Monday 30 January racing tips – Race-by-race selections for Ayr, Plumpton and Southwell

Plumpton, Ayr and Southwell make up Monday's fixture list.

Plumpton, Ayr and Southwell make up Monday’s fixture list.

Brian Healy gives his Monday 30 January racing tips as he assesses the day’s horse racing meetings from Ayr, Plumpton and Southwell.

A weekend of top-class horse racing action has come and gone, and significant Cheltenham Festival clues were gleaned across classy fixtures at Cheltenham, Doncaster and Leopardstown across both days.

The Cheltenham Festival is now around seven weeks away and fast approaching, but on Monday there are three meetings going to post to get a new week underway as the Road to the Festival gets ever shorter.

The day’s meetings on Monday come over the sticks at Ayr and Plumpton, while on the all-weather there is action on the fibresand at Southwell.

Southwell (flat, aw) – 1.30 – 4.15pm (6 races)

Plumpton (jumps) – 1.40 – 4.25pm (6 races)

Ayr (jumps) – 1.50 – 4.35pm (6 races)


(2.30) WARM WORDS (9/4, Bet365) could be the answer to a trick maiden contest, and Ralph Beckett’s charge can get off the mark.

The Poet’s Voice filly had been slowly progressive in the winter last term, going close here two starts ago when just touched off by a half-length behind Dream Team.

However, she failed to build on that run last time when finishing a poor fourth to Zoravan, beaten around nine lengths. She did stumble at the start though which probably prevented her from getting into any sort of rhythm and she can be forgiven that run.

Her previous runner-up effort gives her every chance in this contest, and with first-time blinkers applied she can shed her maiden tag.

Not the force of old, Cadeaux Pearl (yellow) can get back on the scoresheet at Southwell.

Not the force of old, Cadeaux Pearl (yellow) can get back on the scoresheet at Southwell.

(3.40) Like many in this field, CADEAUX PEARL (4/1, Bet365) hasn’t tasted success for some time, but Scott Dixon’s charge could be the one to side with in a trappy handicap.

The Acclamation gelding hasn’t been disgraced in either of his last two starts this term following a break, and he was beaten just a neck last time here over six furlongs behind Fortinbrass.

A previous course and distance winner, he can race off the same mark here and while not ideally drawn he can go close if continuing in similar vein.

1.30 – Free Bounty

2.00 – Pearl Nation

2.30 – Warm Words

3.05 – It Must Be Faith

3.40 – Cadeaux Pearl

4.15 – Playful Dude


(2.45) It could be worth forgiving CLONDAW BISTO (9/2, Bet365) his dismal run at Wincanton earlier in the month where he pulled up, and the September Storm gelding can leave that effort behind to get back to winning ways.

Sue Smith’s charge had been in good form previously since scoring in a heavy ground bumper here last February, following up with a narrow defeat behind Jot’em Down back here next time; and he posted back-to-back in-the-frame efforts on his first two starts this term prior to his disappointing run.

It is too soon to write him off, and easing slightly in grade for this latest outing he can bounce back to score here.

Lawney Hill can have a winner on Plumpton's Monday racecard.

Lawney Hill can have a winner on Plumpton’s Monday racecard.

(4.25) ROYAL ETIQUETTE (6/4, Bet365) remains a maiden after eleven starts, but he has hit the cross-bar the last twice and a repeat of his latest outing should be enough to see Lawney Hill’s charge break his duck.

The Royal Applause gelding most recently finished runner-up over course and distance behind Catchin Time, beaten just over two lengths having failed by a head the time before at Leicester; raised just 3lbs on the back of that run, he is worth another chance and he probably won’t get many better opportunites than this taking on largely out-of-form rivals.

1.40 – Oscars Boss

2.10 – Yourholidayisover

2.45 – Clondaw Bisto

3.20 – Stay Out Of Court

3.50 – You Too Pet

4.25 – Royal Etiquette


(2.55) INTERCOUNTY STAR (13/2, Bet365) is only a tentative selection to get off the mark, with the Heron Island gelding potentially appreciative of a stiffer test having placed in points.

Dermot Mclaughlin’s charge hasn’t cut much ice over hurdles to date, going off too hard at this venue earlier in the month over two miles. This is far from a good contest, and good decent form is thin on the ground; given his point-to-point background though, he may appreciate the increased emphasis on stamina here, and he handles heavy ground.

Robbie Dunne takes over from a claimer for this run, and he could be capable of better so is chanced that he may find some improvement over the longer trip.

Tom Scudamore can ride a winner on Ayr's Monday racecard.

Tom Scudamore can ride a winner on Ayr’s Monday racecard.

(3.30) It could be worth chancing a return to form by NEWTOWN LAD (5/2, Bet365) who has disappointed the last twice, but the Craigsteel gelding had been in good heart previously with a solid third at this venue on his return from a break prior to winning a heavy ground handicap at Uttoxeter.

Lucinda Russell’s charge can be excused his subsequent Chepstow run as it came on ground quicker than ideal, but he had no apparent excuse last time when finishing a well-beaten third of five runners behind Nortonthorpelegend.

However, heavy ground holds no fears with both his career successes coming in these conditions, and tried in first-time blinkers he may be able to bounce back.

1.50 – Robin Des Mana

2.20 – Cadeau Du Bresil

2.55 – Intercounty Star

3.30 – Newtown Lad

4.00 – Harleys Max

4.35 – Sam’s Adventure