Monday racing best bets – Tips for all five meetings
The final day of horse racing before all attention turns to the Cheltenham Festival and Brian Healy gives his Monday racing best bets and selections for all five meetings going to post.
It is Cheltenham Festival-eve on Monday and a last chance for punters to swell their Festival warchests before tapes-up on Tuesday’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle gets the ‘greatest show on turf’ underway.
A schedule of five UK fixtures awaits punters with afternoon jumps racing from Plumpton, Stratford and Taunton; while there is also an all-weather fixture going to post on the Kempton polytrack.
Completing the Monday action is an evening all-weather fixture on the tapeta at Wolverhampton under the floodlights.
Plumpton (jumps) – 2.00 – 4.30pm (6 races)
Stratford (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 2.15 – 4.45pm (6 races)
Taunton (jumps) – 2.20 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 5.40 – 8.10pm (6 races)
Brian Healy looks over the day’s action on the eve of the Cheltenham Festival and gives his Monday racing best bets and selections for every race across all five meetings taking place.
MONDAY RACING BEST BETS AT A GLANCE
2.10 Stratford – MASKADA (6/1, Ladbrokes)
2.30 Kempton – NOTE BLEU (11/10, Bet365)
2.35 Plumpton – TED BACH (4/1, William Hill)
2.55 Taunton – TEGEREK (6/4, Betway)
3.10 Plumpton – TAMBURA (11/4, William Hill)
3.20 Stratford – ANTONY (9/4, William Hill)
3.30 Taunton – LOTS OF LUCK (2/1, Bet365)
4.50 Kempton – DREAM MAGIC (13/2, Betway)
6.10 Wolverhampton – DAAFR (3/1, William Hill)
7.40 Wolverhampton – ROCKETEER (3/1, Bet365)
KEMPTON RACING TIPS
NOTE BLEU has improved with each start, latterly finding only one too good over this course and distance five days ago when beaten two lengths behind Cemhaan.
Gary Moore’s Camelot colt finished clear of the third but was no match for the winner; but a repeat of that effort might be good enough here although he did shape as if a stiffer test might suit.
That run latest arguably sets the standard here and likely to progress again he can get off the mark.
DREAM MAGIC has been running well in defeat since scoring at Lingfield back in January where the Lord Shanakill gelding ran out a three lengths’ winner over Dawn Treader.
Mark Loughnane’s gelding has made the frame in all three subsequent outings, latterly beaten less than three lengths behind Brooklyn Boy back at Lingfield. He had a subsequent winner behind him that day he’s only 2lbs higher in the weights for this outing.
He’s welll drawn in the number two stall and there’s likely to be a decent pace to this contest so every chance he can get back on the scoresheet here.
1.55 – Fly The Nest
2.30 – Note Bleu
3.05 – Toro Dorado
3.40 – Luscifer
4.15 – Badayel
4.50 – Dream Magic
PLUMPTON RACING TIPS
TED BACH could be worth chancing to make a winning chase debut and the Bach gelding could make his presence felt in what looks a relatively ordinary contest.
Paul Henderson’s charge was last seen finishing ten lengths’ fourth behind Crogenics in a Fakenham seller over hurdles; but he switches to chasing here from a mark which might not overestimate him given the best of his form over the smaller obstacles.
A tongue-tie is reapplied on his first start over fences and if taking to this discipline then he can go well with Lorcan Williams able to take a handy 3lbs off his back.
TAMBURA goes well here and might be worth siding with to get back on the scoresheet.
The Tamure mare won twice towards the end of his time with his previous handler, and having looked in need of the run on his first start for Urtheonethatiwant he stepped up on that effort back at this venue to chase home Mister Murchan where he was only beaten around three lengths.
He had a subsequent winner behind him latest and a 3lbs rise remains workable judging on his old form so every chance he can give a good account back at this venue where he is a three-time course and distance winner.
