Monday 26 August horse racing tips- Godolphin’s 5/4 chance set to Star at Ripon
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of the Bank Holiday Monday fixtures across the UK and Ireland.
Monday is a UK bank holiday, and six UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post as a consequence where the day’s action comes on the Southwell fibresand, as well as from Epsom, Chepstow and Ripon on the flat.
Meanwhile there is jumping at Cartmel, and also from Downpatrick in Ireland with all six fixtures taking place in the afternoon.
Southwell (flat, aw) – 1.50 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Epsom (flat) – 1.55 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Chepstow (flat) – 2.00 – 5.30pm (7 races)
Cartmel (jumps) – 2.05 – 5.35pm (7 races)
Ripon (flat) – 2.10 – 5.40pm (7 races)
Downpatrick (jumps) – 2.15 – 5.45pm (7 races)
(3.00) MAYSTAR (11/4, Paddy Power) made a winning introduction in deep ground at Lingfield in July, beating Instantly by four lengths, and Archie Watson’s Mayson colt lost no caste in defeat next time out when beaten into second place behind Rapid Russo at Catterick earlier this month.
Those soft ground runs offer some hope that he’ll cope with this surface, and with the potential for further improvement to come he can quickly get back on the winning trail if handling the fibresand.
1.50 – Rock In Society
2.25 – Amelia R
3.00 – Maystar
3.35 – Samovar
4.10 – Blowing Dixie
4.45 – Quickly Does It
5.20 – Steel Helmet
(2.30) ORANGE BLOSSOM (11/2, Paddy Power) rounded off her time with James Given with a Kempton win back in March, and the Showcasing filly shaped well on her reappearance from five months off the track when finishing fourth behind Dubai Elegance at Doncaster earlier in the month.
She had shown some fair form for her previous handler, and she ought to come on for her reappearance and first start for Richard Fahey where she was beaten just over two lengths.
That form looks decent now with the runner-up scoring twice since, while the third has also won next time out, and the handicapper has eased her 1lb in the weights so she ought to continue to remain competitive and she can get involved here.
(3.05) MERRY BANTER (6/1, Bet365) could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet, and the trailblazing Bated Breath mare could prove hard to peg back if able to show her best form.
A course and distance third back in April on her only previous visit here, the front-running sort went close at Ripon in July when beaten just one length behind Queens Gift, and while not quite in the same form since in subsequent outings at Catterick and Thirsk, she might not have been best served by softer ground.
That third-placed finish here earlier in the season came from a mark 5lbs higher than today’s rating, and a repeat of that effort will surely put her in the mix.
1.55 – Moorland Spirit
2.30 – Orange Blossom
3.05 – Merry Banter
3.40 – Allegiant
4.15 – Setting Sail
4.50 – Stealth Fighter
5.25 – Data Protection
(3.45) IMPATIENT (10/3, Paddy Power) offered something to work on when finishing fifth on his debut at Kempton earlier in the month, and with the benefit of that experience now under his belt the More Than Ready colt can do better.
Ralph Beckett’s charge was beaten around four lengths behind Eshaasy, shaping as if he’d be better for the run having missed the break and then hanging right under pressure. However, he should know more about what is required now, and he can show improvement gleaned from that first run to get off the mark at the second attempt.
(4.55) DISTANT CHIMES (4/5, Ladbrokes) has made plenty of hay on the all-weather since returning from a break and stepping up in trip, winning all four starts this term with a brace at Wolverhampton and singles each at Lingfield and Kempton latest where he had one length to spare over General Zoff.
Sir Mark Prescott’s Campanologist gelding makes his first start on turf under a penalty, and he has to prove here that he can be effective on this surface. However, given his run of form currently he looks hard to oppose if translating his all-weather form onto grass, and he can strike again with the potential to improve further.
2.00 – Major Valentine
2.35 – Diamond Shower
3.10 – Space Ace
3.45 – Impatient
4.20 – Clem A
4.55 – Distant Chimes
5.30 – Celtic Classic
(3.15) NIETZSCHE (3/1, Paddy Power) is 2-3 over fences, winning on his chase debut at Perth before finding the useful Caius Marcius too strong at Hexham; however Brian Ellison’s charge quickly got back on the scoresheet when successful over the reopposing Tonto’s Spirit back at Perth.
That rival won here on Friday and boasts an excellent record at this venue; but he could prove vulnerable under a penalty and quickly turned out, and the selection is actually 1lb better off at the weights now than when the pair clashed latest.
A fresher horse, he can take advantage to win again and there is a suspicion that he has the scope for further improvement in this sphere.
(5.00) Wind surgery appears to have worked the oracle with MR CLARKSON (10/3, Coral) who has won both starts since returing from a break, scoring at Worcester in May and then doubling up at this venue in July where David Pipe’s charge ran out a five lengths’ winner over Justatenner who reopposes.
That rival won next time out, but the Jeremy gelding could have more to come now he’s found the winning groove and a step up in distance could unlock further improvement and help him defy a 9lbs rise in the weights.
2.05 – Heavey
2.40 – What Will Be
3.15 – Nietzsche
3.50 – Steel Wave
4.25 – Dieg Man
5.00 – Mr Clarkson
5.35 – Chocolat Noir
(3.20) SOUTHERN ROCK (6/4, Bet365) has won three of his five starts since switching to current handler David O’Meara from France, and the New Approach gelding can notch up another victory.
A dual-winner at Hamilton on his first pair of outings following absence during which he moved to this yard, he was set a couple of stiff tasks at Haydock and back at Hamilton respectively before resuming winning ways at Ripon latest where he beat Empress Ali by one length.
A subsequent winner was in arrears that day, and this looks a decent opportunity for him to register another win despite a 4lbs rise in the weights.
(3.55) PLATINUM STAR (5/4, Coral) has contested at Group Two level the last twice, finishing just a short-head runner-up behind Royal Lytham at Newmarket in the July Stakes prior to finishing fifth behind Pinatubo at Goodwood where he may not have acted on the track.
Saeed bin Suroor’s charge had looked progressive prior to that run, scoring on his second outing at Leicester prior to bagging back-to-back silver medals which included that Newmarket run as well as a near-miss in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes during Royal Ascot.
The Lope De Vega colt will find this easier than those Group Two assignment, and sure to appreciate the lower grade he can get back to winning ways.
2.10 – Queens Blade
2.45 – Flying Dragon
3.20 – Southern Rock
3.55 – Platinum Star
4.30 – Rousayan
5.05 – Narynkol
5.40 – Zealous
(3.25) Point-to-point winner HELLO PILGRIM (11/2, Paddy Power) got off the mark at the third attempt over hurdles, scoring at Sligo earlier in the month, and Colin Bowe’s charge can follow up.
The Touch Of Land mare struck by a half-length over City Limits that day where the stiffer test seemed to suit, and the front pair had pulled clear of the rest of the field.
A mark of 99 on her handicap debut may not overfaze him, especially partnered with a good 5lbs claimer to help ease his burden. While this drop in trip might not be entirely in her favour, but this doesn’t look the strongest of races and she can give another good account.
2.15 – So Enjoy
2.50 – Greenandwhitearmy
3.25 – Hello Pilgrim
4.00 – City Limits
4.35 – Wonderoftheworld
5.10 – Effernock Lad
5.45 – Pencreek