Monday racing best bets – Tips for Ayr, Redcar, Leicester & Newcastle

A new week of horse racing action kicks off with four meetings around the UK and we’ve picked out our Monday racing best bets at each of the meetings.

Punters have four fixtures across the UK to look forward to on Monday with afternoon flat racing action coming on turf at both Redcar and Leicester; while there is also a twilight fixture taking place at Newcastle on their tapeta surface.

Meanwhile, there is also jumps racing action taking place in the afternoon with a fixture at Ayr and we’ve looked over all four of the day’s meetings to pick out our Monday racing best bets and tips on each of the day’s racecards.


1:40 Ayr – Winter Breaks At Western House Hotel Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4½f

It might be worth chancing on FRISSON COLLONGES to make a winning reappearance having appeared to improve with each start hurdling last term; but the switch to chasing for his seasonal debut might well deliver additional progress.

Dan Skelton’s charge has a point-to-point background, finishing runner-up between the flags in Ireland and the Coastal Path gelding looked useful last term in twice finishing in the frame before possibly being stretched by three miles in the mud at Ascot in a decent contest in February.

He had previously been beaten a nose over this sort of trip and he’s had wind surgery in the interim prior to this reappearance. The yard certainly knows how to eke improvement out of those it sends over the larger obstacles and are in decent fettle currently so a big run here wouldn’t come as a surprise with this trip likely to suit well on his return.

With the potential to do better in this discipline he looks worth chancing to get off the mark at the first attempt over fences and no surprise to see him go close.

2:35 Leicester – Rekorderlig Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m

HARTSWOOD won at Thirsk last term in a decent first season that saw the Garswood gelding thought capable of Listed company and Richard Fahey’s charge has continued his progression into this term where he has made the frame on all three starts which includes landing a win at York in July.

He returned to that venue for his last run back in August where he found only one too good in Brunch when tackling the valuable Sky Bet Mile Stakes and beaten only a half-length on that occasion. That form looks very solid with the winner since placing in better company at Listed level and the race has also thrown up a subsequet dual-winner.

Sixth in heavy ground last term in the Two-Year Old Trophy he had also finished runner-up in soft ground as a juvenile so there’s plenty of encouragement he can handle this deep ground and given a breather since his last run he can improve again to strike here for his in-form yard.

Monday racing best bets. Trainer Richard Fahey can get amongst the winners.

3:00 Redcar – Best Flat Races Live On Racing TV Nursery Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (2yo 0-60) 6f

LEXINGTON BULLET has showed up well despite still looking green in both her starts to date, but the Showcasing filly could take a forward step now her sights are switched to the handicap ranks.

Richard Fahey has his team in decent heart and the youngster has posted successive fourth-placed efforts in starts at Catterick and Haydock latterly in heavy ground where she missed the break but ran on well late without ever threatening.

She can improve again for the experience and an opening mark of 60 on her handicap debut looks very fair so every chance she can make her presence felt in this contest with further improvement anticipated.

5:30 Newcastle – Betway Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 5f

DOC SPORTELLO could run a big race at each-way prices and Tony Carroll’s charge is taken to go well where he can bounce back from a lesser run at Windsor earlier the month where the Majestic Missile gelding possibly went off too hard in the heavy ground.

He had been in good form previously, making the frame in four of his five earlier starts which includes registering a win at Chepstow and he had found only Spoof too strong by less than one length over this trip at Windsor on better ground.

A past course and distance winner, he has also made the frame twice over course and distance and historic form gives him every chance of of winning from a mark of 79 returning to this venue and the minumum trip.

The application of first-time blinkers could help focus his energies and Tom Marquand takes the reins with a fair record when partnering the eight-year old so he looks worth chancing to deliver a big run and he can get involved.