Sunday 21 July horse racing tips – Honeyball’s 13/8 chance can go to Town with Newton Abbot win
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Sunday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.
Sunday closes out the week with a five fixture schedule of UK and Irish horse racing meetings, and the afternoon’s action on the flat comes from Redcar, while there is jumps racing from the meetings at Newton Abbot and Stratford
There is also classy action going to post in Ireland on Sunday afternoon with the Group Two pairing of the Sapphire Stakes and the Kilboy Estate Stakes both on the card at the Curragh; while Tipperary goes over the sticks.
Tipperary (jumps) – 1.40 – 5.05pm (6 races)
Newton Abbot (jumps) – 2.05 – 5.35pm (7 races)
Curragh (flat) 2.15 – 5.30pm (7 races)
Redcar (flat) – 2.20 – 6.15pm (8 races)
Stratford (jumps) – 2.25 – 5.55pm (7 races)
SUNDAY 21 JULY NAP SELECTION
(2.45) OCEAN GLANDORE (4/1, Paddy Power) has won two of his last three starts, latterly running out a one length winner over Home Place at Limerick over fences.
Denis Hogan’s charge had previously won at Kilbeggan in June over hurdles, beating Eimear by a half-length, after which he struggled at Roscommon where he might have been amiss.
The Whitmore’s Conn gelding however bounced back with that chase success, keeping on well, and the runner-up has won since to give the form a boost. A subsequent 7lbs rise in the weights demands a shade more from him, but if arriving in similar fashion then there appears every chance that he could follow up here.
(5.05) TOUCH BASE (7/2, Paddy Power) got off the mark at Downpatrick last July, beating Caerleon Kate, but Gordon Elliott’s charge subsequently failed to back up that peformance in a handful of runs over hurdles and fences although he closed out his campaign with a better effort at Galway in October when finding only one too strong.
The Robin Des Champs gelding was beaten the thick end of twenty lengths behind Blow By Blow over fences, staying on but no match for the winner. He has been absent since, but there could be better to come from him over fences and the booking of Davy Russell could be significant.
Still unexposed as a chaser, he could be worth chancing to step up on recent efforts and he could open his chase win account here.
1.40 – Make My Heart Fly
2.10 – Jan Maat
2.45 – Ocean Glandore
3.20 – Put The Kettle On
3.55 – Hard Bought
4.30 – Killiney Court
5.05 – Touch Base
(4.20) Gavin Cromwell’s runners can do little wrong at present, and BABY POWER (9/1, William Hill) can make it three wins in her last four starts with success in this competitive contest.
The Frozen Power mare was a winner here in May, beating Polly Douglas in a big field, after which she wasn’t seen to best effect in a start at Naas. She quickly bounced back from that defeat though, scoring over Tai Sing Yeh back at Naas in an apprentices’ contest by three-parts of a length and appearing to do the job readily.
He has been upped 5lbs for that success, but his young rider can utilise his full claim here so he is effectively racing off the same mark as when successful last time which certainly makes her interesting at the weights.
The draw shouldn’t be an issue, and given his yard’s excellent spell of form, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the six-year old deliver another bold performance and with course winning form to call upon she can go close to another win.
(5.30) TROSSACHS (2/1, Bet365) is going from strength to strength, racking up a hat-trick of wins at Limerick, here and Leopardstown latterly where he ran out a five lengths’ winner over Moktamel.
Jim Bolger’s New Approach colt has looked a classy stayer in the making, storming clear from the furlong pole last time out to win readily and the longer trip could well elicit even more improvement.
The handicapper has had his say for that win last time out, hitting him with a big rise in the weights; however, she hinted at even better still to come latest, and she won with such authority which suggested she had more in the locker.
She didn’t appear to be stopping over 1m5f last time, so the longer trip could suit and she may prove a tough nut to crack so every chance she can extend her winning run to four.
2.00 – Tasalka
2.35 – Cool Vixen
3.10 – Soldier’s Call
3.45 – Move Swiftly
4.20 – Baby Power
4.55 – Rayounpour
5.30 – Trossachs
6.00 – Pearl Warrior
(2.40) Front-running Caius Marcius is 2-3 in recent starts, but he could set the race up for ENNISTOWN (13/8, Bet365) who arrives on a hat-trick of wins having struck previously at Cartmel and here latterly, and Anthony Honeyball’s charge is taken to land the three-timer.
