ITV Racing tips on Monday – Bank Holiday best TV bets at Kempton and Fairyhouse
Bank Holiday Monday ITV Racing tips and best bets
The ITV Racing cameras return to action on Easter Monday with a nine-race live TV schedule of horse racing from the cards at Kempton and Fairyhouse in Ireland. We’ve looked over the TV racing to pick out our ITV Racing tips on Monday.
There’s plenty for punters to look forward to on Easter Monday bank holiday with live TV horse racing action from two meetings on the day from Kempton and also Fairyhouse in Ireland where the Irish Grand National takes centre stage.
Oli Bell and the team will be on hand as usual to offer viewers their expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the day’s TV racing and we’ve looked over the action to pick out our ITV Racing tips on Monday.
ITV RACING TIPS ON MONDAY – BANK HOLIDAY LIVE TV TIPS FOR KEMPTON & FAIRYHOUSE
2:40 Fairyhouse – Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) (4yo) 2m
Boodles winner Jeff Kidder is respected but TEAHUPOO has looked a top-class prospect in reeling off a hat-trick of wins and Denise Foster’s charge should take plenty of beating here.
The Masked Marvel gelding won a French hurdle in France prior to going Gordon Elliott where he reeled off an impressive brace of victories over course and distance, latterly running out a seven lengths’ winner from Tax For Max in a Grade Three contest in February.
He had thumped Druid’s Altar by 15 lengths the time before and both those pieced of form look strong, while he registered his latest win with plenty in hand and there’s surely better to come from him.
He does have to concede 3lbs and more to this field which includes Noel Meade’s Cheltenham Festival winner; but with the potential for plenty more improvement to come he could prove equal to the task and he can maintain his unbeaten record.
2:55 Kempton – Unibet “You’re On” Fillies’ Conditions Stakes (Plus 10/GBB Race) Cl2 (3yo) 1m
Lilac Road arguably boasts the strongest form having finished fourth in the May Hill Stakes last term, but with race-fitness on her side KESTENNA could prove hard to beat and John and Thady Gosden’s charge can land her hat-trick.
The Pride Of Dubai filly holds a 1000 Guineas entry and having shaped well on her debut at Lingfield she’s gone on to register wins at Wolverhampton and over course and distance latterly where she bolted up by nine lengths from Colour Of Light.
That runner-up did no harm to the form next time, filling the same position on her next start and there’s likely more to come from the selection who could make the most of her fitness edge to come out on top again and stamp her passport to the fillies’ Classic at Newmarket in May.
3:15 Fairyhouse – Fairyhouse Steel Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 0-140) 2m6f
This is competitive but CAPILANO BRIDGE gets the vote to strike another win with Conor O’Dwyer’s charge arriving here in good form.
A Thurles winner back in November the Stowaway gelding was far from disgraced next time at Leopardstown on Boxing Day, finishing sixth behind Dysart Diamond; he bounced back from that next time out with a ready win over Aarons Day at Naas and he was last seen chasing home Velvet Elvis at Thurles in February.
That was his first attempt beyond two miles and he didn’t appear to be stopping at the end of 2m 4f and this even longer trip could bring about another jolt of improvement. Meanwhile the form of that Thurles run looks solid with the winner, third and fourth horses home all running well since.
This drying ground should prove no problem to him and back in a handicap he’s expected to go well if seeing out the longer trip.
3:30 Kempton – Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Conditions Stakes (Plus 10 Race) Cl2 (3yo) 1m
Mostahdaf was impressive on debut but EL DRAMA gets the vote with the advantage of race fitness on his side.
Roger Varian’s charge won a Doncaster maiden on his debut last term and the Lope De Vega colt shaped with promise on his reappearance in a Listed contest at Lingfield in March, finishing just over one length behind Apollo One and that form has been franked since by the runner-up going on to win a Listed contest.
He shaped as if he’d be better for the run on that occasion, travelling well into the race before flattening out and this extra furlong looks sure to suit so it wouldn’t come as a shock to see him improve again here where he can get back on the scoresheet.
