Tuesday 20 August horse racing – Appleby’s 5/4 chance can strike at Yarmouth
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across Tuesday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.
Tuesday takes in five UK and Irish horse racing meetings, with afternoon action on the flat from Brighton on turf, and also from Kempton on the all-weather.
Meanwhile, in the evening there is a further meeting on the level at Yarmouth; while over the sticks there is action from Newton Abbot, and also from Sligo in Ireland.
Brighton (flat) – 1.40 – 4.40pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 2.00 – 5.40pm (8 races)
Yarmouth (flat) – 4.55 – 7.55pm (7 races)
Sligo (jumps) – 5.15 – 8.15pm (7 races)
Newton Abbot (jumps) – 5.35 – 8.05pm (6 races)
Unfortunately, Hamilton’s scheduled afternoon flat racing card was abandoned on Monday.
(2.40) TIN HAT (9/2, Bet365) produced a career-best effort to get back to winning ways over course and distance earlier in the month, and Eve Johnson Houghton’s charge is taken to follow up here.
The Helmet gelding also registered his only other career success at this venue last May, and his latest success saw him dig deep to hold off Red Alert by a neck under this rider.
A subsequent 3lbs rise in the ratings thus demands more from him, but he could be worth chancing to find further improvement and extend his unbeaten record at the seaside venue to three wins from three starts.
(3.40) ESSPEEGEE (9/1, Bet365) hasn’t won for more than one year, but his last success came at this venue and Alan Bailey’s charge is unbeaten at the seaside track in his career with three wins from three starts.
The Paco Boy gelding was disappointing on the all-weather over the winter, but he has hinted at a return to form in his last couple of outings, finishing six lengths’ fourth behind Affluence latest.
His handicap mark is tumbling as a result, and he is now 9lbs below his last successful rating, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him take advantage of his lowly mark before long; while the application of a visor may eke out a shade more for all he’s probably limited.
1.40 – Big Time Maybe
2.10 – Laikaparty
2.40 – Tin Hat
3.10 – Brambledown
3.40 – Esspeegee
4.10 – Air Force Amy
4.40- Master Poet
(3.00) LOVING GLANCE (Evens, Paddy Power) has found only one too good on each of her starts to date, and Martyn Meade’s charge can get off the mark at the third attempt.
The Invincible Spirit filly was beaten only a neck on her debut at Newmarket last month behind Whispering Beauty, and she bettered that run next time when finding only Subaana too good back there latest earlier in the month where she went down by little over one length.
Those runs set a pretty stiff standard, and still with the potential to do better she could prove a tough nut to crack as she bids to open her account.
(4.00) KENDERGARTEN KOP (11/4, Bet365) is thriving at present since returning from a break, winning at Lingfield on both turf and polytrack either side of a runner-up effort behind Gold Hunter at Chepstow.
David Flood’s charge sported first-time cheekpieces when beating Classic Charm latest, scoring by a neck and appearing to win readily. Both the runner-up and third horses home from that contest have won since, and a 3lbs rise looks very workable.
He races from the plum position here, and with the potential for better still he can win again.
2.00 – Come On Girl
2.30 – Overpriced Mixer
3.00 – Loving Glance
3.30 – Ghadbbaan
4.00 – Kendergarten Kop
4.30 – Diocles Of Rome
5.05 – Lady Dancealot
5.40 – Wanaasah
(5.25) One of two runners to carry the Godolphin blue silks in this race, AMBER ISLAND (5/4, Paddy Power) showed up well on her debut at Newmarket earlier in the month, and likely to prove much sharper now with that outing under her belt, the Exceed and Excel filly can get off the mark at the second attempt.
Charlie Appleby’s charge was beaten around two lengths in that first run, unable to sustain her effort; but the experience won’t have been lost on her, and she ought to improve for the run.
This looks a decent opportunity for her to open her account at the second time of asking, and no surprise to see her find a jolt of progress for a yard which has an excellent ongoing record with juveniles.
(5.55) ALBANITA (2/1, William Hill) failed to justify favouritism at Lingfield earlier in the month when beaten just over one length behind Earl Of Harrow; but Sir Mark Prescott’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Sea The Moon filly was a winner at Chelmsford last August, beating Toffee Galore, and having returned from a year off the track at Bath at the beginning of the month she eventually finished third behind Universal Order where she looked as if she would come on for the outing.
Racing too keenly in first-time cheekpieces last time, she was possibly stretched by the longer trip latest; but a return to this slightly shorter distance could well prove a catalyst for a return to winning ways in a race where she can compete off the same mark.
4.55 – Simba Samba
5.25 – Amber Island
5.55 – Albanita
6.25 – Contrast
6.55 – Sky Patrol
7.25 – Sir Titan
7.55 – Agent Of Fortune
(6.15) VALLEY BREEZE (15/8, Paddy Power) showed some promise in bumpers, and Willie Mullins’ charge can find some improvement now switching to hurdles.
The Sunday Break gelding boasts some fair form from his bumper exploits, and he sets out over timber in a very winnable contest where his amateur pilot can take a handy 7lbs off.
Sure to have been well schooled ahead of this hurdles debut by the Closutton maestro, a big run looks likely and in a weak race he probably wouldn’t need to improve too much to be competitive here.
(7.45) PUMP ROAD (5/1, Ladbrokes) has been in decent heart this campaign, winning on his return from a four months’ break to score at this venue in April.
The Tajraasi gelding subsequently bounced back from a couple of lesser efforts to find only one too strong at Roscommon over a much longer trip, and he resumed winning ways at Ballinrobe in July before finishing a close third back here latest behind Mon Storm despite some sloppy jumping.
Michael McNiff’s charge met some late trouble in running that day and can be considered a shade unfortunate not to be coming here chasing a hat-trick of wins. A 2lbs rise in the weights for that latest third-place finish is cancelled out by his rider’s claim, and he has shown effectiveness around this track so could be set for another big run.
5.15 – Caer
5.45 – Mr Moondance
6.15 – Valley Breeze
6.45 – Walking On Glass
7.15 – Callthebarman
7.45 – Pump Road
8.15 – Dakota Beat
(6.05) TRIPLE CHIEF (2/1, Bet365) has been holding his form well in recent outings without winning, but Jimmy Frost’s charge looks to have a decent opportunity here to end his losing streak which now stands at 13 without success.
The High Chaparral gelding last tasted victory when successful at Taunton back in February last year, but more recent efforts have hinted at a return to the winners’ enclosure, and his latest runner-up effort behind Inaminna was a solid run despite being beaten seven lengths.
Racing off the same mark here, he returns fresh having had a couple of months off; and in receipt of weight all round from his rivals he can get back to winning ways.
(7.35) BERMEO (3/1, William Hill) struck three times over fences last term, rattling off a hat-trick of successes which included at this venue, and Johnny Farrelly’s charge has been in good heart since returning from a break.
He has campaigned this term over hurdles and fences, twice finishing third over the smaller obstacles including here latest, and winning at Fontwell over fences in-between those runs. He is back over fences for this latest outing, and the Definite Article gelding can resume winning ways.
It was a stronger race he won over fences at Fontwell than the one he finds himself in, and his 6lbs rise in the weights has been offset by the claim of his young rider so he looks weighted to go well in this Class 5 contest and no surprise to see him going close.
5.35 – Emerald Rocket
6.05 – Triple Chief
6.35- Legal History
7.05 – Doctor Look Here
7.35 – Bermeo
8.05 – Pola Chance