Redcar and Fairyhouse have already called off their meetings on Tuesday due to waterlogging, so we’re playing it safe (we hope) with Tuesday’s tips from the all-weather surfaces at Kempton and Southwell.
And the best bet of the day comes at Kempton …
Purple Paddy produced a career-best performance when posting his second course-and-distance win here two weeks ago, and a 4lb rise in the weights may not stop him following up.
Jimmy Fox’s runner had been shaping well enough prior to his victory, suggesting a win was on the horizon, and the style of the success suggests he will remain of interest in this grade. He could be seen travelling well two furlongs out but had to wait for a gap. When he eventually saw daylight, he stayed on strongly to get on top close home to win by a neck.
Jockey Mark Crehan is good value for his 7lb and enhances Purple Paddy’s claims in Tuesday’s 14-runner handicap over a mile.
Lilkian looked unlucky not to finish closer when finishing third at Kempton last week to Archie Watson’s 4/1 favourite Mitty’s Smile and should launch a bold bid if proving as effective on fibresand.
Shaun Keightley’s runner looked to have been let off lightly by the handicapper following his improved showing in a Wolverhampton maiden on his penultimate start when second to Be Ahead and he proved that point at Kempton.
He made good head-way late on under Josephine Gordon having been caught further back than ideal.
He has a progressive profile on the all-weather, can race off the same mark as at Kempton and holds obvious claims.
Sylvester Kirk’s Prairie Moppins has been brought along steadily and showed improved form on her third start when finishing fourth at Chelmsford to Jamie Osborne’s Forus when a 50/1 chance.
She caught the eye that day, faring better than the bare result would suggest, as she made good late headway after being short of room, to be nearest at the finish. She still looked green on that occasion, so should benefit from the experience and it would be no surprise were she to take a big step forward on her handicap debut.
The step up to a mile looks to be in her favour.
*Prices correct at time of publishing