Monday 9 September horse racing tips – McBride’s evens chance set to put the bite on Wolverhampton rivals

Wolverhampton are racing on Monday evening.

Wolverhampton are racing on Monday evening.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Monday’s UK and Irish race-meetings.

Five UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Monday, with afternoon flat racing from Brighton, and also from Listowel in Ireland where the Harvest Festival meeting enters a second day and features Listed action on the racecard.

There is also jumps racing from Perth and Newton Abbot; while on the all-weather in the evening ther is a meeting on the Wolverhampton tapeta.

Brighton (flat) – 1.45 – 4.50pm (7 races)
Perth (jumps) – 2.05 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Listowel (flat) – 2.20 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Newton Abbot (jumps) – 2.25 – 5.05pm (6 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 5.30 – 8.30pm (7 races)


(2.15) RONDO (3/1, Bet365) could be worth chancing to build on his debut fifth at Newmarket last month, and the Twirling Candy colt can show improvement for that run to get off the mark at the second attempt.

Charlie Hills’ charge was beaten around seven lengths on that occasion, possibly just finding the trip too sharp although he ran keen and showed inexperience. However, he ought to have learned plenty from that first outing and ought to know more this time around.

This extra furlong ought to suit, and likely to progress on the back of that first outing then he can open his account here.

(3.50) FRECKLES (7/2, William Hill) was a Bath winner back in May, and after a couple of lesser efforts following that success the Marcus Tregoning-trained Arakan filly bounced back in a first-time hood to find only one too good at Newbury last month.

Beaten a head on that occasion, that form has been franked with both the winner and third winning since, and she herself has added another win to her record since when successful at Chepstow latest where she ran out a near-two lengths’ victor over Arctic Sea.

A 5lbs penalty could prove workable, and if this outing seven days on doesn’t come too soon then she could follow up here given she has the potential for better still.

1.45 – Lethal Agent
2.15 – Rondo
2.45 – Joyful Dream
3.20 – Risk Mitigation
3.50 – Freckles
4.20 – Thunderoad
4.50 – Limerick Lord

Brighton are racing on Monday.


(2.35) STREAM LADY (6/4, Bet365) was only a fair sort over hurdles, but the Curtain Time mare could prove to be a better chaser judging on her recent success at Sedgefield.

David Pipe’s charge was a winner between the flags prior to joining this yard, and she made a highly encouraging return to action from three months off when switched to fences to find only one too good at Southwell; but she subsequently went one better next time with a defeat of The Caller.

The tongue-tie and cheekpieces she has worn the last twice appear to have had a positive effect, and she appeared to win a shade cosily so may have better still to come. Although she is 4lbs higher in the weights here, she is taken to build again that recent success and still unexposed over fences may find further improvement to strike for a second time over the larger obstacles.

(3.10) HOLY MOTIVATION (9/4, William Hill) has returned from six months off the track to show some decent form in defeat over course and distance, finishing runner-up each time, and the Kalanisi mare can find some further improvement to get off the mark now.

Gordon Elliott’s charge is still a maiden, but she has shown enough in her two most recent outings to suggest she can pick up a race such as this, and this quicker surface may suit better than the testing conditions she has experienced in those last outings.

The handicapper has left her alone at the weights, and a repeat of her last outings could be enough to see her get home in front this time around.

2.05 – Carrie Des Champs
2.35 – Stream Lady
3.10 – Holy Motivation
3.40 – Creadan Grae
4.10 – Duck Egg Blue
4.40 – Amalfi Doug
5.15 – Arakan Quest


(3.25) UP HELLY AA (5/1, William Hill) can get back on the scoresheet having found only the useful Mohawk too strong in the Group Three Meld Stakes back in July, and Bill McCreery’s charge is chanced to go close here.

The Galileo colt stepped up on a promising debut runner-up effort at Cork to open his account at the second attempt with a win at Gowran Park where he beat Globe Theatre impressively by almost five lengths. Then beaten only two lengths at Leopardstown, he may just have been given too much to do behind Aidan O’Brien’s charge who has since run with credit at Saratoga.

