Horse Racing Tips: Nap of the Day

David Ord had a winning Nap on Sunday and Matt Brocklebank has all the Monday selections.

Monday selections

Fast Results

CITRUS GROVE – 3.45 Wolverhampton (NAP)

James Fanshawe is a past master at preparing three-year-olds to come to the boil when moved into handicap company and CITRUS GROVES could be a prime example at Wolverhampton. This well-bred daughter of Oasis Dream (her dam is from the family of Soviet Song) was too green to do herself justice first time out here in May but has shown much more while picking up vital experience in her next two outings and wasn’ t knocked about when third to rivals rated 81 and 90 last time out. She beat the rest easily enough that day and could be underestimated now handicapping from a mark of just 70.

BLAZON – 4.00 Kempton

This won’t take much winning and represents a drop down in class for Kim Bailey’s four-time course winner BLAZON. He came good again with a couple of staying all-weather wins from marks of 64 and 67 around this time last year and, having slipped back to a perch of 64, he’s clearly capable of returning to form under Rab Havlin this afternoon.

MY GENGHIS – 6.35 Windsor

MY GENGHIS can break through at the fourth time of asking in the O’Halloran & O’Brien Novice Stakes at Windsor. He bumped into odds-on favorite Dukedom and The Green Man (gone very close since in a handicap off a mark of 77) when posting his best effort yet at Leicester last month and on that evidence he won’t mind a drop to five furlongs as he traveled strongly close to the pace for much of the contest. He was squeezed out by slightly classier rivals that day but looks the one to beat here.

NOT FOR PROFIT – 6.15 Ripon

David O’Meara’s NOT FOR PROFIT couldn’t land any sort of meaningful blow in the Weatherbys Super Sprint last time but it was worth a shot after cosily winning on his second start at Hamilton in June (rider dropped whip). There should be lots more to come from the son of Profitable and he’s backed to resume winning ways with sights lowered again here.

Tuesday selections

Fast Results

MUST BE A ROYALE – 6.30 Chelmsford (NAP)

Mick Appleby’s MUST BE A ROYALE is the banker bet of the night at Chelmsford.

Coming from off the pace around this track is never easy to pull off but this four-year-old was delivered from an unlikely looking position to win narrowly under Hollie Doyle over seven furlongs here last month and he’s consequently only gone up 1lb in the weights .

The return to a mile looks sure to suit given how he only got up in the final strides last time and, with Doyle keeping the ride and the hood/cheekpieces combo in place for just the second time, back-to-back wins look highly probably.

GORDON’S AURA – 3.15 Nottingham

The two likely pace angles – namely Mukha Magic and GORDON’S AURA – could have Nottingham’s Bet At Handicap between them and preference is for the latter.

Sir Mark Prescott’s three-year-old couldn’t justify strong market support on handicap debut at Yarmouth last month but he definitely improved again for the market step up to this distance and should be all the wiser having still looked green under pressure.

The son of Golden Horn was only really engaging top gear inside the final furlong last time and, having been left on a mark of 66, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Luke Morris looked to wind things up and try to kill off the opposition soon after turning into the straight here.

SECRET STRENGTH – 3.30 Lingfield

A good little race in store for Lingfield’s Happy Birthday Jill Humphrey Handicap and they’re going to go a real gallop if past performances are anything to go by. With Another Romance and Archiano taking each other on and Spring Is Sprung likely to be pestering that pair too, things could be teed up for a closer and SECRET STRENGTH looks the one to be on.

He’s possibly not won as many times as he should but he’s looked happier on all-weather tracks in the past and has been cut some slack by the assessor after a couple of poor efforts on turf. He was back to something like his best when a close fourth last time and should be a big player here if building on that encouraging run back up in distance with the cheekpieces tried for the first time at Windsor understandably retained.

MONSIEUR KODI – 6.15 Carlisle

MONSIEUR CODI has a good pedigree and is beginning to show the right signs after a neck second and a clear-cut victory both at Ayr last month.

Connections may be looking to try and sneak him into something like the Ayr Bronze Cup given how he really looks at home on that track but he’s won here at Carlisle earlier in the season too and could be far too progressive for his rivals in the Join Racing TV Now Handicap.

Quick ground isn’t an issue and stall one obviously gives Oisin Orr the opportunity to pick up a handy early position – the question is whether or not he’s up to defying his 7lb rise in the ratings. On balance, Richard Fahey’s horse has every chance of doing just that.

August winners:

  • Tarrabb 100/30 (NAP)
  • Bay Of Honor 11/10
  • Global Esteem 3/1
  • Just Amber 100/30
  • Seal Of Solomon 4/9
  • Soul Seeker 2/13
  • Hot Team 4/1

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