Monday UK racing tips – Best bets for Plumpton, Ayr and Wolverhampton
Free racing tips for Monday’s UK meetings
As we enter the month of March on Monday thoughts now turn towards the Cheltenham Festival which is little over two weeks away. But there’s still plenty of horse racing action to take place between now and the greatest show on turf and we’ve picked out our Monday racing best bets and tips.
A new week of horse racing action kicks off on Monday as the road to the 2021 Cheltenham Festival grows shorter and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – the first race of the Festival – is only 15 days away.
The day’s fixture list sees racing action over the sticks from Plumpton and Ayr, while Wolverhampton are racing on their all-weather surface in the evening. We’ve looked over each of the day’s trio of fixtures to pick out our Monday racing best bets and tips.
MONDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR PLUMPTON, AYR & WOLVERHAMPTON
1:30 Plumpton – R.A.B.I./Joan Collison Memorial Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 2m
CROOKS PEAK was a smart hurdler for Philip Hobbs and it remains fairly early days for the Arcadio gelding following his move to Dan Skelton.
He’s had five starts for the yard although he’s shown little in three runs over timber for the in-form handler and twice finished fourth in jumpers’ bumpers at Kempton and Lingfield.
His mark continues to slide however and he takes a drop in class for this latest outing; he could be worth chancing then to get back on track and if he were to turn up here near his best he’d likely take plenty of beating.
There are risks however and he’s looked reticent in his last few hurdles starts although perhaps his runs on the all-weather might rekindle a spark and on his old form he’s well handicapped.
2:40 Plumpton – horseracingbetting.co.uk Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m1f
JACKSON HILL has been consistent this term, making the frame in his last six starts over hurdles and fences and the Jeremy gelding even managed a win at Wincanton in January.
Heavy ground was possibly against him latest when runner-up back at Wincanton, finding less than looked likely having travelled well into the contest. However Miton Harris’ charge can quickly bounce back here on better ground which he handles well and racing off the same mark he might be able to get back on track.
With a good 3lbs claimer on his back he could be set for a big run here and the consistent sort ought to go close.
3:05 Ayr – Ayrshire Cancer Support Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-140) 2m½f
REIVERS LAD was in with every chance when coming to grief at Haydock when last seen in January but if he’s none the worse for that spill Nicky Richards’ charge could get back on track.
A three-time hurdles winner during the 2016/17 season he pulled up in a Grade One at Aintree and was absent for more than 600 days before returning with a win over fences at Newcastle where be beat Cool Mix.
The veteran Alflora gelding was subsequently absent for a further two years prior to making that Haydock return and he should be sharper now with that spin. His jumping wasn’t always fluent but that might have been down to a lack of sharpness and he can do better.
He competes here against rivals of whom several have a question to answer and assuming he’s none the worse for his tumble last time he can get back to winning ways.
3:15 Plumpton – Call Star Sports On 08000 521 321 Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 3m1f
It might be worth chancing MIDNIGHT AURORA who has scored her last two wins at around this distance and there was glimpses of a return to form by Dan Skelton’s charge when last seen finishing sixth at Musselburgh on New Years’ Day.
The Midnight legend mare has registered each of her last two wins on good ground, the latter coming at Huntingdon when sporting first-time cheekpieces and her first few runs this term came over a trip short of her best. However faced with more of a test of stamina and the return of the headgear she ran better in defeat latest where the soft ground might have been against her.
She has a better surface here and the headgear is retained while the trip also suits and the handicapper might have taken a chance easing her another 2lbs in the weights. With her yard in top form she can go close here.
4:10 Ayr – Thank You NHS Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 2m4½f
KALAHARRY struck his last career win at this venue last January after which the Kalanisi gelding made the frame in all three outings which included over fences at Kelso.
Alistair Whillans’ charge was entitled to need his return over this course and distance in December and he ran well in defeat when last seen over an inadequate trip at Carlisle behind Miss Amelia where he was beaten five lengths.
He’ll appreciate the return to this longer trip and while he’s racing here from 1lb out of the weights he might be able to get off the mark if posting a repeat of that latest run.
5:50 Wolverhampton – Betway Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 6f
FIZZY FEET won four times times last term of which one came over this course and distance and the Footstepsinthesand mare can get back on track.
David Loughnane’s charge has been in good form of late, scoring a narrow victory over Brian The Snail at Lingfield two starts ago an then finding only one too good in Exalted Angel latest in a Listed contest back at that venue earlier in February.
He was run down close home by the winner having made most in the Kachy Stakes where he had Aberama Gold and Summerghand behind her and only 1lb higher back in a handicap he could take some pegging back from the front.
6:50 Wolverhampton – Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 5f
ELECTRIC BLUE ran out a ready winner when last seen scoring over this trip at Chelmsford earlier in the month and James Tate’s charge can follow up that success.
Placed four times over the summer on the all-weather and turf she turned in his only disappointing run when down the field in a valuable sales race at Newmarket in October where she might not have been suited by the softer ground.
However having been given a break following that effort the Gleneagles filly opened her account with a two lengths’ defeat of Tributo latest and that one boosted the form subsequently. She could have more to offer now she’s got her head in front and she competes here from the same mark so might well prove a tough nut to crack back in a handicap despite the presence of hat-trick seeking Jacattack in opposition.