Neil Morrice brings us his best bets and tips for Monday’s racing at Brighton, Newton Abbot, Perth and Newcastle.
Race 6 No8 BERYL BURTON (Each Way)
Trainer: John Berry – Jockey: Faye McManoman
Fast ground has restricted the size of the fields, making this a far from punter friendly card. The advice is to wait until Race 6 and support bottom-weight BERYL BURTON to open her account. The Sixties Icon filly overcame an early stumble to get into the money on second run back at Chepstow, an effort that should have put her spot on.
Race 6 No NOSTALGICA (Nap)
Trainer: Chris Down – Jockey: James Davies
It’s a similar story at Newton Abbot regarding field sizes, but in this mares’ handicap hurdle NOSTALGICA can endorse the promise of her three earning efforts so far. The daughter of German Derby winner Sea The Moon was beaten a long way here last month when disliking the easy conditions. She is capable of bouncing back.
Race 4 No3 LORD NAPIER
Trainer: Peter Bowen – Jockey: Sean Bowen
The Bowen’s rarely leave here empty-handed and can look to LORD NAPIER to give them something to savour before heading back to West Wales. The eight-year-old hasn’t won since February 2019 but on this first outing since late March can show he operates effectively after a freshening break.
Race 6 No4 RENEGADE ARROW (Nap)
Trainer: Neil Mulholland – Jockey: Tom Scudamore
RENEGADE ARROW is his trainer’s only runner on this card and if progressing from a solid initial effort when third at Worcester, will be hard to beat.
Race 4 No MY SILENT SONG
Trainer: Ed Dunlop – Jockey: Daniel Muscutt
MY SILENT SONG can play the experience card to good effect in this fillies’ maiden. The daughter of Postponed faces a couple of well-related newcomers in Flora Finch and Mellow Yellow but has shown enough in earning runs at Doncaster and Yarmouth to get the vote.
Race 5 No3 CLAIM TO FAME (Nap)
Trainer: Richard Fahey: Jockey: Paul Hanagan
A claim colt CLAIM TO FAME ran well on handicap debut at Catterick when easy to back. He looks sure to carry on earning in this sphere and should be in the thick of things in an admittedly open looking contest.
Race 6 No1 SPIRITOFTHENORTH
Trainer: Kevin Ryan – Jockey: Kevin Stott
The ultra consistent SPIRITOFTHENORTH has had his share of chances but might be worth one more chance against a Godolphin-owned foe Wild Lion, coming back from a protracted absence. Placed in all five of his outings this year, he deserves a change of luck.
Place Accumulator Perm (Race 2-8)
2 x 3, 5, 8 x 7 x 3, 13, 14 x 1 x 1, 2 x 4, 5, 7