Monday horse racing tips – Best bets at Pontefract and Wolverhampton
The recent bad weather has robbed us of both Windsor and Stratford on Monday; but we have Monday horse racing tips and best bets for the remaining fixtures.
Recent wet weather has seen the meetings at Stratford and Windsor both succumb to the elements; but the loss of those cards still leaves two meetings to go to post on Monday and the day’s flat racing action comes from Pontefract on turf in the afternoon as well as Wolverhampton in the evening.
We’ve taken a look over both remaining racecards on the turf and all-weather and pick out our Monday horse racing tips and best bets at each meeting.
MONDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT PONTEFRACT & WOLVERHAMPTON
12:30 Pontefract – Dianne Nursery Handicap Cl4 (2yo 0-85) 6f
BALLYCONNEELY BAY has improved with each of his three starts, getting off the mark at the third attempt when scoring over this course and distance latest with a defeat of Fayathaan.
John Quinn’s Fast Company colt had found only one too good the time before in a potentially decent Ascot novices’ contest and he ran out an easy winner when last seen posting a two lengths’ victory where he travelled well in the race before readily asserting.
There’s likely plenty to come from him and an opening 79 rating on his handicap debut looks workable so he can follow up here assuming the softer ground doesn’t catch him out.
1:30 Pontefract – Racingtv HD Bluff Cove Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 2m2f
CALL MY BLUFF has shown improved form since tackling these marathon trips and the application of cheekpieces has coincided with another jolt of progress with the Make Believe gelding 2-2 now in the headgear racing over two miles.
David Ffrench Davis’ charge arrives here on the back of wins at Goodwood and Kempton respectively with the former coming in soft ground so these conditions will be no issue and he won a shade easier than it appeared when posting his latest defeat of Master Milliner on the all-weather.
He has a 5lbs penalty to carry for this latest assignment, but he could prove hard to beat with this extra quarter-mile in his favour and with ground underfoot no problem then he looks to hold big chances of landing the hat-trick.
4:45 Wolverhampton – Stay At The Wolverhampton Holiday Inn Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 7f
KODIAC PRIDE is improving and Sir Mark Prescott’s charge has won two of his three starts since returning from a break including one over course and distance when last seen in action back in August.
The Kodiac gelding has also won at Lingfield and he crossed the line in first place at Salisbury inbetween those two successes only to lose the race in the stewards’ room following the jockey weighing in light having lost the weight-cloth mid-race.
His latest win under a penalty saw him overcome some trouble in running and he appeared to win a shade comfortably over Amplification. The third and fifth horses home in that contest have both won since and likely to have better still to come he looks worth siding with to register another success.
5:20 Wolverhampton – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 1m½f
SONNETINA has been in fair form this term, making the frame in each of her last three starts which includes finishing just a neck second behind Led Astray at Chelmsford last month.
A winner at Brighton last May, the Poet’s Voice filly took a couple of runs to get going this campaign but she’s been serving notice that her time to strike again may be near and she could prove up to the task of defying a 3lbs rise in the weights.
This is her first try on tapeta, but she has plenty of polytrack experience which could stand her in good stead and still a low-mileage sort it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her still with improvement so every chance she can make her presence felt here.
7:30 Wolverhampton – Download The At The Races App Nursery Handicap Cl6 (2yo 0-65) 5f
Twice-raced MUTASALLEM has shown enough in his two outings to suggest he can win a race and the Showcasing colt built on his debut although still looked very green with a fair fifth behind Whenthedealinsdone at Newbury last month.
He raced keenly there and backed out of things quite quickly in the last furlong; but he showed plenty of speed and it could be worth chancing Marcus Tregoning’s charge to do better now he drops to the minimum trip while he’s entitled to improve again for that most recent experience.
Connections switch him to handicapping for this outing where a mark of 60 could well underestimate his potential for better and it would be no surprise if he were to show further improvement on just his third start now tackling tapeta.