Horse racing tips and preview for Saturday 16 July 2016 racecards – Back Golden Stunner to have bookies reeling at Newbury

A busy Saturday of horse racing action includes a fixture at the Curragh, where it is Irish Oaks day.

A busy Saturday of horse racing action includes a fixture at the Curragh, where it is Irish Oaks day.

Brian Healy gives his Saturday 16 July horse racing tips and preview for every meeting across the UK and Ireland, where the Irish Oaks at the Curragh spearheads the day’s action.

Eight fixtures will go to post on a busy Saturday of horse racing action, where afternoon flat racing comes from the cards at Newbury, Ripon and the July Course at Newmarket, as well as from the Curragh in Ireland.

Newbury plays host to the competitive Weatherbys Super Sprint, while at Newmarket there is the Listed Aphrodite Stakes headlining the day’s card at Flat HQ; while in Ireland, the Irish Oaks spearheads a cracking afternoon at the Curragh.

The day’s jumps fixtures comes from Cartmel, and also Market Rasen, where the Listed Summer Plate Handicap Chase, and the Listed Summer Hurdle headline the action over the sticks on Saturday.

In the evening, there are further flat racing cards going to post at Haydock and Lingfield.

Market Rasen (jumps) – 1.45 – 5.00pm (7 races)

Cartmel (jumps) – 1.50 – 5.05pm (7 races)

Newbury (flat) – 2.00 – 5.15pm (7 races)

Ripon (flat) – 2.05 – 5.20pm (7 races)

Newmarket (flat) – 2.10 – 5.30pm (7 races)

Curragh (flat) – 2.55 – 6.50pm (7 races)

Lingfield (flat) – 5.35 – 8.50pm (7 races)

Haydock (flat) – 6.30 – 9.05pm (6 races)


(2.15) A strong renewal of this Listed hurdle can go the way of RED TORNADO (8/1, Ladbrokes) who was useful on the flat, and has quickly developed into a smart hurdler, winning four successive contests in novice company this year.

Dan Skelton’s charge was most recently sighted winning a shade cosily at Uttoxeter last month, beating Devon Drum by two lengths although the margin would have been further but for a mistake at the last flight.

Now stepping into handicap company, the Dr Fong gelding may have been let in lightly if able to continue his progress; and with conditions no problem he can post another big performance to make it five wins on the bounce.


Theinval can win the Summer Plate at Market Rasen.

(3.55) BYRON FLYER (5/1, Paddy Power) has been thriving this term, winning his last four starts over timber, and the Byron gelding could still be ahead of the handicapper judged on his latest success when running out a two-length winner over Kashmir Peak at Worcester last month.

Ian Williams’ charge was a ten-length winner over Midnight Shot here in May, and while he has been raised 5lbs by the handicapper for his latest success, he looks a progressive sort who can score again.

  • 1.45 – Milrow
  • 2.15 – Red Tornado
  • 2.45 – Theinval
  • 3.20 – Tahira
  • 3.55 – Byron Flyer
  • 4.30 – Kublai
  • 5.00 – The Yank


(2.20) LORD OF DRUMS (7/2, Bet365) was a fair sort over fences prior to missing the entirety of 2015, and the Beat Of Drums gelding had shaped well in a pair of chase starts at Ayr and Wetherby in the spring before disappointing back from a short break at Hexham in May over hurdles.

Lucinda Russell’s charge was beaten more than twenty lengths behind Magnolia Ridge in that race, which came under an amateur rider; but a return to chasing with stronger handling and a first-time tongue-tie could see an improved performance, and he is taken to get back on the scoresheet off this reduced mark which is 7lbs below his last winning rating.

(3.25) DREAMSOFTHEATRE (5/1, Betfred) went off the boil following a course and distance win last summer, where he gained a narrow verdict over Abolitionist from 1lb higher than today’s rating; but everything came together at Bangor in May when Jonjo O’Neill’s charge ran out a four-length victor over Velator, and he can follow up.

