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Monday racing best bets – Tips at Thirsk, Bath, Lingfield and Wolverhampton

We give our Monday racing best bets and tips for the day’s UK horse racing fixtures.

There’s plenty of horse racing action to look forward to on Monday with four meetings going to post across the UK with afternoon racing from Thirsk, Lingfield and Bath; while in the evening there is an all-weather fixture taking place on the tapeta at Wolverhampton.

We take a look through each of the day’s racecards across the UK and give our Monday racing best bets and tips for each of the day’s fixtures taking place.


1:00 Thirsk – JW 4×4 Northallerton Novice Auction Stakes Cl6 (2yo) 7f

JUST FRANK’s debut effort wasn’t without some promise despite the Epaulette gelding failing to beat a rival home at Pontefract back in June, slowly away and clearly needing the experience. However he built on those lessons learned when stepped up in trip for his next start and Les Eyre’s charge found only one too good behind Saint Lawrence at Redcar.

He raced keenly there, still showing some inexperience but keeping on well once headed and he has since seen the form franked with the winner, third and fourth all posting subsequent wins. The winner of the race is now a Listed winner and finished fourth in a Group Two contest and so his silver medal performance is clearly the standard bearer.

He can improve again with that second run under his belt and he ought to make his presence felt where he can get off the mark at the third attempt.

2:20 Lingfield – Betway Maiden Auction Stakes Cl6 (2yo) 7f

SILVESTRIS looks to be going the right way, finishing runner-up in each of his last two starts and the Bobby’s Kitten colt can get off the mark now at the fourth attempt.

Mark Johnston’s charge built on a fair debut to find only one too good over one mile at Bath in August and he showed the switch to tapeta and a drop to seven furlongs to be no issue as he bagged a second successive silver medal at Wolverhampton when last seen being beaten just a neck behind Rising Star.

That form has been done little harm with the winner and fourth horses home both running well since and there could be more to come from him where he sets the standard on form to date. It wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him firmly in the mix and he can register a first win here.

Trainer Mark Johnston saddles Silvestris at Thirsk.

3:05 Bath – Home Of Winners At valuerater.co.uk Nursery Handicap Cl5 (2yo 0-75) 1m

COUL KAT won with something up his sleeve at Chepstow four days ago and turned out quickly under a penalty the Coulsty gelding can double up before being reassessed.

Rod Millman’s charge has shown improved form since switching to handicaps, finishing runner-up to Devil’s Cub over course and distance in August; he then got off the mark latest, scoring easier than the half-length verdict suggests and seemingly suited by the strong pace.

There is a slight concern that this may be a more tactical contest as there’s no real pace angle this time around; but he’s going the right way and a 4lbs penalty for that success last week looks workable if he can continue to show progress so every chance he can follow up quickly.

7:20 Wolverhampton – Download The At The Races App Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-55) 2m½f

MIZEN MASTER is perhaps better known as a multiple winning hurdler, scoring his last win when successful at Fakenham back in November 2018 and the Captain Rio gelding made a very encouraging return to the level following 21 months off the track when finishing three lengths’ fourth behind Russian Rumour at Bath.

That run came over a trip shorter than this, but he had previously placed over this trip at Lingfield on his final start prior to his lengthy layoff and he can build on that performance to get back to winning ways and open his account in this sphere.

Amy Murphy’s charge ran on well from the back of the field, nearest at the finish and he had a subsequent winner behind him. This mark is workable assuming he doesn’t suffer the dreaded ‘bounce’ and if he can show improvement for that recent return outing then he ought to go close here and he rates a major player in this field.