Sunday 4 August horse racing tips – Mullins’ 9/2 chance could hold winning Poker hand at Galway
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Sunday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.
The final day of the Galway Festival headlines Sunday’s fixture list of just three UK and Irish horse racing meetings, and another mixed flat and jumps racing card is joined on the roster for Sunday by a flat meeting at Chester where there is Listed action, as well as a fixture over the sticks at Market Rasen.
Market Rasen (jumps) – 1.20 – 5.10pm (8 races)
Chester (flat) – 2.00 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Galway (mixed) – 2.15 – 6.00pm (8 races)
(2.25) TWASN’T THE PLAN (9/1, William Hill) has shaped with promise between the flags and in bumpers, and Tim Vaughn’s charge can give a good account now his attentions are switched to hurdling.
The Presenting gelding has finished third on all completed starts, including when last seen out just five days ago where he finished third behind Dalkingstown at Worcester on Wednesday where he was beaten nine lengths.
He is bred for the jumps game, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him do better in time, and a first-time hood could help him to find some improvement now as he tackles timber. This doesn’t a particularly strong introduction, and he can make his presence felt.
(3.30) JOT’EM DOWN (4/1, Bet365) showed some ability in bumpers earlier in his career, winning at Plumpton prior to tackling the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham where he suffered an injury behind Ballyandy.
Subsequently absent for the lions’ share of three years in the wake of that run, he failed to convince in a handful of starts over hurdle during the winter but has looked a more assured performer over fences and he might be capable of more.
Wind surgery ahead of his chase debut at Plumpton in April helped to yield a win, and he has placed in both subsequent starts including behind the well-handicapped The Jam Man at Cartmel at the end of June, finding only that rival too strong.
Still relatively unexposed, he could still have more to offer and he contests here from the same mark so could take advantage having seen that Cartmel form franked again by the winner.
1.20 – Whiskey And Water
1.50 – Glan Y Gors
2.25 – Twasn’t The Plan
3.00 – Northern Beau
3.30 – Jot’em Down
4.05 – Article Fifty
4.40 – Ulysses
5.10 – Elena Sue
(3.10) Sir Mark Prescott has his runners in decent form, and MISS CELESTIAL (5/1, Bet365) can follow up her latest success at Bath.
The Exceed and Excel filly was a dual winner last term, scoring on debut at Lingfield and then following up a few runs later at Brighton where she was impressive in readily despatching Shellbrook.
Not disgraced in Group Two and Listed company in subsequent runs, she bounced back returned to a shorter trip and eased in class to deny Heritage by just over two lengths, and she can follow up here despite a sizeable hike up the weights back in Listed company where she can make her presence felt.
(3.40) DARK LOCHNAGAR (5/2, Paddy Power) was a Redcar winner last October in the mud, and Keith Dalgleish’s charge has subsequently acquitted herself well in defeat this term on quicker ground before getting back on the scoresheet at this venue latest where the ground was more in his favour.
The Australia colt ran out a near-four lengths’ winner over Gabrial The One on that occasion, and that rival reopposes here. However, he won with something to spare and the suspicion is he has more to offer so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him take another forward step here.
The drop back in trip will be of no issue, and he looks to hold solid claims of posting a follow-up win.
2.00 – Sermon
2.35 – The New Marwan
3.10 – Miss Celestial
3.40 – Dark Lochnagar
4.15 – Monoski
4.50 – Gabrial The Tiger
5.20 – Scofflaw
(2.45) POKER D’AINAY (9/2, Paddy Power) has shown progressive form over hurdles, making the frame in each of his three starts following a poor introduction at Limerick, and Willie Mullins’ charge took another forward step when scoring readily over Gutteral at Wexford last month.
The No Risk At All gelding had almost six lengths in hand on that occasion, making all the running and drawing readily clear of a field which included a subsequent winner.
His earlier runner-up effort behind Everybreathyoutake has seen both the winner and fourth horses home win since, and with Paul Townend up he looks the stable’s first string for this outing.
A 4lbs rise in the weights for that last run doesn’t look unduly harsh, and with the potential for further improvement still he could follow up here.
(4.30) YORKHILL (7/4, Bet365) was an early and unfortunate casualty in the Galway Plate on Wednesday where his saddle slipped, and assuming no such ill-fortune befalls Willie Mullins’ charge this time around then the Presenting gelding could prove hard to beat here.
A very smart chaser at his best, he hasn’t won since beating Top Notch in the 2017 JLT Novices’ Chase, but he has continued to ply his trade at the top table both over hurdles and fences.
While he perhaps might not have hit the heights hoped of him following that Cheltenham success, he nevertheless should prove hard to beat on these terms if able to produce something akin to his best form and it would be no surprise if he collected here.
2.15 – Ilikedwayurthinkin
2.45 – Poker D’ainay
3.20 – Mensen Ernst
3.55 – Quizzical
4.30 – Yorkhill
5.00 – All The Answers
5.30 – Dinard Rose
6.00 – Meticulous