October 18 Racing Tips: Sergeant to steal a march at Plumpton

To Plumpton, Pontefract and Bath on Monday, October 18, where Planet Sport has top tips on the flat and over jumps. There’s an NCO giving orders, a Philippines pick and Blue Hero to save the day.

We start at Sussex jumps venue Plumpton where the in-form Milton Harris hopes Sergeant will dominate the field. The hat-trick chaser is ready to earn his stripes.

3.05 Plumpton - Sergeant

Wiltshire trainer Milton Harris is in decent form and sends Sergeant to Plumpton in search of the hat-trick.

The four-year-old has won his last two starts around the two mile mark and prevailed last time out at Exeter by two and a quarter lengths from the Chris Down trained Minella Mojo.

A hefty weight rise is offset by useful conditional Mitchell Bastiman claiming three pounds.

There may not be enough in this bijou field to stop this son of a German Derby winner giving his opposition a beasting.

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4.50 Plumpton - Brother Pat

A maiden over hurdles, this six-year-old has taken to chases like a duck to water, winning two out of four so far.

Trainer Donald McCain is in decent form and will be looking for Brother Pat to get back to winning ways after a second over two miles and five furlongs at Sedgefield last time out.

His last win came on his penultimate start at Worcester over two miles, seven furlongs where Brother Pat kept on well. The step up to over three miles shouldn't be an inconvenience.

Although lumping plenty of weight, Theo Gillard takes off five pounds, making Brother Pat a fraternally friendly pick at Plumpton.

1.15 Pontefract - Manila Scouse

An unlikely meeting between the Philippines and Liverpool can go the way of this two-year-old, trained by Tim Easterby, who does well round these parts.

Manila Scouse was only beaten by a head last time out at Chester over five furlongs and kept on well, meaning the extra furlong could tease out some improvement.

Paul Mulrennan gets the leg up on this son of Aclaim, who should get every furlong here and probably more.

Manila Scouse represents a boss choice at Ponty.

5.15 Pontefract - Rayong

This Karl Burke four-year-old looked a contender over course and distance last out before being boxed off at the death.

That kept Rayong in second place but the King Power Racing owned gelding can make amends this time. He has won over course and distance in 2020 and also lined up against the useful Art Power at Ascot

The Thai owners of Leicester City had a good win this weekend against Manchester United and their good luck can continue at Pontefract.

Rayong is in capable hands with Silvestre De Sousa who should be on the money in this five furlong dash.

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1.35 Bath - Willoughby Bay

The classy trainer Charles Hills always garners respect and his two-year-old heads to Bath on the back of a nice six furlong win at Goodwood.

Willoughby Bay was well in front at the one furlong pole, meaning the drop back from six to five furlongs may not be enough to stop this filly.

Being sired by Profitable could well be an omen for this Hills runner who also posted a creditable third at Lingfield.

Punters should be running towards the Hills for this one.

3.55 Bath - Blue Hero

Just to confuse us, Blue Hero runs in the red colours but is going through a purple patch with two wins on the bounce.

Apprentice Tyler Heard has been on board for the previous two victories with a course and distance success over the one mile trip last time out.

He takes five pounds off Blue Hero who was handed a six pounds rise for his three and a half length win over Zefferino at Bath in late September.

The latest win at Bath was on good ground meaning Blue Hero should handle any rain and is ready to continue his heroics.

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