Monday 16 September horse racing tips – Ryan’s 11/4 chance can show winning Spirit to strike at Kempton

Kempton race on the all-weather on Monday evening.

Kempton race on the all-weather on Monday evening.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all five of the day’s UK and Irish racemeetings.

Five UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post throughout Monday which shees afternoon flat racing from Brighton and Thirsk; while jumps racing comes from the cards at Worcester, and also Galway in Ireland.

There is also an evening fixture on the all-weather at Kempton under the floodlights.

Brighton (flat) – 1.40 – 4.40pm (7 races)
Worcester (jumps) – 1.50 – 4.20pm (6 races)
Thirsk (flat) – 2.00 – 5.35pm (8 races)
Galway (jumps) – 3.45 – 7.15pm (8 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 4.55 – 8.30pm (8 races)


(2.10) SIMPLY SUSAN (5/2, Bet365) has hit the crossbar on both outings to date, but the Canford Cliffs filly is worth chancing to get off the mark at the third attempt with the likelihood of further improvement to come., Bet

Eve Johnson Houghton’s charge was beaten five lengths by Requiems Dream at Bath on her debut back in July, but she improved for the experience to half her deficit behind Audio back there last time out.

She possibly wasn’t suited by the slow pace in that last outing, but this is likely to be run at more of a gallop and the step up in trip could suit so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her pull out more, and she can open her win account here.

(3.40) WAQT (6/1, Coral) could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet returned to this venue where he is 2-2 in starts at the seaside track.

The Acclamation gelding struck here back in June, beating Andalusite, but he hasn’t been in the same form since in four subsequent outings. He was beaten around five lengths latest in a stronger race where he was racing from out of the handicap; but he could bounce back down in grade now.

Fitted with blinkers now instead of the usual cheekpieces, he could find himself returning to form back at this track, and no surprise to see him going close.

1.40 – Motagally
2.10 – Simply Susan
2.40 – Dawn Treader
3.10 – Brothers In Arms
3.40 – Waqt
4.10 – Joyful Dream
4.40 – Big Time Maybe


Brighton are racing on Monday.


(2.20) SEVEN DE BAUNE (2/1, William Hill) proved himself a useful if somewhat inconsistent hurdler, punctuating wins with lesser efforts; but Ian Williams’ charge ran a promising return to action when finding only Le Malin too good in a French hurdle back in June.

The Tiger Groom gelding hasn’t been seen out since, but he returns from another break to make his chase debut, and he can make a winning switch to this sphere having shown up well between the flags previously.

If he can translate the pick of his hurdles form to this discipline then there is every chance that he can go close on his first try over the larger obstacles, and no surprise to see a big effort from him here.

(2.50) UTILITY (7/2, William Hill) struck back-to-back wins at Uttoxeter and Southwell earlier in the campaign, and David Bridgwater’s charge may well have collected the hat-trick had he stayed upright back at Southwell latest.

The Yeats gelding departed at the third last when holding a slender lead but still travelling well enough, and he might well have gone close but for his crashing out of the contest.

However, he could be worth chancing to quickly bounce back here from the same mark, and assuming he’s none the worse for that spill then he can collect another win under a promising 7lbs claimer.

1.50 – Beni Light
2.20 – Seven De Baune
2.50 – Utility
3.20 – Eva’s Diva
3.50 – Wilberdragon
4.20 – Cawthorne


(2.30) PRISSY MISSY (9/4, William Hill) has shown some improved form in recent outings, finishing runner-up at Ffos Las and Bath prior to getting off the mark with a career-best effort at Chepstow earlier in the month.

David Loughnane’s charge had a neck to spare over Blue Venture, and the Gutaifan filly can build on that success to follow up here despite a 3lbs rise in the weights.

She is worth trying over this longer trip, and open to further improvement she could follow up her breakthrough success here.

(3.00) HARTSWOOD (11/10, William Hill) stepped up on a promising debut fifth to find only one too good on her next start at Haydock, and likely to have more to offer Richard Fahey’s charge can open his win account here.

The Garswood colt was only beaten a head on that occasion, racing keenly and running on well late but not quite managing to peg back the winner. Both those runs have come on softer ground however, and so these quicker conditions are an unknown.

She sets the standard though on her form to date, and with the prospect of further improvement to come over this longer trip he could be hard to beat if the quicker ground doesn’t catch him out.

2.00 – Wots The Wifi Code
2.30 – Prissy Missy
3.00 – Hartswood
3.30 – Cupids Arrow
4.00 – Ahorsewithnonme
4.30 – Harvest Day
5.00 – Sfumato
5.35 – Brutalab

Richard Fahey

Richard Fahey can saddle a winner at Thirsk on Monday


(5.15) GREAT WHITE SHARK (4/7, Ladbrokes) could prove a tough nut to crack for Willie Mullins who also saddles Don’t Hesitate; but the Le Havre mare looks the pick of the pair and is the choice of Paul Townend.

Promising last term, winning twice with successes at Fairyhouse and Wexford, she contested twice on the flat where she struck here during the Galway Festival before posting an excellent third behind Great Trango switched to hurdles five days later.

She made some jumping errors that day, otherwise she might have finished closer, and that race has since thrown up a couple of winners. Dropping back in distance could prove to be a good move and she can give a good account back from a short break.

3.45 – Future Proof
4.15 – Licklighter
4.45 – Castle Canny
5.15 – Great White Shark
5.45 – Sizing Malbay
6.15 – Cats For Cash
6.45 – Island Master
7.15 – Lady Of Elysium


(5.30) SPIRITOFTHENORTH (11/4, Bet365) may have found softer ground against him at Nottingham latest, but Kevin Ryan’s charge can get off the mark now at the third attempt.

The Bated Breath colt had posted a creditable third on his debut at Pontefract in July, but he could only finish fourth latest behind Sir Boris where he was beaten around ten lengths.

The winner and runner-up have both won since however to give that form a boost and there could be some improvement to come. He tackles polytrack for the first time, and on the form of his debut third he holds decent claims of going close in this contest.

(6.30) DON’T JUMP GEORGE (4/1, Coral) has shown some ability in making the frame in both starts to date, latterly finding only one too good at this venue earlier in the month.

Shane Lycett’s charge proved no match for the winner who struck by an easy eight lengths and looked a useful prospect; but the selection wasn’t given a hard time once his chance had gone, and he had enough in reserve to hold onto the runner-up spot.

That trip looked on the sharp side, so this return to a mile should be more to his liking and he ought to go close here given he remains open to improvement as an unexposed sort, and he arguably sets the standard on his runs to date.

4.55 – Castel Angelo
5.30 – Spiritofthenorth
6.00 – Moorland Spirit
6.30 – Don’t Jump George
7.00 – Hermosura
7.30 – Celtic Classic
8.00 – Bidding War
8.30 – Brigand