Thursday 25 July horse racing tips – Back Russell to strike with 5/2 chance at Limerick
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Thursday’s scheduled UK and Irish horse racing meetings.
A busy afternoon of UK and Irish horse racing meetings sees seven fixtures going to post, and the afternoon action on the flat comes from the meetings at Sandown and Yarmouth; while over the sticks there is racing for a second day at Southwell.
The evening racing action meanwhile takes in flat racing from Newbury and Doncaster, as well as from Leopardstown in Ireland where there is Group Three action on a quality racecard featuring the Silver Flash Stakes and the Tyros Stakes.
Completing Thursday’s line-up of racing action is an evening jumps racing fixture in Ireland from Limerick.
Southwell (jumps) – 11.25 – 2.30pm (7 races)
Sandown (flat) – 1.45 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Yarmouth (flat) – 2.05 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Newbury (flat) – 4.55 – 8.40pm (8 races)
Limerick (jumps) – 5.40 – 8.50pm (7 races)
Doncaster (flat) – 5.45 – 8.55pm (7 races)
Leopardstown (flat) – 5.50 – 9.00pm (7 races)
THURSDAY 25 JULY NAP SELECTION
(11.55) HOME PLACE (2/1, William Hill) has been slowly working his way back to form in recent outings, and Karl Thornton’s charge got back on the scoresheet when successful eight days ago at Uttoxeter to open his win account and land a gamble.
The Mahler gelding readily pulled clear of his field to win a shade comfortably under this rider, scoring by an easy ten lengths over Unchago despite making a mistake at the last fence.
He’s been hit with a 7lbs penalty for that success, but he looks well-in at the weights despite that rise and a repeat of that effort could be good enough to see him follow up.
(1.00) GOOD TIME AHEAD (9/4, Coral) has shaped with some ability in three starts, making the frame on all three occasions and Suzi Best’s charge can get off the mark now.
A fairly useful staying performer on the level for Phil Kirby, he was last seen finishing third at Newton Abbot earlier in the month behind Global Tour where he was denied four lengths although perhaps halted by a late mistake.
He had a subsequent 105-rated winner behind that day, and equipped here with a first-time visor he could have more to offer in this discipline and the Iffraaj gelding is taken to open his account at the fourth attempt given he remains relatively unexposed as a hurdler and may progress.
11.25 – Tanrudy
11.55 – Home Place
12.30 – The Vollan
1.00 – Good Time Ahead
1.30 – Winding Roe
2.00 – Ulysses
2.30 – Hot Ryan
(2.15) LIGHT BLUSH (9/4, Bet365) looked potentially useful despite obvious inexperience when making a winning debut at Newmarket twelve days ago during the July Meeting, and Charlie Appleby’s charge can double up here.
The daughter of Kodiac took a little time to find her stride, but she was ultimately well on top at the finish, and there ought to be plenty more to come from her on the back of that first run which will have taught her plenty.
This is tougher stepping up to Listed company, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her taking a forward step on the back of that performance and she can progress to deliver another win upped in grade.
(3.20) MATCH MAKER (7/4, Coral) has wasted little time in the wake of a two-year absence from the track, winning back-to-back races at Ayr and Newbury, and Simon Crisford’s charge can land the hat-trick.
The Declaration Of War gelding hadn’t been seen since disappointing behind September in the 2017 Chesham Stakes; but having run out a ready winner on his reappearance almost two years on with a defeat of Alright Sunshine, he stepped up to deliver a three-parts of a length defeat of Starfighter latest where he appeared to score a shade readily.
That race has thrown up a subsequent winner, and a 5lbs hike in the ratings might not be enough to prevent him from landing the three-timer given he has the potential for better to come.
1.45 – Star Of Wells
2.15 – Light Blush
2.50 – Summer Moon
3.20 – Match Maker
3.55 – Lady Mascara
4.25 – Eligible
5.00 – Bring Us Paradise
(2.35) NIRODHA (13/8, Bet365) shaped well on her debut at Wolverhampton earlier in the month, finishing a short-head runner-up behind Come On My Son, and Amy Murphy’s charge can improve for that experience to go one better now.
The Camacho filly was arguably unlucky having been squeezed up on the inside three furlongs out and shuffled back before switching out and delivering a challenge which was blocked off.
Despite those traffic problems he still managed to get to the front where he was only run down late by the winner who got up near the line, and sure to improve for that effort he can collect a first win.
He showed enough speed in the race to suggest a drop back to six furlongs will be of no issue, and this could prove a decent opening for her to open her account.
(4.45) MRS DISCOMBE (11/4, William Hill) has had a few bites at the cherry, and Mick Quinn’s charge can get off the mark here at the fifth attempt.
The Garswood filly has been far from disgraced despite meeting defeat in all of her starts thus far, but she went closest to a win when finishing less than two lengths behind The Night Watch at Newmarket latest.
That race has since thrown up two subsequent winners, and although possibly a shade vulnerable given she has had more goes compared to her rivals, she sets the form standard and ought to go close.
2.05 – Lilbourne Star
2.35 – Nirodha
3.10 – Winterkoenigin
3.40 – Starfighter
4.15 – Tone The Barone
4.45 – Mrs Discombe
5.20 – Crackin Dream
(6.00) KNIGHT SHIELD (4/7, William Hill) has won his only start to date, scoring at Windsor last month, and the Starspangledbanner colt can double up here.
