Tuesday 16 July horse racing tips – Time for Midgley’s 2/1 chance to get back on the winning trail at Nottingham
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all five of Tuesday’s scheduled UK and Irish racecards.
Tuesday’s UK and Irish fixture list sees five meetings going to post, with afternoon action on the flat from the meetings at Beverley and Bath.
Meanwhile, in the evening there is further flat racing action with a fixture from Nottingham, while Southwell are racing over the sticks.
Completing Tuesday’s fixture list is the second day of the Killarney Summer Festival where another mixed flat racing and jumps card awaits punters.
Beverley (flat) – 1.45 – 5.15pm (8 races)
Bath (flat) – 2.00 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Nottingham (flat) – 5.40 – 8.40pm (7 races)
Killarney (mixed) – 5.50 – 8.50pm (7 races)
Southwell (jumps) – 6.00 – 9.00pm (7 races)
TUESDAY 16 JULY NAP SELECTION
(2.45) ROCHESTER HOUSE (11/8, Coral) has been in consistent form since making a pleasing debut at Newcastle back in April.
Mark Johnston has kept the Galileo colt busy, and he got off the mark at the second attempt with a success at Pontefract over Rowland Ward; he has subsequently only once finished outside the first three home, and he can continue to give a good account.
His last outing saw him finish four lengths’ runner-up behind Calculation at Doncaster, no match for the winner but finishing clear of the rest, and this even stiffer test could bring about further improvement with the step up to two miles looking very much in his favour.
There is a suspicion that his last-time conquerer could be a potentially smart sort, and he likely meets nothing of that calibre this time around where he takes on more exposed rivals racing from the same mark as last time so every chance he can get back on the scoresheete here.
(3.45) OLIVANDER (7/2, William Hill) registered his last success at this venue, and David O’Meara’s charge is taken to get back on track.
Also a Southwell winner earlier in the season, the Heeraat gelding saw off subsequent winner Beryl The Petal when posting his last win in June, and he might not have been suited by the drop to six furlongs at Wolverhampton when disappointing subsequently.
However, he bounced back with a better effort over the extended mile here earlier in the month, finishing three lengths’ third to Anna Bunina, and the drop back to seven furlongs racing from the same mark could well see him get back on the scoresheet under title-chasing Danny Tudhope despite having the worst of the draw to overcome.
1.45 – Singe Anglais
2.15 – Gorgeous General
2.45 – Rochester House
3.15 – Golden Guest
3.45 – Olivander
4.15 – Ghayyar
4.45 – Langholm
5.15 – Thorntoun Care
(3.00) The consistent SINGING THE BLUES (3/1, Paddy Power) looks worth sticking with again having only once finished outside the first three home in 2019.
Rod Millman’s charge has won four times this year on the all-weather and turf, scoring the latest of his wins here in May with a defeat of Francophilia before registering four subsequent in-the-frame efforts.
The last of those came at Salisbury three days ago where he found only Global Falcon too strong by two lengths; but he ought to remain competitive if this doesn’t come too soon, while he can race off the same mark.
The return to a longer trip is of no issue to the Sir Prancealot gelding, and he likely won’t be far away again.
(4.00) TINTO (3/1, Bet365) found only the useful Jumira Bridge too strong at Sandown earlier in the month when dropping back to five furlongs for the first time in a while, and Amanda Perrett’s charge could be worth chancing to go one better.
The consistent Compton Place gelding had made the frame several times previously over six furlongs, and he almost overcame a slow start latest when coming with a strong run and just failing to catch the winner whom he might have overhauled in another few strides.
Kept to five furlongs for this latest outing, he could go one better with a repeat of that effort from just 1lb higher in the weights. That winner last time wasn’t beaten far at Windsor on Monday, and he has acquitted himself well on both previous starts at this venue so there is a lot to like about his chances here and it would be no surprise to see him going close.
2.00 – Beignet
2.30 – Requiems Dream
3.00 – Singing The Blues
3.30 – Top Boy
4.00 – Tinto
4.30 – Heritage
5.00 – King Oswald
(6.10) SHE LOOKS LIKE FUN (Evens, Bet365) sets a fairly high standard on her three outings to date, and Karl Burke’s charge could take plenty of beating as she bids to get off the mark.
The Kyllachy filly has finished third or better on all three career starts, including when finding only Istanbul too strong at Beverley latest, going down by two lengths behind that rival where she was run down late.
