Monday horse racing tips – Jumps racing best bets at Southwell, Plumpton and Kelso
Horse racing best bets and tips on Monday 22 March
With Cheltenham now passed attentions will slowly turn to the next big festival at Aintree and the Grand National meeting; but more immediate on Monday are three fixtures over the sticks and we’ve picked out our Monday jumps racing best bets for the day’s meetings.
Aintree and the Grand National is next on the agenda now that the Cheltenham Festival has passed and a new week of horse racing action kicks off on Monday with a trio of fixtures going to post over the sticks at Plumpton, Kelso and Southwell.
Across the day’s fixtures there will be a total of 21 races taking place over obstacles and we’ve looked over all three of the day’s meetings to pick out our Monday jumps racing best bets. Prices correct at time of publication.
HORSE RACING TIPS – MONDAY JUMPS RACING BEST BETS AT SOUTHWELL, PLUMPTON & KELSO
1:00 Southwell – In Loving Memory Of Christine Tewson Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m
AZZURI has been in the doldrums for quite some time but his mark continues to slide in both disciplines and Dan Skelton’s charge could be worth giving another chance dropping again in grade back over fences.
The Azamour gelding hasn’t won in almost two years with his last success coming in a Listed contest at Ayr back in April 2019 and while he showed some encouraging signs in the summer of last year where he twice made the frame he’s been largely disappointing since and he showed little over hurdles when last seen at Huntingdon earlier this month.
Now 10lbs below his last chase mark as he returns to the larger obstacles here it is hoped that a return to this venue where he’s a dual-winner might deliver a spark that could see him return to some sort of form from a very workable mark for his in-form yard and he could take advantage of his lower rating and ease in grade in a race where all six runners have a bit to prove at present.
1:45 Plumpton – Visit attheraces.com Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m4½f
HOLLYWOOD HOLLY was thought good enough to contest a Listed bumper following her debut win in a bumper at Hereford and Kim Bailey’s charge showed some ability over hurdles last term when finishing runner-up at Wincanton last March.
The Doyen mare probably needed her reappearance at Wetherby on Boxing Day where she faded to finish a distant sixth, but a subsequent absence is a concern and all may not have been well with her in that run.
The form however looks strong with the third and fourth both winning since while the runner-up contested a Listed hurdle when last seen so the seven-year old could yet have further improvement to come and the application of a tongue-tie for the first time may help in that regard.
She might be worth chancing to do better this time around assuming the quicker ground doesn’t inconvenience her and she could pick up her previous progressive form back from another break where she could go close.
2:03 Southwell – Jigsaw Sports Branding Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m
SILKSTONE had been in good form since returning from wind surgery, making the frame in three runs at Fakenham twice and Market Rasen before running a shade disappointingly in first-time blinkers at Catterick earlier in the month following a break.
However the step up in trip may not have suited Pam Sly’s charge on that occasion where he beat only two home and the Alhebayeb gelding could do better dropping back to the minimum trip now.
His last run at this distance saw him finish third to Gorham’s Cave from 4lbs higher than this rating and if he can settle better than he did last time out then he could go close here with Harry Skelton an eye-catching jockey booking on the five-year old who could yet have more to offer.
2:40 Kelso – Belhaven Best Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m6½f
TOMORROW’S ANGEL has yet to get off the mark but the Teofilo mare found only one too good last time back from a break and having joined Tristan Davidson when chasing home The Ogle Gogle Man at Sedgefield earlier this month and she could be worth chancing to go one better.
She had also finished runner-up on her last run for previous handler Ian Jardine when finishing around three lengths’ adrift of Viking Ruby at Newcastle. The form of her latest run though has since been boosted by the winner and it is possible she may have found the longer trip just stretching her late on as she only started to wilt from the last.
The return to shorter could suit and while she’s 3lbs higher in the weights this time around she ought to give another good account of herself and no surprise if she were to make her presence felt again for her shrewd yard which is in excellent form at present.
2:48 Plumpton – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 3m1f
JUNGLE PROSE won a Warwick bumper last September and made the frame in all three starts over hurdles prior to a break which included twice here in November. The Yeats mare could be worth chancing to get off the mark over hurdles despite a lesser run when last seen out.
Nick Williams’ charge returned from a couple of months’ break to finish runner-up in a jumpers’ bumper at Lingfield in February, but she was possibly ridden too close to the pace latest before fading into sixth.
This longer trip may suit her better and with her mark having eased slightly she could be worth chancing to bounce back and get off the mark over hurdles now.
3:40 Kelso – Join Racing TV Now Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m5f
GOLAN CLOUD won this race twelve months ago and could be worth chancing to follow up having shaped well in both starts earlier this campaign prior to a break.
Jennie Candlish’s charge ran out an eight lengths’ victor when taking this prize last year and following eight months off he found only the highly progressive Bushypark too strong on his reappearance at Hexham in November.
He was then denied just under two lengths latest back there when tackling three miles for the first time, beaten into third by Cudgel but he’s been absent again since although his win in the race came on the back of a break and he may be able to repeat the dose back at this venue despite his higher mark with the drop back in distance likely to see him in better light.