Sunday 11 August horse racing tips – Haggas’ 6/5 chance can win with Aplomb at Leicester
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Sunday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.
The week ends with a four-fixture line-up of UK and Irish horse racing meetings which sees flat racing from Windsor and Leicester, as well as from Tipperary in Ireland.
Completing Sunday’s fixture list is an Irish jumps racing fixture from Downpatrick.
Downpatrick (jumps) – 1.50 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Windsor (flat) – 2.00 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Tipperary (flat) – 2.05 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Leicester (flat) – 2.10 – 5.25pm (7 races)
(2.55) HERBIEGOESBANANAS (6/4, William Hill) hasn’t been seen on the track for more than two years, but having joined Willie Mullins the Presenting gelding could be worth chancing to make a winning reappearance.
A hurdles winner for Sandra Hughes in his earlier career, he lost his way badly in the wake of that success, failing to trouble the judge in four subsequent starts and finishing last of 16 runners on his final start for Noel Lawlor back in April 2017.
This is a pretty desperate race he finds himself in as he makes his reappearance from 842 days off the track, and market support would be significant having joined the County Carlow team. If lack of a run doesn’t pose an issue then it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him posting a big effort on his return, and he can go well.
(4.30) MY PEGGY (10/3, Bet365) posted a career-best effort to get off the mark at Wexford back in June, and the Yeats mare wasn’t disgraced in defeat subsequently when finding only Rock On Bennie too strong at Cork next time.
Noel Hynds’ charge was beaten just over two lengths, finding less than expected under pressure having travelled well into the race. She was beaten by a 50/1 chance and so others may be better treated at the weights; but she can give another good account nonetheless, and while possibly vulnerable it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her in the mix again.
1.50 – Rebel Og
2.20 – Killiney Court
2.55 – Herbiegoesbananas
3.25 – Walking In Memphis
4.00 – Panther Soul
4.30 – My Peggy
5.00 – Wendy Howell
(3.35) RESTLESS ROSE (9/2, Bet365) is winless in five starts this term, but Stuart Williams’ charge has been performing better than her bare form figures suggest and may be able to get back on the mark here.
The Power filly was last seen finishing just two lengths’ fifth behind the progressive Ginger Jam at Beverley late in July, running on well from the back having missed the break.
The handicapper has elected to drop her 1lb in the weights, while the booking of Oisin Murphy for this latest assignment suggests that connections are hopeful that this might be her day to shine. This doesn’t look the strongest of races, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a bold effort here if getting away on terms.
(4.40) ANNIEMATION (3/1, William Hill) stepped up on a promising debut fifth at Chester in June to get off the mark at the second attempt, scoring at Musselburgh with a defeat of Northern Hope by just under two lengths.
Stella Barclay’s charge still looked in need of the experience, but he was strong at the finish despite wandering under pressure, and the Acclamation gelding could have more to offer.
The form of that success is perhaps only ordinary, but with this step up in trip promising to suit he could find some further measure of improvement and he can follow up on that last time win to double his tally here.
2.00 – Cheng Gong
2.30 – Seraphinite
3.05 – Alicia Darcy
3.35 – Restless Rose
4.10 – Spirit Warning
4.40 – Anniemation
5.10 – Banksy’s Art
(2.35) INVINCIBLE DIVA (15/8, Coral) stepped up on a promising debut runner-up effort at Cork in May to get off the mark at the second attempt where Jessica Harrington’s charge saw off St George’s Head by the better part of two lengths.
The Invincible Spirit filly subsequently struggled to get competitive here in Listed company when beating only one home behind Strive For Glory, but a switch to the handicap ranks where she could be leniently treated off 78 may see her to better effect.
All things considered, she sets the standard on what she has accomplished to date and perhaps isn’t a particularly strong contest on paper so it would be no surprise to see her get back to winning ways here.
(3.40) HARPOCRATES (9/4, William Hill) hadn’t been disgraced in defeat in a handful of previous starts which included in a strong Chesham Stakes renewal at Royal Ascot when getting off the mark at Naas latest, beating Geometrical, and quickly turned out just six days on he can win again.
Aidan O’Brien’s Invincible Spirit colt struck by a half-length on that occasion to open her account; but her previous form behind the likes of Group One-winner Siskin and also Pinatubo sets a pretty stiff standard, and there could be more to come from him now that he has got his head in front.
Assuming this doesn’t come too soon then he can post another big run, and every chance he can follow up
2.05 – Lady Penelope
2.35 – Invincible Diva
3.10 – Tide OF Time
3.40 – Harpocrates
4.15 – Balletto
4.45 – Dedillon
5.15 – Walkabout
(3.15) MAKTABBA (11/10, Bet365) has improved with each start, getting off the mark at the third attempt when scoring at Lingfield last month, and the Dansili filly can follow up here with the potential for further improvement to come.
William Haggas’ charge was stepping up on an encouraging return to action where she had finished third to Mannaal at Beverley, and she appeared suited by the stiffer test latest where she ran out a half-length victor over The Very Moon.
Having given the impression there was more in the locker to come, she switches to handicapping now where an opening mark of 74 could prove lenient, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her find further progress to double her tally here.
(3.50) APLOMB (6/5, Paddy Power) has shown his best form with some cut in the ground, so a return to this surface will very suit the Lope De Vega gelding who can get back on the scoresheet here.
William Haggas could have a good day at Leicester, and the three-year old is already a dual-winner from his seven career starts, which includes scoring two runs ago at Nottingham with a defeat of James Watt.
Possibly just caught out by the quicker ground at Newmarket latest, he nevertheless ran really well to finish just two lengths’ sixth behind Pass The Vino and a return to this slower surface is likely to be more in his favour..
Taking a slight ease in grade but racing off the same mark here, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him posting a big effort here.
2.10 – Surf Dancer
2.45 – Zoraya
3.15 – Maktabba
3.50 – Aplomb
4.20 – Greek Hero
4.50 – Kaafy
5.25 – Bahuta Acha