Monday racing best bets – Racing tips at Lingfield, Sedgefield and Wolverhampton
Monday 1 February racing selections
As a new month gets underway and the road to Cheltenham grows shorter we’ve picked out our Monday racing best bets and tips for the day’s action.
The road to the Cheltenham Festival winds on and grows shorter as we enter a new month of racing action and Monday’s fixture list of meetings across the UK takes in three meetings assuming the weather doesn’t play a part in proceedings.
All being well there will be jumps racing action on the agenda from Sedgefield on Monday, while afternoon all-weather racing comes from the meeting at Lingfield on their polytrack surface with a jumpers’ bumper card.
Moving into the evening and there is flat racing taking place under the floodlights on the Wolverhampton tapeta and 23 races in all will unfold across the day’s meetings. We’ve assessed all three of the day’s cards to pick out our Monday racing best bets and tips for the action.
MONDAY’S RACING TIPS – SELECTIONS AT LINGFIELD, SEDGEFIELD & WOLVERHAMPTON
12:45 Lingfield – Visit attheraces.com Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race (GBB Race) (Div II) Cl5 (4-6yo) 2m
INDEPENDENCE outran huge odds in a similar contest in January and the More Than Ready can build on that experience to open his account at the second attempt.
Brian Barr’s charge was sent off as a 150/1 rag but caught the eye running on well despite meeting trouble in running and he should know more this time around about what is expected.
He was only beaten just over one length and failed by only a neck to grab third, but open to improvement on the back of that first run he can progress and can make is presence felt in this contest with Paul O’Brien again taking off a handy 3lbs.
1:00 Sedgefield – Watch Off The Fence On attheraces.com Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Middle Distance Series Qual’) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m3½f
CYBALKO was in rude health towards the end of last year, winning three times at this venue including twice over the distance and Sam England’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.
The last of those successes came just before Christmas when the Balko gelding ran out a three lengths’ victor over Road Warrior and his latest start is forgiven as it came in a jumpers’ bumper at Newcastle where he wasn’t seen to best effect having been held up and he never got involved.
Back at this venue and returning to chasing he can do much better from only 4lbs higher than when posting his last success and proven in the conditions at this track which clearly suits it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close.
1:15 Lingfield – Ian Collins 80th Birthday Surprise “Jumpers’ Bumper” National Hunt Flat Race (Div I) Cl5 (4yo+) 2m
NIGHTFLY isn’t as good as she was but the veteran Midnight Legend mare might be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet here.
Charlie Longsdon’s charge scored her last win when successful over fences at Wetherby back in November 2018 but her form since has been patchy and she was last seen failing to beat a rival home at Doncaster in December.
The ten-year old has had wind surgery since that run and she is of interest back in bumpers given she finished runner-up on both her starts in this sphere earlier in her career. She also gets weight from all but one of her rivals and she can go well here under Aidan Coleman.
1:45 Lingfield – Ian Collins 80th Birthday Surprise “Jumpers’ Bumper” National Hunt Flat Race (Div II) Cl5 (4yo+) 2m
The vote goes to DEEBAAJ who arrives in search of a hat-trick having struck wins over hurdles at Fontwell and here latest and Gary Moore’s charge can make it three on the spin tackling this bumper contest.
The Authorized gelding ran out a seven lengths’ victor over Amzac Magic when last seen over timber but he has some useful form on the level and he’s a course and distance winner on the flat from a couple of seasons ago as well as making the frame.
He has quite a decent record at this venue and freshened up by a couple of months off he could post a big effort here.
2:30 Sedgefield – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m5f
BARNAY has only once finished out of the frame since joining Jennie Candlish and the Nayef gelding can get back to winning ways here.
His sole effort out of the frame came on his reappearance at Hexham back in November, but he built on that effort to finish a good third at Doncaster prior to getting off the mark over hurdles for this yard at Musselburgh where he ran out a six lengths’ victor over Wakool.
He travelled like the winner when last seen at Market Rasen in December but his effort petered out and he eventually finished second under a penalty and perhaps that outing came too soon just nine days on from his winning performance.
That form has been boosted however with the fourth going in since and this mark doesn’t look beyond him given he could still have more to offer and if he can continue his good spell of form then this could be a decent opportunity to get back on the scoresheet.
5:10 Wolverhampton – Betway Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 1m6f
SHARP SUITED was progressive on the flat towards the end of 2019, bettering his finishing position each time in his three starts and the Dansili gelding got off the mark at the third attempt when beating Finespun at Newcastle.
Brian Ellison’s charge probably needed his reappearance over hurdles at Newcastle in December, beating only one home behind Tommy’s Oscar on his first run in more than a year and following wind surgery. But he stepped up on that effort to finish a creditable fourth in a jumpers’ bumper back at Newcastle last month where he finished six lengths’ fourth to Wise Eagle.
Back on the flat and switching to handicaps he could be well-treated from a mark of 76 and with a good record on this surface he can deliver a big performance for his shrewd yard.
6:40 Wolverhampton – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 7f
CRITICAL THINKING knows how to win over this course and distance and the Art Connoisseur gelding is holding his form really well at present to suggest he can get back on the scoresheet.
David Loughnane’s charge scored his last win over this course and distance back in December when getting the better of Dubai Elegance by a short-head and he’s made the frame in all four starts since which include a brace of runner-up efforts the last twice.
He’s not been beaten far in any of his last three starts with his latest seeing him come off just a head second-best behind Win Win Power and only 2lbs higher here he could go one better granted a strong pace to aim at.