Sunday 28 July horse racing tips – Williams’ 4/1 chance can make winning chase debut at Uttoxeter

Uttoxeter race on Sunday.

Uttoxeter race on Sunday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Sunday’s racemeetings at Uttoxeter and Pontefract.

With the Galway Festival getting underway on Monday, racing in Ireland takes a breather on Sunday which leaves just two meetings to go to post in the UK with flat racing from Pontefract where there is Listed action on the card; while over the sticks there is a fixture at Uttoxeter.

Uttoxeter (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.20pm (7 races)

Pontefract (flat) – 2.20 – 5.40pm (7 races)



(2.30) WHISKEY AND WATER (13/8, Paddy Power) has shaped well on both starts to date over hurdles, finishing runner-up on debut at Hexham in June and then beating the reopposing What Will Be at Market Rasen three weeks later.

Brian Ellison’s Harbour Watch gelding has shown fair ability on the flat also, and he comes here having found only one too good in that sphere earlier in the month when beaten around three lengths behind Itchingham Lofte.

Back over hurdles here, he takes on Olly Murphy’s rival again, who has won since their last encounter; but with the potential for better in this sphere and having appeared to score a shade readily, he can uphold that form to win again on his return to timber.

(3.00) Grade One-winning hurdler Pingshou has been held back by late errors the last twice over the larger obstacles, and Colin Tizzard’s charge is opposed with SEVEN DE BAUNE (4/1, Coral) who won a bumoer here last May before switching to hurdles.

Ian William’s charge won at Ludlow subsequently on his second outing over timber having posted a good sixth previously in a hot Cheltenham contest, and he might have been amiss next time at Doncaster given he was absent for six months until returning to action in a French hurdle contest at Dieppe last month where he finished runner-up.

Now switched to chasing, he could find improvement faced with larger obstacles and he should be much sharper with that recent hurdles outing under his belt. He can make the most of the 6lbs he receives from Colin Tizzard’s charge and no surprise to see him make a winning transition to chasing here.

2.00 – Da Dou Ron Ron

2.30 – Whiskey And Water

3.00 – Seven De Baune

3.35 – Sizing Granite

4.10 – Sirobbie

4.45 – Purple King

5.20 – Delgany Demon

Trainer Ian Williams

Trainer Ian Williams


(3.20) It could be worth siding with the sole three-year old in the field in FIREWATER (9/2, William Hill) to come out on top here, and Richard Fahey’s charge gets a handy weight for age allowance which tips the scale in his favour.

The Monsieur Bond gelding posted a career-best effort when resuming winning ways at Nottingham recently with a defeat of Mukha Magic where he got up on the post to score. That runner-up has since won, and a 4lbs rise for that success may prove workable.

His chances will be enhanced by any ease in the ground, with his best form coming on softer conditions; but a repeat of that last outing should put him in the mix here and he can go well again.

(4.30) MAGICAL EFFECT (11/2, William Hill) got back on the winning trail when successful at this venue back at the beginning of the month, and Ruth Carr’s charge could double up here.

The New Approach gelding had subsequent winner Tricky Dicky – who reopposes here – behind him that day, and he ought to confirm the form with that rival on these revised terms with the latter running under a penalty for a win at York on Friday.

Assuming he arrives here in similar form then he ought to go close, and he can land another win.

2.20 – Pop Dancer

2.50 – King And Queen

3.20 – Firewater

3.55 – Khafoo Shememi

4.30 – Magical Effect

5.05 – Joyful Mission

5.40 – Shepherd’s Purse

Pontefract races

Pontefract races