Five meetings launch a new week of racing. The Flat continues to hold sway for now, with action from Hamilton (1.00-4.00pm), Bath (2.20-5.50) and Newcastle (3.55-8.15, all-weather), while there are National Hunt meetings in Ireland at Roscommon (1.15-4.15) and Newton Abbot (2.10-5.10).
Monday’s nap comes from Ireland as Willie Mullins and Paul Townend look for graded honours with the improving mare Andalusa in a Grade 3 Novice Chase at 3.15.
Horse racing tips today from Hamilton, Newton Abbot and Roscommon
Enda McElhinney’s Monday best bets are below. Scroll down to read the expert analysis that led him to his picks.
Odds correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.
Horse racing tips today: Roscommon, 3.15 – Andalusa can strike again
A decent jumps card in Ireland this afternoon is headlined by the Grade 3 Kilbegnet Novice Chase and it’s no surprise that the champion trainer and jockey are in the market for a winner.
Willie Mullins and Paul Townend team up with the mare ANDALUSA, who bids to supplement her impressive success at Listowel eight days ago by making her mark in a higher grade.
Townend was full of praise for the five-year-old after that success in Co Kerry, in which she galloped away from her rivals through the middle part of the race and never looked back, winning by 16 lengths from the useful-looking Joseph O’Brien-trained favourite Anything Will Do.
Andalusa also won by a wide margin at Tramore last month in a novice contest, a success that was – rightly or wrongly – labelled as being somewhat fortuitous as market leader Mystery Stowaway came to grief at the second last. By that stage already Mystery Stowaway was already being shoved along and it’s probable the winner was in front, regardless of that mishap.
The manner of victory at Listowel suggested a mare going places. She may face competition for the early lead here but her six rivals will do well to go at her pace. Benruben for Rachael Blackmore and Henry De Bromhead is the one to fear but the Closutton team may have the answers again.
Tip: Andalusa @ 5/4 with bet365
Horse racing tips today: Hamilton 3.30 – Make mine Mina
Trainer Julie Camacho has a remarkable record with runners at Hamilton Park, showing a 39 per cent strike-rate (9-23) with her runners here in the last five years.
That impressive figure could go up a notch this afternoon when MINA VELOUR bids to win the Flower of Scotland Fillies’ Handicap over six furlongs.
The Garswood filly has only had two starts since joining the yard from Bryan Smart and shaped nicely in a big field against the boys at Thirsk 24 days ago, running on well in the closing stages to take third.
She runs from the same mark of 72 in this much-reduced field against her own sex and the forecast good ground is also a positive for her. She has only finished out of the money once in seven career starts so far and can surely defy this rating before long.
Mick Appleby’s Zim Baby was a rather luckless third at Pontefract 11 days ago having met plenty of trouble in running and will more than likely go off as favourite but the older filly, who receives weight here, may prove too strong for the three-year-old.
Tip: Mina Velour @ 5/2 with bet365
Horse racing tips today: Newton Abbot 4.10 – Drop in trip suits D’Arque horse
There was plenty to like about the way MONSIEUR D’ARQUE opened his account over fences at Market Rasen in July, winning by eight lengths after a layoff.
His next start, in a four-runner race at Fontwell, proved disappointing but that may have been down to the soft ground.
He backed up that theory last week at Warwick, travelling well before finishing second to Templepark for the thriving Fergal O’Brien yard. It appeared too as though the 2m 4f trip might just have been on the stiff side for Dan Skelton’s charge.
Monsieur D’Arque drops in trip this afternoon at Newton Abbot from an unchanged mark of 125 and, with conditions looking favourable, can get back to winning ways.
The form of Scardura’s Stratford second in July is very strong, ensuring he’s rated a danger, but Neil Mulholland’s six-year-old didn’t get beyond the first when favourite at Perth on his only run since and that’s a worry.
Colin Tizzard’s Pingshou, rated 140, is giving away a lot of weight on his return from 268 days off and, with fitness on his side, Monsieur D’Arque and Harry Skelton look to have the optimum opportunity to strike today.
Tip: Monsieur D’Arque @ 12/5 with BetVictor
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