Monday racing best bets – Tips for Ayr, Lingfield and Wolverhampton
Horse racing tips 18 January
Three race meetings head to post on Monday across the UK and we’ve looked over each of the day’s fixtures to pick out our Monday racing best bets and tips.
After having just one fixture on Sunday the action cranks back up a gear with Monday playing host to a trio of fixtures across the UK with jumps racing from Ayr in the afternoon alongside a jumpers’ bumper meeting on the Lingfield polytrack.
Completing the Monday line-up of fixtures is an evening all-weather meeting under the Wolverhampton floodlights on their tapeta surface and we’ve looked over all three of the day’s racecards to pick out our Monday racing best bets and tips.
MONDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR AYR, LINGFIELD & WOLVERHAMPTON
12:15 Lingfield – EBF Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (GBB Race) Cl5 (4-6yo) 2m
ROSE OHARA shaped with some promise on her debut at Ludlow last month, finishing four lengths’ fourth behind Meadowsweet and Jamie Snowden’s charge can build on that first experience to get off the mark at the second attempt.
The Kayf Tara mare raced green on that occasion and she was outpaced at a crucial stage before running on well from the back and the lessons learnt there won’t have been lost on her where she can improve.
That form arguably sets the standard and the form was done no harm by the runner-up filling the same spot next time at Hereford while the winner looked a potentially smart sort. The switch to polytrack should hold no fears and open to improvement she ought to go well here where she can open her win account.
12:25 Ayr – EBF “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m4½f
BASS ROCK has found only one too good over hurdles on both starts thus far since joining Sandy Thompson and the Martaline gelding can make it third time lucky.
He showed fair form in France previous to joining this yard and he was last seen finishing eight lengths’ runner-up behind Severance at Carlisle where he shaped as if a stiffer test might be needed.
That winner hasn’t disgraced himself in stronger company, while the third went one better with a silver medal finish at Sedgefield so the form looks solid and with this lonter trip likely to suit which could yield a jolt of improvement he can open his account now at the third attempt.
1:45 Lingfield – Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 “Jumpers’ Bumper” National Hunt Flat Race Cl4 (4yo+) 2m
SUPAKALINISTIC could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways having been foiled in his hat-trick bid at Kempton earlier in the month on the flat.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge had won on the flat at Chepstow in September prior to scoring over three miles over hurdles at Kempton in November, beating The Domino Effect by two lengths. He made all that day and was well on top at the finish; the form has since been given a boost by the third winning next time.
Beaten less than two lengths latest behind Great Esteem he’ll have no problem returning to two miles for this contest and proven on the surface he can deliver a big performance as he tries to get back on track.
2:30 Ayr – Spring Breaks At Western House Hotel Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Middle Distance Chs Series) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-115) 2m5½f
DARIUS DES SOURCES was a point-to-point winner in Ireland prior to joining this yard where after a couple of poor runs over hurdles the Irish Wells gelding showed improvement fitted with cheekpieces and he struck on his final outing of the campaign over the smaller obstacles at Newcastle back in March.
Chris Grant’s charge wasn’t disgraced on his reappearance following eight months off when switched to fences at Kelso and he showed improved form to get off the mark over this course in November with a narrow victory over Slainte Mhor.
He’s been given time to recover from those exertions and he could improve again to defy a 4lbs higher mark with this additional furlong and the underfoot conditions both no problem so no surprise to see him going close here.
3:35 Ayr – Join Racing TV Now Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 3m½f
J’AI FROID ended the 2018/19 campaign on the up with a win at Exeter over the useful Firebird Flyer and although absent for the entirety of last season the Flemensfirth gelding showed he retained all his ability with a fair fourth at Haydock last month.
That run was probably needed but he should strip markedly fitter now with that under his belt and the form of that outing looks strong with the winner going in again twice since, while the runner-up bagged another silver medal next time out.
Now tried in a visor for the first time he’s been eased 2lbs in the weights and dropped slightly in class; while Max Kendrick can take off a very handy 3lbs and Laura Morgan’s charge can give a good account of himself here if building on that reappearance.
5:10 Wolverhampton – Play 4 To Win At Betway Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (4yo+ 0-65) 6f
DYNAMO WALT hasn’t won for a while but the veteran Acclamation gelding might be worth chancing to end his drought having found only a couple too good last time out.
Derek Shaw’s charge is a multiple winner at this venue, the last of which came back in December 2019 over five furlongs and he’s largely campaigned over the minimum trip since. His latest start saw him finish three lengths’ third behind Passional here where he met with some trouble in running and that form has been boosted since by the winner going in again.
The handicapper has eased him another 1lb in the weights but he’s very well treated on historic form and his last win came off 70 so it would be no surprise if he were to capitalise on his falling mark before too much longer.
6:10 Wolverhampton – Betway Conditions Stakes (All-Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m½f
RAINBOW DREAMER took this prize twelve months ago as part of a four-timer and Alan King’s charge can strike again to get back on the winning trail.
The Aqlaam gelding had already registered a brace of victories over this trip at Kempton prior to running out a near-four lengths’ winner over Funny Kid in this race and he made it four when successful back at Kempton prior to a break.
Fourth and fifth respectively in starts at Newcastle in the Sagaro Stakes and Northumberland Plate he was last seen finishing within a length third of Island Brave at Newcastle in December and with the yard in good form he looks set for a bold bid in defence of the crown he won twelve months ago.
He’ll be sharper for that recent run and proven on this surface he can go close here where there’d be no shock in seeing him get back to winning ways.