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Can Ewart's 2/1 chance land Hexham win? Get Tuesday 21 May horse racing tips

Brian Healy 21 May 2019
Hexham is one of six UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Tuesday. (credit:John Giles/PA Archive/PA Images)

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Tuesday's UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

A six-fixture programme of horse racing action greets punters on Tuesday, with the afternoon’s flat racing action coming from Brighton and Nottingham on turf, and Wolverhampton on the all-weather.

Meanwhile, in the evening there is jumps racing action from Hexham and Huntingdon, while there is flat racing action on the card from Sligo in Ireland.

Wolverhampton (flat, aw) - 1.50 - 5.05pm (7 races)
Brighton (flat) - 2.00 - 5.15pm (7 races)
Nottingham (flat) - 2.10 - 5.25pm (7 races)
Sligo (flat) - 5.30 - 8.30pm (7 races)
Huntingdon (jumps) - 5.40 - 8.40pm (7 races)
Hexham (jumps) - 5.50 - 8.50pm (7 races)

TUESDAY 21 MAY NAP SELECTION



WOLVERHAMPTON


(2.20) EYE OF THE WATER (10/3, Paddy Power) wasn’t at his best on turf at Chepstow when last seen, but Ron Harris’ charge is taken to bounce back returned to this venue where he posted his latest success.

The Lilbourne Lad gelding had struck over course and distance back in February, beating Amor Kethley, after which he also made the frame in starts at Lingfield and Kempton.

Not seen to best effect latest, he is given another chance and he should appreciate returning to this surface; he can do better here, and his earlier form gives him solid claims of getting back to winning ways if putting that disappointing turf run behind him.

(4.00) HAVANA OOH NA NA (8/1, William Hill) has won two of his four starts this term, and the Havana Gold can strike again here.

Both wins have been gained at this venue, with Karl Burke’s charge latterly running out a three lengths’ winner over Your Mothers’ Eyes, and the form of that success is fairly strong with the third and fourth horses home both making the frame since; while the seventh won next time out.

This longer trip is unlikely to present too much of a problem, and while 8lbs higher in the weights now, he could still have more to offer and it would be no surprise to see him go well again.

1.50 - Chil Chil
2.20 - Eye Of The Water
2.55 - Steelriver
3.25 - Hen
4.00 - Havana Ooh Na Na
4.35 - Antico Lady
5.05 - Rocklesbury

BRIGHTON


(2.35) LILIOFTHELAMPLIGHT (5/2, William Hill) makes her turf debut here on what will be her third career start, but she is already a winner having struck at Wolverhampton last month and Mark Johnston’s charge can follow up here.

The Helmet filly wore down Sunset Flash to score by a neck, with the pair pulling well clear of the rest. That runner-up had won her previous race, and while the selection has a penalty to carry into this contest, she could prove equal to the task of defying the additional weight given she remains open to plenty of improvement.

Assuming she isn’t caught out by the switch to turf then it isn’t hard to make a case for her, and it would be no surprise to see her pick up another win.

(3.05) DARK POET (10/3, Paddy Power) stepped up on some moderate efforts in maiden company on turf and the all-weather when returning from a break to finish fifth on his handicap debut at Chepstow earlier in the month where he eventually finished fifth behind Brother Bentley although he crossed the line little over two lengths’ adrift.

The Lethal Force gelding perhaps wasn’t helped by being slowly away from the gates; but he kept on well despite never looking a serious threat, and he could still have better to come having been eased slightly in the weights.

Clive Cox’s charge sports first-time cheekpieces also for this latest assignment, and if the headgear elicits a positive response then he can go close here.

2.00 - Cool Strutter
2.35 - Liliofthelamplight
3.05 - Dark Poet
3.35 - Majestic Mac
4.10 - Roy Rocket
4.45 - De Little Engine
5.15 - Imperial Act

NOTTINGHAM


(2.45) TABASSOR (11/8, William Hill) shaped well on her debut run at Haydock last month, finishing third behind Search For Light; but the Raven’s Pass filly didn’t appear altogether at home on the soft ground that day, and Charlie Hills’ charge can improve now she is faced with a better surface.

That debut experience should also have brought her on, and the form of the debut looks fair with the fifth and sixth horses home that day both making the frame in subsequent outings.

Likely to find improvement on the back of that first run, she could do better here with the outing under her belt and quicker ground to contend with, and it would be no surprise if she were to step up considerably on that first effort to get off the mark at the second attempt.

(3.45) NEAROOZ (5/4, Paddy Power) is 2-2 in her short career, winning at Newmarket back in October and then returning from an absence to follow up on the Wolverhampton all-weather where she ran out a comfortable winner over New Jazz.

