company which includes finishing sixth of the seven runners behind Peach Tree who went to post to contest the recent Stanerra Stakes.

Now stepping into a handicap for the first time, she may find this level a bit easier and an opening mark of 84 may not prove beyond her given that she remains with the scope to do better still for a yard which is in decent form at present.

(8.20) SIZING SOLUTION (6/1, Coral) won twice in hunter chases back in the 2017 summer campaign, which included at this venue in the May where the King’s Threatre gelding beat Minella For Value.

Jim Dreaper’s cahrge shaped as if amiss when disappointing next time at Listowel, and he was subsequently absent for some time until making his Rules return at Wexford last month where he found only King’s War too strong by five lengths.

Allied with a previous outing in the point-to-point sphere back in May, the eleven-year old ought to be spot on now, and he appears very fairly treated on past form so it would be no surprise to see the veteran deliver a big run.

5.50 – Irradiate

6.20 – Pythion

6.50 – Flowering Peach

7.20 – All The Answers

7.50 – Island Master

8.20 – Sizing Solution

8.50 – Dinons