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

Neil Morrice: UK Best Bets - Monday 16 November 2020

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Neil Morrice brings us all of his best bets and tips for Monday's racing coming your way from Leicester, Plumpton, Kempton Park, and Dundalk. 


Race 4 No1 ISOLATE (Nap)

Trainer: Alan King - Jockey: Tom Cannon

ISOLATE disappointed on comeback at Bangor, but made up for that lapse with a convincing success at Taunton where he was always in control. He’s definitely horse to follow, not only under a penalty today but also when he moves into the handicap arena.

Trainer: Paul Webber - Jockey: Mr Jack Savage

BOUGHTBEFORELUNCH ran his heart out in an amateur riders’ handicap chase at the first Cheltenham meeting, when in hindsight me may have been made too much use of. The form was boosted when the winner Bermeo ran well on a return visit to that course. Leicester’s long straight should suit the selection who is a good jumper and stays well.

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Trainer: Alan King - Jockey: Thomas Bellamy

The King stable has a good record here, and Irish point winner GREENROCK ABBEY possesses the wherewithal to take out this novices’ hurdle on debut under Rules. He was an expensive purchase that has shown abundant promise in his work, and should be good enough.

Trainer: Bernard Llewelyn - Jockey: Jordan Williams

The strong travelling FLANAGANS FIELD catches the eye in this selling handicap hurdle. He’s very effective at this level, as demonstrated with a win at Catterick before lockdown. He also ran well when returning from eight months off to trouble the judge in normal handicap company at Ffos Las, an exercise that should have put the edge on him.

Race 6 No2 TZAR DE L’ELFE (Each Way)
Trainer: Richard Rowe - Jockey: Niall Houlihan

 TZAR DE L’ELFE needed his first run back and can now return to the form that enabled him to put together an impressive sequence of earning runs through last winter. He finished second in four consecutive races before getting his head in front in the gamest fashion at Plumpton. Furthermore he will enjoy moving back to his optimum distance on soft ground today.


Trainer: George Boughey - Jockey: Ryan Moore

Moore is an eye taking booking for CARRYONREGARDLESS, a filly be Bated Breath who shaped with a deal of promise when second on her Lingfield introduction. She likes the Polytrack surface and has a good draw next to market rival Just Beautiful.

Race 2 No12 SARGASSO SEA (Nap)
Trainer: William Haggas - Jockey: Tom Marquand

SARGASSO SEA needs to look lively at the start in order to capitalise on her rail post position. The daughter of Sea The Stars showed abundant promise when second on debut at Newcastle and if showing alertness is in a better place in the gate than market rival Dollar Bid.

Race 7 No6 BLAIRLOGIE (Each Way)
Trainer: Laura Mongan - Jockey: Callus Hutchinson

BLAIRLOGIE has fared far better than the form figures indicate since moving to this stable. When starting 100-1 at Lingfield two starts back he would have been in the money with better luck in running, while he ran well to take home a cheque at Chelmsford last time. Granted the rub of the green he should be right in the shake-up.

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Race 1 No3 CHARMED
Trainer: Joseph O’Brien - Jockey: Alan Persse

O’Brien has experimented with distances for CHARMED and probably deduced that the minimum suits the Charm Spirit colt. While he’s shown just as much over six and seven furlongs he is the stand out form pick in this maiden, and should be seen doing his best work at the business end to get us off to a good start.

Trainer: Ted Walsh - Jockey: Mark Gallagher

Cooper’s Hawk would be interesting if able to recapture his good autumn form, but he went out quickly at the Curragh last time. I still like him, but in contrast FERRYBANK seems to be getting better race by race, as evidenced when he troubled the judge in Aikido’s race here last week. He has a good draw, and can take out this maiden before embarking down the handicap route.

Trainer: John Feane - Jockey: Kevin Manning

A switch to Polytrack brought about progression from PRAYING MANTIS on her all-weather debut last week. The daughter of Epaulette finished just a length and threequarters adrift of Jackmel after a tardy start, which represented a big step up on anything she’d previously achieved on soft turf. The drop back to seven furlongs from a mile shouldn’t be a problem, but she needs to be alert at the gate.

Race 8 No1 LARIAT (Nap)
Trainer: Adrian McGuinness - Jockey: Adam Farragher

Top weight LARIAT has it in him to take out the nightcap from a tumbling mark. He spent a while in the wilderness, but his improved effort to get into the money behind Storm Steps over course and distance last week shows that he can post another win for his in-form stable on a first run in this grade.

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