Monday racing best bets – Tips for Southwell, Wetherby and Wolverhampton
Monday horse racing tips 8 March
With just eight days to go until the start of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival we look over Monday’s fixture list of racing action and pick out our Monday racing best bets.
Three horse racing meetings head to post across the UK on Monday as the road to the Cheltenham Festival enters its’ final stretch and the ‘greatest show on turf’ is only eight days away from getting underway.
Monday’s fixture list sees action over the sticks at Southwell and Wetherby, while on the all-weather there is evening action under the floodlights at Wolverhampton. We’ve looked over each of the day’s meetings to pick out our Monday racing best bets and tips for the day.
MONDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR SOUTHWELL, WETHERBY & WOLVERHAMPTON
12:30 Southwell – Virgin Bet Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 3m½f
ECOSSAIS looks worth chancing to get back to winning ways and the Saddler Maker gelding ought to go close here.
Oliver Greenall’s charge won twice over fences towards the end of last year with both coming at this venue; he’s since twice finished third in runs at Wetherby and Warwick latterly but a return to this track could spark him back to winning form.
Heavy ground the last twice has perhaps been a contributory factor to those defeats but he has a better surface to race on this time around and easing 1lb in the weights allied with his 5lbs claiming rider he could be set for a big run.
2:45 Wetherby – Boscasports Racings Digital Display Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-105) 1m7f
A dual-winning hurdler for Tom George earlier in his career DEXCITE is taken to get off the mark over fences at the sixth attempt and Nick Kent’s charge ought to go close here.
Runner-up on his return from 484 days off the track at Catterick in December the Authorized gelding was in the process of running well back at the same venue in December where he held every chance of landing the win only to fall at the last.
He’s been given plenty of time to recover from that fall and racing off the same mark here with his good claiming rider easing a little of his burden then he could take some beating with the better ground no issue.
3:05 Southwell – Virgin Bet Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m4½f
EMBOLE took advantage of his sliding handicap mark with a recent success at Wetherby and Dan Skelton’s charge can follow up here.
The Buck’s Boum gelding had returned from a long absence with a very good runner-up effort at Fontwell back in December and he subsequently ran better than the result when crossing the line in fifth at Plumpton in January.
He had Billy Ray just over one length in arrears when posting that latest success – his first in three years – and while he’s been pushed up 7lbs he remains with scope given he’s been rated higher than his current 102 mark in the past.
The yard continues in good form and if the seven-year old can build on that winning run last time out then it would come as no surprise to see him going in again.
3:50 Wetherby – Sixt Car Hire Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-125) 2m3½f
OSCAR ROBERTSON is lightly raced and might be worth chancing to get to winning ways over fences here.
Tom George’s charge was a hurdles winner at this venue last term during a very light campaign and he’s had just three runs over the larger obstacles where he’s twice finished fourth either side of a win at Hereford in November.
He possibly did too much at Newcastle latest when stepped up to three miles, fading into fourth and beaten around ten lengths; but dropping back in yardage here could be a good move and he’s had a break since that run so returns fresh.
Also eased 1lb in the weights he could have more to offer and with the form of his earlier Hereford success being boosted by the runner-up racking up a brace he looks the one to side with in this contest where he ought to go close.
5:40 Wolverhampton – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 6f
TURANGA LEELA has a good record at this venue and the Paco Boy mare can get back to winning ways.
John Mackie’s charge struck twice over course and distance towards the end of last year before seeing his hat-trick attempt thwarted by the Southwell fibresand which she failed to handle although it is possible the run might have come soon enough for her after her previous win.
Back on track at Kempton in January she’s run well in defeat in her last two starts and she was only beaten a half-length latest back at Kempton behind Capote’s Dream.
She’s 2lbs higher here but back at this venue might spark a return to winning ways and the consistent mare can go close despite this being a better class of race.
6:10 Wolverhampton – Betway Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m4f
LUCKY’S DREAM was denied a hat-trick on the level when touched off by a short-head at Kempton five days ago but Ian Williams’ charge can quickly resume winning ways here.
Both his previous wins came at Lingfield, including at this trip latest when beating Songkran by a neck; that form has been boosted since with the runner-up winning next time. He’d also won a jumpers’ bumper at Lingfield in between those two successes and his latest near miss came under a penalty when narrowly denied by Assimilation.
He’s 1lb lower here while the return to the longer trip will suit and with the yard in decent form in recent days he ought to go close here assuming recent quick runs don’t catch up with him.