Monday 8 July horse racing tips – Ryan’s 7/2 chance will be Hope-ing for success at Ayr

Ripon is one of five UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Monday.

Ripon is one of five UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Monday.

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

The week kicks off with a five-fixture meeting of UK and Irish horse racing action, and the afternoon’s action comes from Ayr on the flat, and from Worcester over the sticks.

In the evening, Windsor and Ripon both host meetings on the flat, while Roscommon in Ireland also race on the level where there is Listed action on their card with the Lenebane Stakes going to post.

Ayr (flat) – 2.00 – 5.30pm (8 races)

Worcester (jumps) – 2.15 – 5.15pm (7 races)

Windsor (flat) – 5.50 – 8.50pm (7 races)

Roscommon (flat) – 6.00 – 9.00pm (7 races)

Ripon (flat) – 6.40 – 9.10pm (6 races)



(3.00) JORDAN ELECTRICS (9/2, Paddy Power) has been in good form since returning from a break, finishing runner-up on two of his last three starts with a win at Hamilton sandwiched in between those near misses.

Linda Perratt’s Dandy Man gelding latterly went down by less than one length behind Firmdecisions back at Hamilton early last month, and racing from the same mark here he might be able to go one better.

Assuming he can continue his recent good spell of form then there appears no reason why he can’t go well under Ben Robinson whose 3lbs allowance strengthens his claim, so there is every chance that he’ll be competitive in this contest.

(4.00) WILD HOPE (7/2, Bet365) won well at Carlisle back in May, running out a four lengths winner over Barsanti Dancer, and Kevin Ryan’s charge can return to winning ways here.

The Kingman gelding may have found the soft ground against him when disappointing back at that venue ten days later under a penalty, and he posted a much better effort back on quicker ground at Hamilton latest where he finished two lengths’ third behind Southern Rock at Hamilton.

He had a subseqent winner behind that day, and he ought to go well here from the same mark.

2.00 – Ainsdale

2.30 – Kinch

3.00 – Jordan Electrics

3.30 – Harome

4.00 – Wild Hope

4.30 – Lever Du Soleil

5.00 – Firsteen

5.30 – Cambeleza

Ayr are racing on Monday afternoon

Ayr are racing on Monday afternoon

(2.45) AL SHAHIR (5/4, William Hill) was still travelling well when falling at the tenth when last seen out at Southwell, and Dan Skelton’s charge is taken to do better here – assuming he can put in a clear round.

The Robin Des Champs gelding has struck previous wins in a Newcastle bumper, as well as over hurdles at Towcester, and he wasn’t disgraced on his chase debut behind Count Meribel at Carlisle last November when finishing around twelve lengths fourth.

Possibly amiss when next sighted at Newbury, pulled up behind Knocknanuss, there was plenty of encouragement to be gleaned from his return despite his failure to complete the course; assuming he is none the worse for that spill then he could go close here.

(4.15) Dual-bumper winner MISS HERITAGE (7/2, Ladbrokes) could be worth chancing on just her second start over hurdles and for Lucy Wadham, having raced too keenly last time at Southwell and eventually finishing fifth.

The Pour Moi mare had struck bumper wins at Taunton and Catterick for David Elsworth prior to joining this yard, and she showed some ability for hurdling despite taking a fierce hold and latterly meeting trouble in running before weakening.

She ought to have learned from that experience, and any rustiness will have been shed by that first run in 80 days. It would be no surprise then to see a better effort from her here on her second start over timber, and she can go close.

2.15 – Legal Ok

2.45 – Al Shahir

3.15 – No Quarter Asked

3.45 – Boomarang

4.15 – Miss Heritage

4.45 – Shiroccan Roll

5.15 – West To Crossgales


(6.20) GOOD EARTH (9/4, Paddy Power) built on a promising debut third at Goodwood in June where he might not have been suited by the ground to again take the bronze medal when beaten two lengths into third here later in the same month.

Jamie Osborne’s charge still looked inexperienced in that outing, unable to sustain his effort close home; but he could find another jolt of progress after those two outings and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him improve again on those efforts to get off the mark at the third attempt.

(7.50) PEGGY MCKAY (9/2, Bet365) could be worth chancing to find a jolt of improvement on her handicap debut, and the Iffraaj filly is taken to get off the mark here.

Andrew Balding’s charge has struggled thus fair in maiden and novice company, put she might have needed her reappearance at Newmarket last month when beating only one home behind Nonchalance, crossing the line some twenty lengths adrift of the winner.

The third from that race has won since, and a step up in trip for her handicap debut where she features from a mark of just 65 could prove a catalyst for better. This doesn’t look the strongest of races, and with the potential to improve she could be worth chancing.

5.50 – Princess Keira

6.20 – Good Earth

6.50 – Patchouli

7.20 – Pass The Gin

7.50 – Peggy Mckay

8.20 – King Ademar

8.50 – Group Stage

Andrew Balding can saddle a winner on the Monday evening card at Windsor

Andrew Balding can saddle a winner on the Monday evening card at Windsor


(7.30) TIMEMAKESITFINE (6/4, Bet365) stepped up on a fair debut effort at Gowran Park in May to finish a close third back there next time in June behind Flowering Peach, and Jessica Harrington’s charge can get off the mark now.

The Lope De Vega filly stayed on well at the end having looked out-paced earlier, finishing strongly, and although that form has taken a couple of knocks since, she can continue to show improvement.

This longer trip ought to be in her favour given how she finished off that race, and it would be no surprise to see her going close now.

(8.30) DOWNDRAFT (3/1, William Hill) got his season off to a winning start, scoring at Dundalk in May, having previously won twice last campaign with wins at Navan and Naas.

Joseph O’Brien’s charge subsequently disappointed in a stronger race at the Curragh before posting a very solid sixth behind Baghdad in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes where he was beaten just under four lengths.

He finished off that race well having missed the start, and he was denied a clear run until finishing off strongly. That was a career-best run and he is 1lb lower in the weights for this latest outing. He should remain competitive then as a result, and no surprise if he were to get back to winning ways here with the potential to further improve still.

6.00 – Kells

6.30 – Highly Approved

7.00 – Very Smart

7.30 – Timemakesitfine

8.00 – Sky Seven

8.30 – Downdraft

9.00 – Jerandme


(7.40) AGRAVAIN (5/2, William Hill) arrives here in good health having won three of her last four starts, and the Camelot gelding can register another success.

Tim Easterby’s charge was thwarted in his hat-trick when only finishing fourth at Ripon two starts ago having won previously at Redcar and Beverley; but he quickly bounced back to resume winning ways back at Beverley latest, beating Kensington Art by two lengths.

He made most and kept on well for the win, and a 6lbs penalty for that success might not be enough of a burden to prevent him going in again if he arrives here in similar mood.

(8.40) FAIRY FAST (4/1, Paddy Power) has been in good form of late, winning over course and distance in May, and subsequently posting a trio of runner-up effort which include being beaten two lengths behind The Defiant at Thirsk over five furlongs latest.

David O’Meara’s Requinto filly has only been raised 2lbs for that run, and he could go one place better here stepping back up to six furlongs and making a return to his last winning venue.

This doesn’t look the strongest of races, and he probably wouldn’t need to improve too much to take this prize, and on recent form he looks the one to beat so every chance he can get back on the mark.

6.40 – My Motivate Girl

7.10 – Ascot Week

7.40 – Agravain

8.10 – Mandarin

8.40 – Fairy Fast

9.10 – Stagehand

David O'Meara can saddle a winner on the Monday evening card at Ripon

David O’Meara can saddle a winner on the Monday evening card at Ripon