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Today’s Racing News: Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to Ayr they go!

It’s a very quiet Monday with just three meetings for us to take a look at. The sole jumps action comes from Ayr, while Kempton and Wolverhampton both hold all-weather meetings.

It’s a far cry away from this weekends bonanza, but racing, nevertheless, and there are one or two angles it could pay to exploit.

Money Talk

Money Talk continues to highlight the Betfair Sportsbook big-money moves to keep you in the loop. This section highlights market moves between 1:00 am and 9:00 am.

13:05 Ayr – Blakerigg 14/1 into 17/2
13:40 Ayr – High Stakes 11/4 into 2/1
18:00 Wolverhampton – Pomelo 3/1 into 11/4

The morning market drifters !

Which horse(s) are on the drift on the Betfair Sportsbook?

13:05 Ayr – Ardera Cross 7/2 OUT 4/1
13:40 Ayr – Famous Bridge 5/2 OUT 3/1
14:45 Ayr – Sunset West 7/4 OUT 11/4

Mark your card

The Betfair Sportsbook is paying extra places today!

At Kempton in the 13:25, jockey Rossa Ryan and trainer Ralph Beckett will look to keep up their excellent 43% strike rate at this venue with Centrallia 3.02/1.

Trainer Andrew Balding and Jockey David Probert have scored three times from nine runners when partnering in the last 21 days. Today they partner with Whimsy 17.016/1 in the 13:25 and Reticent 11.010/1 in the 13:55 at Kempton.

Trainer’s Simon and Ed Crisford have one runner at Kempton today with Chance 4.57/2 in the 14:25 Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Handicap. The pair have a 21% strike rate with their four-year-old plus runners.

At Wolverhampton in the 17:00 Betway Handicap, Marnie James 3.02/1 takes a drop in class after a step back in the right direction behind an improver over course and distance and will look to reverse the recent form with Night On Earth 1.84/5. Marnie James is now 15 pounds below his last winning handicap mark from 2018.

Trainer Charlie Appleby has an excellent 32% strike rate at Wolverhampton. He saddles just one runner, A’Shaari 2.47/5, in the 18.00 Play Coral Racing-Super-Series For Free EBF Fillies’ Handicap.

At Ayr in the 13:05, trainer William Young Jr will be hoping to boost his 25% strike rate over fences with Ardera Cross 4.03/1, who goes in search of his fifth-course win.

Operation Overlord 2.56/4 in the 14:10 represents owner JP McManus who has a 19% strike rate with runners at Ayr. He is also the least exposed in the field and makes his handicap debut.

Non-handicap favourites at Ayr have a 56% strike rate. Races one and six are where you want to be looking for those today.

Trainer Nicky Richards has a 33% strike rate in bumpers at Ayr. Today he saddles two in the 15:20 Don’t Miss A Beat With RacingTV National Hunt Flat Race. River Meadow 6.05/1 and Gege Ville 21.020/1.

Horses for courses

This section highlights horses that have won twice or more at today’s tracks and could be in with a chance today.

13:05 Ayr – Ardera Cross – Has won here four times (40%)
14:25 Kempton – Uzincso – Has won here six times (67%)
14:45 Ayr – Grand Morning – Has won here three times (75%)
17:30 Wolverhampton – Hooflepuff – Has won here six times (38%)

Weighted to go well

“Weighted to go well” highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.

12:50 Kempton – Agent Of Fortune – Has won off 76 runs off 55
13:05 Ayr – Ardera Cross – Has won off 125 runs off 97
15:35 Kempton – Too Shy Shy – Has won off 69 runs off 58
16:10 Kempton – Double Legend – Has won off 58 runs off 48

Form Watch

This section highlights a trainer, owner or jockey who is in excellent current form and their runners or rides for the day.

Trainer Roger Teal has had three winners from his last seven runners in the past 14 days for a 43% strike rate. Today he has two runners at Kempton and one at Wolverhampton.

