Monday horse racing best bets – Tips for the day’s UK horse racing action

Friday racing best bets. Musselburgh hosts one of the day's five meetings on the flat.Friday racing best bets. Musselburgh hosts one of the day's five meetings on the flat.

Monday horse racing best bets and tips

Another round of five UK horse racing fixtures kick off the week’s action where racing takes place both on the flat and over the sticks; we’ve looked over all five of the day’s scheduled racecards to pick out our Monday horse racing best bets.

Another busy week of UK horse racing action awaits punters and the Monday action to kick things off sees five more meetings heading to post with action on the flat and over the sticks.

A total of 36 races will unfold across the day’s quintet of fixtures and with plenty for punters to sink their teeth into and the day’s flat racing action sees an afternoon flat racing card on the turf course and Lingfield and also Pontefract while there is a jumps meeting at Southwell.

In the evening the action returns to the flat with cards at Musselburgh and Windsor and we’ve assessed the day’s racecards to pick out our Monday horse racing best bets and tips for the day.


1:45 Lingfield – Follow At The Races On Twitter Fillies’ Novice Median Auction Stakes Cl6 (3-5yo) 1m2f

RAISE THE ROOF shaped with promise when finishing fourth on her debut at Wolverhampton in January and that first impression was duly improved upon when getting off the mark stepped up in trip over the same course next time where James Tate’s charge struck by three-parts of a length from Greystoke.

That form has been boosted with the runner-up, third and fourth horses home in that race all going on to win since and there could be better to come from the Free Eagle filly now tackling turf.

She’s the only one in the field with any winning form and she looks sure to improve further with experience judging on the performance she turned in to win last time out with this slightly longer trip in her favour.

Monday horse racing best bets. James Tate can saddle a winner on the Lingfield card.

Monday horse racing best bets. James Tate can saddle a winner on the Lingfield card.

2:55 Pontefract – Wayne Conway Memorial Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-65) 1m4f

TROPICAL CYCLONE showed improved form when faced with turf for the first time at Ripon last month and Mark Johnston’s charge can take another forward step here not tackling a handicap for the first time.

The Shamardal filly had failed to beat a rival home in two starts on the all-weather but produced a much better effort latest although he was no match for an easy winner when finishing runner-up to First Light.

That winner went on to run creditably at Royal Ascot while the third has won since and this longer trip could unlock some further improvement so there would be no surprise in seeing her going one better with the less testing ground likely to be a positive over a trip likely to be more suitable to her.

She’d bred to be better than her current rating of 65 and every chance she can get off the mark now.

3:05 Southwell – Doug Clarke Memorial Race Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (3yo+ 0-120) 2m4½f

DAVE AND BERNIE won in Ireland for his previous handler and wasted no time in adding to his tally when scoring on his first start for this yard at Ludlow last October.

Things haven’t gone to plan since for the Papal Bull gelding although he has managed to find the frame in each of his last three starts and may be able to bounce back to winning ways now following a short break.

The run might have come too soon for him at Bangor last month when finishing a distant third to Caddyhill just 12 days on from a very good second at Warwick where he was beaten less than one length by Champagne City who has run well since in a stronger race and the application of a tongue-tie may help him find a bit more progress.

He remains on a fair mark and this quicker ground is no issue so a return to form could be on the cards and still relatively low-mileage he could have more to offer.

3:45 Lingfield – Free Tips Daily On Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 7f

BE PREPARED got off the mark for this yard when successful in a first-time visor at Salisbury in May and John Bridger’s charge can get back on track here having finished third latest at Goodwood in the same headgear where he was beaten just over one length by Under Curfew.

The Due Diligence gelding carried a penalty that day, slowly away but he got into a challenging position before his effort petered out and he might have done too much getting competitive although he kept on well and only lost second in the last few strides.

He’s up another 3lbs here which will make life a bit tougher, but cheekpieces are applied now and if the change of headgear sparks another jolt of improvement then he ought to run well again for this looks a stronger race.

Monday horse racing best bets. Pontefract is one of the day's fixtures on the flat.

Monday horse racing best bets. Pontefract is one of the day’s fixtures on the flat.

4:30 Pontefract – Graham Clough Memorial Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m

HARSWELL DUKE is much the least exposed of these runners and the Garswood gelding can get back on the scoresheet here.

Liam Bailey’s charge stepped up on his first couple of runs to get off the mark at Musselburgh in good style over further than this trip, scoring by four lengths from Lilikoi after which he might not have been suited by the drop to seven furlongs at Ayr latest where he found one too good in Bravado.

The handicapper has left him alone at the weights following that run and back over one mile he could be capable of resuming winning ways where he has further progress likely to come taking on the older horses now.

Assuming this doesn’t come too soon just six days on then there’d be little surprise in seeing him bouncing back to winning form and he ought to go close.

6:45 Musselburgh – 100% RacingTV Profits Back To Racing Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 1m

TOMMY G is thriving at present, reeling off a hat-trick of victories under this rider and the Makfi gelding could yet still have more winning to do with the handicapper so far failing to tie him down.

Jim Goldie’s charge has struck all three of those wins at Ayr, most recently winning under a penalty with a defeat of Midnight Bride where he won easier than the one length winning margin might suggest.

That form has taken a couple of knocks but a 4lbs rise for the win doesn’t look unduly harsh and while he has to carry that winning form away from Ayr he has winning course and distance form at this venue also.

This is a slightly easier grade than the one he took in last time out and while he’s in his current groove he looks worth sticking with to strike again while the iron remains hot.

7:30 Windsor – Fitzdares Supports Off The Bridle Podcast Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 1m2f

MAIDEN CASTLE has won two of his last four starts, the latest of those victories coming over this course and distance in April where the Nayef gelding got the better of Classical Wave by a short-head.

That win came on the back of almost 200 days off and Henry Candy’s charge was far from disgraced in his bid to follow up at Doncaster earlier this month when beaten less than one length into third behind Man Of The Night.

He made most of the running that day, headed two out but gamely battling back to lead inside the final furlong but he relinquished the lead again close home and dropped to third. However he can contest here from the same mark and he can get back on the scoresheet if the softer ground doesn’t prove an issue.

Monday horse racing best bets. Mick Easterby can saddle a winner on the Musselburgh card.

Monday horse racing best bets. Mick Easterby can saddle a winner on the Musselburgh card.

7:45 Musselburgh – Visit Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 5f

SAM’S CALL hasn’t had many runs but kept a decent level of company during the 2019 season prior to a 600-day layoff; Mick Easterby’s charge however returned with a good performance in finishing fifth to James Watt at Ripon earlier in the month despite not getting a clear run and if the Finjaan gelding can build on that effort then he could get off the mark here.

The four-year old was only beaten two lengths by the winner on that return where reopposing Thrilla In Manila finished runner-up; however the selection was giving that one 4lbs and has a hefty turnaround with Paul Midgley’s charge this time especially when factoring in Joanna Mason’s claim which sees him a total of 12lbs better off on these terms.

That should be enough to see the selection overturn recent form and with improvement possible from the unexposed four-year old then he could open his win account now.