Sunday’s horse racing tips – Wishfull Dreaming can score at Chepstow
Brian Healy has selections and tips for every race on Sunday across the day’s fixtures.
Sunday rounds off the week’s horse racing action with a four-fixture line-up of fixtures, where flat racing comes from the cards at Goodwood and the Curragh, where the Irish Cesarewitch goes to post.
Meanwhile, over the sticks there is the first real indication that the new Jumps season is upon us with the Grade Two Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at Chepstow, which for many jumps fans signals the beginning of the Road To Cheltenham.
Completing the Sunday line-up is a jumps fixture at Limerick, where the Munster National is the day’s big race over the sticks.
Limerick (jumps) – 1.55 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Goodwood (flat) – 2.00 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Curragh (flat) – 2.05 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Chepstow (jumps) – 2.15 – 6.00pm (8 races)
(2.25) SCREAMING ROSE (3/1, Ladbrokes) was no match for the reopposing Carrig Cathal when the pair clashed at Listowel last month, but the ground may have been too testing for Willie Mullins’ charge on that occasion, and on a better surface now the Darsi mare may be able to overturn that form.
It is perhaps significant that the County Carlow trainer elects to reoppose given she is no better at the weights for this rematch, and she was beaten a long way by Gordon Elliott’s progressive gelding last time; but she had earlier won well on both previous starts this term at Killarney, and this less testing surface may help her get closer this time around, although she will need to find some improvement against Elliott’s unbeaten hurdler.
(4.10) VENITIEN DE MAI (7/2, Bet365) may prefer a stiffer test than he faces here, but the Network gelding is chanced in receipt of 9lbs from Sub Lieutenant who sets the standard on form and makes his debut for Henry de Bromhead.
Jim Dreaper’s charge was progressive last term, scoring twice at Down Royal and Naas respectively in heavy ground, one of which came over this distance; and he wasn’t disgraced when finishing ninth behind Rogue Angel in the Irish Grand National on his last start.
A prolific winner in points, there is a chance he could just find things happening too quickly for him over this trip on quicker ground; but he has gone well fresh in the past, and could take advantage of the weight concession he receives here.
1.55 – Missy Tata
2.25 – Screaming Rose
3.00 – Crystal Pearl
3.35 – A Decent Excuse
4.10 – Venitien De Mai
4.40 – Killer Crow
5.10 – Woodford Island
(3.45) MISTERIOSO (9/1, Bet365) has been running better than his form figures suggest since scoring at Ascot back in July, and Jamie Osborne’s charge is taken to get back to winning ways here.
A winner over Merhoob when last sucessful, the Iffraaj colt has posted a mixed bag of results since; including when down the field here in July behind Hoof It in the Stewards’ Cup consolation race.
However, he hasn’t been beaten far in either of his last two outings, finishing just two lengths adrift of Spring Fling last time at Haydock; dropped 1lb for that run, he can give another good account, and no surprise if he were to pop up at a decent price sooner than later given recent performances.
(4.50) Lightly-raced MENGLI KHAN (3/1, William Hill) can follow up his last-time win at Kempton by adding this contest to his winning record.
Hugo Palmer’s Lope De Vega gelding showed himself to be a smart performer last term, finishing third on debut at Newmarket behind Mustajeer prior to beating subsquent Group Two scorer Across The Stars on his second outing.
Having failed to beat a rival home in either start earlier this term, he bounced back to form latest to beat Sam Missile on the all-weather, and he can build on that to follow up here despite being 6lbs higher in the weights for that success.
2.00 – Major Mac
2.35 – Wind In Her Sails
3.10 – Fareeq
3.45 – Misterioso
4.20 – Monarchs Glen
4.50 – Mengli Khan
5.20 – Unison
(2.40) FORT DEL ORO (11/2, William Hill) has been in good form this term, winning on return in Listed company at Naas , and repeating the dose three runs later in July on the back of a solid runner-up effort behind Divine here in the Ballyogan Stakes.
Ed Lynam’s charge has finished fourth on both of her last two starts over this course and distance in Group Three contests, most recently behind The Happy Prince in the Renaissance Stakes where the emphasis on stamina may not have suited the Lope De Vega filly.
Easing slightly in class now, the better ground here may coincide with a return to form, and she could still have something to offer given her relatively lightly-raced profile.
(3.50) QUEEN ANNE’S LACE (3/1, Ladbrokes) looked a very promising filly when slamming the reopposing and more experienced Bound on her debut run at Gowran Park last month, scoring by the better part of four lengths; and Dermot Weld’s charge can follow up that success.
The Lonhro filly won with plenty in hand on that occasion, and while this represents a tougher test taking on some of similarly progressive fillies, she looked one to keep on the right side of in that success, and she should go close again if improving as expected.
2.05 – Ice Canyon
2.40 – Fort Del Oro
3.15 – Rattling Jewel
3.50 – Queen Anne’s Lace
4.25 – Katiymann
4.55 – Theos Well
5.25 – Stellar Mass
(2.50) A chance is taken on DEFININTE OUTCOME (7/2, Ladbrokes) making a winning chase debut given the good form of Rebecca Curtis’ yard in recent weeks.
The Definite Article gelding was a winner in a Uttoxeter bumper on his first run under rules, after which he was fast-tracked into Graded company where he lost nothing in defeat here in last season’s Persian War Hurdle.
That experience wasn’t lost on him as he won next time, and the heavy ground was possibly against him at Warwick in January behind Thomas Hobson when finishing third in the Leamington; and he didn’t quite show his best next time in the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival.
The stable was under a cloud for much of last season, but have started the new season well; and the switch to fences may well bring out further improvement given he was a winner in the point-to-point sphere.
(3.25) WISHFULL DREAMING (11/4, Sky Bet) has assumedly had some issues given he has only had four career starts; but he has already shown a good level of form on those few occasions he has managed to make the racetrack.
Philip Hobbs’ Alflora gelding was a winner of a Listed bumper on his second start, but he was absent after until returning at Warwick nine months later when beating Super Scorpion by a half-length. However, he was well-beaten next time behind Marracudja, finishing almost thirty lengths behind the winner although he may just have found the ground too testing.
Now back on a better surface, he remains with plenty of potential given his low mileage, and he is in excellent hands to bring out further improvement. He could prove better than he has already shown, and give he won first time up after a long break last term, the lack of a run may not be quite the concern it otherwise should.
2.15 – Dolos
2.50 – Definite Outcome
3.25 – Wishfull Dreaming
4.00 – Voix D’eau
4.30 – Mirsaale
5.00 – Double Ross
5.30 – Coastal Tiep
6.00 – Going Gold