A short-head winnere over Tambourine Girl, she will have learnt plenty from that first run and should improve for the experience. While she has a 6lbs penalty to concede to this field, he could be a potentially smart sort and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her have more to offer.
Likely to build on the promise of that debut effort, she could prove a tough nut to crack and she can make it 2-2 here.
(7.05) INCREDULOUS (6/4, William Hill) could be the answer on her handicap debut, and William Haggas’ charge can follow up her recent win at Wolverhampton.
The Intello filly has shown race-by-race progress, striking at the third attempt with a defeat of Orchidia over an extended 1m1f where she was sent forward early, and she subsequently bossed that contest although may just have been coming to the end of her tether late on.
That is a slight concern over a full 1m2f trip; but in this small field she could get away with any potential stamina doubts and she has been handed a fair mark ahead of her first start in a handicap mark.
4.55 – Greyzee
5.30 – Blue Medici
6.00 – Knight Shield
6.30 – Red Sun
7.05 – Incredulous
7.35 – Boomer
8.10 – Ragstone View
8.40 – Kirkland Forever
(6.10) INISHBEL (9/4, William Hill) could be worth chancing to follow up her recent win at Downpatrick ten days ago, and the Arakan mare can win again.
Colin Bowe is a name more associated with the point-to-point sphere, and his charge is a winner between the flags having struck at Largy last April before switching to hurdling later in the year where she ran creditably without ever seriously threatening the judge.
Fourth on each of her first two outings back from a break at Punchestown and Wexford respectively, she ran out a good winner latest when beating Laureate by just over one length where she found plenty. The pair had pulled clear of the rest, and a repeat of that effort might be enough to see her going in again.
(7.15) BYE BYE O BYE (5/2, Bet365) bolted up latest at Kilbeggan just six days ago, and the Kadeed gelding could prove hard to beat if he can reproduce that level.
The veteran was winning for the first time since scoring at Punchestown back in May 2016, and a 5lbs penalty for that last success leaves him 3lbs well in at the weights so he holds an obvious chance of going in again.
Davy Russell has an excellent record on the 12-year old, riding him to all four of his career wins as well as making the frame on two other occasions from their six pairings together, and the pair can continue a fine relationship by striking again in this contest.
5.40 – Tapenade
6.10 – Inishbel
6.40 – Milomynit
7.15 – Bye Bye O Bye
7.45 – Everybreathyoutake
8.20 – Bective Cave
8.50 – Presenting Ana
(5.45) NINJAGO (7/2, Bet365) has won two of his last three starts, and Paul Midgley’s charge can continue his good spell to strike again here.
The Mount Nelson gelding has struck wins at Thirsk and Carlisle in recent outings either side of a solid runner-up effort at Hamilton, and he appeared to win a shade readily over Fox Hill latest so could well prove equal to the task of defying a 4lbs rise in the weights given that he has run well from much higher marks in the past.
Conditions are no issue, and with Danny Tudhope booked to ride the nine-year old connections will be hoping for a big run so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close once more.
(7.20) RUX RUXX (3/1, William Hill) wasn’t seen to best effect when denied in her hat-trick bid at Ascot latest behind Charles Molson, but Tim Easterby’s charge could be worth chancing to quickly get back on the scoresheet here.
The Dark Angel filly had previously struck back-to-back wins at Carlisle and Catterick in June, latterly beating Eponina by just over one length despite being slowly away. Her latest outing saw her not ideally placed and she was unable to mount a serious bid.
This looks a slightly easier assignment however, and she could bounce back from that lesser effort now.
5.45 – Ninjago
6.15 – Valdermoro
6.50 – Arctic Ocean
7.20 – Rux Ruxx
7.55 – Lady Scatterly
8.25 – Golden Parade
8.55 – Siglo Six
(6.55) PRECIOUS MOMENTS (15/8, Paddy Power) is still a maiden after three starts, but the daughter of Gleneagles sets a solid standard on the form of her latest runner-up effort behind Albigna in a Group Two contest recently.
Aidan O’Brien’s charge – one of three in the race for Ballydoyle – had previously finished fifth in the Albany Stakes during Royal Ascot, and she was only run down late in the day latest at the Curragh but still finished clear of the third.
A repeat of that effort ought to make her hard to beat, and she can get off the mark now.
(8.30) Aidan O’Brien won this race last year, and the Ballydoyle maestro saddles half the field with South Sea Pearl looking to hold the strongest claims from his trio. However, it could be worth chancing on Archie Watson’s raider NATE THE GREAT (3/1, Ladbrokes) to land the spoils.
The Nathaniel colt won twice last term, as well as making the frame in three Listed contests which inlcude on his final outing of the campaign in the Zetland Stakes behind Norway.
Third on his reappearance behind Epsom Derby hero Anthony Van Dyck in the Lingfield Derby Trial, he may have found the test too much when disappointing next time at Ascot behind Dashing Willoughby in the Queen’s Vase; but he quickly bounced back to post a very solid third of nine runners behind Spanish Mission when last seen out in the Bahrain Trophy where he kept on well but was unable to match the front pair.
Dropped back in class for this outing, this longer trip ought to suit and he could be worthchancing to get back on the scoresheet and open his win account for the season.
5.50 – One Voice
6.20 – Cormorant
6.55 – Precious Moments
7.30 – Armory
8.00 – Red Sole Diva
8.30 – Nate The Great
9.00 – Dinard Rose