Monday racing best bets – Tips for Musselburgh, Plumpton, Chelmsford and Wolverhampton
Four UK horse racing meetings head to post on a low-key Monday and we’ve picked out our Monday racing best bets and tips for the action.
After the thrills of the weekend’s horse racing action Monday’s fare is more low-key and four fixtures head to post across the UK over the sticks and on the all-weather.
Racing over jumps comes from the cards at Musselburgh and Plumpton; while Chelmsford host an all-weather fixture in the afternoon on their polytrack surface.
Completing Monday’s quartet of fixtures in the evening Wolverhampton also race with a meeting under the floodlights on the tapeta. We’ve looked over all four of the day’s cards to pick out our Monday racing best bets and tips for the action.
MONDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR MUSSELBURGH, PLUMPTON, CHELMSFORD & WOLVERHAMPTON
2:15 Musselburgh – Follow @williamhillracing On Twitter Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Stayers’ Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 3m
Wind surgery has certainly helped to encourage some improvement in PRESENT CHIEF who bettered successive runner-up efforts either side of lockdown to post a brace of wins at Uttoxeter and Warwick respectively.
Both those wins came over three miles and the Presenting gelding took another forward step in his development when finishing a creditable fourth to Dell’ Arca at Newbury last month in a higher grade where he was beaten only four lengths.
That contest has thrown up a subsequent winner and he’s only been raised 1lb in the ratings ahead of this latest contest which sees him take a slight ease in class. He should remain competitive then and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Jonjo O’Neill’s charge in the mix.
2:35 Plumpton – Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (3yo+ 0-115) 2m4½f
SIROP DE MENTHE hasn’t won for a long time but the Discover D’auteuil veteran had looked set to go close when last seen at Ffos Las last month, yet to be asked for his effort and still travelling well when falling two out.
Susan Gardner’s charge might be able to gain some compensation here taking a drop in class and assuming that fall hasn’t left a negative mark. The handicapper has also left him alone and he returns to a venue that has served him well in the past.
A course winner earlier in his career he has also twice finished runner-up here, the latest of which came back in February when denied by less than one length behind Hawthorn Cottage. He’s not the most reliable of performers by any means, but recent runs suggest he could yet be capable of registering an overdue return to winning ways and he looks worth chancing back at this venue to deliver.
3:25 Chelmsford – tote Placepot Your First Bet Nursery Handicap Cl6 (2yo 0-60) 1m2f
DURABELLA has been running better than her form figures suggest and the Manduro filly could be worth sticking with to get off the mark.
Paul Cole’s charge has yet to seriously trouble the judge, but she turned in another eye-catching effort when beaten three lengths into fourth at Kempton last month, staying on well and this step up in trip could yield a jolt of improvement.
The fifth horse home in that contest did little harm to the form when beaten only a neck next time out and this drop to a Class 6 represents an easier task than she took in last time.
The longer trip ought to suit judging on how she finished off the race last time out and the handicapper has eased her 1lb in the weights so she could take advantage and every chance she can strike a first career win here.
4:25 Chelmsford – chelmsfordcityracecourse.com Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-55) 6f
ROCKESBURY has a decent record at this track and the Foxwedge gelding could be worth chancing to deliver a big performance back here having finished third the last twice at Wolverhampton.
Phil McEntee’s charge landed a brace of victories here in the autumn, one of which came over this trip when beating Rocketeer and he’s largely continued to run well since aside from a lesser effort at Kempton in October.
He possibly just went off too hard last time over seven furlongs so this drop to six will suit and the front-runner can go close off the same mark returning to this venue where he’s fairly drawn and has the services of Luke Morris so it would come as no surprise to see a bold effort forthcoming.
5:10 Wolverhampton – Betway Casino Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 1m1½f
PRECISION STORM wasn’t seen to best effect when finishing fourth over this course and distance seven days ago but the Dragon Pulse gelding had won the time before and could quickly bounce back.
Mark Loughnane’s charge won by a neck on that occasion, appearing to do the job cosily with a defeat of Purgatory and the front two had pulled a couple of lengths clear of the rest. Caught too far back latest he ran on well to finish a never-nearer fourth from his outside berth so the run was arguably more creditable than it appears at face value.
He’s much better drawn this time around and he can compete from the same handicap rating which remains workable and every chance he can do better than was the case last time with a likely strong pace to aim at another positive to his chances.