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Varian's 7/4 chance to strike at Windsor? Get Monday 24 June horse racing tips

Brian Healy 24 Jun 2019

Brian Healy gives his race by race selections and best bets for every racecard going to post on Monday across the UK and Ireland.

Five UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Monday, and the day sees flat racing action from the meeting at Chepstow, while Southwell goes over the sticks.

Meanwhile, in the evening there is the usual flat racing fixture from Windsor which is joined by an all-weather card at Wolverhampton; while Ballinrobe in Ireland are also racing with a fixture on the level.

Chepstow (flat) - 2.00 - 5.00pm (7 races)
Southwell (jumps) - 2.15 - 5.15pm (7 races)
Windsor (flat) - 5.40 - 8.45pm (7 races)
Ballinrobe (flat) - 5.50 - 8.55pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) - 6.00 - 9.05pm (7 races)



(3.30) BALLET RED (3/1, William Hill) is yet to get her head in front, but the Rio De La Plata filly has gone close to breaking her duck on a few occasions and this could be her day.

Harry Dunlop’s charge most recently finished around three lengths’ third behind Sadlers Beach at Bath last month, perhaps doing too much too soon. She has been dropped 2lbs in the weights since, and she contests over a shorter trip here which might help her.

A repeat of that last outing could be enough to see her shed her maiden tag, and she ought to go close here.

(4.00) AIGARNE (8/1, Unibet) had shown promise in a pair of all-weather runs at Chelmsford and Wolverhamton over the winter months before disappointing back at the latter venue in April. Clive Cox’s charge however could bounce back following another short break, and the Helmet filly is taken to get off the mark.

She gave herself little chance that day, having pulled hard throughout before weakening; but a first-time hood now applied for this switch to turf could help her to focus, and making her handicap debut she appears to be on a fair mark so could well have more to offer.

She is given another chance to build on the earlier promise she had shown, and while this is no easy task facing her now, she can remain competitive.

2.00 - Starczewski
2.30 - Saffran
3.00 - Red Armada
3.30 - Ballet Red
4.00 - Aigiarne
4.30 - Jungle Juice
5.00 - Broadhaven Dream


(2.45) THE JAM MAN (7/2, Paddy Power) has yet to convince over fences in Ireland, but it could be worth sticking with Ronan McNally’s raider nonetheless.

The Papal Bull gelding is a multiple winner over hurdles, but he has yet to translate that ability to the larger obstacles and he was disappointing in first-time cheekpieces over fences last time at Downpatrick where he beat only two home.

However, he did win over hurdles here on his only previous start, scoring from 1lb higher in the weights. All his wins have come away from Ireland, and he may be worth chancing returning to the scene of his last success if he can get his act together over fences.

(4.15) FOR JIM’s (5/1, Bet365) hat-trick bid faltered at Uttoxeter earlier in the month, with Jennie Candlish’s charge only managing to finish fifth behind John Daniel, beaten almost twenty lengths.

The Milan gelding had won previous starts at that venue and Hexham in May, but his jumping rather let him down latest. However, he switches back to hurdles for this assignment, and he has a lower rating over timber so he could bounce back to winning form here.

He has placed from higher marks in the past over hurdles, so it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him going close now and he can get back on the scoresheet.

2.15 - Kahdian
2.45 - The Jam Man
3.15 - Emerald Rocket
3.45 - Graceland
4.15 - For Jim
4.45 - Wazowski
5.15 - Susie Mac


(6.40) REVOLUTIONISE (7/4, Ladbrokes) has shown some promise in all starts, but Roger Varian’s charge found a chunk of improvement having been gelded to so close at Lingfield earlier the month where the Lope De Vega gelding was denied only by a half-length behind In The Cove.

He was just run down late that day having made all the running, and the form took a boost when the third went on to score next time out at Salisbury.

That was his handicap debut, and it was enough for the handicapper to immediately slap him with a 3lbs rise in the weights. But there ought to be more to come from him, and he showed enough speed to suggest the drop to six furlongs wouldn’t present an issue.