Furthest traveller

Five trainers travel more than 300 miles to Ayr today. Here are the top three…

Trainer Milton Harris is the furthest traveller, though, and sends one horse to Ayr after an early morning non-runner, and that horse is Knowwhentoholdem 5.04/1 in the 15:20. Harris makes the 369-mile journey.

Others making the long trip to Ayr include Colin Bowe, with his only runner in the 15:20 Golden De Coeur 3.55/2 – 359 miles.

Trainer Warren Greatrex also has one in the 15:20 Bold Soldier 7.06/1 and High Stakes 2.89/5 in the 13:40357 miles.

Race of the day

We head to Wolverhampton for today’s feature race mainly in part because of the unknown weather conditions at Ayr, with overnight frost or snow likely to play havoc. The 18:00 Play, Coral Racing-Super-Series For Free EBF Fillies’ Handicap, looks like a good handicap to get stuck into for a Monday, though with all of the six runner field in with a shout.



Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Jockey: Adam Kirby
Age: 3
Weight: 9st 6lbs
OR: 88

A’Shaari has been off the track for 164 days and failed to build on her debut promise at Newmarket last August in three subsequent runs, albeit in two Listed contests and the Sandringham at Royal Ascot off a two-pound higher mark.

She remains one to be positive about for a yard that have an excellent record at this venue, and this is much calmer waters on return.

She needs to take a step forward, though, and her price looks on the short side for one who has a bit to prove, including on this surface for the first time.



Trainer: James Fanshawe
Jockey: P. J. McDonald
Age: 5
Weight: 9st 3lbs
OR: 82

It was a bit disappointing that Serenading didn’t fully go through with her effort at Newcastle last time when well-positioned to capitalise off this handicap mark at a venue she has a good record.

She traded low in the running, and there looked to be very few excuses for her in truth, and this race has a few more unexposed rivals.

She is on a workable handicap mark on the balance of her form, but she flatters to deceive and may prove vulnerable to something a little less exposed.



Trainer: Ralph Beckett
Jockey: Rob Hornby
Age: 3
Weight: 9st 7lbs
OR: 89

Pomelo was well behind A’Shaari in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot when last seen, although it’s unlikely that heavy ground would have been to her liking on that occasion.

However, that does give her profile a patchy look, but she is another to remain positive about, given she has only had four starts, including a course victory.

She can race a little free, but she is one of the likelier types to come to the fore in this contest.

Big race verdict

Arriviste could bounce back returned to the all-weather surface, so she must be feared, and Goddess Of Fire is reliable, but this can go to the unexposed course winner POMELO. Ralph Beckett’s filly offered plenty of promise when scoring in good style here last season, and that form has worked out well, so she gets the vote to return to winning ways.

Timeform offer up three of their best at Kempton

Timeform’s Andrew Asquith highlights a Nap, Next Best and Each-Way selection at Kempton on Monday.

Read Timeform tips here.

Cheltenham Festival Focus – 25/1 shot the forgotten value

Missed this weeks Cheltenham Festival Focus? Not to worry, you can find it below. We also examine what Jonbon achieved at Newbury amongst a host of other performances from the week gone by.

Read Cheltenham Focus here.

Final Word

A simply stunning performance from Honeysuckle at the weekend was one of the things that brought the racing Twitter community together for a split moment in time.

Don’t worry, most went back to the arguing and moaning a couple of minutes later, but it was nice for a moment to see racing celebrate such a wonderful mare.

Thirteen wins from 13 races is a fantastic feat, especially for a mare. It’s usually something we don’t appreciate until a few years down the line on reflection. Still, there was a moment on Sunday where it felt as though she was finally officially welcomed into the arms of the public with her seasonal return spectacular.

It felt as though she was saying, “Are you entertained now?”

She didn’t capture the public’s affection last term for whatever reason, but she is undeniably one of the greatest mares we have seen grace a racecourse.

Until tomorrow, be lucky.

Follow Daryl Carter on Twitter @DarylCarter7

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