Sunday 18 August horse racing tips – King’s classy 5/2 chance can Rock his Southwell rivals with winning return
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Sunday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.
Sunday closes out the week with a three-fixture schedule of UK and Irish horse racing meetings which sees afternoon jumps racing action from Southwell, as well as a flat racing card from Pontefract which features Listed racing action.
There is also jumps racing from Tramore on Sunday.
Pontefract (flat) – 2.00 – 5.30pm (8 races)
Tramore (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Southwell (jumps) – 2.20 – 5.20pm (7 races)
(2.30) This can go to HEREBY (13/8, Paddy Power) who has already won two of her four starts to date this season, and Ralph Beckett’s charge can enhance her winning tally.
The Pivotal filly handles cut in the ground well, with both her wins having come on ground softer than good, including when beating Gossip Column by a head latest at Chester on her handicap debut.
Likely to imrpove, she is only 3lbs higher in the weights for this latest outing, and she had a subsequent winner behind her when scoring latest so may well have further progress to come. She can continue to find improvement, and it would be no surprise to see her going close here.
(3.00) STORMIN NORMAN (5/4, Bet365) has improved for the switch to handicapping, scoring at Ripon back in July and then appearing to relish the increased emphasis on stamina when bolting up by six lengths over this trip at Carlisle earlier in the month.
Micky Hammond’s Sir Percy gelding showed no problem with the softer ground that day, and while this demands more from him as he bids for a hat-trick from 9lbs higher in the weights he remains open to further progress and is a lightly-raced sort who could have more to offer.
He had also won a bumper over this distance at Market Rasen in April, so the step up in distance has clearly been a positive, and with Franny Norton in the saddle again the pair can combine for another success.
2.00 – Queen’s Order
2.30 – Hereby
3.00 – Stormin Norman
3.30 – Shades Of Blue
4.00 – Global Hunter
4.30 – Sorbonne
5.00 – Inexes
5.30 – Dancing Rave
(2.40) MOOLTAZEM (6/4, William Hill) was a frustrating customer on the flat, but he won twice last summer for Michael Dods before temperament got the better of him and he refused to race on each of his last two appearances at Musselburgh and Ayr.
The Elzaam gelding subsequently joined Gordon Elliott for a stint over hurdles, and he showed some aptitude for this game when finishing sixth on debut at Galway prior to finishing third latest at Kilbeggan earlier in the month behind Brog Ahaon.
Despite being beaten around seven lengths, he in turn was well clear of the rest and he could have something more to give in this sphere where he is chanced to find further improvement to get off the mark now.
(3.40) DARLING MISS (6/4, Bet365) was progressive over hurdles earlier in the season, winning three times in June which included under a double penalty when landing the hat-trick at Uttoxeter in the space of ten days.
Gordon Elliott’s charge went close to a four-timer at Perth just three days on, denied by less than one length, after which the Scorpion mare switched to tackling fences where she had filled the runner-up spot both times at Roscommon.
Latterly beaten just over two lengths behind Grey Waters, she could have better still to come in this sphere and the application of first-time blinkers could help to eke out the improvement needed to get back on the winning trail and open her win account over the larger obstacles.
2.10 – Westmead
2.40 – Mooltazem
3.10 – Bective Cave
3.40 – Darling Miss
4.10 – Seskin Flyer
4.40 – Ballyfinboy
5.10 – Veda’s Star
(2.50) CAPITAL FORCE (11/4, William Hill) has been running better than his form figures suggest since winning at Ludlow back in May, and Martin Keighley’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Kayf Tara gelding ran out a seven lengths’ winner over Valseur Du Granval in that win, after which he has finished last of four runners at Aintree and then twice third in starts at Stratford and Worcester respectively.
He latterly finished around six lengths’ adrift of Adrrastos, not helped by late mistakes; but he could find things a little easier here where he drops back into novice company from the handicap ranks and with plenty of experience to call upon he could prove the answer.
(3.20) After a promising start over fences last term which saw LIL ROCKERFELLER (5/2, Paddy Power) win his first three starts, things went wrong thereafter for Neil King’s charge whose jumping rather went to pieces in subsequent outings, and a return to hurdles towards the end of the campaign failed to rekindle a spark.
Despite a disappointing end to his campaign, he returned to action on the flat at Goodwood last month where he ran well into sixth behind Timoshenko, and likely to be sharper now for that outing he can make his presence felt back over the larger obstacles.
He steps out into the handicap ranks over fences from what looks a very workable mark of 145, which considering he was rated 153 last term when contested at Graded level appears to give him every chance; and if his jumping has improved in the interim then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him involved here where he still remains with some scope.
2.20 – Game Line
2.50 – Capital Force
3.20 – Lil Rockerfeller
3.50 – Jack’s Last Hope
4.20 – Desert Point
4.50 – Mandarin Princess
5.20 – Boher Lad