With five meetings taking place across the UK it’s a busy Monday and Racing TV is the place to watch most of the action with our cameras at four of those venues, including Carlisle which is where I’m heading for all four of Monday’s selections.
The tips are made up of a couple of horses from what I hope is a strong form line from Leicester three weeks ago, a well handicapped horse with a good record at the track who shaped with encouragement on his return to action and another who was unlucky in running last time and looks to be attractively weighted.
Uncle Charlie shaped with promise on his reappearance at Thirsk, travelling kindly on the outside, briefly getting into contention inside the last couple of furlongs before dropping away as if the run were needed.
A winner on his second start of the season in each of the past two years, that return to action should have put him spot on and he now returns to a track where he won twice last term.
The second of those victories was over course and distance off the same mark as he runs off on Monday so he’s become well-handicapped again and with his best form coming in strongly run races, the forecast strong gallop should set the race up well for him.
Having shown steady improvement during three outings as a juvenile, Ramesses took another step forward when making a winning handicap debut at Leicester last time (watch above).
In clocking a good time figure that day, he marked himself down as a horse who will still be well handicapped once reassessed and a 6lb rise in the weights for the victory is unlikely to be enough to stop this well-bred and unexposed three-year-old, especially as most of that extra burden is negated by the 5lb claim of his excellent young rider Sean Davis.
He’s a short price but fully warrants those odds.
Wild Hope made a fairly encouraging return when third to the well handicapped Ramesses (see above) at Leicester last time and should go well at fair odds in an open race. The time of the race at Leicester, plus the profile of those that came to the fore, suggests it was a strong race for the grade and with the pick of his two-year-old form also reading well Wild Hope could be on an attractive mark.
The way he travelled on his return when he was responsible for pressing a good gallop from an early stage is another pointer towards him potentially having a bit up his sleeve and similar tactics on Monday could see him well positioned and he’s worth backing each-way.
David O’Meara has his team in excellent form and can strike again with the well-bred Star Shield.
A novice winner for Roger Varian last term, Star Shield’s pedigree suggests he should be a good bit better than a handicap mark in the mid 70s and he shaped like a horse who was nicely ahead of his mark at Musselburgh last time.
Having travelled well, he was short of room at a crucial point as the race developed and finished with plenty more to give having not been knocked about.
Off the same mark, he appeals as the best-handicapped horse in the race and looks like the type to suited by this stiffer track so will be hard to beat if turning up in the same form granted a bit more luck in running.