He could well prove to be ahead of his mark with the potential to improve, and he gets the vote to open his account here.

(8.45) DESERT LION (11/10, Bet365) ran with promise on his debut at Kempton back in March, finding only one too good; and David Simcock’s charge ran better than the bare result suggests in a stronger race at Thirsk next time when finishing fourth behind Munhamek.

The Lope De Vega gelding was sent off favourite for that outing, but a slow start hampered his chances, and he is probably better than he was able to show on that occasion. The form has been boosted by the runner-up winning since, while the race-winner went close in a valuable contest next time when finishing second in the Haydock Silver Bowl.

This doesn’t look as strong a race as that Thirsk contest, and returning from a short break he is worth another chance.

5.40 - Celcius
6.10 - Knight Shield
6.40 - Revolutionise
7.10 - Daschas
7.40 - Asian Angel
8.15 - Korcho
8.45 - Desert Lion


(6.50) GREENPANDA (7/2, Bet365) is a past course and distance winner, and the Jeremy mare can get back to winning ways here.

Gavin Cromwell’s charge last struck at Roscommon in September, beating Mystique Heights by just over one length, and he has been running better than his form figures suggest since returning from a break.

Latterly beaten around four lengths behind CJ Cregg at Roscommon earlier in the month, he perhaps did too much in the heavy ground before fading out of contention. That winner has gone in again since to give the form a boost.

Dropped 2lbs in the weights and stepping back in distance here, she has a first-time visor applied which may help her to focus her energies, and she can go well back at this venue where she can go close.

(7.50) ELM GROVE (7/2, William Hill) struck here last July on her first run for Madeline Tylicki, and the Arcano mare can get back to winning ways on her second start back on the flat after a spell over hurdles.

A Limerick winner over hurdles, she finished a creditable fourth of nine runners behind Stormy tale at Roscommon latest, beaten two lengths, and it is possible that she could have more to come now she steps up markedly in trip.

Her last success at this venue came from 2lbs higher in the weights, so she is well-handicapped here and ought to go close if seeing out the additional yardage. 

5.50 - Scotts Honor
6.20 - Xcite
6.50 - Greenpanda
7.20 - Hidden Spark
7.50 - Elm Grove
8.25 - Bog War
8.55 - Rock De Baune


(6.30) SERMON (13/8, Paddy Power) didn’t shape at all badly on his debut at Haydock earlier in the month, finishing just over three lengths’ third behind Dubai Station.

Tom Dascombe’s charge ran green on that occasion, drifting markedly left and showing inexperience under pressure having got to the front. Although ultimately well-beaten, he had pulled clear of the rest and he ought to know more now following that run.

The winner of that race has since finished third in the Norfolk Stakes at last week’s Royal Ascot meeting, and the runner-up was thought good enough to contest the Queen Mary Stakes at the same meeting, so the form could potentially be quite decent.

The Dark Angel colt is open to significant improvement on the back of that debut outing, and if the switch to tapeta doesn’t inconvenience then he can get off the mark at the second attempt.

(8.00) CITTA D’ORO (11/2, Paddy Power) returned from almost four months off the track to post back-to-back wins here, with cheekpieces seemingly delivering some improvement in the fortunes of the Cityscape gelding.

Soft ground might have been a factor in a below-par run at Haydock when thwarted in his hat-trick attempt; but he bounced back to finish third back at the Merseyside last time out when faced with a better surface and upped in trip.

He was beaten only two lengths behind Briardale on that occasion, with the front three pulling readily clear of the rest. The runner-up has won since, and turning out only 2lbs higher here than when posting that recent bronze medal finish he eases slightly in grade and could go close returning to this surface with the drop back to one mile no issue.

6.00 - Dream Magic
6.30 - Sermon
7.00 - Society Star
7.30 - Swiss Pride
8.00 - Citta D’oro
8.35 - The King’s Steed
9.05 - Mutamaasik

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