Monday racing best bets – Tips for Pontefract, Windsor, Plumpton and Wolverhampton
Monday’s fixture list of horse racing action sees four meetings going to post across the UK and we’ve looked over each of the meetings to pick out our Monday racing best bets and tips throughout the day.
A new week of horse racing action takes in four meetings across the UK where the day’s racing comes from Pontefract and Windsor on the flat where they race on turf; while there is also flat racing action on the all-weather with a fixture at Wolverhampton under the floodlights.
Completing Monday’s quartet of racing fixtures is a jumps card which takes place at Plumpton.
Across the four scheduled meetings there will be 32 races with the feature race of the day coming at Pontefract with the Listed Silver Tankard Stakes and we’ve taken a look through each of the day’s racecards to pick out our Monday racing best bets and tips.
MONDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR PONTEFRACT, WINDSOR, PLUMPTON & WOLVERHAMPTON
1:45 Pontefract – ebfstallions.com Silver Tankard Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 1m
This is tougher than the race NAAMOOS won at Beverley last month but Mark Johnston’s charge is taken to follow up that success despite this step up in class.
The Wootton Bassett colt shaped really well on his debut at Wolverhampton earlier in September where he found only Jadoomi too strong and that form has since taken a significant boost in addition to his own next time win where he ran out a wide margin winner over six rivals.
That wasn’t the strongest of contests but he did the job in the manner of a potentially smart prospect who could step up again to strike in this Listed prize if handling the softer conditions.
2:00 Windsor – Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 535 Classified Claiming Stakes Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 6f
DREAM WORLD ended a year-long barren spell when getting back on the scoresheet at Newmarket in August, beating Sepia Belle and while the Dream Ahead mare hasn’t managed to build on that success in two subsequent starts she could be worth chancing to get back on track.
Michael Appleby’s charge might have found the race coming too soon under a penalty at Thirsk and she wasn’t seen to best effect last time on the Newcastle tapeta where she missed the break and was set too much to do.
She drops back to six furlongs here in testing ground which might bring her stamina for further to the fore with this likely to be run at a decent pace and Oisin Murphy takes over in the saddle so there could be a better performance forthcoming so he is taken to return to the winners’ enclosure on this occasion.
2:30 Windsor – Dark Horse Racing Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 1m2f
Twice-raced SKY POWER could be worth chancing now he switches to a handicap and Richard Hannon’s charge can get off the mark at the third attempt.
The Fastnet Rock colt has finished third in her two runs to date, latterly looking in need of the run on his reappearance at Pontefract earlier in the month where he eventually finished third although no match for the impressive winner.
He’s been given a mark of 72 ahead of his first run in a handicap which might not prove harsh given his potential for improvement and there might be more to come from him so he is taken to find sufficient progress to strike here.
4:10 Plumpton – Bob Champion Raceday October 18th 2021 Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (3yo+ 0-120) 2m
SORBET has hit the crossbar in each of her past three starts and the Passing Glance mare can get get off the mark here.
Lucy Wadham’s charge took a little time to get to grips with hurdling, but she showed some fair ability in bumpers and has been running well in defeat in her most recent outings including on her seasonal return from more than six months off when finishing five lengths’ runner-up behind Pink Sheets at Warwick on her handicap debut.
She can do better now with that run under her belt which should have sharpened her up and while a 3lbs rise in the weights demands a shade more it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her progress again to go close.
6:00 Wolverhampton – wolverhampton-racecourse.co.uk Handicap (Div I) Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 5f
KINGSHOLM is taken to bounce back from a lesser effort at Kempton last month where the Tagula gelding may have been amiss in failing to beat a rival home. James Fanshawe’s charge was never involved in that contest, racing wide and weakening quickly hinting all was not well.
She had been in fair fettle prior to that run however, winning over six furlongs at this venue in August and then finding only one too good next time at Kempton where he was run down late to succumb by only a half-length behind Juan Les Pins.
That contest has thrown up a couple of subsequent winners and he could be worth chancing back at this venue where he scored his only win to date. The drop in trip shouldn’t present a problem and he can make his presence felt here with a better effort.