Monday racing best bets – Tips for Newton Abbot, Ayr, Lingfield and Wolverhampton
Monday racing best bets and tips
A new week of UK horse racing action kicks off and we’ve picked out our Monday racing best bets and tips for the four fixtures that will head to post across the UK.
Horse racing action continues into a fresh new week after some classy racing action in recent days and four more meetings head to post across the country on the flat and over the sticks.
Unfortunately we’ve lost Windsor’s usual Monday fixture on the flat but we still have action on the level at Ayr on turf in the afternoon as well as all-weather action in the evening with both Lingfield and Wolverhampton going to post.
Meanwhile there is afternoon jumps racing at Newton Abbot and 25 races will unfold across the day’s quartet of racing fixtures. We’ve looked over the day’s racing to pick out our Monday racing best bets and tips.
MONDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR NEWTON ABBOT, AYR, LINGFIELD & WOLVERHAMPTON
2:20 Newton Abbot – William Hill Betting TV Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 2m5½f
Replacing cheekpieces with blinkers has been a catalyst for improved form by KILMINGTON ROSE who is 3-3 since the change of headgear and Paul Nicholls’ charge can continue her upward curve here to win again.
Two of those three wins have come over this course, latterly scoring over the distance when running out a three lengths’ winner over Get Up Them Steps latest and the Presenting mare resumes handicapping from the same mark so ought to remain competitive if continuing in similar form.
This is perhaps stronger than past contests but she can continue to show improvement in this headgear and unbeaten over the course she might prove a tough nut to crack here.
2:55 Newton Abbot – Follow @attheraces On Twitter Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m1f
RIGHT DESTINATION has yet to open his account over hurdles with a runner-up effort at Stratford last June being his best finish to date.
Fergal O’Brien’s charge was disappointing on his return last month at this venue, beating only one home behind Chez Hans although he didn’t help himself by racing keenly under an inexperienced rider and he likely failed to get home in the soft ground following ten months off.
He’ll be sharper for that outing and while he has soft ground to deal with again he can go well here with a more experienced rider taking over while he’s also been dropped 4lbs in the weights.
3:05 Ayr – Weddings At Western House Hotel Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-65) 6f
SAM’S CALL came up against some useful sorts as a juvenile including Art Power, but the Finjaan gelding was absent for more than 600 days prior to returning at Ripon last month where he ran well to finish just two lengths’ fifth behind James Watt.
Mick Easterby’s charge showed the benefit of that return when finishing a good third latest at Musselburgh where he was just over one length behind Primo’s Comet and racing off an unchanged mark here he can open his win account with the step back up to six furlongs unlikely to present an issue.
4:50 Ayr – QTS Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 1m2f
CHARGING THUNDER has had just three starts to date, making the third one a winner when beating Bashful by a neck at Chepstow last month and David O’Meara’s charge can double his tally here.
David O’Meara’s charge had shaped with some promise prior to that breakthrough win and the front two in that victory had pulled a long way clear of the rest so the effort might prove to be a useful one given the runner-up did no harm to the form next time out.
He’s been given a 75 rating ahead of his handicap debut which might prove lenient and with further improvement anticipated he ought to go well and he can strike again.
6:55 Wolverhampton – Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 6f
WATER OF LEITH is 2-3 at this venue and it might be worth chancing Rebecca Menzies’ charge to bounce back from some lesser efforts here.
The Kodiac gelding won twice over course and distance when trained by Jim Goldie but he’s not shown his best form in handicaps this term since joining this yard. He did have wind surgery ahead of his last outing at Haydock where he finished two lengths’ fifth of six runners behind Sir Titus and if he can build on that effort then he could go close.
He’s since been dropped 2lbs for that run and the return to six furlongs is likely to suit as he returns to this surface; he had won as a novice off a mark of 82 and while recent form figures don’t offer much inspiration he could go well dropping into a Class 5 contest.
7:05 Lingfield – Fitzdares Sprint Series Handicap (Qualifier For The 2021 Windsor Sprint Series Final) Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 6f
NEWYORKSTATEOFMIND has a fair record at this venue despite only managing to win here once before with a number of efforts in the frame to his name and the Brazen Beau gelding can follow up his latest victory last time out at Bath.
William Muir’s charge had won over course and distance last November when beating Spanish Star and although a bit hit or miss in earlier starts this term he seemed to be rejuvenated by the application of cheekpieces for the first time latest where he struck by just over one length from Razor Glass.
That form looks fair and while he’s been raised 6lbs for the win he has been competitive off this mark in the past and ought to give another good account with the return to this longer trip no issue.
7:35 Lingfield – Fitzdares Celebrates The English Football Team Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m
French winner COLONEL FAULKNER has been running well in defeat this term and the Wootton Bassett gelding can resume winning ways here.
Archie Watson’s charge wore cheekpieces latest when finishing a good third behind Lankaran at Kempton last month, travelling well when going to the front but perhaps just doing too much and his effort faded late on.
That form does looks solid however given it has thrown up a subsequent winner while the runner-up in the race filled the same spot next time and he competes here from the same mark in a weaker looking race so there’d be no surprise to see him in the mix again.