Neil Morrice brings you all of his best bets and tips from Monday’s racing at Chepstow, Newton Abbot, Southwell and Wolverhampton.
Race 3 No5 GENERAL LEE (Nap)
Trainer: Paul Cole – Jockey: Luke Morris
Tamaamm sets the standard after chasing home the very highly regarded Baaeed at Leicester, but could fine GENERAL LEE too hot to handle. Paul Cole’s Lope De Vega colt disappointed on his first handicap run at Sandown, but can bounce back.
Race 5 No3 SUNLINE (Each Way)
Trainer: Mick a Channon – Jockey: George Bass
Carrying the same name as New Zealand’s outstanding champion of 1999, SUNLINE will never have a shadow of her ability, but she works better than she’s shown in four career outings this year, and could be over priced. The Cityscape filly failed to cut the mustard on handicap debut at Leicester last time, but could step up to get into the money.
Race 2 No5 BYZANTINE EMPIRE (Nap)
Trainer: Fergal O’Brien – Jockey: Paddy Brennan
BYZANTINE EMPIRE has to be of major interest getting weight from all his rivals on handicap debut for an in form trainer. The former John Gosden-trained gelding received a confidence boost when scooting home at Southwell, and can build on that.
Race 4 No5 TERRAFIRMA LADY
Trainer: Alan King – Jockey: Tom Cannon
Another at the bottom of the weights and set to post a big run is TERRAFIRMA LADY. She came back from almost three months off to post a career best at Worcester, from which she ought to progress.
Race 4 No1 WICKED WEST (Nap)
Trainer: Dr Richard Newland – Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
WICKED WEST looked most impressive when coming home unchallenged at Ffos Las on debut for his trainer. He was never in any danger of landing some good bets after contracting to a shade of odds-on, and appeals as a horse to follow in spite of having to carry a 7lb penalty.
Race 5 No4 BOMBER’S MOON (Each Way)
Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies – Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
Having shown nothing until finishing second to Starsky at Warwick last month, BOMBER’S MOON could have finally tuned the corner. He faces a pea out of the same pod in Leading Knight, but may be too good for that rival and Layerthorpe.
Race 8 No2 NEETSIDE
Trainer: Matt Sheppard – Jockey: Tom Midgley
Getaway mare NEETSIDE converted over a longer trip at Worcester and can build on that at the main expense of Phoenix Dawn. The selection finished fourth on only other start for his trainer, also at Worcester, and is in the mood to go back-to-back.
Race 1 No3 MASTER GREY
Trainer: Rod Millman – Jockey: Mr P Millman
A wind operation looks to have benefitted MASTER GREY based on his fine effort against Steel An Icon at Leicester. That form received a boost when the winner went in again, and the selection should be straighter now.
Race 5 No1 CASH MACHINE (Nap)
Trainer: Tom Clover – Jockey: Jack Mitchell
Any move for newcomer Waleyfa could be worth heeding, but preference is for CASH MACHINE, a horse with the points already on the board. The Twilight Son colt is penalised for a narrow but deserved comeback success at Chelmsford but looks progressive.
Place Accumulater Perm (Races 1-7)
3, 1 x 6, 2 x 6, 7 x 4, 8 x 1 x 10, 7 x 9, 2, 11