Sunday 14 September horse racing tips – Side with 11/4 Princess to lead the Way at Bath
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Sunday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings including day two of Irish Champions Weekend.
A cracking week of horse racing action ends with three fixtures going to post across the UK and Ireland, and day two of the Irish Champions Weekend takes centre-stage with the action moving to the Curragh.
Four Group One contests head to post on a top-class racecard which includes the Irish St Leger, and the Moyglare Stud Stakes; while further flat racing action comes from the cards at Bath and Ffos Las.
Curragh (flat) – 1.20 – 6.00pm (9 races)
Ffos Las (flat) – 2.05 – 5.35pm (7 races)
Bath (flat) – 2.15 – 5.45pm (7 races)
(2.25) The first of the day’s Group One races can go the way of SOFFIA (11/4, Ladbrokes) who has been hugely progressive this term in racking up a hat-trick of wins which includes Group Two Sapphire Stakes, and the Kyllachy filly can make her mark thrust into the top echelon.
Ed Lynam’s charge ran out a four lengths’ winner of that Group Two prize having earlier won at Listed and Group Three company, and her progress show no sign of halting as she routed a field which included El Astronaute, Soldier’s Call and Equilateral.
She is 4-4 at this venue, and she ought to have further improvement to come so every chance she can continue her progression and her winning sequence stepping into Group One company where conditions and trip are both ideal.
(4.10) LATROBE (10/1, Coral) has very much looked a stayer, but it took a while for Joseph O’Brien’s star to get back to winning ways following his Irish Derby win last June, although he ran a series of creditable races in defeat which include in this contest twelve months ago when beaten behind Flag Of Honour.
The Camelot colt struggled over shorter trips earlier in the campaign, including when only finishing fourth behind Addeybb in the Wolferton Stakes; but he turned in a much improved effort back over this trip in the Curragh Cup at this venue in June, beaten just a neck behind Twilight Payment.
That near miss was followed by a success at Leopardstown latest in the Group Three Ballyroan Stakes, and he ought to continue to remain competitive back up in trip and returned to Group One company in what looks a pretty open renewal of this Group One prize.
At big odds he could be worth chancing to deliver a strong performance, and it wouldn’t come as a huge shock to see him firmly involved here where he could go one place better than twelve months ago.
1.20 – Buffer Zone
1.55 – Goddess
2.25 – Soffia
3.00 – Love
3.35 – Pinatubo
4.10 – Latrobe
4.50 – Kattani
5.25 – Prince Of Naples
6.00 – Cuban Hope
(3.10) CAPTAIN SEDGEWICK (11/2, William Hill) had been working her way back into form prior to a return to winning ways at Chepstow latest, and John Spearing’s charge could be worth chancing to follow up here.
The Approve mare is a course winner, and she has also made the frame at this venue and she got some reward for a couple of solid runs previously when beating Miss Icon by a neck latest; that form has largely been upheld by the runner-up and fifth both running well in defeat since.
A subsequent 3lbs rise in the weights is offset and more by her rider’s 7lbs claim, and while this probably needs another career-best effort for her to follow up she could be worth keeping onside to strike again back at this venue.
(4.20) SINCERITY (7/4, Paddy Power) looks a progressive sort, with the Iffraaj filly showing improved form each time and getting off the mark latest at this venue last month where James Fanshawe’s charge ran out a three-parts of a length winner over Air Force Amy.
She looked a tricky ride however, racing lazily early and needing some stoking along; but she ultimately won a shade cosily on that occasion and a subsequent 4lbs rise in the weights may not prove enough of a burden towards preventing a repeat.
Still unexposed, she could still be ahead of the handicapper despite her climb up the ratings and with the potential for better still over a course and distance over which she has won before, as well as on similar ground, then he ought to prove a tough nut to crack here.
2.05 – Port Noir
2.35 – Protagonist
3.10 – Captain Sedgewick
3.45 – Rapture
4.20 – Sincerity
5.00 – Cambric
5.35 – Early Strike
(3.20) PRINCESS WAY (11/4, Bet365) returns to her happy hunting ground, and Paul George’s charge can strike another win here at a venue where she goes particularly well at.
The Zebedee mare has won three of her six outings here, also making the frame in defeat and she ran out a determined winner latest over this distance when holding off Perfect Grace to strike by one length.
That was her first try at this longer trip, and she remains thoroughly unexposed over the distance so could well have further improvement to come; she could prove equal to the task of defying a 6lbs rise in the weights, and no surprise to see her going close.
(3.55) AWSAAF (9/2, Ladbrokes) produced a career-best effort to keep his winning run going over this course and distance last month, and the Swiss Spirit gelding can win again back at this venue.
Michael Wigham’s charge had struck wins previously at Wolverhampton three days apart back in May and June, and he returned from a three-month break to beat Thegreyvtrain by a half-length latest with the pair clear.
A subsequent 4lbs rise in the weights does demand a shade more, but thriving at present it wouldn’t be a big shock if he were to progress again and he can strike another win here.
2.15 – Mia Diva
2.45 – New Arrangement
3.20 – Princess Way
3.55 – Awsaaf
4.30 – Victoriano
5.10 – Red Gunner
5.45 – Simbirsk