Horse racing Monday best bets – Tips for the day’s flat and jumps fixtures
Horse racing Monday best bets
A new week of UK horse racing action gets underway with four meetings on the agenda around the country and our tipping team pick out their horse racing Monday best bets.
Punters have four more UK racing fixtures to ponder over on Monday as a new week of racing action gets underway and there is action both on the flat and over the sticks taking place.
The afternoon racing on the flat sees fixtures on turf at Redcar and Leicester, while the jumps racing comes from the meeting at Ayr. Completing the Monday fixture list is an evening all-weather racecard where there is a fixture on the tapeta at Newcastle.
31 races will go to post across the day’s quartet of fixtures and our tipping team pick out their horse racing Monday best bets and tips for each meeting.
HORSE RACING MONDAY BEST BETS – TIPS FOR THE DAY’S FLAT & JUMPS RACING ACTION
1:30 Redcar – Natalie And Lauren Dealhoy Nursery Handicap Cl6 (2yo 0-60) 6f
ANGELS TALE could be worth chancing to improve on her most recent third-placed finish at Wolverhampton last month and Tim Easterby’s charge could get off the mark now.
The Caravaggio filly had struggled in previous starts, not troubling the judge on any of her earlier outings but turned in a better showing latest when beaten less than one length into third behind Homemade Andrea at Wolverhampton under this rider.
She ran on well late having missed the break and not being ideally placed so there’s a slight concern that the drop back in distance here might be a negative. However she should get a decent pace to aim at here and this doesn’t look a particularly strong race so there’d be no real surprise in seeing her in the mix.
1:40 Leicester – @leicesterraces Ideal Self-Hire Wedding Venue Nursery Handicap Cl6 (2yo 0-60) 7f
GRETA BRIDGE ran her best race to date when finding only one too good at Redcar last month and the Mondialiste filly can go one better here.
Tim Easterby’s charge appeared to relish the stiffer test on that occasion, making most before being headed in the last half-furlong although she kept on well for the silver medal and dropping back to this stiff seven could be ideal assuming she handles this softer ground.
The form of that last run has been boosted with the winner going in again since, while the third also went one better next time and a 4lbs rise could prove very fair. She can turn in another good performance here and every chance she can open her account.
2:30 Ayr – Winter Breaks At Western House Hotel Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4½f
BOLLINGERANDKRUG won twice from five starts over hurdles last term, scoring both at Kelso and Lucinda Russell’s charge can make a winning return to action here with the longer trip likely to suit.
The Getaway gelding struck the second of those wins when last seen out, beating Monash by two lengths and staying on well up the hill. The third, fourth and seventh horses home in that contest have all won since and there could be more improvement to come now he tackles fences for the first time.
His in-form yard is sure to have him well prepared for this and this looks a decent opportunity for him to make an immediate impact over the larger obstacles.
4:00 Leicester – Light Brigade Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m
A chance is taken on NATIONAL LEAGUE who features at the bottom of the weights, but the Gutaifan gelding is capable of a big run here despite being 1lb out of the handicap.
Richard Fahey’s charge arrives on the back of a good third at Musselburgh in heavy ground two weeks ago and while his losing streak is mounting up he’ll likely handle these conditions better than most.
His last win came on heavy ground at Hamilton during the 2019 season and while without success since he has run some good races in defeat, reaching a career-high rating of 91 in the summer of this campaign although he cut very little ice and is back on a more realistic mark.
With conditions no issue and stepping back up to one mile he could run a big race at a potentially decent price.
4:15 Ayr – Christmas Parties At Western House Hotel Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Div I) Cl5 (3yo+ 0-100) 2m3½f
This can go to FLOOD DEFENCE who has got better with each run this season, finding only one too good on her last start at Perth when beaten only a neck by Salley Gardens.
A multiple winner on the flat and in fair form in that sphere recently the Harbour Watch mare returns to hurdling from a mark just 4lbs higher than that last hurdles spin and she ought to continue to remain competitive.
With no concerns over trip and ground she can finally get off the mark in what looks a fairly modest contest.
7:30 Newcastle – MansionBet Proud Partners Of AWC Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 1m
BRONZE RIVER got back to winning ways for the first time since scoring at Chelmsford back in October 2019 when going in at Redcar earlier in the month on just his second start for Michael Appleby and the Archipenko gelding is taken to follow up here.
He had won two of his first three starts for Andrew Balding and he kept some decent company during the 2020 campaign without managing to get his head in front, making the frame from ratings as high as 83 before a move to Roger Teal although he was largely disappointing for that handler, tried in various headgear with little success and his mark tumbled as a result.
Now with Michael Appleby he’s seemingly recaptured some form, going close over course and distance on his stable debut and then beating Balqaa latest where he won readily going away. He’s only 4lbs higher here and a repeat of that last effort could be good enough here for all this is a slightly stronger contest although he’s certainly well handicapped on historic form.