The King’s Theatre gelding looked to appreciate the fitting of cheekpieces in that race, and with the headgear left on again and assuming they have the same effect, he might be up to the task of winning again.

  • 1.50 – Knight Bachelor
  • 2.20 – Lord Of Drums
  • 2.50 – Amuse Me
  • 3.25 – Dreamsoftheatre
  • 4.00 – Gold Chain
  • 4.35 – Eshtiaal
  • 5.05 – Martila


(2.30) GOLDEN STUNNER (3/1, Ladbrokes) took some time to get off the mark, but her defeats weren’t for a lack of trying, and the Dream Ahead filly got just reward for some solid placed efforts – which include running the potentially top-class So Mi Dar to a neck – when scoring at Nottingham in May, where she beat Jawaayiz readily.

Ralph Beckett’s charge followed up that success by scoring on her handicap debut, posting a win over the potentially useful Rostova, where she prevailed by a nose, at Newmarket the following month and she could still have more to offer despite being raised 5lbs for that latest win.

A progressive sort, she can land the hat-trick here and could potentially develop into a useful Group performer in time.


The Hackwood Stakes can go the way of Ibn Malik.

(4.10) A big-field assembles for a hugely competitive contest, and MRS DANVERS (9/1, Paddy Power) is taken to uphold her 100% record despite reservations over the quicker ground, having only raced on softer conditions thus far.

Jonathon Portman’s Hellvelyn filly has won both starts to date, looking a useful prospect when defying big odds to score at Lingfield in June on her debut, where she had two next-time winners behind; and she duly confirmed that impression when storming to victory at Windsor later that month when beating Blue Suede by just over two lengths.

Boasting leading form claims, she could figure prominently from the foot of the weights, and if proving as effective under this quicker conditions then she can go close.

  • 2.00 – Hathiq
  • 2.30 – Golden Stunner
  • 3.00 – Scottish
  • 3.35 – Ibn Malik
  • 4.10 – Mrs Danvers
  • 4.45- Pure Diamond
  • 5.15 – Most Celebrated


(2.35) SHEEPSCAR LAD (9/2, Bet365) was too green to do himself justice on debut at Thirsk in June, but Nigel Tinkler’s charge showed he had learnt plenty for the run when beaten just a head behind Fields Of Song at Beverley next time, and the Arcano gelding can go one better.

On both occasions, he has been sent off at big odds, but he made a mockery of his price last time despite missing the break and likely has more to come. He certainly won’t be long odds this time around, and with progress likely he can get off the mark.

  • 2.05 – Playful Trickster
  • 2.35 – Sheepscar Lad
  • 3.10 – Town’s History
  • 3.45 – Sindarban
  • 4.20 – Lawyer
  • 4.50 – Theos Lolly
  • 5.20 – Spirit Of Zebedee


(3.50) MISS MARJURIE (6/1, Bet365) hasn’t been in the best of form in two runs this term, but Denis Coakley’s charge could prove hard to beat if recapturing the sort of form from last term that saw her land wins at Listed level, and also the Group Three Pinnacle Stakes, as well as finishing third to Lady Tiana in the Lancashire Oaks.

The Marju mare also ran a hugely creditable fifth behind Pleascach in the Yorkshire Oaks last term, confirming she is a mare with plenty of ability at this level.

However, having shaped as if in need of the run at Goodwood on her return behind Carnachy, she ran a shade below par in defence of her Pinnacle Stakes crown when finishing third behind Journey and beaten four lengths.

This is likely to prove an easier assignment, and while she needs to step up on what she has shown thus far this term, she is capable at her best of going close and she won’t be far away if bouncing back to form.


The Hackwood Stakes can go the way of Ibn Malik.

(4.25) SONG OF NAMIBIA (2/1, William Hill) took a while to make it to the racetrack, but perseverance seemed to pay off when the Cape Cross gelding produced a solid debut run to finish third behind a well-regarded sort of William Haggas’ in Al Neksh.

Open to considerable improvement on the back of that run, Sir Michael Stoute’s charge has seen the form of that run since franked by both the winner and runner-up, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the well-bred sort wasn’t capable of a good deal better.

