Sunday 7 July horse racing tips – Skelton’s 7/4 chance could be worth the Risk at Market Rasen
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Sunday’s scheduled UK and Irish racemeetings.
The week ends with just three UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post, and the day’s flat racing action comes from the cards at Ayr and also Limerick in Ireland.
Meanwhile, over the sticks there is a meeting at Market Rasen.
Limerick (flat) – 1.20 – 5.05pm (8 races)
Ayr (flat) – 2.00 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Market Rasen (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.25pm (7 races)
SUNDAY 7 JULY NAP SELECTION
(2.20) MORPHO BLUE (3/1, William Hill) looks a progressive sort, winning her last two starts and arriving here on a hat-trick of wins; Jessica Harrington’s charge can land the three-timer here with the potential to improve further still.
The Mastercraftsmanfilly struck at Leopardstown two starts ago when beating Time Tunnel by almost three lengths, after which she followed up with a victory here over one mile when beating Kaftan by a short-head.
She found plenty that day to hold off the runner-up, but a drop back to seven furlongs for this latest outing will present no issue – she won previously at Leopardstown over this trip – and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her going close here.
(4.00) FANCY FOOTINGS (15/8, Coral) has rattled the crossbar the last twice, but Joseph O’Brien’s charge can gain some reward for those near misses with victory here.
The Dandy Man gelding cut litte ice for previous handler Gordon Elliott, but having returned from a six-month break on his first start for O’Brien junior he was beaten just over two lengths behind Njord at Goodwood and then followed up to be denied only by a nose behind Raffaello at Leopardstown latest when stepped up to one mile.
Just outbattled there by the winner – to whom he was giving 5lbs – he turns out here from the same mark, and he could go one place better with a repeat of that effort.
1.20 – Latin Five
1.50 – Paris Duvet
2.20 – Morpho Blue
2.55 – Major Reward
3.25 – Proxy
4.00 – Fancy Footings
4.30 – Building Bridges
5.05 – Lleyton
(2.30) FOUR KINGDOMS (8/1, William Hill) has filled the runner-up spot on two of his last three outings, and Robert Smith’s charge could go one better here with a repeat of his last run.
The Lord Shanakill gelding was beaten just over one length on that occasion behind Southern Rock at Hamilton, running on well having been outpaced.
The winner of that race looked a more progressive sort, but with just 1lb more to contend with here, he ought to appreciate the return to a longer trip and he can remain competitive under a good 5lbs claiming rider.
(3.05) MYKLACHI (4/1, Ladbrokes) appeared to appreciate the increased emphasis of stamina stepping up in trip latest to get off the mark at Ripon, and David O’Meara’s charge can follow up here.
The Style Vendome gelding score by just over one length from Ventura Bay at Ripon latest, finishing well to win a shade cosily, and a 3lbs rise for that performance doesn’t look overly harsh with the prospect of better to come.
He has quicker ground to contend with here, but he is much less unexposed than rivals and with title-chasing Danny Tudhope in the saddle then the pair ought to go close.
2.00 – Magic Twist
2.30 – Four Kingdoms
3.05 – Myklachi
3.35 – Nibras Again
4.10 – Nicholas T
4.40 – Global Spirit
5.15 – National Glory
(3.45) VERY FIRST TIME (7/2, Coral) lost his way following a pair of chase wins back in late 2017, finishing nearer last than first on more than one occasion, and the Champs Elysees gelding has become a disappointing and frustrating sort.
The seven-year old rounded off his time with Tim Easterby by beating only three home at Newcastle back in April, after which he moved to Dan Skelton who is adept at rekindling the fortunes of horses who have lost their way.
He showed little on his first outing for his new handler however at Uttoxeter last month, beating only one home behind Max Do Brazil; however, the handicapper has dropped him a further 3lbs in the weights and he is now 19lbs below his last winning mark.
Trainer Dan Skelton drops the Champs Elysses gelding markedly back in trip here, and from his current mark he is too well handicapped to ignore and he could well make a mockery of his current rating if coming back to his best. He is chanced to do so, and he can end his spell in the doldrums here.
(4.20) Enigmatic VALUE AT RISK (7/4, Bet365) is certainly capable of winning this prize if in the mood, but backers of Dan Skelton’s Kayf Tara gelding will be taking a chance on which Value At Risk turns up on Sunday.
That said, he could be worth chancing to resume winning ways after finishing a solid third recently at Aintree when finishing just over six lengths behind Casablanca Mix where a mistake at the last possibly cost him the win.
That form has been franked by the runner-up and fifth both winning races since, and he has been dropped 1lb in the weights following that outing which leaves him below his last winning mark – he scored his last win here in January – so he is weighted to go very close if consenting to put his best foot forward.
Having had a wind operation since that last Aintree outing, he could find some improvement as a result and he could be worth siding with to make a return to winning ways.
2.10 – Alltimegold
2.40 – Oneofthesenights
3.15 – Oksana
3.45 – Very First Time
4.20 – Value At Risk
4.50 – Asylo
5.25 – Compatriot