Monday racing best bets and tips – Selections for the day’s Flat and Jumps cards

Monday racing best bets and tips for the day's UK horse racing meetings.Monday racing best bets and tips for the day's UK horse racing meetings.

Monday horse racing tips and best bets

A new week of UK horse racing action gets underway on Monday and on a busy day of fixtures there are five meetings going to post. We’ve picked out our Monday racing best bets and tips for throughout the day at each meeting.

We’ve had some top-class racing action taking place over the past week with Royal Ascot being the pinnacle of last week’s fixture list. But with that meeting now behind us we turn our attention to the week ahead and Monday kicks off with five meetings going to post across the UK.

The afternoon racing action sees afternoon flat racing from Chepstow, while over the sticks there are meetings taking place at both Southwell and Newton Abbot. The evening racing action meanwhile sees racing from Wolverhampton on the all-weather and Windsor on turf with both meetings on the flat.

On a busy Monday of horse racing action we’ve picked out our racing best bets and tips for the day’s racing across the country.


1:45 Newton Abbot – St Austell Brewery Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 2m1f

Lightly-raced BYZANTINE EMPIRE could be the way to go in this contest and the Golden Horn gelding can follow up his recent breakthrough win at Southwell last month.

Formerly with John Gosden on the flat where he failed to win but did make the frame several times he has progressed over timber with each of his three starts in this sphere, latterly running out a three lengths’ victor over Gregor and there could be more to come from him as a hurdler.

He steps into the handicap ranks now where a mark of 114 looks fair and Fergal O’Brien’s charge can progress further given he won readily last time and the form has been boosted with the runner-up winning next time.

Monday racing best bets and tips. Fergal O'Brien can saddle a winner at Newton Abbot and land the NAP.

Monday racing best bets and tips. Fergal O’Brien can saddle a winner at Newton Abbot and land the NAP.

2:50 Newton Abbot – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 3m2½f

TERRA FIRMA showed her first real form over hurdles when finishing runner-up to Howdilyoudo in a four-runner affair at Worcester but if the Court Cave mare can build on that run then she could get off the mark here.

Alan King’s charge had turned in a decent effort previous to that when finishing in midfield behind the useful Miss Honey Ryder where she ran better than the bare result and the form of her latest run has taken a boost with the third winning next time and that one reopposes here where the selection enjoys a hefty pull at the weights.

The handicapper has eased her 1lb in the weights and if she can improve on that last effort then she could go well here and a winning breakthrough wouldn’t come as a surprise in a race where she gets weight all round from this field.

3:10 Southwell – Join Southwell Golf Club Handicap Hurdle (Div I) Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 3m½f

JUST ONCE has found some better form in recent outings this term, twice finishing runner-up in starts here and Worcester latest where the Holy Roman Emperor filly was beaten just one length behind Neetside.

She was in the midst of running a big race latest, challenging two out when making a mistake but still in contention over the last; however the mistake possibly just robbed her and her effort faltered although she ran to the line.

The handicapper has pushed her up 2lbs for that which looks workable and this is an easier class of race than she tackled last time so it wouldn’t be a huge shock if Ilka Gansera-Leveque’s charge were to make her presence felt here.

3:40 Southwell – Join Southwell Golf Club Handicap Hurdle (Div II) Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 3m½f

BIG PICTURE’s forays onto the race course have been few and far between in recent seasons and the Recharge gelding has raced just seven times since the start of 2019. The latest of those came at Hexham last month following another couple of months off the track where he was denied only by a nose by Tommie Beau.

Johnny Farrelly’s charge just failed to hold on in that run having made most and he tried to kick on from the final bend but was run down late by the winner with the pair clear. That winner has gone in again so a 5lbs rise in the weights could prove lenient and he’s still quite fairly treated on his past form.

Slightly better ground here could help him to go one place better and he could pick up his first win since December 2018 when scoring at Ffos Las from just 2lbs lower than his current rating.

Monday racing best bets and tips. Southwell are racing over the sticks on Monday.

Monday racing best bets and tips. Southwell are racing over the sticks on Monday.

4:30 Chepstow – Vickers.Bet Try Our Live Casino Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-65) 6f

TAWAAFOQ is 3-3 over course and distance and can bounce back to winning form here having had excuses the last twice.

The Showcasing gelding made a winning return from seven months off the track over C&D but disappointed subsequently at Brighton although he missed the break and was forced to race further back than ideal.

His last run saw him meet trouble in running back here over a longer trip and he can be forgiven that effort; he’s been dropped 1lb in the weights since and returning to six furlongs at this venue he could do better and may well make a bold bid to uphold his perfect record over this course and distance.

8:00 Windsor – Fitzdares Club At Windsor Is Open Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-80) 1m2f

Lightly-raced REGAL VEGA can get back on the scoresheet having disappointed at Newcastle last month, but the Lope De Vega colt can bounce back quickly here.

Andrew Balding’s charge had looked progressive prior to that lesser run, finishing runner-up on his sole juvenile start at Haydock in the mud and then getting off the mark on the back of more than six months off to strike at Southwell.

He wasn’t seen to best effect at Newcastle latest when finishing ten lengths’ fourth to Nagano but is surely capable of better and the underfoot conditions here will surely be more in her favour returning to turf as she makes her handicap debut.

A handicap mark of 77 looks workable and still unexposed she could have more to offer so there’d be no surprise in seeing her getting competitive in this contest.

Monday racing best bets and tips. Andrew Balding can saddle a winner on the card at Windsor.

Monday racing best bets and tips. Andrew Balding can saddle a winner on the card at Windsor.

8:20 Wolverhampton – Book Tickets Online At Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 7f

HACHERT produced a career-best effort to get back on the scoresheet over this course and distance earlier in the month and it might be worth siding with Jennie Candlish’s charge to follow up.

The Lope De Vega gelding was winning for the second time, adding to a win at Ayr last season with a three-parts of a length victory over Must Be An Angel and that runner-up has done little harm to the form by filling the same spot next time.

He appeared to win a shade readily and clocked a good time in the process so may have better to come and a 3lbs rise for that win doesn’t look harsh; he can follow up here if building on that better effort and no surprise if he were to collect again.