Monday UK racing tips – Best bets at Plumpton, Chelmsford and Kempton
Monday 25 January UK horse racing tips
We take a look over the Monday horse racing action scheduled to go to post across the UK and pick our Monday UK racing tips and best bets at each fixture.
The weather could have another big say in the day’s proceedings on Monday and a frozen track has already claimed the day’s planned fixture at Market Rasen over the sticks leaving three meetings to go to post.
Monday still plays host to jumps racing action at Plumpton assuming that meeting passes a morning inspection, while there is also afternoon all-weather racing from Chelmsford on their polytrack surface.
Completing the Monday racing action in the evening is further all-weather racing on the Kempton polytrack under the floodlights and we’ve picked out Monday UK racing tips and best bets at each meeting.
MONDAY UK RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT PLUMPTON, CHELMSFORD & KEMPTON
2:10 Chelmsford – chelmsfordcityracecourse.com Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 1m
None of these are particularly reliable but it might be worth siding with WORD OF HONOUR to go one better than his latest near-miss at Wolverhampton earlier in the month.
Sean Curran’s Showcasing gelding was a Wolverhampton winner back in December, beating Kodi Koh and he bounced back to form to go down only by a nose in a seller latest behind Owhatanight, just failing.
Back in a handicap and returning to one mile he looks one of the more reliable sorts to give his running and with Grace McEntee able to take off a handy 5lbs he can go close here.
2:50 Plumpton – Buy The Plumpton History Book Now Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-115) 3m1½f
ECHO WATT has proven to be a much better chaser than he was as a hurdler, winning twice last winter with successes at Uttoxeter and Fontwell before shaping as if amiss when pulled up at Warwick in his hat-trick attempt.
Richard Hobson’s Fragrant Mix gelding looked in need of his reappearance at Uttoxeter in December but she showed the benefit of that run to get back to winning ways at Bangor eleven days ago and if this doesn’t come too soon then he can follow up.
He had just over one length to spare on that occasion from Talktomenow and a 4lbs rise in the handicap for that success looks workable. Conditions are no issue and if the extra couple of furlongs don’t prove an inconvenience then he can strike again.
3:20 Plumpton – Download The Tote App Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier For Challenger Stayers Hurdle) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 3m1f
CROSSGALESFAMEGAME was a heavy-ground winner on just her second hurdles start at Market Rasen in the 2019/20 season and she ran well in defeat subsequently including when third at Newbury on her final start of that campaign.
Fergal O’Brien’s charge ran well on her reappearance although possibly just needed the outing at Wincanton in November and she showed the benefit to post a very solid third behind The White Mouse at Cheltenham latest where she ran on well having met with trouble.
This doesn’t look as strong a contest and the step up in yardage could unlock further improvement in the Mahler mare so she could back to winning ways here from the same mark.
4:10 Chelmsford – Support The Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 1m6f
GOLD STANDARD has been in good fettle of late, making the frame in each of his last five starts which includes a win at Lingfield in December and the Casamento gelding can get back on the scoresheet.
Tony Carroll’s charge beat Arabescato in that success which came over shorter than this and he almost doubled up next time under a penalty when denied by a nose when stepped up to two miles back at that venue.
Having found one too good again over the same course and distance in first-time cheekpieces he was possibly unsuited by the slow early pace and there’s likely to be more of a gallop in this contest which ought to suit him better.
He can race here from the same mark and unlikely to be troubled by the drop back in trip he can go close here.
4:45 Kempton – Wise Betting At racingtv.com Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 6f
FARD found only The Mackem Torpedo too strong by a head two starts ago at Wolverhampton and Michael Blake’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Dutch Art gelding was a dual-winner earlier in his career when trained by Roger Fell and the six-year old subsequently rounded off her time with Christine Dunnett with a course and distance win, scoring by three-parts of a length from Gherkin.
Last seen finishing a close fifth back at Wolverhampton earlier this month he may just have been given too much to do although he didn’t help his cause with an awkward start. He’s since been eased 1lb and the excellent Laura Pearson takes over for this latest outing with the rider’s 5lb claim a bonus.
He has won from higher marks earlier in his career and he could get back to winning ways returning to this venue if making a better start.
6:15 Kempton – Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Conditions Stakes (All-Weather Champs Fast-Track Qualifier) (Plus 10 Race) Cl2 (3yo) 6f
MIGHTY GURKHA won his debut on the all-weather at Lingfield in June last year before contesting at Royal Ascot in the Windsor Castle Stakes where he finished fifth. Subsequently runner-up in Listed company at Newbury he bounced back from a lesser run to win the Sirenia Stakes over course and distance and he was thought good enough on the back of that success to contest at the Breeders’ Cup.
Archie Watson’s Sepoy gelding returns here from a break having been beaten only by a nose behind Victory Heights at Wolverhampton in December where he was caught late in the day by the winner with reopposing Zamaani back in fourth.
The selection has to give that one 5lbs now but he can confirm recent form given his record on the all-weather and he ought to go close again.