Tips for Monday’s racing action – Best bets at Lingfield, Carlisle, Nottingham and Windsor
Monday horse racing best bets and tips
On the eve of Royal Ascot there are four meetings heading to post across the UK on the flat and we’ve picked out our tips for Monday’s racing and best bets at each fixture.
Punters have four meetings to look forward to across the UK on Monday and one last day to build the Royal Ascot betting bank ahead of the five-day top-class fixture that kicks off on Tuesday.
Monday’s racing action all comes on the flat with the quartet of fixtures throwing up 29 races in total and the afternoon racing sees turf racing on the level at Carlisle and on the Lingfield polytrack.
Meanwhile the evening racing takes in the usual Monday fixture at Windsor which is joined on the agenda by Nottingham.We’ve looked over all four of the day’s racecards to pick out our tips for Monday’s racing and best bets at each fixture.
TIPS FOR MONDAY’S RACING – BEST BETS AT LINGFIELD, CARLISLE, WINDSOR & NOTTINGHAM
1:35 Lingfield – Witheford Barrier Trials 22nd June Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 1m2f
HIGH COMMISSIONER struck either side of four months off the track earlier in the year, scoring at Newcastle last November and returning at Chelmsford in March to double up. Paul Cole’s charge has since bounced back from a lesser run at Newbury in April to twice make the frame and the Australia gelding can get back to winning ways here.
Third at Newmarket behind Aaddeey where he might have been stretched by the tripo he has since gone close at Windsor latest when denied only a half-length by Faisal last month and a 3lbs rise for that run might not be enough to stop him going one better here.
2:30 Carlisle – Watch Race Replays At racingtv.com Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 6f
LANGHOLM hasn’t won for a while but it might be worth chancing Michael Dods’ charge to end his losing streak here.
The Dark Angel gelding wasn’t seen to best effect under an inexperienced amateur at Redcar back at the beginning of the month, but his earlier third to Tommy G at Ayr in May is working out well and he can operate here from 1lb lower having seen that winner go on to register a hat-trick of wins.
Conor Beasley takes over now in the saddle and the five-year old might benefit from stronger handling this time around for all he may prefer a longer trip; but he has shown speed in past efforts and he ought to be competitive if bouncing back from that lesser run last time.
3:20 Lingfield – Visit attheraces.com/ascot Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 6f
BILLY MILL was possibly unsuited by the track at Goodwood last month when chasing a hat-trick of wins, eventually finishing third; but it might be worth giving another chance to Richard Hannon’s charge who had looked progressive beforehand in rattling off a pair of wins.
Those victories came at Wolverhampton and Windsor respectively and he appeared to win with something to spare on the latter occasion; that form has been boosted since and he can do better here.
That latest third-place finish came in a stronger race than this and it would be unfair to judge him solely on that effort having looked ill at ease on the undulations. He may find this flatter, speedier track more to his liking and if handling the polytrack he can resume winning ways.
3:40 Carlisle – Every Race Live On RacingTV Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 1m3f
CLANSMAN is yet to get his head in front after four starts but Jedd O’Keeffe’s charge looks worth chancing to get off the mark here.
The Nathaniel colt has shown ability over shorter trips than this, finishing fourth on his last two starts and he was only beaten just over two lengths at Hamilton latest where he finished with running left.
This step up in trip could unlock another level of improvement in the three-year old and he doesn’t need to find much on form to go close here so a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise and he can open his account here.
6:50 Nottingham – MansionBets Betstival Beaten By A Head “Confined” Handicap (For Horses Which Have Not Won In 2021) Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 5f
TOMSHALFBROTHER can blow hot and colt and is perhaps better on the all-weather than he is on turf with all his wins coming on artificial surfaces.
Robert Cowell’s charge scored the latest of those at Wolverhampton back in September, but he shaped better than the bare result on his return to turf following a break at Pontefract in April and stepped up on that run back on tapeta at Wolverhampton last month where he was denied only by a neck behind Al Asef.
Despite a less than impressive turf record the Sir Percy gelding has posted a couple of fair efforts on grass and while he has been pushed up 2lbs for that recent near-miss he has placed from higher marks in the past on the all-weather so remains with some handicapping scope if he can put his best foot forward.
Grace McEntee takes off a handy 5lbs for this return to the turf and he effectively races from 58 which is certainly workable so there’d be no surprise if he were to get involved here.
7:00 Windsor – Fitzdares Racing Sportsbook Of The Year Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-80) 6f
A Chelmsford winner last August ROYAL MUSKETEER ended his season on a low note when beaten at Salisbury and his reappearance run at Ascot in May was poor although he may have needed that outing.
There was better to come from Charlie Hills’ charge however with that under his belt and the Acclamation colt got back to winning ways at Ripon earlier this month, finishing off strongly from the rear to win going away from General Sago and there could be more to come from him.
He’s been raised 6lbs for that effort and while that Ripon form isn’t working out he ought to remain competitive if able to find some further improvement on the back of that performance.