This looks a good opportunity for her to get off the mark, and still with the potential for better to come she ought to prove a tough nut to crack in this grade so it would be no surprise to see her take advantage and open her account at the fourth time of asking.
(6.40) The veteran MOVE IN TIME (2/1, Paddy Power) could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet, and while the powers of Paul Midgley’s charge have very much been on the wane, the Monsieur Bond gelding could still prove capable of winning form dropping further in grade.
His last success came when successful last May at Newmarket, beating Daschas by almost four lengths as he rolled back the years, and it is worth remembering that he was a Group One winner in his prime so despite having tumbled down the ratings he could well have been running better than his bare form in recent starts might suggest.
Last seen finishing seven lengths fourth behind Dapper Man at Hamilton in June – the winner and third have both won twice since – he wasn’t helped by a bad start before running on late without threatening.
Eased a further 3lbs in the weights, he drops into a Class 5 contest for the first time in a long time, and he can take advantage of the easier grade and his sliding handicap mark to get back on the scoresheet.
5.40 – Tigerfish
6.10 – She Looks Like Fun
6.40 – Move In Time
7.10 – Champagne Marengo
7.40 – Ezanak
8.10 – Al Messila
8.40 – Colonel Slade
(6.50) ANGELS (4/1, Bet365) hasn’t won for a while, but she has posted some solid placed efforts recently and Johnny Murtagh’s charge can get back on the winning trail.
The Dark Angel filly scored her last success at Pontefract when trained by Tim Easterby, but her last three runs have seen her finish third in starts at Fairyhouse and Gowran Park – beaten two lengths each time – and latterly runner-up behind Frosty Beach at Naas where she was denied only by a head.
She had looked set to score, but the winner caught her on the line having come with a strong late challenge, and that race has since thrown up a subsequent winner.
Only 1lb higher in the weights, her jockey can now utilise his full claim for this assignment having been unable to claim his allowance last time, and so the terms of this race give her every chance of a return to the winners’ enclosure if she can post a similar effort.
(7.50) Gavin Cromwell has his team in decent heart at present, and STATIC JACK (11/2, William Hill) could be worth siding with to go one better than his latest runner-up effort at Down Royal last month.
The Heliostatic gelding was rather hit and miss over hurdles and fences for previous handler Ellmarie Holden, and one has to go back to April 2017 and a victory at Cork over fences to find his last success.
The move to this in-form yard helped him to deliver his best run in some time as he was denied only by a nose behind Ozzie’s Way with the pair pulling three lengths and more clear of the remainder. That form may not amount to much, and he is 3lbs higher in the weights for this assignment which will demand more from him in a stronger race.
However, in the hope that he can repeat that latest run on his second outing for his in-form yard then he could be worth chancing to go one better.
5.50 – Dunkirk Harbour
6.20 – Calling Time
6.50 – Angels
7.20 – Honey Come Home
7.50 – Static Jack
8.20 – Doyen Bay
8.50 – Star Adventure
(6.30) A Cartmel winner last May, CIVIL UNREST (4/1, William Hill) took advantage of a reduced mark to get back on the scoresheet at Hexham last month, and the Blueprint gelding could be worth sticking with to follow up.
James Ewart’s veteran had been eased in the weights by the assessor following a string of consistent in-the-frame efforts, and his narrow defeat of Oliver’s Gold came on the back of a pair of runner-up efforts at Musselburgh and Sedgefield respectively.
A 2lbs rise for that last win sees him back on the same mark as when finishing runner-up to Fair Loch at the Durham venue, and back from a break he could continue his good spell of form with a follow-up success in a race that probably won’t take a great deal of winning.
(7.30) FOR GOOD MEASURE (3/1, Coral) has returned from a spell chasing to post creditable efforts back over hurdles, winning at Huntingdon in May before finishing a good third behind Sirobbie at Uttoxeter latest.
Philip Hobbs’ King’s Theatre gelding wasn’t helped by sloppy jumps on that occasion, but the run came in a stronger grade than this and he could be worth chancing to bounce back easing down in class.
There is little between him and the consistent Solo Saxophone, but the Hobbs runner is taken to come out on top here having been left alone by the assessor, and he perhaps has better form over this three mile trip so he gets a narrow verdict to resume winning ways.
6.00 – See Double You
6.30 – Civil Unrest
7.00 – Illustrissime
7.30 – For Good Measure
8.00 – Montys Angel
8.30 – Celtic Sally
9.00 – No Quarter Asked