Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Neil Morrice: UK Best Bets - Monday 16 August 2020

Neil Morrice: UK Best Bets - Monday 16 August 2020

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Neil Morrice brings us all of his best bets and tips from Monday's racing coming your way from the Catterick, Windsor and Uttoxeter. 

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Race 6 No4 VITARE (Nap)

Trainer: Mick Channon - Jockey: George Bass

With a 7lb pull for a head defeat at Windsor last week you have to fancy the chances of VITARE turning the tables on Ice Station Zebra. With form figures of 232432 the selection is becoming a perennial bridegroom, but he’s too good to remain a maiden much longer, while interesting is the addition of Bass who is competent and good value for his 7lb claim. There can be no excuses for the gelding on a track where he’s shown plenty of zip before.



Trainer: Mick Channon - Jockey: George Bass

If there’s a joker in the pack in this novice it has to be BEHOLDEN, who is arguably unlucky not to have won all three of his Bumper starts. The Juddmonte cast off landed a gamble in spectacular fashion on debut at Newton Abbot but threw it away by jumping a path on a return to that course, and last time paid the price for being waited with, before ruining his chance by hanging. He’s not a straightforward ride, but Bass has partnered him in plenty of work at home so knows what to expect.



Trainer: Kevin Ryan - Jockey: Mr S Walker

With maximum assistance from the saddle GEORGE MALLORY has to go well on a course that should suit his racing style. He regularly troubles the judge, and can thread his way through this field to post an earning run, with Dance King a probable danger.

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Race 3 No4 ASTAPOR (Nap)

Trainer: Mick Channon - Jockey: Tom Marquand

 ASTAPOR was clueless on his first two starts but is now getting the hang of things. He ran better than his finishing position indicates in a warm seller at Newmarket last time, and looks the pick of the weights on this handicap debut.



Trainer: Paul Cole - Jockey: Luke Morris

 Two visits to Leicester proved fruitless to MILLIONAIRE WALTZ since racing resumed but on different going and a completely different track he can raise his game. The return to a sprint distance should help him, while first time cheek pieces could also assist his claims.



Trainer: John Gosden - Jockey: Rab Havlin

Domino Dancing sets the bar for the others to aim at in this fillies’ novice, but newcomer PERONISTA is the subject of favourable reports and should give the Doncaster scorer plenty to think about. The selection is by champion sprinter Muhaarar out of a mare by Selkirk. With prospects of the ground softening, this is a positive pointer to her chance.




Trainer: Jamie Snowden - Jockey: Gavin Sheehan

COLLEGE OAK has shown the ability to win after a lengthy break, as was the case when taking out a Sedgefield bumper last autumn. Having placed in two subsequent outings over hurdles at Ffos Las and Wetherby he is the form pick for this novices’ hurdle.



Trainer: Olly Murphy - Jockey: Richard Johnson

 SANGHA RIVER is one of the best horses we’ve seen in the summer jumps period and fully expected to complete a hat-trick for his trainer, whose Midlands stable is on fire. Since moving from Ireland he’s won a bumper and novice hurdles at Southwell and Market Rasen. He’s achieved this with plenty up his sleeve.


Race 6 No5 RED ROYALIST (Nap)

Trainer: Stuart Edmunds - Jockey: Cieren Gethings

Dual purpose horse RED ROYALIST holds the cards in this competitive handicap hurdle. In a selective campaign he picked up novice hurdles at Fakenham and Market Rasen and has transferred that good form to the Flat with frame finishes in all three starts this summer. His fitness is assured and he has scope for further progression as a jumper.

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