Bank Holiday Monday racing tips – Best bets for the day’s UK horse racing fixtures
Bank Holiday Monday racing tips and best bets
We look over the horse racing action on Bank Holiday Monday where five meetings head to post across the UK. Get our Bank Holiday Monday racing tips and best bets for each meeting.
A new week of UK horse racing action kicks off on Bank Holiday Monday with five meetings heading to post across the country over the sticks and on the level both on turf and the all-weather.
The ITV Racing cameras will also be in action with coverage of the all-weather card at Kempton while Wolverhampton also goes to post on their all-weather surface. Redcar are also racing on Monday with a meeting on turf on the flat.
Meanwhile over the sticks there are further meetings at Plumpton and Chepstow and we’ve looked over all the action to pick out our Bank Holiday Monday racing tips and best bets.
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT CHEPSTOW, PLUMPTON, REDCAR, KEMPTON & WOLVERHAMPTON
2:20 Kempton – Try New Super Boosts At Unibet Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 5f
LIHOU has been in good form on the all-weather, winning twice at Lingfield and Wolverhampton and the Mayson gelding has finished runner-up on his last two starts back at Lingfield, beaten a head and one and a half lengths respectively.
The latter run came last month when denied by Tone The Barone where he was run down late having perhaps gone to the front too soon. He was claimer ridden that day but Richard Kingscote takes over now and David Evans’ charge could be worth chancing to go one better.
Also a previous course and distance winner it is unlikely he has much scope from this mark, but he does at least arrive in good fettle and the consistent performer can go close in an open looking race.
3:10 Chepstow – Vic And Lynn Taylor Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 2m
BEFORE MIDNIGHT has been consistent over fences for Sam Thomas without managing to get his head in front, but the Midnight Legend gelding can get off the mark in this sphere.
A winner in bumpers and over hurdles when trained by Nicky Henderson the eight-year old has made the frame in all four starts for his current yard of which three have seen him land the silver medal including on his last chase start at Sandown where he was beaten six lengths by Alnadam.
After a break he got back on the winning trail when successful in a jumpers’ bumper at Kempton and returning to obstacles he could follow up that success from the same mark. The form of his most recent Sandown chase start has been franked with the winner and third both winning since along with the fourth and fifth horses.
He drops back to the minimum trip for this latest start over fences but he’s shown he has the speed to cope with the lesser distance and he ought to go close here.
3:20 Plumpton – Harry And Betty Savill Memorial Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m1½f
DARKEST DAY took advantage of his sliding handicap mark to get off the mark over two miles at this venue last month and it may be worth siding with Gary Moore’s charge once more to follow up.
The Aizavoski gelding had placed in each of his previous two starts over hurdles here in January and he found only one too good in a jumpers’ bumper at Lingfield in February. His earlier third to Mr Jack over two miles here has seen the form franked and the runner-up from his breakthrough victory also did little harm to the form next time when finishing less than one length runner-up to Peltwell who has also won again since.
He’s been pushed up 4lbs in the weights following that success but he could find the improvement needed to defy his new mark and his record here entitles him to plenty of respect. With the slightly longer trip no issue he’s expected to go close as he bids to double up his win tally and if the visor has the same positive effect as last time then he can collect.
3:25 Redcar – Market Cross Jewellers Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 6f
GALE FORCE MAYA was a progressive sprinter during the 2019 campaign, winning four times in all and although she failed to add to her tally last term she continued to run well in defeat, making the frame in four of five starts in better races than this.
Michael Dods’ charge was last seen finishing last of eleven runners at Musselburgh last October although she patently found the trip in the testing ground too much for her on that occasion while it was her third run in less than a month.
The Gale Force Ten mare makes her return to action and has gone well fresh in the past while she’s placed off higher than this mark last term so she still likely features on a handy mark. Cheekpieces are retained also for this outing although they had minimal effect when last worn and the quicker surface here won’t prove a hindrance given she’s won on similar earlier in her career.
If returning at her best then she could go close dropping back to a sprint trip and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her in the mix at the business end.
3:45 Chepstow – Esco BMC Combination Stakes Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 2m7½f
BUSTER THOMAS made the frame in each of his first four starts following a long absence from the track, finishing runner-up in three of them prior to being pulled up in testing ground at Ludlow when last seen.
Emma Lavelle’s Westerner gelding has been given plenty of time to get over those exertions and has likely been kept for the better ground which he gets here so he could bounce back to form returned to a sounder surface.
His last win came back in November 2018 where he beat Nightfly from this mark just prior to his hiatus and he’s shown he can go well when fresh so every chance of a big run here if the return to three miles doesn’t prove an inconvenience although he has twice placed over this trip in the past.
Most of his rivals also arrive on the back of lesser efforts and in an open contest he could go close if back to his best.
3:58 Redcar – Watch Racing TV In Stunning HD Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 6f
GHATHANFAR won twice last campaign on turf and the all-weather and the Invincible Spirit gelding has been on good terms with himself on the all-weather this year, latterly finishing just a short-head second behind Devil’s Angel at Newcastle last month.
That form is solid with the winner and fourth both registering subsequent successes and Tracy Waggott’s charge might be worth chancing to go one better returning to turf having only been raised 1lb in the handicap.
He has a favoured low draw to work from here and his shrewd yard has been in form with its’ few runners these past couple of weeks so a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise if getting away on terms as he can occasionally miss the break. But if all drops right for him then he ought not to be too far away.
4:10 Wolverhampton – Watch Sky Sports Racing On Sky 415 Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 6f
Gobi Sunset won well three days ago under an enterprising ride but a 5lbs penalty makes life tougher for him and DIRTY RASCAL can get back to winning ways having found only one too good on turf at Doncaster eight days ago.
The Acclamation gelding was a three-time winner for Richard Hannon earlier in his career but he lost his way under Tom Ward and ran poorly in a number of outings prior to joining George Boughey.
He immediately almost made the perfect impact for his new yard when beaten just a neck by Tahitian Prince and he’ll be sharper with that run under his belt as he drops back to six furlongs for this outing which shouldn’t present any issue.
Off the same mark as at Doncaster as makes his tapeta debut he has the services of promising claimer Mark Crehan whose 5lbs allowance is a big plus and if building on his recent return then he could go one better here.
4:35 Kempton – Unibet 15 To Go Queen’s Prize Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m
STARCZEWSKI can continue his progression and land a hat-trick of wins for David Simcock and the Magician gelding could prove a tough nut to crack.
Relatively low-mileage for a five-year old he won twice during the 2019 season before a lengthy absence that kept him off the track until December where he shaped as if he’d be better for the run when finishing eighth to Polyphony over a trip short of his best.
Stepped up to two miles in recent starts he finished third at Chelmsford before registering back-to-back victories over course and distance and Wolverhampton latest where he narrowly got the better of Margaret Dumont.
That form has been boosted since and a 2lbs rise in the weights looks very workable given he could still have further improvement to come; while he has a good record when partnered with Jamie Spencer who is in the plate again. This is his toughest test to date upped in class but he could rise to the occasion and can make his presence felt again.