Monday horse racing best bets – Tips for Chepstow, Kempton, Carlisle and Southwell
A new week of UK horse racing action kicks off with four meetings and we give our Monday horse racing best bets for each fixture.
Following on from some top-class horse racing over the weekend past a new week of racing action gets underway on Monday with four fixtures going to post over the sticks and on the all-weather.
The day’s jumps racing comes from the cards at Chepstow, Kempton and Carlisle; while on the all-weather there is a fixture under the floodlights from Southwell.
We’ve looked over each of the day’s meetings and have picked out our Monday horse racing best bets and tips for each fixture going to post.
MONDAY HORSE RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR CHEPSTOW, KEMPTON, CARLISLE & SOUTHWELL
1:10 Kempton – racingtv.com Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4½f
CAPTAIN BLACKPEARL shaped with some promise over hurdles last term and with Tom George’s string in good fettle at present he may be worth chancing to get off the mark now switching to chasing.
A former point-to-point winner the Black Sam Bellamy gelding is bred for chasing and he finished fourth or better in his three outings for this yard over hurdles, latterly finishing three lengths’ fourth to Bluefortytwo at Carlisle.
He’s had wind surgery since which could elicit some improvement, while he has better ground here than he’s raced on previously and he could benefit for the quicker surface. A mark of 114 on his chase debut might not overestimate him and a big run could be on the cards.
1:20 Carlisle – Racing TV Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+) 2m4f
CHAMPAGNE WELL shaped well on his reappearance and chase debut when finishing third at Wetherby last month and with that experience under his belt the Gold Well gelding can get back on track.
A previous winner between the flags he showed plenty of good form over hurdles which includes winning at Cheltenham last October prior to taking in Graded company where he finished runner-up three times in Grade Two novice company and he also had an unsuccessful crack at the Coral Cup where he pulled up.
He’ll be sharper for his recent reappearance where he bumped into a potentially smart chasing recruit from the Dan Skelton yard and he showed some inexperience with a few tardy leaps. However he can improve and representing a yard that continues amongst the winners he can get off the mark over fences here.
2:48 Kempton – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m5f
FLASHING GLANCE has really got his act together over hurdles this term, finishing runner-up on his seasonal debut at Uttoxeter before scoring back-to-back wins at Uttoxeter and Market Rasen the last twice and Tom Lacey’s charge can land a hat-trick here.
The Passing Glance gelding appeared to win a shade cosily latest, beating Ballyhome by just over one length having made all the running and a 4lbs rise in the ratings for that success might not prove enough of a burden to prevent a repeat assuming he arrives in similar form.
A pair of subsequent winners have since come out of that contest and he’s shown a good attitude in his wins which will continue to stand him in good stead. Also a former course winner he can maintain his good spell of form to strike again.
3:10 Chepstow – Don’t Put Bodhi In The Corner Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m
Dual-hurdles winner GARRY CLERMONT was just getting into contention when blundering away any chance at Carlisle last month on his chase debut/first run of the season, but Jonjo O’Neill’s charge can go close here if his jumping holds up.
The Maresca Sorrento gelding had won a point-to-point prior to joining this yard and he held every chance jumping the second last only to make a bad blunder and almost unseat his rider. That error cost him a winning chance but he had shaped well prior to that mishap and could atone here.
Both his hurdles successes came on soft ground so these conditions ought not to present too much of a problem and there could be better to come from him if that blunder last time doesn’t weigh heavily on his mind.
6:05 Southwell – Betway Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 5f
POYLE VINNIE has been contesting in better races than this and although the Piccolo gelding is firmly in his veteran years he could be worth chancing back on this surface to deliver a big run.
Ruth Carr’s charge has two wins and three places from seven starts at this venue and he scored his last career success at Goodwood last August when taking a competitive handicap from a higher mark than this, beating Venturous by a neck.
Not disgraced when last seen finishing third to John Kirkup in heavy ground at Pontefract last month following three months off he can compete here from 6lbs below his last winning mark in what looks an easier contest and the return to this surface could see him going close.