Monday 10 April horse racing tips – 2/1 Lord Commander can take charge at Redcar

Windsor start their flat season on Monday, one of four meetings going to post across the UK and Ireland.

Windsor start their flat season on Monday, one of four meetings going to post across the UK and Ireland.

Brian Healy has race-by-race tips and best bets for the day’s UK and Irish racecards.

A new week of horse racing action gets underway on Monday with a four-fixture line-up which takes in jumps racing from Kelso, and also Tramore in Ireland; while on the flat, Windsor hosts the first of their customary Monday meetings along with Redcar who are also in action.

Windsor (flat) – 2.00 – 5.30pm (8 races)

Kelso (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.10pm (7 races)

Redcar (flat) – 2.20 – 5.55pm (8 races)

Tramore (jumps) – 4.45 – 7.45pm (7 races)


(2.30) MISTRESS QUICKLY (2/1, Paddy Power) shaped encouragingly amid some definite greenness when fourth on debut at Nottingham back in September, missing the break and then keeping on strongly late in the day to finish where she did.

It was a promising effort by Ralph Beckett’s Mastercraftsman filly who could have plenty of improvement to come over this longer trip; sure to know more about what is required this time around, she can progress on the back of that run on this return to action to get off the mark at the second attempt.

(3.30) CAPTAIN PEACOCK (6/4, Bet365) showed plenty of good early season form last term, winning on his debut at Kempton around this time and posting several creditable efforts in defeat prior to back-to-back wins at Ffos Las and Lingfield in August.

Bill Knight’s charge rounded off his season with a fair fifth behind London Prize at Nottingham in October; while this trip may be on the sharp side on his return to action, he has the services of Ryan Moore, and dropped 1lb in the weights from his last start he can make a winning return to action for the second successive season.

2.00 – Rock Of Estonia

2.30 – Mistress Quickly

3.00 – Tom’s Rock

3.30 – Captain Peacock

4.00 – Know Your Limit

4.30 – Sir Plato

5.00 – Commodity

5.30 – Dashing Poet


(2.40) WHITSUNDAYS (10/3, Bet365) got just reward for a string of in-the-frame efforts when successful at Sedgefield 12 days ago, but Donald McCain’s charge made hard work of the win and looked to need every yard of that trip given he was doing all his best work late when overhauling Hi Dancer to win going away.

The Kutub gelding goes back up in distance for this latest outing, and the former point-winner should appreciate the increased emphasis on stamina here. Having avoided a penalty for that last success, he could still have some improvement to come over fences, and this longer trip could bring about further progress, so no surprise to see him follow up that last win.

Harry The Viking (right) can win again at Kelso.

Harry The Viking (right) can win again at Kelso.

(3.10) HARRY THE VIKING (15/2, Sky Bet) snapped a lengthy losing streak when landing the Borders National at this venue back in December, and the Sir Harry Lewis gelding could well be the answer despite this test arguably being plenty short enough for the veteran.

Sandy Thompson’s charge was a smart performer for Paul Nicholls back in his younger days, and he followed up that latest win with solid efforts in defeat the next twice, including when finishing fourth in the Eider at Newcastle in February.

This trip on the ground is probably shorter than ideal, but he remains very well treated off this mark and his resurgent form can continue with a return to winning ways here.

2.10 – Buckled

2.40 – Whitsundays

3.10 – Harry The Viking

3.40 – Blue Hussar

4.10 – Sky Full Of Stars

4.40 – Bafana Choice

5.10 – Urban Kode


(3.20) LORD COMMANDER (2/1, Bet365) shaped with plenty of promise when finishing third on his debut at York last October behind Raheen House, beaten five lengths; and Richard Fahey’s Nayef colt can improve for that run to get off the mark.

This longer trip on his return to action is expected to suit given the way he finished off his debut, keeping on well having been held up off the pace. The form looks particularly strong given the winner subsequently went on to finish fourth in the Racing Post Trophy, while the runner-up along with the fourth and fifth horses have all posted subsequent wins.

Open to plenty of improvement he can get off the mark over this longer distance, and he could be one to note for the future if progressing as expected.

Richard Fahey can saddle a Redcar winner on Monday.

Richard Fahey can saddle a Redcar winner on Monday.

(5.55) BENJAMIN THOMAS (7/4, William Hill) has shown up well on both starts last term, posting back-to-back runner-up efforts in outings at Pontefract; the latter of which saw him beaten just a head behind Lucky Mistake.

The third from that race has won since, and the Mayson gelding may be suited by this extra furlong although the quicker ground is an unknown for John Quinn’s charge. The form of his debut run however has also thrown up a few subsequent winners, and open to improvement on his return to action he can get off the mark himself if handling the quicker ground here.

2.20 – Sandytown

2.50 – Gramercy

3.20 – Lord Commander

3.50 – The Grey Warrior

4.20 – Mustaqbal

4.55 – Lucy’s Law

5.25 – Delphyne

5.55 – Benjamin Thomas


(5.45) BALINABOOLA (7/2, Paddy Power) possibly needed the run at Punchestown on his first start for this yard, but the Brian Boru gelding scored at Wexford on his next start just three days ago at Wexford where he ran out a cosy winner over Robyns Approach to score by the better part of three lengths.

He carries a penalty for that success, but connections are aiming to strike while the iron is hot by turning him out quickly on the back of that run, and the move can pay dividends with a follow-up win very much on the cards.

4.45 – Leomar

5.15 – Ballyhowne

5.45 – Balinaboola

6.15 – Fire On

6.45 – Presenting Julio

7.15 – Dimple

7.45 – Shakeytry