Horse racing tips: Harry Allwood's best bets for Monday

By Harry Allwood@harry_allwood
Mon 23 May 2022

Racing TV's Harry Allwood has two selections at Leicester plus one at Windsor as he seeks to get the week off to a profitable start on Monday.

2.50 Leicester: Global Esteem at a general 15-2

Global Esteem hasn’t always been the most consistent, but he’s had excuses on his past two starts and now finds himself on his last winning mark.

Chris Dwyer’s charge produced a career best to win a 0-90 handicap last year off his rating of 81 and, although he has won on soft in the past, I’m not convinced he has shown his best with cut in the ground over the past couple of seasons.

I’m also not sure that he’s at his best on the all-weather, either – he’s 0-8 on an artificial surface – and his two victories last year came on good ground.

Conditions will be ideal for him on Monday, and he has gone close over this course and distance before plus Silvestre de Sousa is a positive jockey booking.

The selection does like to get on with things and while Katie’s Kitten and Eponina are likely to challenge him for the lead, he is worth risking at his current odds.

3.50 Leicester: Cliffs Of Fury at 6-1 with William Hill

Despite not getting his head in front from five starts, this youngster has shown plenty of promise in defeat and looks capable of winning a race at this grade.

He was beaten two lengths on his third start by a rival who won a handicap off a rating of 81 on his next outing and Cliffs Of Fury probably faced an impossible task behind the fast-improving Surrey Mist - who has since finished second in the London Gold Cup – next time out.

TJ Kent’s gelding was pitched into a 0-95 contest on his handicap debut at Newmarket this month where, despite not handling the track that well, he still managed to finish second and drops in grade here.

This will be his first start over 12 furlongs, but he finished second over 1m3f two starts ago and was staying on under pressure on that occasion, so it’s unlikely this extra trip will be a hinderance to him.

With the likelihood of more to come, he should be competitive off a pound higher here with Silvestre de Sousa in the saddle.

7.10 Windsor: Sweet Reward at 11-2 with Bet365

Sweet Reward bumped into an improved rival when second over course and distance last time out and he’s shown enough on his past couple of starts to suggest he’s capable of winning a handicap off a rating of 84.

Jonathan Portman’s consistent performer was last successful off a rating of 81 in a similar contest to this last year and ran well in a 0-100 handicap on his penultimate start this season.

His draw in stall one should not pose a problem and although he may not have a huge amount in hand, he ought to be on the premises once again.

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