Racing selections for Monday’s meetings – Best bets on the flat and over the sticks
Racing selections for Monday ‘s meetings
A new week of horse racing action kicks off on Monday with fixtures on the flat and over the sticks for punters to ponder over in pursuit of a few winners and our tipping team has picked out their racing selections for Monday and best bets.
After some cracking racing action over the past week there is plenty more for punters to try to unravel on Monday as a new week gets underway with another round of four meetings on the flat and over the sticks around the country.
The day’s flat racing in the afternoon sees action on the turf at both Bath and Pontefract, while Plumpton is racing over the sticks also in the afternoon. Closing out the day meanwhile in the evening is an all-weather fixture under the floodlights at Wolverhampton on their tapeta surface.
With 31 races in all going to post across the day’s quartet of fixtures our tipping team has picked out their racing selections for Monday and best bets on each racecard.
RACING SELECTIONS FOR MONDAY ’S MEETINGS – BEST BETS ON THE FLAT & OVER THE STICKS
2:20 Pontefract – British Stallion Studs EBF Silver Tankard Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 1m
Quite a few unexposed and promising types in this Listed race but WESTOVER can get back to winning ways having chased home a decent sort at Newbury last time out where he still looked in need of the experience.
Ralph Beckett’s Frankel colt had made a good first impression when beating Bullet Force at Sandown on debut, scoring by just over length and he lost no caste in defeat latest where despite being no match for the winner he had pulled almost five lengths clear of the third.
Likely to have more to offer he can go close here for a yard which has a decent record in the contest and well-drawn he ought to make his presence felt.
3:20 Bath – Racing Welfare For All Of Racing’s People Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m
BRAINS might be worth chancing to get back to winning ways and Jamie Osborne’s charge ought to go well.
The Dandy Man gelding has shown some improved form since having undergone a wind surgery, winning on the all-weather at Lingfield and then doubling up with a ready victory back on turf at Ffos Las in September.
He might have found ten furlongs stretching him last time at Chelmsford when losing out on his hat-trick bid behind Athers, unable to match the winner in the last half-furlong. However back at one mile for this latest outing he could bounce back despite being raised another 2lbs in the weights and no surprise if he were to make his presence felt here.
3:30 Pontefract – Allen Hinchcliffe Memorial Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m2f
SUDONA comes into this race in good form, backing up a pair of runner-up efforts with a win at Beverley last month and the Zoffany mare can follow up here.
David O’Meara’s charge had lost out only narrowly on both of those near-misses before scoring by a head from Graystone having been unlucky on his previous start, getting up close home. That runner-up has won since along with the fifth horse across the line so the form is very fair and a 3lbs rise in the weights is likely to prove workable given she’s placed from higher marks in the past.
With soft ground no issue she’s expected to play a big part in this contest and every chance she can back up that last-time win with another victory here.
3:40 Plumpton – Bob Champion Cancer Trust Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+) 2m3½f
Only three runners but UP THE STRAIGHT gets the vote and the Arcadio gelding can put his chasing experience and rider’s claim to good use by getting back to winning ways.
Richard Rowe’s charge doesn’t have the most inspiring form figures but they don’t tell the whole story and he had been running better than his figures suggest last term, finishing fifth in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chjase and finding only one too good in a Listed chase at Sandown in March.
Last seen finishing fifth in a Grade Two contest at the Cheltenham April meeting he’s been absent since but could be up to making a winning return here with his rider taking off a handy 5lbs. His form last season sets a good standard and this is certainly easier than those assignments so he ought to go well and the dual-winning hurdler can get off the mark over the larger obstacles here.
4:15 Plumpton – Southern Cranes & Access Ltd Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-130) 2m
PETERBOROUGH won off this mark over hurdles a couple of seasons ago and while he’s largely been campaigned over fences since it might be worth chancing the Fuisse gelding to run well back in this sphere.
Evan Williams’ charge won three times over the larger obstacles last summer and he’s ran respectably this term without troubling the judge, possibly stretched last time out at Newton Abbot when finishing fourth of six runners behind Cheltenham De Vaige.
Back in trip for his return to hurdles he has first-time cheekpieces applied here which could help him and he can run well off this mark even if on form he has a bit to do.
7:30 Wolverhampton – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 5f
FOLLOW YOUR HEART can get back to winning ways returning to this surface and the Estidhkaar gelding ought to make his presence felt here.
Kevin Ryan’s charge got back on the scoresheet when going in on heavy ground at Doncaster in July, but disappointed twice subsequently on better ground. However he bounced back with an improved showing back on soft ground at Pontefract latest and if he can build on that he can go close.
He won his only previous start on this surface back in March, beating Stylish Performer who has won twice since and with a tongue-tie now added to the mix he might be able to find some more improvement to feature here.