Sunday 8 September horse racing tips – O’Meara’s 4/1 chance looks to hold Perfect chance of Listed success at York

York are racing on Sunday.

York are racing on Sunday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Sunday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.

The week ends with a three-fixture line-up of UK and Irish horse racing meetings, and Sunday sees flat racing from York where the Listed Garrowby Stakes is on the agenda on the Knavesmire.

There is also jumps racing action on Sunday from Fontwell, while in Ireland it is the opening day of the week-long Harvest Festival meeting at Listowel which kicks off with card over the sticks.

York (flat) – 1.50 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Fontwell (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Listowel (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.10pm (7 races)


(2.20) PASSION AND GLORY (5/1, Ladbrokes) shaped with some ability in his first couple of starts, making the frame both times in outings at Newbury and Newmarket; Saeed bin Suroor’s charge stepped up on those performances to strike at Windsor latest, beating El Misk by almost two lengths.

The Cape Cross colt made all the running that day, keeping on strongly, and the form has been boosted with both the runner-up and third horses home winning since.

He makes his handicap debut here from a mark of 90 which may prove lenient, but the presence of top 5lbs claimer Cieran Fallon in the saddle eases his burden at the weights and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him come out on top here and add to his tally.

(2.55) Dakota Gold is thriving and likes it on the Knavesmire, but he takes a step up in class here; while Danzeno had quite a hard race in the Beverley Bullet last Saturday which may just have taken the edge off him.

It could be worth chancing on PERFECTION (4/1, William Hill) then to follow up her last time win at Pontefract, and the Dutch Art filly can make her presence felt in an open renewal of this Listed prize.

David O’Meara’s charge was a Newmarket Listed winner last October prior to a break, and she has been in decent form this term, including finishing runner-up in a Group Three at Lingfield and crossing the line in seventh in the Wokingham at Ascot prior to racking up a pair of silver medal finishes in Group Three contests at Fairyhouse and Goodwood.

Sporting a visor for the first time at Pontefract, she ran out a half-length winner over Shades Of Blue where she won a shade readily and had a few of these behind. This race will be run to suit with a couple of trailblazers in opposition, and she can come through again for the win if the visor has the same positive effect.

1.50 – Leapers Wood
2.20 – Passion And Glory
2.55 – Perfection
3.25 – Vega Magic
4.00 – Funny Man
4.30 – Yousini
5.00 – Shamad

David OMeara

David OMeara can win the feature race at York on Sunday


(3.05) DEMI PLIE (7/2, William Hill) won twice over hurdles last term, scoring at Bellewstown and Fairyhouse, and the Mastercraftsman mare could have more to offer back in this discipline on the back of some very creditable efforts iver fences in recent times.

Padraig Roche’s charge was in the process of running well on her chase debut at Tramore when falling; but she showed no ill effects when going in next time at Downpatrick; and she lost no caste in defeat back at Tramore latest where she found only one too good in Megalomaniac when going down by two lengths.

She returns to hurdles here from a mark 1lb lower than when posting that runner-up effort, and a good 5lbs claimer in the plate helps to ease her weight burden so every chance she could go well here reverted to timber.

(4.40) THE BIG LENSE (5/1, Bet365) scored his only career win under Rules to date when successful at Bellewstown last August, but the former point-to-point winner has got off to a decent start over fences and could get back to winning ways here.

Runner-up on his chase debut at Punchestown back in June, he has finished fourth on both subsequent outings at Wexford and Tipperary and remains capable of better. He was let down somewhat by his jumping latest when beaten around 16 lengths, but a clear round of jumping ought to put him firmly in the mix.

He makes his handicap debut here from a very workable opening mark, and with cheekpieces reapplied to the mix he can go close with the potential to find further improvement in this discipline.

2.00 – Hereia
2.30 – Stratum
3.05 – Demi Plie
3.35 – Zola
4.10 – Wicklow Brave
4.40 – The Big Lense
5.10 – Mountainmore


Fontwell are racing on Sunday


(2.40) GLUTNFORPUNISHMENT (8/11, Ladbrokes) shaped well on his hurdles debut at Worcester late in August, finding only Maria Magdalena too strong by a neck; Nick Littmoden’s charge can go one better here with that run under his belt.

The Dawn Approach gelding proved himself to be a fairly useful sort on the flat, winning four times which includes a decent race at Newmarket where he beat Smarter, and he only gave way late in that first outing over hurdles to go down by a neck.

That experience won’t have been lost on him, and likely to improve he can get off the mark over hurdles at the second attempt.

(3.45) THATS A GIVEN (4/1, Bet365) possibly just needed the run at Worcester last month where Philip Hobbs’ charge finished last of five runners; but he had won two starts previously at Wincanton prior to running with some credit in a valuable handicap contest at Sandown and the Great Pretender gelding could be worth forgiving that reappearance.

A bumper winner at Huntingdon on debut, he had shown steadily progressive hurdles form prior to getting off the mark with a defeat of Paint The Dream at Wincanton, and he finished sixth in that Sandown contest behind Coloniel Dreams although never seriously threatened to get involved.

This is easier, and he should strip fitter following that return so could bounce back fitted with cheekpieces for the first time.

2.10 – Prettylittlething
2.40 – Glutnforpunishment
3.15 – Pointed And Sharp
3.45 – Thats A Given
4.20 – Pagero
4.50 – Downloadtheapp
5.20 – Rosie Picture