Roger Varian’s New Approach filly had two lengths to spare, and there ought to be better to come from her now as she makes her handicap debut where she figures on a handy mark of just 85 which may underestimate her given that she has the potential for improvement.

The manner of her win last time suggests she is likely to have further progress, and she can step up on that reappearance to extend her unbeaten record here.

2.10 - Ottoman Court
2.45 - Tabassor
3.15 - Lady Mascara
3.45 - Nearooz
4.20 - Cuban Sun
4.55 - Master Grey
5.25 - Staycation

SLIGO


(5.30) CRUELLA DOVIL (9/4, William Hill) is still a maiden after nine runs, but it hasn’t been for a lack of trying by Johnny Murtagh’s charge who has run several creditable races in defeat and who has finished fourth or better in her last six starts.

The Clodovil filly posted a career-best effort to find only one too strong last time at the Curragh earlier in the month, going down only by a neck in a big-field handicap behind Verhoyen with the pair clear of the rest.

She drops back into maiden company, and with her yard in good heart at present then she ought to take plenty of beating if able to produce a similar effort.

(8.30) A WAVE OF THE SEA (11/4, Bet365) was only denied by a half-length behind Vivax and Aneczka on debut at Dundalk earlier in the month, and Joseph O’Brien’s charge ought to have learnt from that effort so he could get off the mark now at the second attempt.

The Born To Sea gelding was green early, but he got better as the race progressed and he finished off the race well despite still looking inexperienced. 

That run will have taught him plenty, and he can put that experience to good use to open his account now. 

5.00 - Lincoln
5.30 - Cruella Dovil
6.00 - Ahundrednotout
6.30 - Fanny Blankers
7.00 - Libras Power
7.30 - Art Of America
8.00 - Arcland
8.30 - A Wave Of The Sea

HUNTINGDON


(6.10) LACE BONNET (11/4, Paddy Power) may have found Fakenham too sharp latest when disappointing behind Inessa, beating only one home; but Christian Williams’ charge is taken to bounce back here.

The Mastercraftsman mare had won the time before at Warwick, beating Infiniti by a half-length sporting first-time cheekpieces. The headgear didn’t have the same effect latest, but he did have a subsequent winner behind in that Warwick success, and he could be worth chancing to quickly regain winning form.

He drops in class here into a Class 5 contest, and the services of a top amateur sees 7lbs taken off his back; he could go well as a result if able to post something akin to his Warwick success, and he is worth another chance.

(6.40) VAXALCO (6/4, Bet365) got reward for some solid in-the-frame efforts, which included two runner-up finishes, to get off the mark at this venue earlier in the month with a defeat of Brigadier Bob.

Neil King’s Dom Alco gelding struck by seven lengths, overcoming a late mistake to score under a 7lbs claimer; and the handicapper has reacted by pushing him up 7lbs in the weights as a consequence.

However, there could be better still to come from him, and Bryony Frost takes over in the saddle for this latest outing. While he probably does need a shade more, he is chanced in his current rich vein of form to continue the good work, and he can go close again here.

5.40 - Twist
6.10 - Lace Bonnet
6.40 - Vaxalco
7.10 - Petite Jack
7.40 - Zoltan Varga
8.10 - Francky Du Berlais
8.40 - Knockedoutloaded

HEXHAM


(6.50) None of this quintet inspire much confidence from one race to the next, but ROXYFET (15/8, William Hill) ran well on his last visit to this venue, finishing third, and Micky Hammond’s charge could be worth chancing.

The Califet gelding has done most of his winning at Sedgefield, scoring his last success there back in February; but he was beaten only three lengths behind Johnny Yuma latest, and that form was boosted when the winner struck again next time. 

The sixth horse home also beat a next-time winner on his own subsequent outing, and having eased 1lb in the weights he could be worth siding with to win a poor race.

(7.20) FOR THREE (2/1, William Hill) has taken well to hurdling since joining this yard from Ireland, making the frame in three of his first four starts prior to getting off the mark at this venue earlier in the month.

James Ewart’s charge ran out a three lengths’ winner over Dr Hooves on that occasion, winning a shade cosily, and an opening rating of 112 on his handicap debut doesn’t look unduly harsh.

He could have more improvement to come, and the Pour Moi gelding ought to remain competitive in this contest; he can win again with Brian Hughes taking the ride.

5.50 - Sleep In First
6.20 - Glinger Flame
6.50 - Roxyfet
7.20 - For Three
7.50 - Mrs Vonn
8.20 - For Jim
8.50 - Farlam King


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