Monday 19 August horse racing tips – Dunlop’s 5/4 chance can ‘Shaw’ rivals a clean pair of heels at Lingfield

Lingfield are racing on the all-weather on Monday.

Lingfield are racing on the all-weather on Monday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all five of Monday’s scheduled UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

Monday sees five UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post, and the afternoon action comes on the flat from Catterick on turf, and also Lingfield on the all-weather.

Meanwhile, the evening racing action takes in a jumps card from Bangor, while both Windsor and Roscommon in Ireland are racing on the level.

Catterick (flat) – 2.00 – 5.35pm (8 races)
Lingfield (flat, aw) – 2.15 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Roscommon (flat) – 5.20 – 8.20pm (7 races)
Windsor (flat) – 5.30 – 8.00pm (6 races)
Bangor (jumps) – 5.40 – 8.10pm (6 races)


(2.30) GOOD NIGHT MR TOM (11/8, Coral) has shown race-by-race progress, getting off the mark at the fourth attempt when making his handicap debut at Hamilton earlier in the month where the Tagula gelding ran out a two lengths’ winner over Pentewan.

Mark Johnston’s charge made most of the running that day, finding plenty for pressure late on and he gave the impression that he won a shade readily in the end.

A subsequent 7lbs penalty for that success makes things a shade tougher now, but he has the potential to do better and can improve again to record back-to-back successes.

(4.00) PERFECT SWISS (7/2, Bet365) is still a maiden after nine starts, but judging on recent in-the-frame efforts it shouldn’t be too much longer before Tim Easterby’s Swiss Spirit gelding opens his account.

He is much less exposed than his mostly-older rivals, and he has finished 322 in his last three outings which include being denied only by a nose latest at Redcar late last month. The winner of that contest has ran well since in defeat, while the fourth horse home won next time out.

Only raised 1lb in the weights, he goes back up in trip to seven furlongs here and with the potential for improvement still to come he can get off the mark now with a repeat.

2.00 – Enjoy The Moment
2.30 – Good Night Mr Tom
3.00 – B Fifty Two
3.30 – Ahorsewithnoname
4.00 – Perfect Swiss
4.30 – Kodimoor
5.00 – The Grey Zebedee
5.35 – Mauricio

Tim Easterby

Tim Easterby can get amongst the winners at Catterick on Monday.


(2.45) CANTINIERE (3/1, Bet365) isn’t one of the leading lights of Saeed bin Suroor’s Godolphin string, but the War Front filly could get back on the scoresheet here.

She had looked a useful sort last term, scoring twice which included here in December with an impressive four lengths’ victory over Singing Sheriff before contesting at Meydan over the winter where she had little joy.

Back from a six months’ absence, she probably needed the run at Chelmsford on her return in July; but she failed to build on that reappearance when only finishing fifth next time at the same venue behind Attainment.

She was possibly given too much to do that day, but she may be suited by a longer trip this time around and she could bounce back returned to the scene of one of her triumphs. First-time cheekpieces are also deployed in a bid for improvement, and it would be no surprise to see her going well here under Hayley Turner.

(3.45) SHAWAAHEQ (5/4, William Hill) looks hard to oppose in this contest, and Ed Dunlop’s charge can get back to winning ways.

The Tamayuz gelding has shown progressive form with every start, improving from his juvenile form to go close on his return to action at Leicester in May before getting off the mark at Beverley next time with a defeat of Spirit Of Lund.

Subsequently beaten less than one length behind Battle Of Waterloo on his handicap debut at Chelmsford latest, he found only the winner too strong and there may be further improvement to come from him in this sphere where he is only 1lb higher in the weights.

The third horse home in that last outing has won since, and with this extra furlong unlikely to prove an issue then he ought to prove a tough nut to crack.

2.15 – Sir Canford
2.45 – Cantiniere
3.15 – Little Bird
3.45 – Shawaaheq
4.15 – Sloane Garden
4.45 – Quick Recovery
5.15 – Terri Rules


(5.50) SILENCE PLEASE (11/8, William Hill) looked a useful prospect when scoring on her debut at Gowran Park back in July, and with the potential for improvement to come from Jessica Harrington’s charge she looks the one to side with again.

