Horse Racing Tips on Monday, April 4
There are three meetings spread across Britain on Monday, April 4th with the action coming from Redcar, Windsor and Kelso. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across the cards, which make up our advised Monday Lucky 15.
Frog And Toad (1.30 Redcar)
The first division of Redcar’s Welcome Back Annual Badge Holders Handicap sees a whole host of pace angles, and if they expectedly go hard on the front end this could set things up for the finishing kick of FROG AND TOAD.
David O’Meara’s charge comes into this less exposed than most making just his eighth career start.
He has failed to get off the mark thus far, but he went close on handicap debut at Doncaster last summer when bumping into the in-form Qasbaz. Frog And Toad has shown little in three starts since then, but he makes his seasonal reappearance on the back of a wind operation and Danny Tudhope retains familiarities, whilst a mark of 62 is unlikely to prove troublesome if back to anywhere near the level of that Doncaster second.
Many A Star (2.50 Windsor)
MANY A STAR has an incredibly in and out profile, but it’s a testament to this horse’s ability that he was sent off the 9/2J favourite for a 0-95 sprint handicap at Ascot last summer.
Many A Star failed to land the spoils that day, and ultimately ended a brief career with Brian Meehan 0-5, but he showed plenty on his stable debut at Kempton last month when finding only Arousing too strong.
That was the gelding’s first start since August, so he is entitled to come on for the outing, and it seems notable that Cieren Fallon now replaces a 3lb claimer in the saddle.
Although repeatedly tried at 5f last season Many A Star looks at his best over this 6f trip, with both wins gained over this distance, the most recent of those coming off the same mark that he finds himself racing off this afternoon.
Pledge Of Honour (3.25 Windsor)
Dean Ivory hasn’t managed a winner from 24 runners so far this year, but that duck could be about to be broken in Windsor’s Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap courtesy of PLEDGE OF HONOUR.
This son of Shamardal may be winless since September 2020 but has managed to run a number of fine races in defeat since then, including when fourth at Chelmsford in November.
Pledge Of Honour admittedly hasn’t quite matched that level of form the last twice, but those runs brought his all-weather record to 0-8 and he does appear to be a better horse on the grass, with his form figures on good ground or better on turf currently reading 312646.
Pledge Of Honour finds himself 9lb below his last winning mark and has a good draw to his advantage in stall 16, so there’s enough to put him up as the selection here in what looks like an open race.
Knowwhentorun (4.30 Windsor)
The addition of blinkers brought about improvement from KNOWWHENTORUN when fourth at Kempton three starts back, and with the 4yo generally holding his form since then he can be backed to land Monday’s At The Races App Form Study Handicap.
Roger Teal’s Mayson gelding comes into this with a career record of 0-12, but as mentioned he has been knocking on the door on the all-weather of late, including when fifth with cheekpieces reapplied at Wolverhampton last time.
That headgear is retained on his return to turf this afternoon and that last run came over an extended 1m1f, which just appeared to stretch Knowwhentorun’s stamina. Dropping back to a mile looks a big plus here and on Knowwhentorun’s penultimate turf run he finished a fine fourth in a 19-runner Goodwood handicap. That came in 0-85 company, yet Knowwhentorun is running in a 0-75 handicap here and there are surely races to be won with him off a mark of 72.