We had more winners on the football on Saturday than we did at the races.
The two winners were impressive though.
Breton Rock, a Nap selection, won at odds of 7/2 and Kingman won for John Gosden and is now the favourite for the 2000 Guineas in three weeks time.
On Saturday some members were on Kingman at 3/1, 2/1 or 9/4. Kingman was value at any price and looks to be a good bet for the Guineas.
This week racing makes history. The sport is in action on Good Friday for the first time in the UK.
I disagree with this and will not be offering selections for racing at Lingfield or Musselburgh on Friday.
Not for religious reasons, but because there is simply too much racing in the UK already. I am far from alone in leading the ‘quality not quantity’ campaign.
But there is some racing to consider on Monday.
Frankie’s Promise beat Wild Card by four lengths at Newcastle in early March. But he was 9 pounds better off at the handicap that day. On Monday the pair race from level weights, so I would expect AP McCoy to have Wild Card in front this time around.
It’s not a two horse race thought. Tikkandemickey is a former course and distance winner.
Win Wild Card (a bet only if odds against) – 2/1
Definite Appeal won for us at odds of 10/1 last November. That was the last victory and came in a slightly higher class of race from a handicap mark of 96 and with a jockey claiming 5 pounds off. Today’s mark is 90 and with a different jockey claiming 10 pounds off – and this is only a class 5 race.
The last time out Definite Appeal came second. Three quarters of a length behind in third was Gibbstown, which is also in this race today. Definite Appeal is a further 4 pounds better off against that one today and gets a confident vote. Nice price at the moment.
Win (Nap) Definite Appeal 5/1
Sometimes it’s the breeding that attracts punters. Or the jockey. Maybe the form of the trainer. Or simply the past form of the horse.
And sometimes it is the early price.
The 6/1 on offer is the reason I select Ubetterbegood. Robert Cowell is a past master at training sprinters and while a cursory look at the form of the gelding on turf has been nothing to write home about of late; he has been racing at a significantly higher level that this class 4 handicap.
The handicap mark is 4 pounds lower than when last seen racing on turf, in a Class 2 race in which he finished last.
There is no doubt that Muhdiq is a danger.
Win Ubetterbegood 6/1
Breccbennach drops in class of race and a little in the handicap, so has a good chance of landing this.
Secret Missile came third last time out and last time out on turf won by a nose at Bath from a pound lower in the handicap than today.
Marmalady returns to racing after a 196 day absence. The filly is up 6 pounds for a win at Bath when last scene, but does benefit from Ryan Moore being in the saddle today.
Win Marmalady 4/1
Only a class 3 handicap but one of the better looking races on offer on Monday.
With trainer John Gosden in such good form, I am returning to his Blessington to win this. The only time the colt won, we were on. That was back in the summer of 2012 when he won at Goodwood at a price of 15/2. This is the first race on turf since last October, so is no shoe-in.
Not when he is up against the likes of Discussiontofollow and Palace Moon.
Win Blessington 9/2
Peter Chapple-Hyam trains Al Senad and the third placed finish on debut looks a good piece of form.
On breeding, Godolphin look to have a decent looking newcomer in Active Spirit.
But, at the likely better odds (at least I hope so), I shall side with the newbie trained by Mark Johnston. Little Shambles, a filly out of Shamardal.
Win Little Shambles – 6/1
My each way play of the day is on Australia Day.
Returning to flat racing after some respectable performances over hurdles, the 11 year old grey will need to turn back time to win. But, at the current price, he’s worth an each way, small stakes play.
Each Way Australia Day 12/1
That’s all for Monday.
Back with you re racing on Tuesday.
The next football tips will be with you on Thursday for games on Good Friday.