Monday UK racing tips – Best bets at Plumpton, Newcastle, Carlisle and Wolverhampton
Monday 8 February UK racing tips
After a fantastic weekend of horse racing action Monday’s fixtures are a bit more mundane; but there’s still plenty of competitive racing to take in and we’ve picked out our Monday UK racing tips at each fixture.
We saw some top-class horse racing action over the course of the weekend with some stellar performances from a few Cheltenham Festival hopefuls and the greatest show on turf is only a few weeks away.
Monday’s fixture list might not have the same lustre as the weekend’s action but there’s still some competitive racing to look forward to and we’ve picked out our Monday UK horse racing tips and best bets from the day’s four meetings.
The day’s racing has to survive some precautionary morning inspections, but all being well there will be jumps racing at Plumpton and Carlisle as well as a jumpers’ bumper at Newcastle; while Wolverhampton will be racing under the floodlights on Monday evening with a flat racing card.
MONDAY UK RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT PLUMPTON, NEWCASTLE, CARLISLE & WOLVERHAMPTON
1:35 Carlisle – MansionBet’s Proud To Support British Racing Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m1f
HART OF STEEL possibly found the longer trip just stretching him when thwarted in his hat-trick bid at Sedgefield back in December but dropping back in distance here the Ask gelding can quickly resume winning ways.
Donald McCain’s charge has been progressing well this term, finishing third at Hexham on his seasonal debut in October before going on to register back-to-back successes at Kelso and Hexham respectively including in soft ground when beating Laskadine on the latter occasion.
That runner-up has won since and the selection was subsequently beaten only one length at Sedgefield latest, not helped by a mistake at the final hurdle although he still finished well clear of the third and rest.
He is only 2lbs higher here but Theo Gillard takes the reins and his 7lbs claim is noteworthy and can go a long way towards a return to winning ways here.
2:20 Plumpton – Download The Star Sports App Now! Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-115) 2m4½f
MR JACK arrives here on a hat-trick of wins and the Papal Bull gelding can oblige with a third successive victory.
Andy Irvine’s charge lost his way for Laura Jewell prior to joining this yard and he made his first start for the late Zoe Davison a winning one when defying a lengthy absence to score over course and distance at the beginning of January, beating Bard Of Brittany by three-parts of a length.
That success was followed up by a ready victory back over course and distance latest, rallying well after hitting a flat spot and keeping on strongly from the last to beat Sawpit Sienna by four lengths under this rider.
He has a 6lbs rise in the weights to contend with which may just ask a question of him, but he’s fully effective at this longer trip and he ought to give a good account in pursuit of his three-timer.
2:35 Newcastle – Quinncasino Mares’ “Jumpers’ Bumper” National Hunt Flat Race (AW) Cl5 (4yo+) 2m½f
TRAVEL LIGHTLY was a dual-winner on the level for Tim Easterby last summer and the Showcasing mare stepped up on a couple of lacklustre runs over shorter trips at this venue when running out a comfortable winner of a similar contest over course and distance earlier this month.
That was her third run for Rebecca Menzies and her first in a bumper as she beat Getariver by almost five lengths where she sported a first-time visor, travelling well into the race and showing a decent change of gear to win going away.
The headgear is retained for this latest run and if the visor has a positive effect again then she could follow up despite a 6lbs penalty having appeared to strike with something up her sleeve latest.
2:40 Carlisle – MansionBet Faller Insurance Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m
JACK VALENTINE was impressive when making a winning chase debut at Leicester last month where the Scorpion gelding saw off Little Rory Mac by four lengths and with that experience of chasing under his belt Venetia Williams’ charge can double up here.
Previously a winner in bumpers and over hurdles he improved with each start this term and he was good value for his win last time out where he jumped and travelled well throughout, leading over the last and running on well for a cosy victory.
He’s proven himself well served by a testing surface and his win last time suggested his subsequent 6lbs rise in the weights would be workable given he appeared to score with something in hand. Likely to have more to offer he could prove a tough nut to crack as he bids to make it 2-2 over fences and the eight-year old can collect here.
2:50 Plumpton – horseracingbetting.co.uk Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 2m3½f
FRANCKY DU BERLAIS has been in good hart this term, winning over hurdles on his reappearance at Newton Abbot and then gaining just reward for a trio of near-misses over fences when resuming winning ways at Exeter latest where Peter Bowen’s charge ran out a good winner over Brainstorm.
The Saint Des Saints gelding struck by just over one length, battling gamely from the last to hold on well and a 5lbs rise in the weights for that success could be within his scope despite being a career-high rating.
The form of his earlier runner-up effort at Wincanton on Boxing Day behind Ouro Branco has taken a boost and while he probably needs a shade more here his current good spell of form can see him firmly involved in the finish.
4:10 Newcastle – Quinnbet “Jumpers’ Bumper” National Hunt Flat Race (Div I) (AW) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m½f
RETURN TICKET has been in good form over fences in recent starts, winning two of his last four and Rebecca Menzies can carry that winning form to this discipline.
The Getaway gelding beat Gaelik Coast on his first run following wind surgery at Musselburgh back in November and that one has won since; while he ran better than the bare result latest when possibly stretched by the trip back at Musselburgh on New Years’ Day.
This is his first start in a bumper since he won at Catterick back in December 2017 when trained by the late Malcolm Jefferson and he tackles tapeta for the first time. But the strong-travelling front-runner could make his presence felt here despite the absence of obstacles and representing a yard that does well with its’ runners in this discipline he can get back to winning ways here.
5:30 Wolverhampton – Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 5f
ROCKETT MAN appeared to appreciate the drop to the minimum trip when bettering his previous efforts with a victory at Chelmsford last month and Tom Clover’s charge can follow up here.
The Equiano colt had hinted at ability in a couple of previous runs over six furlongs although he was well-beaten both times, but he showed up better latest to run out a ready victor from Supercontango, scoring by two lengths.
He steps into the handicap ranks now where he could have more to offer and an opening 75 rating certainly isn’t outwith his scope given he is open to plenty of improvement. Further progress ought to see him firmly in the mix and he can add to his tally here.
7:30 Wolverhampton – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 1m1½f
PALLAS DANCER arrives here in search of a hat-trick of wins and the War Command gelding can collect for trainer Brian Ellison.
The switch to cheekpieces and a step up in trip appear to have worked the oracle with the selection who had turned in only moderate efforts prior to getting off the mark over course and distance on Boxing Day with a defeat of Star Of Wells.
He subsequently proved that run to have been no fluke when following up next time at Newcastle over slightly further and there’s every chance he has more to come given he appeared to score a shade readily latest.
It is clear he is progressing well and going the right way and his narrow margins of victory may conceal his progress from the handicapper for a while yet and a 3lbs rise for that latest success might prove lenient. Further improvement is anticipated and he can land his three-timer here.