Monday racing best bets – Tips for Plumpton, Hereford, Kempton and Wolverhampton
Four meetings head to post for Monday’s horse racing action around the UK and we’ve looked over each of the day’s fixtures to pick out our Monday racing best bets and tips.
After another cracking weekend of top-class racing action the new week kicks off with four meetings going to post around the UK where jumps racing comes from Plumpton and Hereford; while there is flat racing also on the agenda with two all-weather fixtures from Kempton in the afternoon and Wolverhampton in the evening.
We’ve looked through the days’s racecards and pick out our Monday racing best bets and tips for each fixture.
MONDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR PLUMPTON, HEREFORD, KEMPTON & WOLVERHAMPTON
1:40 Hereford – starsports.bet Owner’s Club 20K Guarantee Novices’ Hurdle (Div I) (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m
A DISTANT PLACE won a point-to-point in Ireland prior to joining up with Jonjo O’Neill’s camp and the Sunday Break gelding can build on an encouraging hurdles debut at Newton Abbot last month where he finished fourth.
Having possibly found the ground too quick for him he was found to be lame post-race which might have accounted for him looking outpaced and jumping left throughout; he also met with some trouble in running and he turned in a better effort than the bare result might suggest given the circumstances.
A softer surface will suit and if building on that debut effort then he could prove a different proposition now and it would be no surprise to see a big run from him where can he get off the mark.
1:55 Plumpton – Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-140) 2m4½f
Dan Skelton has his team in good heart and LANGER DAN can get back on the scoresheet having run better than the bare result on his reappearance at Chepstow last month.
The Ocovango gelding was well beaten in what was a really strong handicap contest but he travelled well for a long way before lack of race-fitness told and he weakened. However he should be sharper for that run and the handicapper has eased him 2lbs.
A dual winner last term he also has some solid form in defeat to his name behind the likes of Botox Has and Garry Clermont, and he ran well for sixth in the Fred Winter Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival so every chance he can make his presence felt here if building on his return.
3:20 Hereford – starsports.bet Watch And Bet For Free Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m
WISECRACKER hasn’t won since taking this prize twelve months ago and Ben Case’s charge can end his losing run with a return to the winners’ enclosure here.
The Sageburg gelding has proven a consistent sort in defeat since returning from lockdown, only once finishing out of the frame when unseating at Fontwell in August and he ran better than the bare result when last seen finishing ten lengths’ fourth at Warwick in September.
He’s had wind surgery since that outing which could help him eke out some improvement and he handles these conditions having made the frame in soft ground previously.
The handicapper has also eased him 1lb and returning to this venue might just spark him back to winning ways so he is taken to follow up his win in this contest last campaign.
3:30 Kempton – Unibet Extra Place Offers Every Day Handicap (Div II) Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m
VIADUCT finished a close third to Phuket Power on his only previous run here and that form has been boosted several times with the race throwing up a number of subsequent winners; Martyn Meade’s charge is chanced to bounce back from a lesser run latest where the ground might have been against him and a return to a quicker surface might benefit the Showcasing gelding.
He made a winning reappearance at Bath in September, running out a ready winner over Shiela’s Showcase on fast ground despite appearing to hang left and he might have been feeling the firm conditions although he scored cosily in the end.
That form has taken a few knocks and he beat only one home at Windsor latest in the mud where he again hung left. The tendency to hang left is a slight concern, but he can do better back on the all-weather and remains with scope so is chanced to resume winning ways if Oisin Murphy can keep the gelding’s quirks in check.
5:05 Kempton – Try Our New Super Boosts At Unibet Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 1m3f
VICTORY CHIME has been something of a slow burner but the Campanologist gelding comes into this race in good fettle having won two of four starts this campaign including when last seen at Pontefract where Ralph Beckett’s charge ran out a ready two lengths’ winner over Highwaygrey.
He made all that day, scoring comfortably and the form has been upheld with the third and fourth horses home both winning since so there may further scope for better to come.
The application of a visor has certainly appeared to deliver some improvement and he’s won three of five starts when fitted with the headgear; while he’s also a course and distance winner which augurs well for his return to this venue and surface.
A 6lbs rise for his latest win does demand a shade more improvement for him as he goes back up in trip; but he represents a yard in good heart and while this is a tougher race than he’s been contesting he can continue to run well and no surprise to see him make his mark back in this higher grade.
6:20 Wolverhampton – Betway Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 1m6f
DAZZLING ROCK appears to be working his way back to something judging on his recent runs and Ralph Beckett’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
Both his career wins have come at Chelmsford over two miles, but he’s effective at this lesser trip as he’s proved on turf in the past and he can go one better than his most recent runner-up effort behind Marlborough Sounds at Kempton in September.
The Rock Of Gibraltar gelding was only beaten a head on that occasion where he tried to make all and he only gave way late having been briefly headed but battling back well where he just failed to get back up. Both the winner and third have run well again since to give the form a useful look to it and Ralph Beckett’s charge has only been raised 1lb in the ratings for that run.
He makes his tapeta debut here and although dropping in trip he could get his own way in front where he might prove hard to pass despite conceding weight all round.