Monday 5 August horse racing tips – Lyons’ 15/8 chance can Charter a return to winning ways at Naas
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Monday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.
Six meetings will go to post across the UK and Ireland on Monday with the afternoon racing on the flat coming from the all-weather at Kempton, while Ripon race on turf. They are joined in the afternoon by further flat racing from Naas in Ireland.
The evening racing takes in flat racing from Windsor as normal, as well as from Carlisle; while over the sticks there is a fixture from Cork.
Kempton (flat, aw) – 1.45 – 5.15pm (8 races)
Ripon (flat) – 2.00 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Naas (flat) – 2.05 – 5.35pm (7 races)
Cork (jumps) – 2.20 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Windsor (flat) – 5.30 – 8.30pm (7 races)
Carlisle (flat) – 5.45 – 8.45pm (7 races)
(2.15) MUTASAAMY (5/4, Paddy Power) stepped up on efforts in novice company to go close at Haydock next time, where the Oasis Dream gelding was beaten only one length behind Mayfair Spirit.
Roger Varian’s charge was perhaps intimidated by the winner leaning into him on the run to the line, but he always appeared held in any case although a repeat of that effort may be good enough now to see him go one better.
That was his handicap debut where he was allotted just 69, and a meagre 1lb rise in the weights may not prevent him from getting off the mark now given he remains open to progress in this sphere.
(3.45) STYLISTIQUE (3/1, William Hill) showed a useful level of form on debut to finish around four lengths’ third behind Boomer, and the Dansili filly can build on that experience to get off the mark here at the second attempt.
Roger Varian’s charge looked in need of the experience, but she caught the eye finishing well and looks sure to improve on the back of that performance.
Not helped by a slow start last time out, she is expected to be much sharper now and she can find progress to open her account.
1.45 – Streamline
2.15 – Mutasaamy
2.45 – Dargel
3.15 – Miss Yoda
3.45 – Stylistique
4.15 – Zuba
4.45 – Hameem
5.15 – Rose Berry
(3.00) The losing run of FINAL (7/2, William Hill) now stands at 18 runs, but with Mark Johnston’s runners in form it could be worth chancing on the Arabian Gleam gelding to end his losing streak here.
The Johnston runner has finished fourth on all three starts this term since returning from a break, latterly beaten a long way behind Derevo at Newcastle.
However, he could be worth chancing over this longer trip to find some improvement, and potentially well-treated now from his sliding handicap mark he could go close.
(4.00 ) COCKALORUM (9/4, Paddy Power) has taken a little time to find his feet for current handler Roger Fell, but the Cape Cross gelding returned to winning ways at this venue two starts ago with a defeat of Billy Roberts and may be capable of getting back on the scoresheet here.
The lightly-raced four-year old almost followed up next time at Ayr when denied only by a neck behind Nicholas T where the softer ground might just have been against him.
He’s been left alone at the weights, and there could be more to come from him now back on a better surface; while he has to give away weight all round to this field of rivals, he can come out on top again and no surprise to see him going close.
2.00 – Heavens Open
2.30 – Four Wheel Drive
3.00 – Final
3.30 – Watchable
4.00 – Cockalorum
4.30 – Two Bids
5.00 – Matewan
(2.35) PEACE CHARTER (15/8, Ladbrokes) could appreciate the calmer waters here having contested in Group company the last twice, and Ger Lyons’ charge can get back on the scoresheet.
A winner here on debut with a defeat of So Wonderful, the War Front filly was denied subsequenly only by a half-length when contesting a Group Three here; and she arguably took another forward step to finish two lengths’ third behind Albigna in the Group Two Airlie Stud Stakes at the Curragh when last seen.
On that form she looks hard to oppose dropping back in class, and a repeat of that last effort will surely make her very difficult to beat. While there is some depth to the race with a few useful sorts in opposition, she can take advantage of a drop in class to get back on the scoresheet.
(4.05) Thrice-raced HAZRAN (Evens, William Hill) has made the frame on all three starts to date, latterly going down by little over one length behind Telepathy at the Curragh back in May.
Mick Halford’s Lope De Vega gelding had finished third and runner-up respectively in two prior starts at this venue, and he was gunned down late by the surprise winner latest where he had a subsequent Listed winner in arrears.
