Bank Holiday Monday racing tips – Best bets at Bath, Beverley, Kempton, Warwick and Windsor
Bank Holiday Monday racing tips
A busy afternoon of horse racing action descends on Monday with action both over the sticks and on the flat; we’ve picked out our Bank Holiday Monday racing tips and best bets.
There’s plenty of Bank Holiday Monday horse racing action to look forward to with racing both on the flat and over the sticks with five meetings going to post across the country.
Racing on the flat comes from the fixtures at Bath, Beverley and Windsor, while the jumps racing action comes from the cards at Kempton and Warwick as the summer jumps season begins to gather pace.
Across the day’s quintet of fixtures 38 races will unfold in all and we’ve looked through all five meetings to pick out our Bank Holiday Monday racing tips and best bets.
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT BATH, BEVERLEY, KEMPTON, WARWICK & WINDSOR
1:56 Windsor – Get Hugh Taylor’s Tips On attheraces.com Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 6f
SHOW YOURSELF has shown enough in a handful of runs either side of six months off to suggest she wouldn’t be winning out of turn here and James Tate’s charge can get off the mark.
The Acclamation filly has finished fourth or better in all five of her career starts to date, most recently finishing a close third behind Cash Machine at Chelmsford last month where she was beaten two lengths.
This return to turf could help her unlock more improvement and the handicapper might have taken a little chance in easing her 2lbs following that latest start where she didn’t quite have the finishing speed of her two rivals ahead. She was clear of the rest though and she can go close here if her low draw doesn’t prove an inconvenience.
2:11 Bath – Blackmore Electrical Contractors Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 5f
MICHAELS CHOICE could bounce back to winning form on his reappearance and the War Command gelding looks worth chancing.
William Jarvis’ charge won twice last term including on his return last July at this venue after which he went close at Sandown before losing his way somewhat; however he got back to winning ways here in October and might not have been suited by proper soft ground on his final start of the campaign at Nottingham two weeks later.
He’s been absent since but returns on the same mark and with a decent record here – three wins from five – as well as winning first time up he looks worth another chance and ought to go well under Hollie Doyle.
2:25 Kempton – VBet Support British Racing Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m5f
WILL CARVER won a point to point in Ireland prior to joining Nicky Henderson and the Califet gelding has shown progress with each start, making the frame in successive outings at Wincanton and Newbury in March and giving a good sort in Faivoir a real scare on the latter occasion.
The Seven Barrows runner made that one pull out all the stops, taking up the lead on the run-in but unable to quite hold on and only being beaten a half-length as the long odds-on favourite battled back to land a narrow win.
That one has since boosted the form when winning at the Cheltenham April meeting and the selection doesn’t have any rivals of that quality in opposition here. He should be hard to beat here as a result and a first win beckons for Nicky Henderson’s charge who can prove too good for this field.
2:46 Bath – Blackmore Development Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 1m2f
CORBULO has shown improved form this term since going handicapping, scoring on his reappearance here last month before stepping up to this trip at Nottingham where he was beaten only a nose by Kalma.
Brian Meehan’s Belardo gelding was slowly away in that latest start but he ran on well and just failed to get up having possibly just been held onto too long.
That was a good effort though and he’s only 3lbs higher here; he could get back to winning ways quickly returning to this venue and every chance he can go close although this looks a decent race for the grade.
3:31 Beverley – Mayday Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-60) 1m2f
THE VEGAS RAIDER didn’t show a great deal in a trio of all-weather starts in novices last term, but the Kendargent gelding showed improved form on his reappearance when bolting in at Salisbury recently and Michael Bell’s charge can follow up here under his penalty.
He was trying handicaps for the first time on that occasion and stepping up to this trip where he wore a first-time visor; he ran out an easy four lengths’ victor that day and there could be more to come from him on that evidence.
A 6lbs penalty for that win could still leave him well in here and with the potential for better to come he could prove a tough nut to crack turned out quickly assuming this doesn’t come too soon.
4:06 Beverley – Racing TV Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m½f
YANKEE STADIUM has yet to open his win account but he’s run some good races in defeat and the Galileo gelding has finished runner-up in two of his last three starts, most recently at this venue over a longer trip.
George Scott’s charge was made plenty of use of there, always in the front line and pressing the winner throughout before getting to the front and kicked on three furlongs out. He kept on well to the line without quite being able to match the winner who rallied well and looked a useful sort on his debut and the front pair had pulled well clear of the rest.
Now trying handicaps he could be well treated off this mark and the application of cheekpieces for the first time could elicit further improvement. He drops back to one mile here and if let loose in front again might be hard to peg back.
4:10 Kempton – Join VBet Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 2m2f
NUMITOR improved for the switch to chasing last term, winning his first two starts over the larger obstacles at Ffos Las and Wincanton, and the Schiaparelli gelding wasn’t disgraced when thwarted in his hat-trick bid at Sandown latest.
Heather Main’s charge has seen that form franked with both the winner and runner-up going in again since before tackling Listed and Graded company respectively and there could be better to come from him here with this track potentially more suitable than what he encountered at Sandown.
Better ground shouldn’t be an issue and he can bounce back to winning form here with further improvement possible.
5:00 Warwick – Visit racingtv.com Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m4f
The fitting of blinkers has had a positive effect on the fortunes of SOMEKINDOFSTAR who has won two of three starts over fences since the headgear went on and Lucy Wadham’s charge most recently found only one too good at Ludlow in March.
The Getaway gelding was beaten just over two lengths by Rock On Rocco, unable to sustain his effort to the line from the last fence and proving no match for the eventual winner. He was almost twenty lengths clear of the third however and that one did little harm to the form when finishing runner-up next time at Exeter.
He races here from the same mark as when posting that near miss and the forecast rain will help given he registered both successes on softer ground so any ease in the conditions will be to his benefit.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him firmly in the mix here and he can get back on the scoresheet in a race where a few rivals have a question to answer while he arrives in decent form.