Monday racing tips – Best bets for Plumpton, Taunton, Stratford and Wolverhampton
Monday horse racing best bets
It is Cheltenham Festival Eve and Monday’s racing fare offers a final chance to swell the Festival warchest. We’ve picked out our Monday racing tips and selections for the day’s cards.
On the eve of another Cheltenham Festival four meetings will head to post offering punters a final opportunity to swell those Festival banks and there is jumps racing from Taunton, Stratford and Plumpton; while on the all-weather there is also racing from Wolverhampton in the evening.
Monday’s fare isn’t up to the standard of what is to come at the ‘greatest show on turf’ but we’ve looked over the day’s meetings to pick out our Monday racing tips and selections and hopefully head into the Cheltenham Festival on the back of a few winners.
MONDAY RACING TIPS – BEST BETS FOR PLUMPTON, TAUNTON, STRATFORD & WOLVERHAMPTON
1:00 Stratford – Watch On Racing TV Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m1f
SHUT THE BOX is proving consistent if frustrating but the Doyen gelding might be able to make the breakthrough here and get off the mark over fences.
Chris Gordon’s charge is a past hurdles winner, scoring at Plumpton and he’s taken well to chasing this term where he’s yet to finish out of the frame.
He’s posted some solid efforts in defeat, beaten just a half-length by the useful Funambule Sivola at Newbury in December and he was last seen finishing runner-up again behind Editeur Du Gite back at the Berkshire venue.
His handicap mark is creeping up as a result of his consistency but he’s shown enough thus far to suggest he can win one of these and this likely won’t take a great deal of winning so he looks the way to go here.
2:03 Stratford – Richard & Jill Hurst Ruby Wedding Celebration Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-125) 2m6½f
ACCORDINGTOGINO made his second start over fences a winning one when scoring by ten lengths from Antony at Warwick back in November and Dan Skelton’s charge possibly did too much in the heavy ground at Bangor when last seen, eventuall pulled up having weakened from four out.
The Perugino gelding has been given a break since that outing and could bounce back here returned to a less testing surface and easing back in trip where he’s been dropped 1lb in the weights.
The Skelton team continue in good fettle going into the Cheltenham Festival and they can notch up another winner here if bouncing back from that last run.
2:47 Plumpton – Betting.Bet Betting Sites Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 3m1f
BLAME THE GAME looks progressive and Chris Gordon’s charge can continue his good work to strike again here.
The Darsi gelding has finished third or better in all five starts this term which includes wins at this venue and Fontwell latterly where he ran out a convincing winner over Northern Poet, scoring by 13 lengths.
A 10lbs rise for that latest win demands more, while he appeared well-suited by the lesser test of stamina despite twice placing over three miles in the mud at Ascot and Fakenham either side of a break.
He has to prove he gets this far then back up to this longer trip; but the better ground might help him to get home and he was placed in a point-to-point prior to joining this yard so there’s hope he can see out the trip although this track will test him.
However he arrives in arguably the best form of these runners and he ought to go close if stamina doesn’t become an issue.
3:40 Taunton – William Hill Lengthen Your Odds Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-140) 3m4½f
BEAU DU BRIZAIS has been contesting over the cross-country fences at Cheltenham in recent runs and Philip Hobbs’ charge could be worth chancing back over regulation obstacles.
The Kapgarde gelding had finished a good runner-up on his last start over normal fences at Wincanton back in October, beaten three lengths by Step Back and eased another 1lb in the weights he’s very well handicapped if coming back to his best.
Rated higher in the past over fences and finishing runner-up to Kingswell Theatre off a theoretical 145 over the banks at Cheltenham in November he could be hard to beat if running up to that level although he’d likely want this ground to dry up having shown his best form on better ground.
It is perhaps significant though that Hobbs elects to take in this race with the nine-year old as opposed to the Cross-country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and the decision could reap dividends.
5:20 Wolverhampton – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap (Div II) Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 7f
VELVET VISTA reeled off a hat-trick of wins which included one over course and distance earlier in the year and Michael Murphy’s charge is taken to bounce back having possibly been stretched by the extra furlong last month.
The Sea The Moon mare had been progressive beforehand winning under a double-penalty to bring up her hat-trick at Chelmsford two runs ago and having made the running latest where he was keen he faded in the last furlong and ought to be suited by dropping back in trip.
The second and third horses home in that contest have both won since and she could be worth chancing here to quickly regain the winning thread.