Racing tips on Monday 16 August – Best bets for the day’s UK racing fixtures
Racing tips on Monday 16 August
A new week of UK horse racing action gets underway on Monday and four meetings make up the day’s schedule; we’ve picked out our top racing tips on Monday at each meeting.
As a new week of UK horse racing kicks off on Monday with an eye to the York Ebor Festival later in the week there are four meetings going to post around the country over the sticks and on the flat for punters to take in in their quest for winners.
The day’s flat racing action comes from the cards at Catterick on turf and Lingfield on the all-weather in the afternoon; while in the evening there is further flat racing from Windsor as well as a fixture over the sticks from Bangor.
In all 26 races will unfold across the day’s fixtures around the country and we’ve picked out our top racing tips on Monday and best bets for the action from each meeting.
RACING TIPS ON MONDAY 16 AUGUST – BEST BETS AT LINGFIELD, CATTERICK, WINDSOR & BANGOR
2:05 Lingfield – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Classified Stakes Cl6 (3yo+ 0-50) 1m
HABANERO STAR is yet to win but the Mayson filly has gone close on her last couple of runs and could shed her maiden tag here.
Gay Kelleway’s charge has finished runner-up in each of her last two starts at Yarmouth, latterly bumping into a well-handicapped rival but in turn beating one of today’s opponents in a race where she was arguably given too much to do.
She ran on really well that day but was no match for the winner; however she could go one better with a repeat of that effort back on polytrack where she’s only 2lbs higher in the weights and no surprise if she were to make her presence felt.
2:40 Lingfield – Free Tips On attheraces.com Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 7f
SMOOTH SPIRIT could be hard to stop from following up his latest success last time out and the Charm Spirit gelding can follow up here.
James Ferguson’s charge has a good record on the all-weather with a win and place at Wolverhampton and his latest victory over this course and distance earlier in the month where he prevailed by a nose from Sunset, holding on well despite hanging left on the run-in.
First-time blinkers are applied now which could help to sharpen him up and he’s only been pushed up 1lb in the weights for that recent success so every chance he can repeat the dose here.
2:55 Catterick – Watch Racing TV Now Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-65) 7f
HACHERT has been in good form of late, making the frame in each of his last three outings and Jennie Candlish’s charge can resume winning ways here.
A Wolverhampton winner back in June the Lope De Vega gelding also made the frame twice there either side of a lesser run on turf at Haydock. However he has shown improved form back on turf since with a pair of runner-up efforts the last twice including behind the reopposing Mr Strutter over this course and distance in July.
That form is working out quite well and he meets his old adversary on 4lbs better terms for less than one length so he ought to be capable of overturning that form here, while he’s unchanged in the ratings following his latest near miss at Leicester.
4:35 Catterick – racingtv.com Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 5f
REFUGE hasn’t won since scoring at Musselburgh last October but recent outings suggest Mick Easterby’s charge could be about to strike and the Harbour Watch gelding could get some reward for a number of decent recent runs.
He’s finished runner-up in his last two outings at Wolverhampton and Musselburgh where he’s been beaten a neck and three-parts of a length respectively, finishing behind a subsequent winner on the former occasion and he can turn in another solid run here despite being raised 2lbs in the weights.
He has shown he can be capable of a big run from this mark already and there’d be no surprise in seeing him in the mix again here.
6:05 Bangor – Book A Wedding At Bangor-On-Dee Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (3yo+ 0-120) 2m½f
This could be set up for HURRICANE ALI who can pick up the pieces of what could be a fast-run race with a number of contenders for the lead in opposition.
John Mackie’s charge has been in good heart over hurdles in recent times, winning three of his last four starts at Southwell and Uttoxeter, latterly when running out a three lengths’ winner over El Borracho at the Midlands venue in May; he’s since run creditably on the flat and resumes over timber from 6lbs higher despite appearing to win readily when last seen in this sphere.
A few of these rivals like to go forward so the Alhebayeb gelding could have the contest run to suit and with Brian Hughes back in the saddle the pair can combine for another success.
6:35 Bangor – Burridge Trophies Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-115) 3m
KABRIT has taken his form up a level since switching to the larger obstacles, winning both starts at Worcester and Uttoxeter and Alistair Ralph’s charge can continue to improve in this sphere.
A fair performer over hurdles the Mastercraftsman gelding hasn’t won either chase start by far, but his latest success hinted at better still to come as he won cheekily under Nick Scholfield who retains the partnership and a 5lbs rise in the weights for that last win could prove lenient given he’s open to plenty of progress.
This is a bit tougher but he’s one who is very much going the right way over fences and with the potential for improvement looks worth sticking with to make it 3-3.
6:55 Windsor – New Homes @ edengrove-londonroad.co.uk Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m2f
GLEN ESK has been thriving of late, winning his last three starts and Chris Wall’s charge can continue in good heart to land the odds again here.
Two of those successes have come at this venue, latterly beating Photograph by a neck earlier this month where he scored readily despite racing away from the pace.
He’s only up 2lbs for that latest victory which leaves him still on a very workable rating and with potential for better still the Kyllachy gelding could continue his progress and register another victory despite this being a slightly higher grade.