Monday horse racing best bets – Racing tips for Plumpton, Leicester, Wolverhampton and Kempton
After a weekend of top-class horse racing action Monday’s fare is much more mundane with four meetings across the UK. We’ve looked through the cards and picked out our Monday horse racing best bets at each meeting.
After a weekend of horse racing treats with three top class days of Cheltenham, Monday’s racing fare doesn’t quite match up to that standard. However there are still four meetings to take in with afternoon jumps racing from Leicester and Plumpton, as well as racing on the all-weather at Wolverhampton.
Completing the Monday quartet of racing action is an evening all-weather fixture at Kempton on their polytrack surface under the floodlights. We’ve looked through each of the day’s fixtures across the UK and we pick out our Monday horse racing best bets and tips.
MONDAY HORSE RACING BEST BETS – RACING TIPS FOR PLUMPTON, LEICESTER, WOLVERHAMPTON & KEMPTON
1:00 Leicester – Veolia Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (3yo+ 0-120) 1m7½f
Breffinboy is thriving and chasing a hat-trick of wins; however he faces softer ground now and this will be his third run in a week and that may just catch him out. It may pay then to side with handicap debutante WHEN YOU’RE READY who got off the mark on his recent reappearance at Stratford last month and Jonjo O’Neill’s charge can improve for that experience.
The Malinas gelding has run well in the past on softer ground and he won readily on his reappearance on better ground latest, scoring by three lengths and he looks to feature here from a potentially lenient mark on his first run in a handicap.
The softer ground shouldn’t present a problem and every chance he can follow up that breakthrough success here.
1:30 Leicester – John O’Gaunt Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m6½f
AGENT VALDEZ showed only moderate form in a number of starts over hurdles, but Fergal O’Brien’s charge had looked a fair sort in bumpers and following wind surgery turned in a much improved effort at Huntingdon back in March this year.
The Arvico mare shaped as if in need of the run when finishing seventh at Exeter earlier in the month, but she is interesting now switching to chasing where she could improve as a former point-winner.
With the potential to do better now chasing and immediately thrust into a handicap for her debut over the larger obstacles she could post a big run and might be worth chancing to go close.
1:50 Plumpton – Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 Selling Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (3yo+ 0-100) 2m
FLANAGANS FIELD won this contest twelve months afo and the Araafa gelding could be worth chancing to follow up having likely been sharpened up by a recent return effort at Ffos Las where he wasn’t disgraced in finishing fourth behind Sexy Lot.
He proved largely consistent in the wake of his win in this contest last term, making the frame on several occasions and registering a further win at Catterick; he shaped as if in need of the outing latest but ought to come on for the run.
As a twelve-year old he’s not getting any younger and so could prove vulnerable; but he handles these conditions and has run well on all three starts at this venue so may well be able to build on that most recent outing assuming it doesn’t come too soon.
2:20 Plumpton – Stonegate Homes 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-115) 2m1f
BAD BOY DU POULDOU has really got his act together this term, twice finishing runner-up either side of winning at Fontwell in October and Gary Moore’s charge can get back to winning ways here.
The Loup Solitaire gelding had been beaten only a half-length by The Brothers at Fontwell in October but he made no mistake next time with a wide margin victory over Cave Top at the same venue.
Perhaps not helped by Tom Queally’s inexperience back at Fontwell latest he nevertheless ran well for second behind Go Long but he could do better now back with a more experienced jumps rider in Niall Houlihan whose 7lbs claim will be a big plus.
The ground is a slight concern and he pulled up on his last start on heavy ground over hurdles; but given his current good spell of form he looks worth chancing to get back on the up.
3:10 Wolverhampton – Ladbrokes Watch Racing Online For Free Maiden Stakes (Div II) Cl5 (2yo) 7f
EXPECT TO SUCCEED stepped up on his debut effort to post a solid third at Newcastle last month and the Exceed and Excel colt can progress again.
Roger Varian’s charge was beaten around three lengths on that occasion, not helped by the steady pace and she looked tapped for toe mid-contest before running on once the pace lifted; she might then benefit from more of a gallop and open to further improvement on the back of that better run she could prove the answer here under Andrea Atzeni.
The yard has a very good recent record with runners here, operating at nearly 45% over the past twelve months and while the selection might ideally prefer further in time he can build on that promising latest effort to strike.
3:40 Wolverhampton – Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football EBF Novice Stakes Cl5 (2yo) 5f
WINGS OF A DOVE has been contesting at a much higher level than this on turf, tackling Listed and Group company which yielded a runner-up effort in the Listed National Stakes at Sandown and she contested both the Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and the Lowther Stakes at York.
Only run down late at Lingfield in September where she might not have been suited by the softer ground, she was outclassed when last seen in the Cornwallis Stakes although again the softer ground wouldn’t have been ideal.
This is a marked step down in class however and she can do better faced with this quicker surface where Richard Spencer’s charge could prove a tough nut to crack from the plum draw out of the number one stall and with Sylvestre De Sousa booked.
5:30 Kempton – Extra Place Offers Every Day Nursery Handicap Cl4 (2yo 0-85) 1m
LITTLE KITTEN looked a potentially useful sort when making a winning debut at Nottingham in September, but the Sea The Stars filly disappointed next time out at Newbury although perhaps the heavy ground upped markedly in class proved too much for her to chew.
John Gosden’s charge beat only two home on that occasion but might be worth chancing switching to the quicker all-weather surface and returning to one mile for this latest run which might suit her better than the mudbath she contested in last time out.
A mark of 79 on her handicap debut could also prove to be workable and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see an improved showing now from the Godolphin runner who can do better.
6:30 Kempton – Try Our New Super Boosts At Unibet Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 2m
Lightly-raced MASTER MILLINER had been in decent fettle prior to a lesser effort at Newbury last month although Emma Lavelle’s charge possibly found the test too much in the heavy ground.
The Helmet gelding could be worth chancing to get back on track however faced with a quicker surface and he got to within a length of Call My Bluff over course and distance the time before where he was run down late by the winner with the front pair pulling clear of the rest.
He had won at Bath the time before and he remains with scope to defy this mark despite failing to do so last time; but back on this surface he can do better and forgiven his run last time he can make his presence felt here.