There is plenty of racing action on Tuesday with five meetings in the UK and Ireland. There are Flat meetings at Beverley (1.00-4.55pm), Listowel (1.35-5.30), Lingfield (1.55-5.50) and Newcastle (4.00-8.10), the last two on the all-weather, plus day two of Warwick’s jumps meeting (1.15-5.15).
From the 41 races our tipster has three selections to follow. Tom Lacey’s horses are thriving and his contender Neville’s Cross can remain on the upgrade at Warwick after a win at Uttoxeter this month.
Horse racing tips today from Beverley, Listowel and Warwick
Enda McElhinney’s Tuesday best bets are below. Scroll down to read the expert analysis that led him to his picks.
Odds correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.
Horse racing tips today: Warwick 3.30 – Double on for Cross
Tom Lacey’s recent Uttoxeter scorer Neville’s Cross is fancied to strike again under Jonathan Burke in this five-runner affair in which three of the field come into the contest on the back of success.
Neville’s Cross is joined in that regard by Present Chief, the mount of Jonjo O’Neill Jr, and Lord Springfield, a winner in a Southwell novice contest in July on his first start for trainer Sara Ender.
Present Chief had been coming to the boil nicely before he got on the scoresheet at Uttoxeter (2m 7½f, good) in early August under O’Neill. He travelled nicely and didn’t have to be asked for maximum effort in scoring.
However, the same was true of Neville’s Cross when he won over the same course and distance on 9 September. That was the Stowaway gelding’s first start since February and he really sauntered into contention for Burke, joining the front pair after the third last. He looked to have his rivals covered and, while runner-up Little Jack rallied late on, this five-year-old was never in any serious trouble.
He has gone up 9lb but looks capable of conceding 3lb to Present Chief, who goes up in grade here. Both should be suited by the extended trip of 3m 2f but it is Neville’s Cross that is fancied to double up for a yard in scintillating form, four winners from just seven runners in the last fortnight giving the Lacey team a 57 per cent strike-rate.
Tip: Neville’s Cross @ 6/4 with bet365
Horse racing tips today: Beverley 2.40 – Scales in Ornate’s favour
In an interesting conditions contest over the flying five furlongs Ornate might be very hard to peg back from the front in receipt of significant weight from his two main rivals.
David Griffiths’ seven-year-old retains plenty of the customary early dash that has characterised his career and his Glorious Goodwood third behind Battaash in July is probably the standout form from this field this season.
He comes here having run a strong race again in group race company at Newbury on Saturday behind improving Godolphin sprinter Lazuli. Past performances tell us he won’t mind a quick turnaround and having acquitted himself well in group races and tough handicaps lately, he may find this to his liking.
Aljady routed four rivals in winning a handicap at Sandown last month off a mark of 94 and is now three from five since joining Robert Cowell from Richard Fahey.
He’s a clear danger and will give this a bold sight, no doubt, but if Ornate gets the early advantage it won’t be easy pegging him back while conceding 11lb.
Similarly, Caspian Prince defeated the selection this summer on the all-weather at Newcastle when getting weight (minimal) but Mick Appleby’s admirable veteran now must ship 10lb to Ornate.
Tip: Ornate @ 11/8 with bet365
Horse racing tips today: Listowel 3.55 – Big Baby can have his way
Big Baby Bull caught the eye at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend when making up a lot of late ground from an unpromising position to finish fourth in the ‘Sovereign Path’ Handicap over 7f.
In a race worth €75,000 to the winner, Could Be King, he was fourth, one place behind the Jessica Harrington-trained Real Appeal, but can better that rival here as they meet again.
Formerly trained by Richard Hannon, Big Baby Bull has had six starts this season since arriving from Britain and there has been a marked difference in his performances when he gets good ground.
After 407 days out he ran well on his first start for Denis Hogan at Leopardstown in June and duly won next time out at the Curragh (rated 86) before faltering on more testing ground at Galway and back at HQ in three starts from late July through August.
His staying-on effort last time suggests there remains scope in him and with conditions favourable in what looks a lesser contest on paper, he is fancied to go close under 5lb claimer Joey Sheridan.
Tip: Big Baby Bull @ 5/1 with bet365