Monday racing best bets – Tips for Ayr, Fakenham, Kempton and Wolverhampton
A low-key day of horse racing to kick off the new week with only four meetings heading to post. We pick out our Monday racing best bets and tips across each of the day’s racecards.
After a top-class few days of horse racing action Monday’s fixture list is much more mundane and low-key with four meetings heading to post across the country and 30 races in all will unfold throughout the day.
Jumps racing action comes from Ayr and Fakenham, while on the all-weather there is afternoon racing on the Kempton polytrack. Meanwhile in the evening Wolverhampton are racing on their tapeta surface under the floodlights.
We’ve looked over the day’s quartet of horse racing fixtures around the UK and pick out our Monday racing best bets and tips as we bid to find a few winners through the day.
MONDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR AYR, FAKENHAM, KEMPTON & WOLVERHAMPTON
12:30 Ayr – williamhill.com Best Odds Guaranteed Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m3½f
CASTLE RUSHEN shaped as if he’d appreciate more of a test of stamina when overcoming a steady pace to strike on his hurdles debut at this venue last month and Nicky Richards’ charge can follow up.
The Fame And Glory gelding also won a bumper here back in January in heavy ground and conditions were testing again when he struck that hurdles success where he got up late to score by just over one length from Five Bar Brian with the pair clear.
That form has taken a couple of knocks but there’s likely more to come from him and this longer trip can eke out a jolt of improvement with conditions no problem. While penalised for that last-time win he ought to be in the shake-up and no surprise if he strikes again under Brian Hughes.
12:45 Fakenham – Pudding Norton Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (3yo+ 0-105) 2m4f
ERMYN’S EMERALD has been lightly raced in recent seasons, racing just six times since the beginning of 2019 and the Alflora gelding could be worth chancing to get off the mark.
Pat Phelan’s charge is yet to register a win in his career but he’s shown some useful form in defeat and he’s made the frame on several occasions including when last seen out at Huntingdon earlier in the month where he found only one too good in Dollnamix.
Beaten six lengths there he should be sharper for what was his first run in almost one year and the winner of that race has gone in again to boost the form.
He makes plenty of appeal in this race given he can contest from an unchanged mark while his rider can utilise his full claim this time around so if able to build on that recent reappearance then he could go close here.
1:55 Kempton – British Stallion Studs EBF Median Auction Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10/GBB Race) (Div I) Cl5 (2yo) 7f
MUSED could be worth chancing to find another chunk of improvement having stepped up on his debut fourth to find only one too good here earlier in the month.
Hugo Palmer’s Charm Spirit filly was beaten just over two lengths behind Napper Tandy on that latest outing, possibly not suited by the extra furlong. However dropping back to seven furlongs for this outing could show her in a better light.
Likely to get a strong pace to aim at in this contest she can improve on her two runs to date to get off the mark at the third attempt and no surprise to see her competitive for her top yard.
2:10 Ayr – William Hill Extra Places Every Day Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+) 3m
Lightly-raced MAYO STAR arrives on a hat-trick although he’s been absent for nine months and fitness has to be taken on trust.
The Stowaway gelding has proven however that he can go well fresh, winning twice earlier this year following more than two years off the track as well as making the frame in all three outings following absences earlier in his career when trained by the late Malcolm Jefferson.
Now with Nicky Richards he made a winning return to action over this course back in January, beating The Ferry Master in heavy ground and then following up at Newcastle in March in testing conditions where he ran out an easy winner.
The bare form perhaps doesn’t amount to much but he was impressive nonetheless and could have better to come switching now to chasing for the first time. Conditions are no problem and he’s shaped as if he’ll get this longer trip so could be worth chancing for his shrewd yard to make a winning return to action on his debut over fences.
2:20 Fakenham – Testerton Handicap Chase (Fakenham Double Up Bonus Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 3m5f
STRICTLYADANCER is 2-2 at this venue and Christian Williams’ charge can land a hat-trick of wins having struck successes either side of ten months off the track at this venue and Exeter recently on his return.
The Yeats mare ran out a three lengths’ victor over reopposing Telson Barley in that latest win, travelling well into the contest and scoring readily over his rival who had had the benefit of a run.
He’s likely to strip fitter for that outing and while he’s 7lbs higher in the weights he can confirm the places given he can improve for the run and is proven around this sharp track so every chance he can strike again to claim his hat-trick with Jack Tudor able to claim 3lbs back off his back.
3:30 Kempton – Unibet New Instant Roulette Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-54) 7f
NOBLE QUEEN is much the least exposed of this field and the Noble Mission filly could prove tough to beat on the back of her recent Chelmsford success.
Ed Walker’s charge has run well on both starts on artificial surfaces and seemed to respond well to the application of a hood ahead of her breakthrough success last month where she ran out a two lengths’ victor over Lady Morpheus and doing the job readily.
That form is only fair and a 7lbs rise in the handicap will demand more from her; but she’s going the right way and there could be better to come from her with the headgear retained.
A good draw out of the number five stall should see her competitive once more under Jamie Spencer and there’d be no shock in seeing her follow up given her unexposed profile could yield further improvement.
4:20 Wolverhampton – #betyourway At Betway Handicap (Div II) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 5f
COMEATCHOO is turned out quickly under a 6lbs penalty having resumed winning ways at Lingfield six days ago and it might be worth sticking with Phil McEntee’s charge to follow up.
The Camacho gelding isn’t the most consistent of performers but he’s a capable sort when in form and he was beaten narrowly on his last run over course and distance back in September when goign down by less than one length behind Smokey.
That race has thrown up several winners and his latest win was his first since scoring over the minimum trip at Kempton in January. A penalty for that win demands a career-best effort from him now but if he can replicate his latest performance dropping back to five furlongs then he could well strike again with Hollie Doyle in the saddle again.
5:50 Wolverhampton – Play 4 To Win At Betway Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 1m1½f
ALWAYS FEARLESS could be worth chancing to get back on winning form now he’s tried in cheekpieces and if the headgear has the desired effect Richard Hannon’s charge can go close.
A Chelmsford winner last October, he ran well in defeat when last sighted at Lingfield nine days ago, beaten just a head behind Marion’s Boy where he led inside the last furlong but was unable to quite sustain his effort to the line and he was run down late and crossed the line in third.
The fifth horse home in that contest did little harm to the form when finishing third next time out and this slightly shorter trip might see him get home with the headgear hopefully helping him to find some small measure of improvement.
Ryan Moore is an eye-catching jockey booking which suggests connections expect a big performance and it would come as no surprise to see him making his presence felt in this contest.