Sunday 1 September horse racing tips – Martin’s 5/1 chance can be Belle of the ball at Cork
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Sunday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.
The week ends with a three-fixture schedule of horse racing action which sees afternoon flat racing from Brighton and Cork in Ireland; while over the sticks there is a fixture from Worcester.
Brighton (flat) – 2.00 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Worcester (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Cork (flat) – 2.20 – 5.50pm (8 races)
(3.00) Wind surgery has worked the oracle for CENT FLYING (7/4, Bet365) who is 2-3 since his operation, and William Muir’s charge can continue his good spell of form to strike again.
The Sepoy gelding failed to win last term, but he did post several creditable efforts in defeat, including when beaten less than two lengths into the silver medal spot behind King Crimson here in May. Since his surgery however he has struck wins at this venue and Newmarket either side of a one length third-place finish behind Great Shout under a penalty.
The latter win saw him strike despite racing from out of the weights in a stronger race than this, and while his new mark has kicked in he can go well back at this venue where has a good record.
(4.00) IMBUCATO (4/1, Paddy Power) has won three times at this seaside venue, and the Paco Boy gelding could be worth siding with again to add to his tally.
Tony Carroll’s charge got back to winning ways here earlier in the month in a seller where first-time cheekpieces seemed to deliver a jolt of improvement, and he ran out a three-parts of a length winner over Rock In Society where despite hanging left he appeared to win with something up his sleeve.
A 4lbs rise demands more, and he’s yet to win off this mark; but the return to one mile will be of no issue, and if the headgear has the same effect then he can strike again here.
2.00 – Thegrevytrain
2.30 – Spanish Angel
3.00 – Cent Flying
3.30 – Striding Edge
4.00 – Imbucato
4.30 – Cafe Sydney
5.00 – Luna Magic
(3.10) DALKINGSTOWN (9/4, Paddy Power) made a winning introduction when successful in a bumper here in July, and the Malinas gelding can follow up here.
Peter Bowen’s charge had won both previous outings in the point-to-point sphere prior to that run, and he found plenty for pressure to hold off the reopposing Present Chief in that last outing.
This will demand more as he meets that rival on 7lbs worse terms, but there is a suspicion he has more to offer on the back of that success and he can strike again despite his disadvantage at the weights.
(4.10) MISTER UNIVERSUM (2/1, Ladbrokes) hasn’t struck gold since winning at Warwick last May, but Dan Skelton’s charge could be worth chancing to to end his losing streak here.
The Cape Cross gelding has been in decent heart of late in recent outings, finishing runner-up the last twice in starts at Southwell and Market Rasen respectively. On the latter occasion he was only denied by a short-head despite losing a shoe, and he can go one place better here where he competes from just 1lb higher in the weights.
A consistent sort, he ought to give his running again and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him competitive again from this mark given his last success came from the same rating.
2.10 – Midnight Gem
2.40 – Go Another One
3.10 – Dalkingstown
3.40 – Superefficient
4.10 – Mister Universum
4.40 – Ballygown Bay
5.10 – Excellent Team
(3.20) ROYAL COUNTY DOWN (7/4, Ladbrokes) arrives here on a hat-trick of wins, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can take another forward step to land the three-timer.
The Gleneagle colt has shown progressive form with each start, and he has already posted wins at Down Royal and Galway, latterly by a neck over Mythologic last month where he still looked a little raw having raced keenly and then wandering under pressure.
He had a subsequent winner back in third on that occasion and a 2lbs rise in the weights is workable with the potential for improvement. The application of blinkers for the first time could also help, and it would be no surprise to see him collect the hat-trick now.
(4.50) ASPEN BELLE (5/1, Paddy Power) won over course and distance bak in June, beating Bailly by almost five lengths, and the Roderic O’connor mare can get back on the scoresheet having gone close latest at Down Royal where she was beaten just over one length behind the reopposing Abstraction.
Patrick Martin’s charge was a shade unfortunate on that occasion having met with trouble in running, and she enjoys a hefty pull at the weights with her last-time conquerer now so looks to hold solid claims of reversing that form.
She is unbeaten in three starts here, and with a bit more luck in running she can extend that sequence to four wins with a return to the winners’ circle.
2.20 – Lemista
2.50 – Truth Prevails
3.20 – Royal County Down
3.50 – Mk Drama
4.20 – Conversant
4.50 – Aspen Belle
5.20 – Hazran
5.50 – Bowerman