Horse racing tips for Monday 17 May – Best best for the day’s meetings across the UK
Horse racing tips for Monday 17 May
A new week of horse racing action across the UK kicks off on Monday with five meetings goign to post over the sticks and on the flat around the country; we’ve picked out our racing tips for Monday and best bets at each card.
After a quiet Sunday to end last week’s horse racing fixture list the pace cranks up a notch or two on Monday where five fixtures head to post across the UK with racing both on the flat and over jumps for punters to take in.
The day’s flat racing action sees afternoon fixtures taking place at Carlisle and Redcar, while Ffos Las is racing over the sticks. Meanwhile, in the evening there are a pair of flat racing cards at Leicester and Windsor.
In total the five meetings will see 37 races in all take place throughout the day and we’ve assessed all the action to pick out our racing tips for Monday and best bets at each card.
HORSE RACING TIPS FOR MONDAY – BEST BETS AT CARLISLE, FFOS LAS, REDCAR, LEICESTER & WINDSOR
1:35 Carlisle – Blackwell Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 5f
VENTURA FLAME has been on good terms with herself in recent starts, winning at Beverley in April and running well twice since in defeat. Keith Dalgleish’ s charge is taken to get back to winning ways here.
The Dandy Man filly lost little caste in defeat in her latest third behind Terentum Star back at Beverley earlier in the month where she was beaten just over on length and a repeat of that effort here ought to see her remain competitive.
She has won over this course and distance before as well as make the frame and assuming this doesn’t come too soon she can make her presence felt from the same mark.
2:55 FFos Las – Oil 4 Wales Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 3m
HOLLY JAMES has turned in a couple of better efforts over hurdles recently, finishing fifth at Southwell in March and returning from a short break to post a good third at Worcester earlier this month where he was beaten just two lengths behind High Charge.
Evan Williams’ charge struck his sole career success to date at this venue back in November 2019 and he’s been relatively lightly-raced since including a short and unsuccessful spell over fences. He ought to be competitive here off the same mark if building on that recent better effort and he’s placed off a higher mark than this in the past.
There could be a bigger performance in him and a return to this venue might help him deliver some improvement assuming he can see out the longer trip.
3:30 Ffos Las – Blackmore Building Contractors Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-115) 3m
PEUR DE RIEN struck his first career win when switched to chasing at Uttoxeter back in September last year and although subsequent runs were underwhelming with the Kapgarde gelding twice pulling up he’s shown much improved form in recent outings.
Oliver Sherwood’s charge went close at Doncaster in December prior to a break and he’s returned with a Kempton success in March and ran well in defeat behind Landofsmiles at Perth latest where he was beaten around six lengths.
He split two subsequent winners in that last outing while another winner has also come out of the race from those who finished further back and the form looks very solid as a result, There could be more to come from him and the handicapper has eased him 1lb in the weights.
This stiffer track might help him find a little more improvement and he looks capable of having a big say here.
4:15 Redcar – Watch Racing TV In Stunning HD Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 5f
ARMY OF INDIA is given another chance having never got involved at Chester earlier in the month and Mark Johnston’s charge can bounce back here.
Twice a winner last term on the all-weather he was thought good enough to try at Group Three level where he failed to handle the track at Goodwood; but he returned from nine months off the track with a very good third at Doncaster where he was beaten just a half-length by Seven Brothers.
The Sepoy colt was never a factor at Chester latest in a decent little handicap, hampered at the start and pulling hard throughout before meeting with further trouble and fading and that surely wasn’t his true running. Perhaps he didn’t handle the tight turns and this straight five furlongs could suit him better.
He’s worth another chance to set the record straight and an improved effort ought to see him in the mix here.
4:30 Carlisle – Wreay Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 7f
HOPE PROBE got off the mark when making a successful switch back to turf at Catterick last month where the Gutaifan gelding ran out a two lengths’ winner over Mellys Flyer; John Quinn’s charge was subsequently only narrowly denied by Kodiac Brown Bear at Musselburgh nine days later when contesting under a penalty.
Despite the defeat that was a decent effort as he was only beaten a half-length but the front pair had pulled almost five lengths clear of the third and he he was only caught late by the winner who has since finished a fair third himself in his next start.
He’s been pushed up another 4lbs which will demand more from him, but he seems to be going the right way now and may be worth chancing to deliver another jolt of improvement to get back on the scoresheet.
6:20 Windsor – Fitzdares Loves Royal Windsor Racecourse Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 5f
STAKE ACCLAIM isn’t as good as he was and nowhere near the level he was when winning valuable handicaps off ratings of 101; but the veteran bounced back from a spell out of sorts on the all-weather to gain a narrow verdict over Firenze Rosa here earlier in the month and the Acclamation gelding could be worth sticking with to follow up here.
Dean Ivory’s nine-year old travelled well in that contest and got up late in the day to register his narrow margin of victory under this rider and while he’s no certainty to back up that performance he can continue to make his presence felt if holding his form.
Softer ground is no issue as he won a valuable Newbury handicap earlier in his career in the mud as well as chase him his high class yardmate Donjuan Triumphant in heavy ground so these conditions hold no fears and he’s only 1lb higher here than when scoring earlier in the month.
His young rider can also utilise his full allowance here so he effectively races off just 67 and as a former course and distance winner – 2 wins from 3 here – he should make his presence felt and can strike again.
7:05 Leicester – Book Online At: leicester-racecourse.co.uk Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 6f
ABLE KANE won twice last term which included over course and distance when beating Strong Power under a penalty back in September and the Due Diligence gelding has returned in good form this term, posting a pair of runner-up finishes at Bath and back here latest.
Rod Millman’s charge was only beaten a half-length behind Dancinginthewoods in that last start and he had a subsequent winner behind him so the form looks solid. There’s an argument that he was just given too much to do in that latest outing but the handicapper has reacted with only a 1lb rise in the weights and so he should remain competitive here.
This track seems to suit him given he’s yet to run a bad race at the venue and a repeat of that last effort ought to see him going close in this contest with a small pull at the weights in his favour now over his last time conquerer which can see him turn the tables.