Wednesday 31 July horse racing tips – Barron’s 10/3 chance can strike at Redcar
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Wednesday’s UK and Irish racemeetings, including Glorious Goodwood and the Galway Festival.
Day two of Glorious Goodwood dominates Wednesday’s afternoon fixture list of horse racing action where the Group One Sussex Stakes is the main event of the day at the Sussex track.
Also racing on the flat on Wednesday is Redcar, while Perth stage a fixture over the sticks in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, Wednesday’s evening action comes on the level from the meetings at Sandown and Leicester; while day three of Galway sees another mixed flat and jumps racing card where the competitive Galway Plate is the feature race of the evening at Ballybrit.
Goodwood (flat) – 1.50 – 5.55pm (7 races)
Perth (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Redcar (flat) – 2.10 – 6.00pm (8 races)
Galway (mixed) – 5.10 – 8.30pm (7 races)
Sandown (flat) – 5.35 – 8.20pm (6 races)
Leicester (flat) – 5.45 – 8.40pm (7 races)
WEDNESDAY 31 JULY NAP SELECTION
(3.00) Wesley Ward’s unbeaten Maven bids for a hat-trick of wins having won at Aqueduct in April and then taking a French Group Three contest enroute to Goodwood.
However, his unbeaten record could be ended by LIBERTY BEACH (7/4, Coral) who is 3-4 in starts for John Quinn, and the Cable Bay filly can extend her winning run.
A winner of her first two outings at Redcar and Beverley, she subseqeuntly ran a blinder in defeat behind Raffle Prize at Royal Ascot, finishing just over two lengths’ fourth in the Queen Mary Stakes, and she quickly regained the winning thread with an impressive defeat of Dream Shot in the Dragon Stakes at Sandown recently.
She is sure to have more improvement to come, and she receives a handy chunk of weight from Ward’s US raider so she could take advantage here and extend her winning sequence.
(4.45) NEAROOZ (7/2, William Hill) looks a very progressive sort despite meeting with defeat the last twice, and Roger Varian’s charge can get back to winning ways here.
The New Approach filly struck wins at Newmarket and Wolverhampton either side of a break, and he has since finished runner-up in both his subsequent outings at Nottingham and Chester where he latterly was denied only by a half-length behind the reopposing Ocala.
He was unlucky on that occasion as he was badly hampered when trying to give his challenge, and with a bit more luck in running this time around he could reverse that form with his last-time conquerer now so every chance he can post a big run.
1.50 – Mancini
2.25 – Mind The Crack
3.00 – Liberty Beach
3.35 – Circus Maximus
4.10 – Mrs Bouquet
4.45 – Nearooz
5.55 – Lyndon B
(2.35) ZOLFO (3/1, Bet365) was a winner three starts ago at Cartmel, running out a half-length winner over Oliver’s Gold in first-time cheekpieces and Jennie Candlish’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Cloudings gelding fell next time at Ffos Las when still travelling well and looking set to go close, and while he disappointed back at Cartmel latest where he only finished fourth behind Old Salt, he may have been stretched by the longer trip in the soft ground.
Back down in distance and with better ground here, he could bounce back and it would be no surprise to see an improved effort here.
(3.45) BOYS ON TOUR (3/1, Bet365) goes really well at this venue, and Lucinda Russell’s charge can follow up his last-time win over course and distance earlier in the month.
The Beneficial gelding has three wins and a pair of in-the-frame efforts from six outings at the Scone track, and he latterly ran out a twelve lengths’ winner over Fenlon’s Hill where he scored readily.
He had been beaten the time before here by the reopposing Creadan Grae, but he put in a shoddy round of jumping that day, and he can do better against that rival this time around if avoiding mistakes while he is also better off at the weights with Gordon Elliott’s charge.
He could be worth chancing to overturn that form here, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close.
2.00 – Braid Blue
2.35 – Zolfo
3.10 – Lucky Robin
3.45 – Boys On Tour
4.20 – Murphy’s Law
4.55 – Chanceiton
5.25 – Saint Or Sinner
(2.45) SORBONNE (10/3, William Hill) looked potentially useful when finding only one too good on his debut at Catterick earlier in the month, and David Barron’s charge could improve for that experience to go one better here.
The Cityscape gelding was denied only by a half-length behind Strawberryandcream, racing prominently and keeping on well without quite being able to match the winner’s effort.
That run though will have taught her plenty, and sure to improve for the outing then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her get off the mark at the second attempt.
(3.20) FIRST FLIGHT (11/10, William Hill) is a temperamental and unreliable sort, and he showed his quirks when refusing to race at Beverley last month; however Brian Ellison’s charge is capable of winning a race such as this on a going day, and the Invincible Spirit gelding is chanced to get back to winning ways.
Following that blip, he subsequently finished third to Autretot at Newcastle, and he went one place better when last seen at this venue where he was denied only by a head in a claimer behind Anif where he kept on well without quite matching the winner.
