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Horse Racing Tips Today: Nap of the Day


Matt Brocklebank takes the helm and provides his best bet at every meeting in Britain on Tuesday, including a Nap selection at Beverley.


Tuesday Nap of the Day

LA RAV – 2.25 Beverley (NAP)

LA RAV claimed back-to-back wins last September/October and may be able to pull off something similar as he seeks a double in Beverley’s Joe McLoughlin 70th Birthday Handicap on Tuesday.

He doesn't have that many miles on the clock for a seven-year-old and, after two quiet runs back from a layoff during July, really came alive again over this course and distance last month.

He travelled strongly behind a good pace that day and there looks to be plenty of early signed up again with Blu Boy, King's Pavilion, Harrison Point and Urban War all expected to help create a good, even gallop.

La Rav should get a nice tow into things from stall seven and he looks up to defying a 5lb rise and mark of 82, having been a 93-horse in his formative years for Luca Cumani.

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ISTHEBAROPEN – 3.20 Warwick

Punting opportunities are thin on the ground at Warwick but the penalised Countister could be worth opposing at skinny odds in the Poundland Foundation Proudly Supports Whizz Mares’ Handicap Hurdle.

Formerly with Nicky Henderson, she’s seemingly found her form now for Ben Haslam and will probably defy the 7lb extra if in the same mood as when winning well at Kelso earlier in the month.

However, it probably wouldn’t take an awful lot for her to take another backward step and, at the likely prices, preference is for ISTHEBAROPEN, the other last-time-out winner in the field.

She came from a difficult position behind a wall of horses to score going away at Bangor last month and a 5lb rise doesn’t look too harsh on that basis.

Good ground suits and William Shanahan takes off a valuable 7lb in the saddle again.

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EMBLEM EMPIRE – 3.45 Lingfield

John and Thady Gosden’s EMBLEM EMPIRE ran quite a promising race first time out and can go one better in Lingfield’s Follow @attheraces On Twitter Novice Stakes, a race the Gosden yard has won in the past two seasons.

Fitted with a tongue-tie (retained), the son of Gleneagles was sluggish from stall 10 on debut at Kempton a month ago and took a little while to get the hang of what was required of him.

The winner and eventual third dominated the race from the front, with subsequent dual winner Old Flame running on to be fourth, but nothing finished anywhere near as well as Emblem Empire, whose closing sectionals certainly impressed Timeform.

That first day at school is likely to have worked wonders and stepping up from a mile to 10 furlongs looks a wise move based on the initial outing.

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TIPPLER – 5.50 Newcastle

When the 47-rated maiden Thriller’s Moon is the tissue favourite for a race, it must be one in which there’s a chance of pinching some value elsewhere and consequently I’m going to take an each-way flier on TIPPLER in the Cazoo Search Drive Smile Handicap (Div II) at Newcastle.

Trainer Marjorie Fife is on the cold list (328 days since last winner) and the horse hasn’t shown a mass amount in four starts since moving from Sir Mark Todd but he could finally have found his level in this lowly 0-55.

The son of Iffraaj hasn’t been staying a mile and a half so far this season so dropping back to 10 furlongs is another source of improvement, while he attracted a bit of support (9/1 from 16/1) at Catterick last time out before racing prominently and only weakening a furlong and a half out.

There’s not much pace on here so Jane Elliott is likely to adopt a forward pitch again if breaking well enough from stall 13 and, along with everything else, the distinct lack of serious opposition is enough to warrant a small bet.


Wednesday Nap of the Day


LISA’S DREAM – 1.30 Redcar (NAP)

Declan Carroll’s good form could well continue with handicap debutant LISA’S DREAM in the Free Month Of Racing TV Nursery Handicap at Redcar on Wednesday.

The daughter of Caravaggio has shown glimmers of ability in three starts but is expected to leave her previous form behind now she tackles a nursery.

Her staying-on fifth at Haydock in August was encouraging ability-wise and an opening mark of 56 looks workable considering Tudor Queen – who finished less than two lengths ahead of her at Haydock – ran well in third off an opening handicap mark of 69 at Carlisle earlier this month.

It’s interesting Carroll has chosen Redcar for her nursery debut as he’s four from 15 at 26.67% in Redcar nurseries, winning with four of his last eight runners at nice prices – 13/2, 7/1, 20/1 and 22/1.

Lisa’s Dream steps up in trip from six furlongs to a mile and she’s bred for this distance, with her dam being closely related to 1m 2yo winner Roman Empire.

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WEST END CHARMER – 2.52 Goodwood

WEST END CHARMER can defy a long absence in the Listed Best Of British Race Day Foundation Stakes at Goodwood.

Mark Johnston’s son of Nathaniel has been off the track for 460 days but he has won off the back of a lengthy break before having won easily at Newmarket after 372 days off last June.

That sort of form gives him a good chance in this race and the likelihood of him winning is enhanced when you look at the likely tactics as he’s the sole frontrunner in the contest.

If Joe Fanning can get a freebie on the front end he could be a tough nut to crack and it looks significant that Johnston as aimed him at this track for his comeback.

GOA LIL – 4.10 Perth

GOA LIL can strike for Nigel Twiston-Davies in the Lord Mansfield Memorial Handicap Hurdle at Perth.

The five-year-old has dropped 12lb in the weights in his last four hurdles outings from 130 to 118 and he looks dangerous off his current rating.

A winner off 118 in a novice handicap chase at Stratford two starts ago despite not convincing with his jumping, he was undone by a slow gallop back over timber last time out when second at Worcester.

Back to 2m4 with frontrunner No Logic in the field, he can cash in off his lowly rating for the second time in three starts.

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IMPRESSIONS DREAM – 4.40 Kempton

Clive Cox is in good form and his IMPRESSIONS DREAM looks interesting in the Adoha’s One Let’s Have Some Fun Handicap over a mile at Kempton.

The Lethal Force filly runs off a 224-day absence but she’s tempting off 58 on the back of her handicap debut at Wolverhampton back in February where she was fourth of 60.

That was an improved effort on her runs in novice company and up in trip, with the stable in great form, she can post a career best from a good draw in stall two under Adam Kirby.

This looks a good sport for her getting 4lb on the weight-for-age from a bunch of largely exposed older horses.


September winners:

  • Rumi 13/2 (dead-heat)
  • Haizoom 8/1 (NAP)
  • Boomshalaa 13/8
  • Royal Fleet 11/8 (NAP)
  • Tasfeeq 8/13
  • Bezzas Lad 9/2
  • Wentworth Falls 9/2 (NAP)
  • Rhinoplasty 7/2
  • Mister Tickle 11/8
  • Hang In There 8/13
  • Top Secret 5/1
  • Bookmark 3/1
  • Dreamweaver 9/4 (NAP)

The Sporting Life racing tipsters had a golden August
The Sporting Life racing tipsters had a golden August


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