Racing on Tuesday in the UK and Ireland takes place at Catterick, Galway, Kelso, Laytown, Leicester and Worcester.
One of our fancies comes at Galway, where a Willie Mullins Grade One-winning hurdler can have success on the Flat.
13:40 Leicester – Haaf A Diamond @ 7/2
Haaf A Diamond scored at this course over 1m back in June, making all in that contest. Since then, she has produced two respectable performances, finishing in the frame on her return to this course (1m) and at Bath (1m) respectively.
The Kevin Frost’s filly was staying on strongly on her latest appearance at Bath where she snatched third place in the final strides of the contest. It suggested this step up to 1m2f will suit. She is also out of a two-time 1m4f winner, so her breeding also indicates she should have the stamina for this new distance.
The daughter of Haafhd features on the Betfred Betfinder as one of the Most Napped selections today and it is easy to see why. This mark of 55 remains very workable, especially with improvement likely over 10f.
16:25 Kelso – Captain Tommy @ 7/2
Experienced chaser Captain Tommy scored for the second time this summer when he was successful in a handicap chase at Worcester (2m7f) last month. He was held up in last place before hitting the front with four fences to go. Ian Williams’ runner eventually scored by three lengths in a smart performance.
The handicapper has put the Worcester winner up 5lb in the official ratings, but he has prevailed off a 7lb higher mark than this before, so he should be able to handle this rise in the weights. He also switches back to hurdles which will not be a problem for the gelding.
Champion Jockey Brian Hughes has been booked for the ride on the nine-year-old, which obviously is a big positive towards his chances. If he reproduces the same level as he did the last time he was over hurdles, he will be hard to beat in this class three handicap.
18:25 Galway – Echoes In Rain @ 5/4
Echoes In Rain ended last season’s jumps campaign with victory in the Grade One Mares Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival. She won that race by over nine lengths in what was a dominant performance.
Willie Mullins’ opted to run his mare in the Ascot Gold Cup at Royal Ascot back in June on her return to Flat, but unfortunately for her connections, she struggled to see out the trip in the feature race of the royal meeting.
Although the daughter of Authorized has had success over much further than this distance over hurdles, she is bred to be at her best at this trip. This ease in grade makes things much easier for the versatile mare, and it should see her return to winning ways.