Monday racing tips – Best bets at Newcastle and Catterick on 28 December
MONDAY RACING TIPS
Storm Bella has decimated Monday’s scheduled fixture list of horse racing action leaving only two meetings to go to post across the UK and we’ve assessed both cards to pick out our Monday racing tips and best bets.
The weather over the past couple of days has decimated Monday’s intended horse racing schedule where Storm Bella has claimed the planned fixtures over the sticks at Fontwell and Leicester leaving just two surviving meetings to go to post.
The Monday horse racing action sees jumping action at Catterick, while on the all-weather there is a meeting on the Newcastle tapeta in the afternoon which ends under the floodlights. TV racing fans will be able to catch the best of the Catterick action on ITV Racing alongside some quality racing from Leopardstown in Ireland.
We’ve looked over both of the day’s surviving horse racing meetings in the UK and we’ve picked out our Monday racing tips and best bets.
MONDAY RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT NEWCASTLE & CATTERICK
11:50 Catterick – Skybet Britain’s Most Popular Online Bookmaker Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m3f
GOLDENCARD hasn’t won since scoring for Keith Dalgleish at Musselburgh in November last year, but the Golden Lariat gelding has hinted in his last couple of runs that he might be winning again before too much longer and the seven-year old can end his losing run here.
Now with Christian Williams his form has remained patchy but he has hit the crossbar the last twice including when beaten three lengths behind Count Jurado at Fakenham latest.
That run came in testing ground and he’s a former soft-ground winner for his previous yard so these conditions should hold no fears and the longer trip isn’t expected to cause any problems. He can compete her from only 1lb higher than last time and he should continue to give a good account where he can get back to winning ways.
1:30 Catterick – Sky Bet Money Back As Cash Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-140) 1m7½f
Wind surgery seemed to work well for MISS HERITAGE who won twice last term and Lucy Wadham’s charge can get back on track after a solid effort when last seen at Ludlow where the Pour Moi mare found only one too strong in Miranda.
She was beaten only a half-length that day where she travelled strongly but didn’t appear to go through with her effort with the better ground perhaps not entirely ideal so this more testing surface could show her in a better light and her last success at Huntingdon in February came in heavy ground.
A winner on the flat here for David Elsworth earlier in her career when the ground was soft she has the services of Bryony Frost for this assignment which represents a drop into an easier class and a 4lbs rise in the weights could remain workable so every chance she can make her presence felt.
2:00 Catterick – Sky Bet Price Boost Promise Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 1m7½f
SASHENKA was a fair sort on the flat for Sylvester Kirk, winning four times for that handler and the Maxios filly shaped with promise switched to hurdling by new trainer Michael Scudamore when finding only one too good at Wincanton last month behind Little River Bay.
She travelled well into that contest and looked set to go very close jumping two out but her effort flattened out on the run to the last and while she kept on well to finish clear of the third she was no match for the winner who won by an easy eight lengths.
Softer ground may suit on this occasion and she can do better with that experience under her belt; while she gets 6lbs from standard-setting Anythingforlove who has a hurdles win on her record and the weight concession might just be enough to see her coming out on top here where she has the potential to improve.
2:20 Newcastle – Play 4 To Win At Betway Handicap (Div I) Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 1m4½f
BRANCASTER has hit the crossbar the last twice and Brian Ellison’s charge might be able to go one better here.
A dual-winner on turf for David Elsworth earlier in his career he rounded off his time with that trainer when beaten only a half-length into second behind Beat The Breeze over this trip at Lingfield earlier this month.
Subsequently he joined Brian Ellison and he ran another solid race to go down only by a nose over this course and distance behind Greengage where he was grabbed on the line by the winner but a repeat of that might see him get back on the scoreboard.
Reopposing George Ridsdale was behind him that day and the Ellison runner can confirm that form from 1lb worse off and there should be a decent pace to this race once again so it would come as no surprise to see him in the mix once more.
3:30 Newcastle – Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Novice Stakes Cl5 (3yo+) 1m
POWER OF TIME showed some ability in a pair of outings for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby, finishing third to Montather when last seen at Chelmsford last November.
The Galileo gelding has been absent for more than year since and has joined David O’Meara, and he could be worth chancing on his first run for this yard to open his win account.
He was beaten around four lengths in that last outing but the form is strong with the winner, runner-up and sixth horses home in that contest all winning since with the runner-up going on to win at Listed level and this could be a decent opportunity for him to get off the mark.
He wouldn’t be the first to find improvement for this yard which is adept with such types and market support would be significant; it would be no surprise then if he were to make his presence felt if fully wound up ahead of his return and he can give a good account on his first outing for his new yard.
5:05 Newcastle – Bombardier Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 7f
Consistent ROCKLEY POINT can get back on the scoresheet and Katie Scott’s charge shouldn’t be far away.
The Canford Cliffs gelding is a three-time course winner which includes one over this distance, although his last success came on turf at Catterick back in October when beating Bluella by a neck.
He’s made the frame on all three subsequent starts at this venue over sprint trips and he hasn’t been beaten far on any of those occasions, beaten only one length by Deolali latest just seven days ago where he was run down late by the eventual winner.
The return to seven furlongs is no issue and from only 1lb higher in the weights he might be able to go one better and gain revenge on his reopposing rival on these better terms.