Horse racing tips: Three bets for Monday's racing action

By Harry Allwood@harry_allwood
Mon 20 Sep 2021

Harry Allwood has a trio of fancies at Leicester and Wolverhampton on Monday as he bids to get the week off to a profitable start.

3.10 Leicester: Nomadic Empire at a general 5-1

This three-year-old has been set some difficult tasks this year and fared better than the bare result when upped to six furlongs last time out as he travelled well, and had to wait for a gap, before the extra furlong took its toll.

The drop back to five furlongs here is a positive and he previously caught the eye when denied a clear run in a strong handicap at York.

He has recorded just one win from 15 starts, but I don’t think there is anything wrong with Nomadic Empire's attitude and he has been given a chance by the handicapper.

This also represents a drop-in class and he was narrowly denied off a 1lb higher mark when he last contested this grade, plus also finished runner-up in a couple of similar races to this earlier in the season off higher marks.

Title-chasing William Buick is an eye-catching jockey booking and the ground conditions will be ideal, so I expect connections will be disappointed if their charge is not able to take advantage of a good opportunity here.

5.30 Wolverhampton: Kingsholm at a general 5-2

Kingsholm has caught the eye on his past two starts in 0-90 handicaps and looks the one to beat in this 0-75 contest.

The four-year-old was hampered and asked for his effort early enough on the first of those occasions and was only worn down inside the final furlong last time out when wearing a first-time visor.

He now finds himself on a 1lb lower mark than his victory over course and distance in a 0-80 handicap last year under Cieren Fallon where he raced prominently, and I expect the same tactics to be deployed here as he should be able to get a good position from stall three.

Fallon has been operating at a strike-rate of 23 per cent in the past fortnight and is back on board Kingsholm on Monday plus James Fanshawe has had two winners and four horses placed from his past eight runners.

The selection wears a visor again here and is two from three at Wolverhampton, so he ought to prove hard to peg back once he kicks for home.

6.30 Wolverhampton: Tomshalfbrother each-way at 12-1 with Paddy Power and Betfair

This does not look the strongest contest on paper and a chance is taken on Tomshalfbrother who was narrowly beaten off this rating over course and distance in May.

It is best to forgive his effort next time out as he never looked happy dropping back to the minimum trip on fast ground and was off the bridle for most of the way.

He returns from a 98-day absence on Monday, and something has presumably been amiss as he has only had three starts this year. However, he endured a similar break before going close at Newcastle last year, so I am not too worried that he lacks a recent run, and he has been dropped to a rating of 61 since his last outing.

Robert Cowell’s charge last scored off a pound lower in the same grade as this over course and distance and his form figures at Wolverhampton read 312.

I have been impressed with Grace McEntee this season and the promising apprentice takes a useful 5lb off, which is another positive, and the selection is worth chancing each-way at double-figure odds, despite not having the most favourable draw in stall eight.

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