Monday best bets and tips – Selections for Musselburgh, Lingfield and Newcastle
Three meetings on Monday kick off Christmas week and we’ve looked through each of the day’s racecards to pick out our Monday best bets and tips.
A trio of horse racing fixtures go to post across the UK as Christmas week gets underway, and the day’s action over the sticks comes from Musselburgh; while on the all-weather there are afternoon meetings on polytrack at Lingfield, and also Newcastle on their tapeta surface.
There is no evening or Irish horse racing action taking place on Monday and we’ve looked through all three of the day’s cards to pick out our Monday best bets and tips for the day’s racing around the UK.
MONDAY BEST BETS AND TIPS – TIPS FOR MUSSELBURGH, LINGFIELD & NEWCASTLE
1:15 Musselburgh – William Hill Play Responsibly Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-105) 3m
DEFINITE WISDOM hasn’t been the most convincing over the larger obstacles but he’s still managed to win twice – both here – and Rose Dobbin’s charge can follow up his latest success.
The Definite Article has posted both of his wins on soft ground but conditions shouldn’t be a problem and he was a comfortable winner when last seen beating Shanroe Street by two lengths in a first-time visor latest.
The front two pulled clear but he’s only been raised 3lbs for that success and assuming the headgear has the same positive effect again then there’s no reason why he shouldn’t go close to following up given this is a slight drop in class.
He does have to shoulder top-weight but he could yet have better to come over fences and he can strike again.
1:30 Lingfield – Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 1m
GIUSEPPE CASSIOLI has shown up well on both starts at this venue and Marco Botti’s charge can get back to winning ways.
The Bated Breath colt got off the mark over this course and distance back in October when trained by Charlie Hills, overcoming a slow start to get up late and althoug he disappointed next time he’s got himself back on track on both starts for this yard.
Beaten only a neck behind Uzincso on his first start for his new handler he subsequently finished third when last seen seven days ago over the same course and distance where he was beaten four lengths behind the same rival.
He wasn’t seen to best effect on that last occasion but back at this venue he could be worth chancing to bounce back with Ryan Moore taking the reins and no surprise if he were to go close.
2:05 Lingfield – Betway Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 6f
EL HOMBRE could be worth chancing at a big price to get back to form and this represents a drop in class for Mark Loughnane’s charge who has been contesting better races than this.
The Camacho gelding scored his last win at Wolverhampton when trained by Keith Dalgleish and he’s not been in the best form following his switch to this yard although he did run well back at Wolverhampton in October.
The handicapper has dropped him another 2lbs in the weights following his latest eighth of twelve runners behind Misty Grey at Wolverhampton but he could be worth chancing back on polytrack where he’s handicapped to go close dropping into a Class 4 contest.
2:45 Musselburgh – Follow @williamhillracing On Twitter Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m4½f
OVERCOURT was steadily progressive last term, rounding off his campaign with a brace of soft-ground wins at this venue and Newcastle over hurdles and the Court Cave gelding made a good first impression switched to the larger obstacles at Sedgefield back in October.
Sandy Thompson’s charge finished around two lengths’ third behind Mr Muldoon on that occasion with the pair pulling some seven lengths clear of the remainder which included two subsequent winners and he can put that initial experience to good use here.
Now tackling a handicap it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him show further improvement and he can go one better than last time to open his win account in this sphere.
2:55 Newcastle – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 7f
GREAT COLACI is given another chance having fluffed the start latest and never involved when finishing down the field behind Kentuckyconnection latest; Gillian Boanas’ charge had been in decent fettle prior to that lesser effort however, winning three of his previous six starts and making the frame in defeats.
The latest of those wins came on his penultimate outing in November where he beat Pacino by a half-length and he appeared to win a shade readily from rivals that included two next-time winners.
Not seen to best effect last time he is the sort who could bounce back quickly and generally a good sort over this course where he’s won six times he might be worth forgiving that last run where he can do better here and it would be no surprise to see a better effort this time if getting away on terms.
3:55 Newcastle – Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m
URSA MINOR may have needed his reappearance at Wolverhampton earlier this month and given it was his first start in more than 440 days the Sea The Stars colt could prove sharper for the outing where he can go close this time around.
John Gosden’s charge showed some decent form on turf during the 2019 flat racing season, twice making the frame before scoring a breakthrough win over this trip at Yarmouth from which the third, fourth and sixth horses have all won since.
He wasn’t disgraced on his belated return, finishing third to Athmad on his handicap and all-weather debut and he can do better now with that outing under his belt. He features on a handy mark given his exploits to date and likely to improve he rates the one to beat from this rating where he looks well-treated and taking on more exposed rivals.