Monday’s horse racing tips – 15/8 Mystical Knight can score at Hereford

Hereford, Ayr and Chelmsford make up Monday's fixture list of horse racing meetings.

Hereford, Ayr and Chelmsford make up Monday’s fixture list of horse racing meetings.

Brian Healy previews Monday’s horse racing action, and he has tips in every race across the day’s fixtures.

A quiet Monday of horse racing is in store for punters as the action winds down ahead of the Festive period and the busy spell to come following Christmas Day; and there are just three meetings going to post with racing over the sticks from Ayr and Hereford, and all-weather action on the polytrack at Chelmsford.

Hereford (jumps) – 12.35 – 3.40pm (7 races)

Ayr (jumps) – 12.50 – 3.30pm (6 races)

Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 1.45 – 4.50pm (7 races)

HEREFORD

(1.05) SOME INVITATION (4/1, Bet365) looked far from the finished article when making a winning debut at Wetherby last month, but sure to come on for the experience Dan Skelton’s charge can follow up.

The Presenting gelding had one length to spare at the line when beating Monbeg Charmer, looking green under pressure but having enough in the tank to get up towards the line. The pair had drawn some way clear, and despite making a mistake two out he looked a potentially smart sort.

That outing won’t have been lost on him, and sure to improve for that run he can go close in what looks an above-average contest.

Rebecca Curtis can get amongst the Hereford winners with Mystical Knight.

Rebecca Curtis can get amongst the Hereford winners with Mystical Knight.

(2.05) The Rebecca Curtis team have been quiet of late following their early-season purple patch, but MYSTICAL KNIGHT (15/8, Bet365) may be able to provide a shot-in-the-arm by winning this contest on his return to action.

The Kayf Tara gelding was a winner between the flags for Colin Bowe prior to joining this yard, and he went on to score in two of his three outings in bumpers and over hurdles prior to finding the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree to much; but he could the type to thrive over fences given his point-to-point background, and a winning debut over the larger obstacles wouldn’t come as a surprise.

12.35 – Ballyegan

1.05 – Some Invitation

1.35 – Hoo Bally Diva

2.05 – Mystical Knight

2.40 – Centurius

3.10 – Redmond

3.40 – Wellingtonbridge

AYR

(1.55) SPOILS OF WAR (4/1, Bet365) could have more to come over fences after just two previous starts in this sphere, stepping up considerably on his Musselburgh debut to chase home Halcyon Days at Hexham earlier in the month.

Lucinda Russell’s charge is seeking a first career win, but he showed enough last time to suggest that a breakthrough win may not be far away when finishing six lengths behind that thriving rival who has gone in again since.

Placed between the flags when trained in Ireland by David Harvey prior to joining this yard, this longer trip could bring about some improvement as he makes only his third start over the larger obstacles, and entitled to progress he could be the answer.

Ayr are racing on Monday.

Ayr are racing on Monday.

(2.30) It could be worth chancing PLUS JAMAIS (7/1, Bet365) to resume winning ways having looked in the grip of the handicapper over fences for much of last term, but who takes a slight drop in grade for this outing over the smaller obstacles and who could be well-treated.

A three-time winner for Jim Goldie, all of which came at this venue the Caballo Raptor gelding shaped well on his first start for new handler Iain Jardine when finding only Revocation too strong at Newcastle last month. Entitled to strip fitter for the return, he has proven in the past he gets this three miles trip well enough, and this mark could be within reach if able to translate his chase form back over the smaller obstacles.

12.50 – Robbing The Prey

1.20 – Titian Boy

1.55 – Spoils Of War

2.30 – Plus Jamais

3.00 – Big River

3.30 – Sam’s River

CHELMSFORD

(2.15) KINGOFMERROWS (7/2, Bet365) probably failed to stay the seven furlongs on his debut run for Jamie Osborne, but the Kodiac colt quickly bounced back down in trip to register a good third of ten runners behind Medahim at Kempton earlier in the month, and if building on that outing he can get off the mark.

Placed twice previously for David Evans, including over this course and distance behind Dubai Elegance, he boasts solid claims on form and while likely to face competition for the lead he should be thereabouts again.

Chelmsford's Monday fixture is one of three on the day.

Chelmsford’s Monday fixture is one of three on the day.

(3.20) VICENZO COCCOTTI (6/1, Bet365) wasn’t seen to best effect when denied in his hat-trick bid at Wolverhampton earlier in the month, being caught further back than ideal and perhaps being given too much to do behind Severus; but Ken Cunningham-Brown’s charge had earlier posted back-to-back wins at that venue and over course and distance, and the Speightstown gelding can bounce back.

While he possibly has little room to manoeuvre off this mark, he wasn’t beaten far at the line when finishing fifth last time – just over three lengths behind the winner – and with the runner-up and fourth both winning since to give the form a boost, he could still have something to offer and remain competitive as he bids to get back on the scoresheet.

1.45 – Dazacam

2.15 – Kingofmerrows

2.50 – Holiday Magic

3.20 – Vincenzo Coccotti

3.50 – Kenstone

4.20 – Candesta

4.50 – Paper Faces