Open to further improvement, he looks set to open his account here and he could prove a tough nut to crack.
2.05 – Celtic Beauty
2.35 – Peace Charter
3.05 – Noirvento
3.35 – Tyrconnell
4.05 – Auxilia
4.35 – Hazran
5.05 – Frosty Beach
5.35 – Bellakris
(3.50) SKY MARSHAL (7/4, William Hill) could be the answer here, with the Lawman gelding being turned out quickly following a good run at Galway last week.
Charles Byrne’s charge had returned from a four-month break with a head defeat behind An Fearchan over this course early in July, and he turned in a similar effort to be beaten into third behind Diamond Hill although less than two lengths adrift.
He perhaps didn’t help himself by racing keenly, while a late mistake robbed him of some momentum although it was dubious as to whether he might have finished any closer in any case. But assuming those exertions haven’t left a mark then he could give another good account here in what looks a winnable contest.
(4.50) SMITHSCORNER (5/1, Bet365) got off the mark over fences when scoring at Wexford in June, and the Kadeed gelding had looked set to go close back there latest when falling two out while still travelling well.
Michael Kennedy’s charge is a past course and distance winner over hurdles, and he reverts to this discipline following that mishap in a bid to bolster his confidence.
He is well-weighted in his return to hurdling where he is 5lbs lower in the handicap, and he could well take advantage of his lesser rating to get back on the scoresheet here.
2.20 – Lucky Phil
2.50 – Give Battle
3.20 – Pravalaguna
3.50 – Sky Marshal
4.20 – Rock On Bennie
4.50 – Smithscorner
5.20 – Drury
(7.00) ESSENAITCH (4/1, Bet365) hinted at a return to form when finishing third at Chepstow back in June, doing too much too soon and eventually finishing just over four lengths’ third behind Gendarme.
David Evans’ Zoffany gelding has seen the winner of that race come out since and win again, and having been eased 2lbs in the weights following that outing he could be handicapped to get closer this time around, while his rider’s 5lbs claim gives further credence to winning claims.
This isn’t a particularly strong race, and a repeat of that last run ought to put him firmly in the mix again, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close here.
(8.00) WILD HOPE (3/1, Paddy Power) may not be one of Kingman’s greatest progeny, but Kevin Ryan’s charge knows how to win and having struck at Carlisle in May he got back on the scoresheet at Ayr last month, making all to score by a neck from Tadaawol.
Also third at Hamilton in between those runs, he scored latest under a forceful front-running ride, and a subsequent 1lb higher mark may not be enough of a burden to prevent him from following up.
While he made all last time, he had shown in his previous win that he didn’t need to force the pace, and with a fellow front-runner in opposition he may be happy to take a lead this time. He can go well from his mark which remains eminently workable, and no surprise to see him going close here.
5.30 – Affluence
6.00 – Mild Illusion
6.30 – Little Boy Blue
7.00 – Essenaitch
7.30 – Strelka
8.00 – Wild Hope
8.30 – Lethal Angel
(6.15) REQUINTO DAWN (4/1, William Hill) never got near to the heights expected of him following his winning debut back in April 2017, but Richard Fahey’s charge can strike here and end a 15-race losing run.
The Requinto gelding scored his last win at Catterick last May, beating Excellently Poised from a mark of 84; he’s currently rated just 68, and he went close from a 2lbs lower mark at Pontefract in July where he was beaten only a half-length behind Mr Orange.
A repeat of that effort might be enough to see him end his losing streak, and the booking of Megan Nicholls for this assignment suggests a big run could be on the cards so it would be no surprise to see him go close here.
(7.15) GHAYYAR‘s (11/2, Ladbrokes) losing streak is mounting up, but Tim Easterby’s charge can end his winless run here if able to reproduce the form of his last couple of outings.
The Power gelding finished runner-up two starts ago over course and distance, beaten less than two lengths behind Harvey Dent, and he subsequently posted a similar effort when third at Beverley ten days later.
Eased 1lb in the weights following that outing, he is capable of another big run and a repeat of recent efforts back at this track may be enough to see him get back on the scoresheet.
5.45 – Gorgeous General
6.15 – Requinto Dawn
6.45 – Tenax
7.15 – Ghayyar
7.45 – Pickett’s Charge
8.15 – Stormin Norman
8.45 – Breathable