  • 2.10 – Kiruna Peak
  • 2.40 – Silver Rainbow
  • 3.15 – Franklin D
  • 3.50 – Miss Marjurie
  • 4.25 – Song Of Namibia
  • 4.55 – Dutch Law
  • 5.30 – Lusory


(4.05) MECCA’S ANGEL‘s (15/8, Paddy Power) run in the Kings Stand Stakes was too bad to be true, and Michael Dods’ charge couldn’t have been right in that race.

The Dark Angel mare was beaten before any interference occurred, and she is given another chance following a promising return previously in the Temple Stakes at Haydock when just touched off behind Profitable.

A Group One winner last term when landing the Nunthorpe, she is at her best with some cut in the ground, and forgiven her run at Ascot she can bounce back to winning form over a course and distance where she finished runner-up twelve months ago in the corresponding race.

(4.40) PSYCHEDELIC FUNK (11/8, Stan James) did nothing wrong in the Coventry Stakes, just finding a couple of high-class sorts too strong when finishing third behind Caravaggio and Mehmas, and Ger Lyons’ charge can get back on the scoresheet in this easier contest.

The Choisir horse has seen that form boosted by the runner-up since scoring in the July Stakes during Newmarket’s July meeting, and with the prospect of more to come on the back of his solid Ascot run he looks the one to beat.

  • 2.55 – Taj Mahal
  • 3.30 – Alkasser
  • 4.05 – Mecca’s Angel
  • 4.40 – Psychedelic Funk
  • 5.10 – Downforce
  • 5.45 – Even Song
  • 6.20 – Suitor
  • 6.50 – De Coronado


(7.15) BAZWIND (7/2, Betway) remains a maiden after four starts, but the Lilbourne Lad colt has shown promise with each run, finishing in the runner-up berth the last twice at Chepstow and can go one better now his attentions are switched into a nursery.

David Evans’ charge was beaten just under three lengths last time by Parsnip, having been drawn away from the pace; but he may do better in this smaller field and can get off the mark.

(8.20) CASTLE TALBOT (10/3, Coral) shed his maiden tag when scoring by a head over New Rich at Brighton last month, and the Rock Of Gibraltar gelding went close to following up next time back at that venue and over an additional furlong when beaten just a half-length into third behind Duke Of North later that month.

Richard Hughes’ charge is back down to seven furlongs here, and with cheekpieces re-applied he may be able to resume winning ways here.

  • 5.35 – Zephyros
  • 6.10 – Mahfooz
  • 6.40 – Prince Of Islay
  • 7.15 – Bazwind
  • 7.50 – Rebel De Lope
  • 8.20 – Castle Talbot
  • 8.50 – Satchville Flyer


(7.00) With the prospect of testing conditions, it could pay to side with the progressive ENJOY LIFE (6/1, William Hill) who has been bettering the form of each previous run, and the Acclamation filly showed the drop to this trip held no fears when beaten just over one length at Beverley last time.

Kevin Ryan’s charge had been racing over seven furlongs prior to taking that drop in trip, and she found the frame at Thirsk two starts ago over that longer distance; her stamina for further could prove an asset in the event this turns into a more gruelling affair, and while she probably has a bit to do off an opening handicap mark that looks a shade harsh, she can progress.

Jallota can score at Haydock on Saturday evening.

Jallota can score at Haydock on Saturday evening.

(8.05) JALLOTA (Evens, Bet365) is a very smart performer at his best, and he showed what he is capable of when winning a hot handicap at York back in May, beating Heaven’s Guest, prior to running well back on the Knavesmire next time when fourth behind Mutakayyef in the Listed Ganton Stakes.

Charlie Hills’ star continued in form when beaten just one length behind Jimmy Two Times in a Group Three contest at Deauville earlier in the month, and should take plenty of beating on these terms.

6.30 – Pike Corner Cross

7.00 – Enjoy Life

7.35 – Bay Of Poets

8.05 – Jallota

8.35 – Brandon Castle

9.05 – Finelcity