3:50 Fairyhouse – Underwriting Exchange Hurdle (Grade 2) (5yo+) 2m4f
BEACON EDGE travelled strongly for most of the way in the Stayers’ Hurdle during the Cheltenham Festival where he faded only late on to eventually finish fourth and Noel Meade’s charge can get back to winning ways here.
The Doyen gelding had won the Boyne Hurdle at Navan the time before, finishing off that race strongly having been under pressure and looking held before getting up late to deny Fury Road. That was his third win of the season having also struck paydirt at Downpatrick and Galway and he was also beaten less than one length by Honeysuckle in the Morgiana Hurdle so he boasts plenty of strong form.
Drying ground will certainly prove no problem for the classy performer who has to give upwards of 2lbs to his field of rivals including the progressive The Bosses Oscar; but he’s proven at this level and the drop back to this trip can only be a good thing having perhaps just been stretched at Cheltenham last time.
He could be hard to beat here assuming the run doesn’t come too soon and no surprise if he were to resume the winning trend in this Grade Two contest.
4:02 Kempton – Unibet Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m
MADE IN ITALY is progressing well and while this is a big step up in class for Marco Botti’s charge the Mukhadram filly might be capable of finding the necessary improvement to feature.
A Lingfield novice winner back in January last year she ran well on her sole start on turf at Haydock in June where the longer trip perhaps just stretched her stamina. But she got back on track with a narrow verdict over Angel Of The Glen at Newcastle last month on her return to action and she could build on that effort.
She was partnered by Hollie Doyle that day and the partnership resumes here; they appeared to combine to good effect in that last start with the Mukhadram filly winning a shade readily having shown a good turn of foot to get up late and the form doesn’t look too bad with the third since going close behind Pholas next time.
There’s surely better to come from her and while she needs to step up on what she’s achieved to date she may well be capable of doing so and she can make her presence felt.
4:20 Fairyhouse – Devenish Chase (Grade 2) (5yo+) 2m4f
FAKIR D’OUDAIRIES is nothing if not consistent, finishing runner-up for the fifth time in six starts when finding only Allaho too strong in the recent Ryanair Chase and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can gain a deserved success.
The top-class chaser is a former course and distance winner when beating Ronald Pump in the 2019 Drinmore Novice Chase and his only subsequent run out of the frame came when finding three miles too much of a test in the Savills Chase where he pulled up.
No match for Chacun Pour Soi on his penultimate start in the Dublin Chase he made a few mistakes at Cheltenham latest but still managed to finish second where he beat Tornado Flyer by a half-length and that form could make him hard to beat here.
Better ground conditions are no issue and while he has some smart rivals to overcome here including high-class pair Easy Game and Battleoverdoyen he might find this company a little easier than he encountered at Cheltenham so a return to winning ways wouldn’t come as much of a shock.
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.
5:00 Fairyhouse – BoyleSports Irish Grand National Chase (Extended Handicap Chase) (Grade A) (5yo+) 3m5f
Progressive chaser COKO BEACH is taken to improve again for this longer trip and Denise Foster’s charge can strike a third successive win having already registered wins this term at Gowran Park and Navan the last twice.
Aside from a last-of-four effort behind Envoi Allen in the Grade One Drinmore Novices’ Chase the Cokoriko gelding is yet to finish out of the frame in six starts over the larger obstacles and he latterly won a shade readily over reopposing Espanitio Bello at Navan in February when taking the Ten Up Chase from this rating although he’ll do well to defy his mark back in a handicap despite being open to further improvement.
It is perhaps no surprise then that trainer ‘Sneezy’ Foster has employed the services of top conditional Jordan Gainford for this assignment with the rider excellent value for his 7lbs claim and already a big-race winner at the Cheltenham Festival so this test will hold no fears for the up-and-coming jockey who is destined for big things.
He has a very willing partner who should continue to improve and the longer trip and drying ground both look positives towards delivering another jolt of improvement so it would be no surprise to see him posting a big effort in this competitive contest.