The Gleneagles filly appeared to score readily over Believe In Beauty, crossing the line just over one length to the good, and it was a creditable run given she missed the break and ran green early before the penny dropped.

She was strong at the finish, and the likelihood is that there is better to come; she can build on the promise she showed in that debut run, and it would be no surprise to see her in the winners’ enclosure again.

(7.50) ROCK DE BAUNE (4/1, William Hill) cut little ice over hurdles for John Kiely in seven starts over timber; but had the beating of multiple-Grade One winner Klassical Dream over hurdles in France prior to joining this yard, and the Saddex gelding got off the mark for the Irish handler when switched to the flat where he was a nose-winner over Tritonix at Ballinrobe back in June.

That was a solid effort having missed the break, and the form has since been given boosts by the runner-up and third both going on to score subsequently. The runner-up has also contested at Listed level and in a premier handicap contest at Galway so the form could prove useful.

This drop in trip isn’t certain to suit given he looked more of a stayer in that breakthrough success; but unexposed and with the potential to do better, he could be worth chancing nonetheless to follow up that win with the prospect of a decent pace to aim at which may help to offset any concerns about the lesser yardage.

5.20 – Sherpa
5.50 – Silence Please
6.20 – Angel’s Amy
6.50 – Never Raina
7.20 – Insaan
7.50 – Rock De Baune
8.20 – Greenpanda


Windsor race on Monday evening


(6.00) LOST IN TIME (Evens, Bet365) has shaped well on both his starts to date, making the frame each time, and the Dubawi colt can get off the mark at the third attempt.

Saeed bin Suroor’s charge finished runner-up on debut at Chelmsford before perhaps being undone by racing too close to the pace at Goodwood latest where he eventually finished third behind Cobra Eye having faded in the last furlong.

That form has been boosted however by the runner-up and fourth horses home both winning subsequently, and with the potential for further improvement to come he could take all the beating here.

(7.00 ) BLACK LOTUS (4/1, Ladbrokes) was a winner at Doncaster back in May, building on a solid third behind Daddies Girl at Nottingham on her return from seven months off.

Chris Wall’s Declaration Of War filly subsequently wasn’t seen to best effect back at Doncaster in June when finishing a well-beaten third behind West End Charmer and Mandarin although she in turn finished clear of two subsequent winners; while the runner-up has won twice since.

Conditions were possibly too soft for her latest, but back on better ground here she could stage a comeback and remains fairly weighted so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her going well as she bids to get back on track here.

5.30 – Foxy Femme
6.00 – Lost In Time
6.30 – Look Surprised
7.00 – Black Lotus
7.30 – Passion And Glory
8.00 – Zoffee


(6.10) DRAGON KHAN (5/1, Bet365) could be worth chancing on just his fourth outing over fences to get off the mark, and Rose Glasson’s charge has found some improvement for each start over the larger obstacles.

The Doctor Fong gelding is a late-comer to chasing, but despite being a ten-year old he is relatively low mileage for one of his age over obstacles, and he shaped well at Southwell latest when beaten just over two lengths behind Mariners Moon into third.

A repeat of that performance could be enough to see him in the mix, and despite being 1lb out of the weights he could give a good account of himself here.

(6.40) SO LONELY (2/1, William Hill) showed progressive form for Dan Skelton earlier in the year, and the So You Think mare won three of her last four starts prior to having a short break which included a pair of wins at Huntingdon as well as a success at Warwick in May where she beat Shufoog.

She had beaten the reopposing See The Sea in a maiden contest to back the first of those wins, and she meets that rival here in receipt of 1lb at the weights. That rival has improved and could prove a much sterner opponent now; but the selection ought to appreciate this lesser grade having contested a warm Galway handicap when last seen.

Although well-beaten, she should be more at home in this smaller field and a bounce-back wouldn’t come as a surprise.

5.40 – The Blues Master
6.10 – Dragon Khan
6.40 – So Lonely
7.10 – Atomic Rumble
7.40 – Codeshare
8.10 – Mrs Davies