2.00 – Iconic Muddle
2.35 – Ted Bach
3.10 – Tambura
3.45 – Sandymount Rose
4.20 – Chivers
4.55 – Kenny George
STRATFORD RACING TIPS
MASKADA made a winning start to his hurdling career when successful at Warwick in December and the Masked Marvel filly lost no caste in defeat despite being out of her depth at Chepstow behind Allmankind in the Coral Finale Hurdle over the Christmas period.
Stuart Edmunds’ charge wasn’t seen to best effect latest at Fakenham in a handicap, going off too hard and possibly not suited by the sharp track. However, she could be worth chancing to bounce back here.
The softer conditions are likely to suit her better than the faster ground she encountered on her latest run and in receipt of weight all round she can get back to winning ways.
ANTONY showed he retained plenty of ability when finishing fourth on his penultimate start at Newbury behind Copperhead in the Mandarain Chase. Gary Moore’s charge subsequently unseated his rider at Plumpton latest behind Loose Chips where he departed early.
Gary Moore’s charge probably isn’t the same force which won the 2016 Sodexo Gold Cup and his last win came at Fontwell in April 2018 where he ran out a wide margin winner over Bishops Court.
He’s handicapped to go close from this mark and a first-time visor might help him to recapture something more akin to his old form. Assuming his jumping holds up then he could go close with a clear round.
2.10 – Maskada
2.45 – Destined To Shine
3.20 – Antony
3.55 – Tidal Flow
4.30 – Le Cameleon
5.05 – O Ceallaigh
5.35 – Grumpy Charley
TAUNTON RACING TIPS
TEGEREK bolted up at Huntingdon at the beginning of the month and Jonjo O’Neill’s charge can follow up here.
The Mount Nelson gelding ran out a ten lengths’ victor over Blazing Saddles, readily pulling clear in a first-time hood to strike an easy win. He has a penalty to carry for that success but given the authoritative manner of that success he could prove tough to beat with a repeat of that performance.
Assuming this doesn’t come too soon then he should take plenty of stopping in his bid to follow up and he can strike again for a yard amongst the winners.
LOTS OF LUCK was beaten a long way behind the reopposing Templier on his chase debut at Hereford back in November. The Millenary gelding subsequently struck at this venue when returning from a couple of months off the track.
Kim Bailey’s charge beat Oxwich Bay by seven lengths on that occasion and he wasn’t disgraced subsequently when finding only Rizzardo too strong upped in trip at Huntingdon latest where he was beaten around 15 lengths under a penalty.
That outing might have come too soon but he could get back on the scoresheet having been upped only 2lbs for that latest run; while the application of cheekpieces could elicit some improvement. He could go well as a result and every chance he can make his presence felt in a relatively ordinary contest.
2.20 – Glajou
2.55 – Tegerek
3.30 – Lots Of Luck
4.05 – Nineohtwooneoh
4.40 – The Two Amigos
5.15 – Ballybreen
WOLVERHAMPTON RACING TIPS
DAAFR arrives here on a hat-trick of wins and the Invincible Spirit can land the three-timer.
Anthony Brittain’s charge is 2-2 over course and distance, scoring here latest with a three-parts of a length victory over Guvenor’s Choice hacing also won over an extended mile here the time before.
He appeared to do the job a shade readily, staying on well having made his challenge inside the last furlong where he had travelled well into the race.
A 5lbs penalty for that success might not prove enough of an anchor to prevent him going in again and every chance he can land the three-timer here.
ROCKETEER posted a career-best effort at Lingfield when last seen last month and a repeat of that effort might be enough to see the Equiano gelding get off the mark.
Mike Murphy’s charge was beaten just over one length behind Ice Ice Lady where he tried to make all the running but was unable to sustain his effort.
He switches to a handicap here where a mark of 55 doesn’t look harsh given his exploits to date and with the potential to improve again he should make his presence felt in this race where he could open his win account.
5.40 – Nezar
6.10 – Daafr
6.40 – Night Voyager
7.10 – Dark Scimitar
7.40 – Rocketeer
8.10 – Fuchsla