Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Neil Morrice: Dundalk & UK Racing - Friday 18 September 2020

Neil Morrice: Dundalk & UK Racing - Friday 18 September 2020

Neil Morrice Best Bets & Tips

Neil Morrice brings us all of his best bets and tips for Friday's racing taking place at Dundalk, Newbury, Ayr, Catterick and Kempton Park! 


Race 2: No4 - HELEN DE POURTALES (Each Way)
Trainer: Andrew Kinirons - Jockey: Billy Lee

HELEN DE POURTALES ran three times on the Dundalk Polytrack last winter, getting closer with each visit to the track. Equipped with a first-time tongue-tie, she went down by just three-quarters of a length in a blanket finish on handicap debut in mid-March, which was easily her best effort and one that promised of better to come. Reappearing for a new trainer, she has the necessary room for improvement to get into the thick of things. Dangers and musts for exotics are recent scorers Pulsating and Dromod Lad.

Race 3: No1 - SILK CRAVAT (Each Way)
Trainer: John Geoghegan - Jockey: Paddy Harnett

SILK CRAVAT’s liking for sand was evident soon after he arrived in Ireland, born out with victories at Laytown and then here in the early winter of 2017. For his latest trainer, he’s posted a single win at this track, but importantly the gelding has been in impressively consistent form since the return of racing, with frame finishes in all but one of seven starts. The addition of cheekpieces appear to have prompted improvement from the seven-year-old, who has strong each-way claims. Waterboy debuts for his stable and is worth inclusion in exacta combinations.

Race 6: No12 - TASHMAN (Nap)
Trainer: Gavin Cromwell - Jockey: M O’Connor

Dual-purpose horse TASHMAN has looked in a good place since racing resumed, scoring by the skin of his teeth in a Roscommon handicap before going close in a similar contest at Tipperary. The refitting of blinkers have done the gelding a power of good and he can post another success before reverting to the jumps. Lightly-raced Liquid Luck could also trouble the judge, along with Spruce Meadows.

Race 7: No8 - TASALKA
Trainer: Dermot Weld - Jockey: Chris Hayes

Lope de Vega filly TASALKA is opposed by some in-form males including hat-trick seeker Bolivar. She made that rival fight tooth and nail for victory in a Killarney contest last month after impressively breaking her maiden at Naas. She’s enjoyed a progressive step up the distance ladder this season, gets every yard of today’s trip, and with first-time cheekpieces in a good spot to turn the tables on her rival in receipt of 5lb.


Race 2: No11 - TWILIGHT CALLS (Nap)
Trainer: Henry Candy - Jockey: David Probert

With two outings under his belt and excuses for a recent defeat at Ascot, TWILIGHT CALLS can live up to his tall home reputation with a victory in this maiden. He was all the rage on his debut over course and distance in July, only to weaken in the race won by Cairn Gorm, who went on to plunder a Group 3 in France. Equally strong in the market for a similar contest at Ascot, he had no answer to Dark Shift but had a good blow afterwards, suggesting the run might have been needed.

Race 5: No4 - MAGELLAN
Trainer: John Gosden - Jockey: Martin Harley

MAGELLAN survived a market drift before scoring impressively on his Newmarket introduction, only to go down narrowly to Rich Waters on the Kempton Polytrack when dropping back from a mile to seven furlongs. The Kingman colt is back at a mile for this Haynes, Hanson & Clark Stakes, a race won by such Titans as Derby winners Henbit, Shergar, and Rainbow Quest in the past, and can show his true mettle.

Race 6: No10 - JOVIAL
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute - Jockey: Ryan Moore

JOVIAL hails from a family stacked with winners. She put together a hat-trick of wins from last autumn to her return in a Class 4 handicap on Polytrack, then was narrowly denied in Listed company at Haydock. Her poor run in a Group 3 at York last month is best forgotten. She’s much better than that and has worked with great gusto ahead of this Dubai Duty Free Cup.

Race 7: No3 - URBAN VIOLET
Trainer: Mick Channon - Jockey: William Buick

The old adage ‘in a three-horse race back the outsider’ can ring true for URBAN VIOLET who shaped with considerable promise on debut at Goodwood and showed in her work on grass earlier in the week that she’s not going to be out of her depth taking on previous winners.

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Race: 1 No6 - INVINCIBLY
Trainer: Karl Burke - Jockey: Harrison Shaw

The Western meeting starts to warm up on Day 2 where in the opener INVINCIBLY can live up to his name. The son of Invincible Spirit, a dual six-figure purchase at auction, ran into the money against a more experienced rival on debut at Thirsk and is going to have learned a bundle from that in a race his trainer has plundered on several occasions.

Race 2: No4 - NASTASE (Nap)
Trainer: Mick Channon - Jockey: Paul Mulrennan

The free-galloping NASTASE should enjoy the switch to a nursery, having looked all over the winner of his latest outing at Windsor, only to be worn down by Onaraggatip. The Sixties Icon colt might have gone for glory earlier than ideal, and having been out on his own idled slightly in a driving finish. Ridden more patiently he can have a big say.

Trainer: Karl Burke - Jockey: Clifford Lee

A colt and filly could dominate this Listed feature, with BICKERSTAFFE taken to outpoint Winter Power. The last-named filly makes a class drop following her heavy defeat in the Flying Childers at Doncaster, while BICKERSTAFFE defends a one race unbeaten record, having impressively put Cottam Lane to the sword at Hamilton, form that’s been handed a subsequent boost.


Race 4: No4 - ROMMEL (Nap)
Trainer: Mick Channon - Jockey: Kieren Shoemark

Channon reaches for new assistance from the saddle on the rangy ROMMEL, who should enjoy this undulating track from an aggressive ride. He finished just out of the money in a red hot nursery at Goodwood, and though flopping at that course next time came back with a valid excuse. Key to his chance is a recent third to Dingle at Kempton, beaten just a length and a half by the well-regarded winner.

Race 7: No5 - ROUND THE ISLAND (Each Way)
Trainer: Richard Whitaker - Jockey: Phil Dennis

Pontefract specialist ROUND THE ISLAND is no one trick pony, as shown by his narrow defeat by The Big House over course and distance last time. That rival can provide a pointer to the selection’s chance when running under top weight in the previous race.

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Race 4: No7 - ANNA OF LORRAINE (Nap)
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute - Jockey: Louis Steward

If putting her best foot forward ANNA OF LORRAINE should be much too good for her foes, and is worth a decent bet. She’s not been without her problems and failed to do a tap on her penultimate start at Haydock. Retirement seemed an option for such a beautifully-bred individual, but her trainer sent her out for a much-improved effort over a mile here, when she was only collared inside the final furlong. Back to seven furlongs for this, she has very strong claims.

Race 7: No3 - PAST MASTER (Each Way)
Trainer: Henry Candy - Jockey: Adam Kirby

A combination of gluey ground and being ridden too close to the pace probably brought about PAST MASTER’s recent defeat at Goodwood. Back on Polytrack he should go well, under a jockey that is unbeaten on him.

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