The Authorized gelding most recently ran out a seven lengths’ winner over Grade One-winning hurdler Pingshou who hasn’t matched the form of his debut chase win; but nothing can be taken away from Anthony Honeyball’s charge who won comfortably that day.
This contest ought to be run to suit the strong-travelling nine-year old, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him find another jolt of improvement to strike again here and collect his hat-trick.
(3.50) Midnight Folie saw her winning run ended three days ago, and Tim Vaughn’s charge may be in the handicapper’s grip now and the vote goes instead to CHASMA (13/8, Paddy Power) who was in decent heart over fences recently and is forgiven a lesser effort back over hurdles on her latest outing.
DanSkelton’s Kayf Tara mare won back-to-back raced at Newcastle and Sedgefield during the spring when trained by Mick Easterby, after which she struggled down in trip back at the Durham venue when only finishing third behind Burning Issues.
Given a break following a lacklustre spin over hurdles, she returns to chasing and is stepped up markedly in trip on her first outing for her new handler. That could prove a big plus, and the yard are adept at coaxing improvement so she is worth giving another chance that the switch in yards brings about a return to winning ways.
2.05 – Velvet Revolution
2.40 – Ennistown
3.15 – Riviere Argentee
3.50 – Chasma
4.25 – Must See The Doc
5.00 – Ballyknock Cloud
5.35 – Prophets Prayer
(3.30) As far as recent form goes, ONE TO GO (7/2, William Hill) comes into the race in the best heart having gone close in each of his last two starts, and the Champs Elysees gelding can get off the mark now if able to continue in similar vein.
Tim Easterby’s charge was most recently denied only by a neck at Pontefract behind Li Kui, staying on well but no match for the winner. He has been raised 3lbs for that effort, but he has placed from higher ratings in the past so he remains well-treated despite his climb back up the handicap.
Most of his rivals arrive here out of sorts, and this could be a decent opportunity for him to shed his maiden tag with the return to a longer trip no issue.
(4.40) FIRST FLIGHT (11/8, Bet365) has his own ideas about racing, and supporters of Brian Ellison’s charge will have a worrisome time at the start to see if the Invincible Spirit gelding elects to jump out.
A fair sort at his best, he is a temperamental individual as he showed when refusing to race two starts back at Beverley; but he ran well last time out at Newcastle when denied only by two lengths behind Autretot.
He found only one pace under pressure, possibly saving something for himself; but that run represents the best recent form on offer, and a repeat here from a mark 4lbs below his last winning rating ought to be enough to see him get back on the scoresheet if his temperament doesn’t get the better of him.
2.20 – Thunderous
2.55 – First Dance
3.30 – One To Go
4.05 – Kolossus
4.40 – First Flight
5.15 – Galloway Hills
5.45 – Warning Fire
(3.00) HEPIJEU (9/2, Bet365) won three times over hurdles in the autumn last year, scoring successes at Uttoxeter and Huntingdon twice before going back chasing.
Stuart Edmunds’ Palace Episode gelding twice made the frame over fences, as well as over hurdles before getting back on the scoresheet at Fakenham back over fences where he struck back-to-back wins.
He returns again to the smaller obstacles here and it would come as no surprise to see him posting another bold show. While he locks horns again with Young Wolf who beat him at Ludlow, he is better off at the weights with that rival who also has stamina to prove, and the nine-year old may be able to gain some revenge now.
(4.10) DEMI SANG (11/2, Ladbrokes) may have found the longer trip stretching him last time, but the Gris De Gris gelding is given another chance on the strength of his earlier win at Cartmel where Ben Haslam’s charge ran out a wide margin winner over the useful Poker School.
A decent performer in both France and Ireland, winning races for Francois Nicolle and Willie Mullins respectively, he has taken some time to find his stride for his new handler. However, first-time cheekpieces were deployed for that Cartmerl success, where he had 14 lengths to spare at the line, and his performance latest was better than the bare result suggests.
Eased 1lb in the weights, he returns to a more suitable trip for this outing and it would be no surprise to see him bouncing back with a win.
2.25 – Superefficient
3.00 – Hepijeu
3.35 – Rakhine State
4.10 – Demi Sang
4.45 – Some Day Soon
5.20 – Magic River
5.55 – Dazibao