Best bets for Monday 6 July – Tips for the day’s fixtures

Best bets for Monday 6 July at UttoxeterBest bets for Monday 6 July at Uttoxeter

After a top-class weekend of Classic horse racing action, Monday’s racing sees a return of the bread and butter stuff with four meetings going to post and we give our best bets for Monday across each fixture.

The past weekend saw some terrific Group One racing action with exhilarating renewals of both the Epsom Derby and Epsom Oaks and the Coral Eclipse Stakes. However Monday’s action is much more mundane and four fixtures head to post.

There’s no racing in Ireland on Monday but there’s horse racing action taking place at Ayr and Uttoxeter in the afternoon; while Windsor and Thirsk race in the evening. In all 35 races will unfold across the day’s racing fixtures and we give our daily tips and best bets for Monday.


1:40 Ayr – Jordan Electrics Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-87) 6f RTV

TRICKY DICKY took his form up a level last term following his switch from Olly Williams to Roger Fell, winning four times from his nine outings and only once finishing out of the frame.

The last of those wins came at York last July where the Holy Roman Emperor gelding ran out a comfortable winner from Iconic Knight, scoring by just over one length and he’ll be sharper now for a recent spin on the all-weather when making his return to action last month on racing restart day.

The form of his York success is decent with several subsequent winners since coming out of that contest and although he beat only one home on his return to action he looked as if he needed the outing having led before weakening out of contention rather quickly once headed.

He has placed from higher marks than this in his earlier days and he can boast a course and distance win as well as winning form in soft ground; and likely to come on for that recent pipe-opener he can go well here for all this is a slightly higher grade than he’s used to competing in.

3:00 Uttoxeter – bet365 Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m7½f

It could be worth chancing on the fitness of the returing ENNISCOFFEY OSCAR who was a Grade Two winner over hurdles during the 2017/18 season and contested that year’s Albert Bartlett Hurdle.

Emma Lavelle’s charge has struggled since over hurdles and fences, failing to reach those heights although his last outing at Doncaster found him to be lame and is best forgiven.

He returns to action here following a lengthy break in excess of eighteen months, but still relatively unexposed and having been given a big chance by the handicapper on his reappearance then the Oscar gelding could post a big effort for his leading yard which knows how to ready one.

His win at Grade Two level came when rated 135 and he turns out here from 129 having been rated as high as 142; assuming he’s fully revved up then he could get back on the scoresheet if running up to that standard and a solid performance wouldn’t come as a surprise where he can strike as one of our best bets for Monday.

3:45 Ayr – CPMS Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m2f

COLONY QUEEN arrives chasing a fourth straight success and her fifth in six starts; the Gregorian filly looks worth siding with to keep her winning run going and can come out on top here.

Wins at Sandown and Newbury last term – the latter in heavy ground – were added to with a reappearance success at Newcastle last month and Steve Gollings’ charge took another forward step with a ready success at Beverley when last seen out.

She struck by only a half-length, asserting late but hinting that her improvement hadn’t reached its’ zenith and there may be more still in the locker to come. The handicapper has only pushed her up another 3lbs for that latest win which could still leave her with some scope for improvement and this looks a decent opportunity for her to follow up.

Rab Havlin has notched up a previous win on board Steve Gollings’ charge and the pair can combine again for another success.

Jockey Rab Havlin

Our best bets for Monday is looking to Rab Havlin for a winner at Ayr.

6:00 Thirsk – Every Race Live On RacingTV Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-55) 6f

A switch to handicapping resulted in a better performance from THE GREY BAY back in December where the Gutaifan gelding finished a close fifth behind Lezardrieux, beaten just over one length.

Julie Camacho’s charge found another jolt of improvement returning from a break to finish third at Beverley last month, possibly just needing the outing and he could step up again with that run under his belt.

He finished just over four lengths’ third behind Bal Mal on that last occasion and the winner has gone on to win twice since, while the runner-up was beaten only a half-length into third on his next start so the form looks solid.

A step up to six furlongs could yield further improvement and the handicapper has seen fit to ease him 1lb in the ratings. With the benefit of his recent run likely to see him in better light he could go close in a race that probably won’t take a lot of winning and he tops our list of best bets for Monday’s racing.