This is slightly easier, and he could have further improvement to come on the back of that latest run which could arguably set the standard, and every chance he can get back on the scoresheet in this Listed contest.

(4.25) FRANKLIN STREET (4/1, Coral) was attempting to give 4lbs to the reopposing Yulong Voice when the pair clashed at Bellewstown twelve days ago, and although the latter came out on top on that occasion it could be worth chancing the No Nay Never colt to gain revenge this time around.

Joseph O’Brien’s charge was beaten less than one length on that occasion which was his first try at this trip, and he meets his conquerer here on 4lbs better terms so could well turn the tables on Jessica Harrington’s charge with the potential for better to come over this longer trip.

This is his handicap debut, and an opening mark of 79 could underestimate his scope for improvement; it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him post a big effort, and he can get off the mark now where he gets plenty of weight from the standard-setting Emperor Of The Sun.

2.20 – Jungle Cove
2.50 – Count Of Carabass
3.25 – Up Helly Aa
3.55 – Red Gerry
4.25 – Franklin Street
4.55 – Engles Rock
5.25 – Merricourt

Joseph OBrien

Joseph OBrien can saddle a Listowel winner on day two of the Harvest Festival meeting


(3.30) SCOOP THE POT (5/1, William Hill) could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet on his return to hurdling, and Philip Hobbs’ charge can post a big effort here.

A dual-hurdles winner during 2017, scoring both successes at Worcester, he has largely contested over fences since and he won twice over the larger obstacles with successes at Exeter and Fontwell respectively prior to a break.

Having possibly needed his reappearance at Newton Abbot, the Mahler gelding built on that outing to find only Hepijeu too strong latest back at Worcester; now returning to the smaller obstacles he looks well-handicapped on his past hurdles form and every chance he can get back to winning ways from this lower mark.

(4.00) CAPITOUL (13/8, Ladbrokes) is a frustrating sort who often flatters to deceive, but the Enrique gelding can get back on the winning trail here.

Dr Richard Newland’s charge was a winner two starts ago Market Rasen, scoring by just over one length from Ballyellis having found only one too good on his previous run at Stratford.

He wasn’t able to back up that win next time at Hexham, running a shade disappointingly to finish almost fifteen lengths adrift of Desert Point, although he may have set off too hard. That was a stronger race than this however, and a drop back into selling company can see him get back to winning ways here although he’s not one to place maximum faith in.

2.25 – Rococo River
3.00 – Black Anthem
3.30 – Scoop The Pot
4.00 – Capitoul
4.30 – Midnight Magic
5.05 – Guardia Top


(6.30) GLADICE (5/2, Ladbrokes) has finished third on each of her last two starts, and Marco Botti’s charge is taken to open her account here.

The Intello filly caught the eye travelling best at Chelmsford latest, but she found less than looked likely and didn’t appear to go through with her finishing effort.

That form however arguably sets the standard amongst those with a previous outing to their name, and he could go close with Cieran Fallon’s 5lbs claim a big positive to his chances.

(8.00) VAMPISH (Evens, William Hill) has been contesting in stronger races than this, and Philip McBride’s charge can take advantage of a drop into a claimer to get back on the scoresheet.

The Sir Percy filly was a course and distance winner back in April, beating French Riviera, and he has been largely consistent since in stronger company. She was last seen finishing fifth of six runners in a Class Two contest at Newmarket behind I’ll Have Another, but this is a considerable drop in grade and she could prove a tough nut to crack.

Although she has cut little ice in her last couple of runs, her earlier form marks her out as a prime contender in this contest, and with Oisin Murphy taking the reins she can get back to winning ways returned to this venue.

5.30 – My Motivate Girl
6.00 – Say It Simple
6.30 – Gladice
7.00 – Capla Berry
7.30 – Houlton
8.00 – Vampish
8.30 – Court Order