The pair had pulled clear of the rest, and a repeat of that performance in this selling contest might be enough to see him get back to winning ways although he’s no certainty to back up that effort given his profile.
Nevertheless, he can go well if on his best behaviour and he is chanced to put his best foot forward here.
2.10 – Macho Time
2.45 – Sorbonne
3.20 – First Flight
3.55 – Mr Coco Bean
4.30 – Edaraat
5.00 – Jacob’s Pillow
5.30 – War Ensign
6.00 – Firby
(5.40) It could be worth taking a chance on GENERATOR CITY (14/1, Paddy Power) as he makes his handicap debut here, and Denis Hogan’s charge arrives on the back of a Ballinrobe success earlier in the month where the Primary gelding ran out a three lengths’ winner over Summer Hill.
A fair performer between the flags, he has shaped well in a series of maiden and novice hurdle events over a range of trips; but he found a jolt of improvement to strike latest, doing the job a shade readily and he could improve for the switch to handicapping where he features on a potentially lenient mark.
With the potential for further improvement to come, the lightly raced six-year old ought to give a good account of himself and Philip Enright takes the ride again having won on him last time.
(8.00) Ger Lyons saddles two in this race, and GIGA WHITE (9/1, William Hill) could prove the pick of the pair with the consistent Dark Angel gelding having made he frame in five of his last six starts.
A juvenile winner at Gowran Park last August, he has proven to be a consistent sort this term with a sole disappointment at the Curragh in June behind Baladiya where he possibly resented the blinkers.
The headgear was left off for his next outing where he was beaten just over one length behind Balefire at Leopardstown, finishing third; and he filled the same spot seven days ago behind I Am Superman at Naas where first-time cheekpieces were deployed.
A return to the longer trip could help, and it is interesting that there is no headgear present again; but the presence of an excellent 3lbs claimer in the saddle ought to aid his chances at the weights, and he should continue to remain competitive here where another big run could be in the pipeline.
5.10 – Dancing On My Own
5.40 – Generator City
6.10 – Ballydunblaze
6.45 – Buildmeupbuttercup
7.20 – Heron Heights
8.00 – Giga White
8.30 – Eight And Bob
(7.45) NEW JAZZ (2/1, Bet365) has taken a while to find her stride and get to grips with racing, but the Scat Daddy filly took a big step forward when running out a ready winner at Yarmouth latest, and John Gosden’s charge can follow up here.
Twice placed on the all-weather previously, she scored by two lengths over Critical Time when last seen out, making all and being pushed out to the line in a performance that hinted at better still to come.
She has the potential to do better still, and this mark on her return to handicaps could well prove lenient so it would be no surprise if she were to find another jolt of improvement to follow up here.
(8.20) MONDAIN (2/1, Ladbrokes) has been in excellent heart for Mark Johnston, winning three of his last six starts which includes a wide-margin victory at Thirsk latest where the Dubawi gelding ran out a ten lengths’ winner over Remember The Days.
That was his first try at two miles and the more extreme trip seemed to suit given how he travelled strongly through the race before being pushed clear to score easily, and a 6lbs penalty may not be enough to stop him from going in again despite stepping back in trip here.]
Assuming those exertions haven’t left a mark turned out quickly then he ought to give another good account, and it would be no surprise to see him going in again given he looks a progressive sort with the potential to do better still.
5.35 – The Dancing Poet
6.05 – Execlusive
6.35 – Riot
7.10 – Muraad
7.45 – New Jazz
8.20 – Mondain
(6.55) TEODORA DE VEGA (Evens, Paddy Power) should take plenty of beating here with Ralph Beckett’s charge arriving in good heard having won two starts ago at Epsom and almost following up at Newcastle four days ago when beaten just over one length behind Furzig.
The Lope De Vega filly had beaten Isle Of Wolves at Epsom, scoring by three-parts of a length, and he appeared to run in snatches when last seen, outpaced before battling back well and looking set to score before being run down late.
Despite the defeat she had pulled clear of the remainder, and she looks to hold solid claims of getting back on the scoresheet assuming this doesn’t come too soon.
(7.30) DARK REGARD (3/1, William Hill) shaped well on her debut at Hamilton twelve days ago, where Mark Johnston’s charge found only one too good in Byline where she was denied by three lengths.
Despite the defeat which hinted that the Dark Angel filly would come on for the experience, she finished clear of the rest and if improving as expected for the experience then she ought to take plenty of beating this time around.
She is a nicely-bred individual, and there is a suspicion that her last-time conquerer could be potentially smart so there was little caste lost in her debut defeat, and sure to improve she could take some beating here.
5.45 – Entrancing
6.20 – Beechwood James
6.55 – Teodora De Vega
7.30 – Dark Regard
8.05 – Rewaayat
8.40 – Kermouster