Monday 2 September horse racing tips – Cox’s 3/1 chance can cook up a victory Storm at Chepstow
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all five of Monday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.
Monday sees a new week of horse racing action get underway, and five UK and Irish race-meetings go to post with afternoon action on the flat from the cards at Chepstow and Brighton.
Meanwhile, in the evening there are further flat racing meetings at both Windsor and Roscommon in Ireland; while over the sticks there is a fixture at Hexham going to post.
Chepstow (flat) – 1.45 – 4.45pm (7 races)
Brighton (flat) – 2.00 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Windsor (flat) – 4.25 – 7.30pm (7 races)
Hexham (jumps) – 4.35 – 7.40pm (7 races)
Roscommon (flat) – 4.50 – 7.50pm (7 races)
(2.15) ALLEZ SOPHIA (9/4, William Hill) has shown a fair level of ability to make the frame in all three starts this campaign, and Eve Johnston Houghton’s charge can get off the mark at the fourth attempt.
The Kingman filly was last seen finishing around five lengths’ fourth behind Jouska at Sandown back in July where he had a pair of subsequent winners behind. The race-winner meanwhile contested with credit at Listed level next time out, and with the potential for further improvement she could be worth chancing to open her account.
On her form to date she looks to hold solid chances, and although perhaps she isn’t showing bundles of progress with her runs, she ought to be good enough to get in the mix here.
(3.45) GRAPHITE STORM (3/1, Bet365) looked ill at ease on soft ground latest at Newbury where Clive Cox’s charge crossed the line in fourth behind Pattie; but the Delegator gelding had won well the time before at Newmarket on better ground, and he could be worth chancing here to bounce back.
Previously runner-up at Leicester in July where he was denied by less than one length behind Blackheath, he subsequently ran out a head victor over That Is The Spirit in a race which has since thrown up a couple of winners.
Back on a better surface he is likely capable of better and he is worth another chance.
1.45 – Carmel
2.15 – Allez Sophia
2.45 – Kwela
3.15 – Alrajaa
3.45 – Graphite Storm
4.15 – Banish
4.45 – Magic Act
(3.00) NERVOUS NERYS (2/1, Ladbrokes) arrives here bidding for a hat-trick of wins, and the Kodiac filly could prove a tough nut to crack.
Alex Hales has his string in good form, and a breakthrough course and distance success under this rider back in June was followed up by winning a four-runner race latest behind Urban Highway in August.
Although he only had a head to spare at the line, he appeared to win a shade readily that day, and the runner-up has won since to boost the form. He is only 2lbs higher, and his 7lbs claimer eases his weight burden to give him a solid chance at the weights, so it would be no surprise to see him strike again here.
(4.00) ESSPEEGEE (13/8, William Hill) had a few of these behind him when getting back to winning ways over this distance last month, and although he faces a stiffer task at the weights to confirm the form the Paco Boy gelding could be worth keeping onside in another winnable assignment.
Alan Bailey’s charge is unbeaten at the seaside venue, and he bounced back from a series of lesser efforts to resume the winning trend here with a defeat of Star Of Athena when wearing a first-time visor, running out an almost four lengths’ winner.
He has a 6lbs rise to contend with now, but given his excellent record here he could prove equal to the task of following up, and he is taken to defy his hike in the weights and confirm recent form.
2.00 – Fashion Free
2.30 – Daily Times
3.00 – Nevous Nerys
3.30 – Blessed To Impress
4.00 – Esspeegee
4.30 – Hassaad
5.05 – Three Little Birds
(4.55) COTAI AGAIN (4/1, William Hill) arguably sets the standard on form shown to date, and Charlie Hills’ charge could be worth chancing to get off the mark here at the fifth attempt.
The Kodiac colt has made the frame in each of his last three starts following a fair debut seventh at Ayr, and he possibly just found seven furlongs stretching him behind Indian Creek at Goodwood last month where he finished three lengths’ third in a first-time hood.
He drops back in trip here to six furlongs where he runs without headgear, and having finished runner-up on his two previous starts over this trip he could appreciate the lesser test of stamina.
This may not be the strongest of races and he ought to go well again as he bids to get off the mark.
(6.00) LOOK SURPRISED (5/1, Ladbrokes) likes it here with three wins from seven course starts, and Roger Teal’s charge could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways.
The Kier Park mare struck over course and distance at the beginning of August, beating Lethal Angel by two lengths after which she was denied by less than one length behind the reopposing Harry Hurricane where he was run down late by the winner.
He has a pull at the weights with his last-time conquerer which could see him turn the tables now, and given his good record here, he is chanced to get back on the scoresheet.
4.25 – Chil Chil
4.55 – Cotai Again
5.30 – Incinerator
6.00 – Look Surprised
6.30 – Verify
7.00 – Knockacullion
7.30 – Culture
(5.10) HURRICANE RITA (10/1, William Hill) appeared to have turned a corner in the aftermath of wind surgery, scoring back-to-back wins at Southwell and Stratford over fences, but the Sagamix mare was thwarted in her hat-trick attempt when returned to hurdles at Market Rasen on her last outing where she failed to beat a rival.
Conor Dore’s charge had previously struck by nine lengths over fences, beating Khairagash and others under a penalty, and she perhaps shouldn’t be judged too harshly in the wake of her last run where she may have been amiss back over hurdles.
She has been given a break, and she returned here to the larger obstacles where she might be able to do better despite her even higher rating now.
(7.10) CLASSICAL MILANO (4/1, Bet365) has registered all three career wins here, with the most recent coming on his reappearance from seven months off the track back in June where the Milan mare ran out a seven lengths’ winner over Dun Faw Good.
Subsequently only fourth back here latest, that run possibly just came too soon and she could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet following more of a break.
Her overall profile isn’t the most convincing however, and that last run has to be treated as something of a disappointing run; but if she turns out here on a going day then she has the ability to go close and in a relatively weak affair she can go well..
4.35 – Quivvy Lough
5.10 – Hurricane Rita
5.40 – Something Brewing
6.10 – Murphy’s Law
6.40 – Desert Point
7.10 – Classical Milano
7.40 – Emerald Rocket
(5.50) KUDBEGOOD (4/1, Bet365) is finding winning difficult, but the Most Important gelding has been consistent in defeat and has made the frame in five of his last seven starts which includes finishing runner-up latest behind Acari at the Curragh last month on his return from a break.
John McConnell’s charge had a next-time winner behind him that day, and he has been eased 1lb in he weights despite his consistency. While he does remain a maiden after 13 runs, he has shown he can be competitive and he ought to run his usual gallant race, while on form he holds solid claims of breaking his duck.
Most of this field have found it hard to get their head in front, but given his largely-consistent profile since joining this yard he could prove the most solid option to come home in front.
(7.20) FORMAL ORDER (7/4, William Hill) struggled to get competitive in a big field contest at Galway when last seen out; but Johnny Murtagh’s Iffraaj gelding had been in good heart previously and was showing progressive form.
Twice placed on the all-weather over the winter, he build on a reappearance third at Gowran Park in June to be denied only by a head behind the useful De Name Escapes Me at this venue. That run came in testing ground, so these conditions will hold no fears, and he remains capable of better than he was able to show last time.
Cheekpieces he wore that day are dispensed with, and while he has stamina to prove over this yardage he could be worth chancing to see out the trip with conditions no problem. His previous form gives him solid claims, and he can bounce back here with a better effort.
4.50 – Champers Elysees
5.20 – Shatharaat
5.50 – Kudbegood
6.20 – Askerana
6.50 – Hayyel
7.20- Formal Order
7.50 – Franklyn