There are five meetings across the UK & Ireland on Tuesday 25 July, with a mix of Jumps, Flat and all-weather action to cater for all tastes.
Musselburgh gets things going alongside afternoon Jumps fare from Southwell – while later on it’s National Hunt action at Ballinrobe plus all-weather cards from Wolverhampton and Chelmsford.
Amongst our fancies on Tuesday is Imperial Data, second in both hurdles starts so far for Rebecca Menzies and with more to come upped in trip.
3.05 Musselburgh – Elusive Empire @ 11/10
Archie Watson’s Elusive Empire looks ready to notch his first success via the British Stallion Studs EBF Restricted Maiden Stakes over 7f at Musselburgh.
The gelding was well held at Newcastle in May and again at Nottingham in June but the drop to 7f last week brought about a much-improved effort as he finished second in a novice contest.
He did so behind Montauk Point, the previous Deauville runner-up looking good on his stable bow for Martyn Meade as he travelled stylishly into the contest and moved clear late on for a ready success.
For his part, Elusive Empire came the best part of four-lengths clear of the third, and it was no shame for him attempting to concede weight to the winner. This looks an excellent opening for him.
5.00 Southwell – Imperial Data @ 13/8
Basford is a strong favourite for this novices’ handicap hurdle. He boasts figures of 2222-2121 in eight hurdles appearances since January and he flourished in a first-time visor last month when coming off a slow pace to win well, but he may have more on his plate now, in particular dealing with unexposed Imperial Data on third outing for Rebecca Menzies.
The gelding won a Stradbally point-to-point in April and finished second on stable/rules bow at Hexham (2m4f, good) in May – beaten by stablemate and favourite Harper Valley.
He looked set to collect back there last month when he had odds-on favourite Champagnesocialist in trouble coming off the home bend, only for that rival to stage a rally and get back up after the last.
It was another decent effort and a first-time tongue-tie, coupled with the rise to this three-mile trip, are reasons to be hopeful of further improvement now.
9.00 Wolverhampton – Red Walls @ 17/2
It might be worth speculating that Red Walls can rediscover his best stuff back at Wolverhampton, where he is a three-time winner over the 5f distance in the past.
The most recent of those wins came last August and he went close again in October. So far this year, he is 0-9, but he twice finished second over C&D in the spring from a 9lb higher mark than he will race off in tonight’s finale.
He was well held in a couple of Chester handicaps recently, but despite regular visits there in his career, he has never truly looked like mastering the Roodee.
All of his five career wins have come on synthetics, three of them here, and back down in grade from this reduced rating, Lucy Williamson’s gelding could outrun his price as he looks to justify inclusion on the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder for Tuesday’s racing.