Another week of racing dawns with five Monday meetings taking place across the UK and Ireland. It’s an early start for National Hunt fans with Musselburgh (11.35-3.35pm) getting things started before further jumps action from Ludlow (12.25-3.55) and Kempton (12.50-3.45). In the afternoon there’s all-weather racing from Dundalk (1.45-5.30) and Chelmsford City (4.15-7.15).
Monday’s nap goes at Ludlow and is fancied to build on two promising efforts over fences under former champion jockey Richard Johnson in a three-mile handicap chase.
Horse racing tips today: Kempton and Ludlow
Enda McElhinney’s Monday makers are below. Scroll down to read the expert analysis behind them.
Odds correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.
Horse racing tips: Ludlow 1.00
Mr Palmtree may prove popular with punters in this three-mile chase as he attempts to make it three wins out of three in handicaps this month after successes at Huntingdon and Hereford.
He looked to have something to spare when scoring by three lengths over a furlong further than today’s trio 13 days ago and is a definite player, but the assessor has hit him with a 12lb hike in the ratings now and he may find this tougher.
Peter’s Portrait was a little fortuitous to be left in the lead when he eventually won by five lengths over course and distance last month and Charlie Longsdon’s seven-year-old also has more on his plate today.
The one that makes most appeal is VOLCANO for trainer Sheila Lewis. He was a bumper winner on his debut at Exeter in 2017 and, despite some pleasing efforts over hurdles in 2018-19 after joining the Nigel Twiston-Davies team, that remains his lone success to date.
He made the switch to this yard last summer but made little impact in his first five hurdle races for his new handler. However this season, following a spin over hurdles, he was second on his chasing debut at Bangor (2m 4½f, soft) late last month.
Volcano gained further experience since at Hereford (3m 1f, good to soft) when staying on eye-catchingly into third in a Beginners’ Chase won by the smart William Henry. He was 33/1 for that assignment and faces a much more manageable task today.
Richard Johnson is back on board for the first time since that debut success and, with Volcano sporting a tongue-tie and cheekpieces, they are fancied to defy a mark of 101.
Tip: Volcano @ 3/1 with bet365
Horse racing tips: Ludlow 2.45
Irish point-to-point winner GET THE APPEAL made a pleasing start to her career under rules for Paul Nicholls when scoring in a Wincanton maiden hurdle 13 months ago, despite some sketchy jumping.
She was disappointing in both starts afterwards in novice company before the season was cut short and it was a similar tale back at Wincanton last month when she stepped up to today’s trip of 2m 5½f for the first time on her handicap bow.
However, she looked set to leave that form well behind this month over the same trip at Exeter (good to soft) when she came with a strong challenge under Harry Cobden only to come down at the second last when travelling best alongside eventual winner Airgead Suas.
That mare had no trouble defying a 6lb rise at Catterick on Friday and, with Team Nicholls in superlative form (32 per cent strike-rate from 62 runners lately), Get the Appeal can make amends here with Lorcan Williams taking 3lb off in this Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle.
Tip: Get The Appeal @ 7/2 with bet365
Horse racing tips: Kempton 2.35
LOCK’S CORNER hasn’t looked back since a wind operation last autumn, winning both subsequent starts over timber and then, after 278 days off, gaining his first win fences at the second attempt at Southwell (2m 4½f, good) in August.
He had plenty in hand that day and went on to defy a 10lb rise in the ratings at Bangor over the same distance in September.
Back over hurdles and upped to 3m at Cheltenham’s Showcase Meeting last month, Lock’s Corner found only one too strong off a mark of 130 in a 17-runner handicap, a benchmark effort for him.
He’s off 134 now back over the larger obstacles but we may not have seen the best of this six-year-old yet and he can carry on under Richie McLernon by accounting for former course-and-distance winner Templepark and Paul Nicholls’ Getareason, his chief market rivals.
Tip: Lock’s Corner @ 4/1 with bet365
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