Monday Bank Holiday racing tips – Best bets for the day’s meetings across the UK
Monday Bank Holiday racing tips and best bets
A busy afternoon of horse racing action awaits punters with six meetings heading to post and we’ve picked out our Monday Bank Holiday racing tips and best bets.
Another Bank Holiday is upon us and six UK horse racing meetings go to post across the UK with both flat and jumps racing action.
The afternoon flat racing comes from Leicester, Windsor and Redcar on turf and also Chelmsford on the all-weather; while Huntingdon and Cartmel account for the day’s racing over the sticks.
48 races in all will take place across the sextet of fixtures and we’ve picked out our Monday Bank Holiday racing tips and best bets.
MONDAY BANK HOLIDAY RACING TIPS – BEST BETS ACROSS THE DAY’S SIX UK FIXTURES
2:15 Leicester – Graham The Plumbers’ Merchant Fillies’ Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 1m
CELESTIAL QUEEN has found improvement for the step up to one mile, winning at Redcar in April on his handicap debut and then finding only one too good at Ripon when contesting under a penalty to chase home Yorkshire Lady.
The Dark Angel filly was beaten just over one length on that occasion where she perhaps wasn’t entirely suited by the slow pace although she possibly bumped into one in the winner. She got to the front but was unable to match the winner for late speed.
Reassessed only 4lbs higher she does need to find a shade more, but there could easily be better to come from her and her form stacks up well and she can get back to winning ways.
2:35 Chelmsford – Example At Chelmsford City 14th August Handicap (Div II) Cl6 (4yo+ 0-55) 6f
DELEGATE THE LADY might be worth chancing to bounce back to form having turned in a couple of lesser efforts on turf with this return to the all-weather a potential catalyst for better form.
The Delegator mare was a winner here last June over this distance, beating Who Told Jo Jo before also striking on turf and she remained in good form in defeat thereafter including posting a close second here from 3lbs lower.
Following six months off she went close at Lingfield, beaten a nose but has failed to back up that run since. But, back on polytrack she could easily resume better form and with a strong pace looking lightly she should have the race run to suit.
2:40 Huntingdon – Thank You Boongate Kia Mares’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-105) 2m7½f
QUIET PENNY rounded off her time with Gillian Boanas with a win over hurdles but the Sholokhov mare failed to back up that run in two further starts over the smaller obstacles for current handler Jamie Snowden. However since going chasing she has looked much improved and the seven year old ran out a comfortable winner of just her second chase start at Fontwell earlier in the month.
She struck by ten lengths over Chasma, making all and jumping well in front to score readily and there could be more in the locker as a chaser so she looks worth chancing follow up here despite a 7lbs rise although this does look a fairly ordinary contest.
This longer trip and the better ground could both prove positives for her and she ought to go well.
2:50 Leicester – Persimmon Homes @ Appleyard Fleckney Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 1m
AHDAB has found some improvement this term, winning at Lingfield on the all-weather and bouncing back from a lesser effort at Kempton to strike latest at Yarmouth where the Shamardal gelding won a shade cosily despite the neck winning margin over Capla Berry.
Ed Dunlop’s charge got up late to resume winning ways, but he gave the impression of a ready winner and there’s likely better to come from him with that form since being franked and a 2lbs rise in the weights looks very workable.
There’s a slight worry that this turn tactical which is unlikely to suit, but on balance of his form he ought to go well and should make his presence felt as he bids to land another victory.
3:10 Chelmsford – Now 80’s Live 11th September Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-65) 1m
SIM CARD may not have seen out twelve furlongs at Wolverhampton last month where the Dabirsim gelding faded into fourth and beaten ten lengths; but Michael Bell’s charge can do better dropping back markedly in trip.
He had run well the time before at Yarmouth over ten furlongs, beaten just over one length by Bague D’or where she caught the eye travelling well into the race but met with trouble in running which cost her dearly.
While a return to one mile isn’t entirely sure to suit she can be competitive nonetheless off this mark although the lack of pace in the race is a slight worry. However she looks worth chancing in an open race and can go close.
3:20 Windsor – Fitzdares Sprint Series Handicap (Windsor Sprint Series Qualifier) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 5f
JAWWAAL won twice last term which included a valuable handicap at Royal Ascot and the Bahamian Bounty gelding can get back on the scoresheet here.
Michael Dods’ yard is in decent fettle and although the six-year old failed to back up those victories in subsequent runs he might be worth chancing to get back on the up here having run better than the bare result latest in a big field contest at York.
He was beaten just three lengths by Copper Night, perhaps just finding the slower ground not to his liking; but these quicker conditions should be more suitable and the handicapper has eased him 2lbs as he drops back into a Class 3 contest so a big run wouldn’t be a surprise under Hollie Doyle.
4:10 Cartmel – Molson Coors Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-140) 2m5f
TEMPLEPARK has been there or thereabouts in his last eight outings over hurdles and fences, winning twice over the smaller obstacles at Newton Abbot last summer as well as at Warwick over fences in September.
Fergal O’Brien’s charge rounded off last campaign with a brace of bronze medal finishes and he returned from five months off with a very good second to Psychedelic Rock at Kempton in April, beaten just over one length.
The Phoenix Reach gelding will be sharper for that outing and he can go one better here from the same mark with the yard in excellent form at present. He’s much more consistent than these rivals and he likely wouldn’t need to find much if any improvement to have a big say so he should go well here.
4:40 Redcar – Racing TV Zetland Gold Cup Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m2f
GOOD BIRTHDAY saw a return to winning ways snatched away from him by the Newmarket stewards earlier in the month but the Dabirsim gelding can gain some compensation here.
Andrew Balding’s runners are in decent fettle at present and the five-year old put some lesser runs behind him when equipped with a first-time visor to finish first past the post in a decent handicap contest at Flat HQ, beating Master The Stars by a short head.
He was alleged to have bumped that rival though and lost the race subsequently following an inquiry and placed second. The front two though were three lengths clear of the third and a 4lbs rise in the weights may not stop him from landing some recompense assuming the headgear has the same positive effect.
The fourth from that race has won since, while the eventual winner has run well in defeat to finish runner-up at Haydock where he bumped in to one so the form looks solid and he is worth another chance.