Horse Racing tips: Your best plays for a Bank holiday Monday across the tracks

Here's 4 that top tipster Paul Jacobs hopes can score to kick off the week in style.

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14:16 Windsor – Son And Sannie

Only a small field for this opening 5f handicap and despite there being just the six entries, there is a load of pace here headed of course by the hugely in form The Defiant who could still be on a workable mark on the turf after multiple wins on the all-weather.

But Son and Sannie could be thrown in if he were able to find a semblance of his form from 2020. Since his last success off a mark of 78 at Wolverhampton, this top weight has visited the race course on no less than 16 occasions, placed since off 75 and he now finds himself set to run off a rating off 68 and into class five company.

His last run, at Southwell, was way better than his finishing position of eighth of 14 and I just get the feeling that he is coming to the boil and the booking of Harry Davies in this apprentice race is also a massive plus along with his likely price in such a small field line-up.


14:55 Curragh – Tawny Coster

A fascinating race with the unbeaten course and distance winner Dark Vega having only a second start. That success has since been cemented after the second won this season and the fourth has been second twice since as well; the market will be a good guide to her chance.

However, Irish 1,000 Guineas entry Perfect Thunder could pose a bigger danger to Tawny Coster after landing her maiden here in March. That run came on yielding ground, but based on her breeding and action, she shouldn’t have a problem on this spring surface. However, those two will be priced accordingly and will make the market for our selection.

True, she has started at 20/1, 50/1 and 100/1 on her three starts, but she was a huge eye catcher last time out when a never nearer fourth of 16 at Gowran Park. An opening mark of 72 looks very playable with. I shall be having a saver on Perfect Thunder and a reverse forecast with the selection.




15:41 Bath – Gargle

This three-year-old handicap over an extended 1m 2f has two or three entries that could rate significantly higher come the height of the summer months, notably Kharshuf and the disappointing to date, Aryaah. The last-named has raced over a mile on his last three starts, but gets to run over this extended trip for the first time.

Despite being by Dandy Man out of a Dark Angel mare, the grey gelding looks as though he could defy that breeding by the manner of those performance and any positive move in the market place should be duly noted. The handicapper has been more than fair by leaving him on a mark of 60 after a bad passage in the run at Windsor and not getting the pace in the race he needed at Wetherby.

I make him the biggest danger to the Richard Hannon charge. Gargle is less exposed than his big danger with just four runs under her belt. Richard had a nice winner here last week and you can mark up her fourth of 12 at Salisbury last time out as she saw way too much daylight early on and was then badly outpaced at the three pole, before keeping on nicely under hands and heels under Sean Levey.

15:51 Beverley – Zihaam

Plenty of these have form over this stiff 1m 2f (four course and distance winners) and with plenty of pace in the race, this will be a proper test from stalls to winning post. That looks perfect for the top weight Zihaam who looked in need of his opening salvo when a never nearer fifth behind Pisanello over the course and distance and then next time out was not suited by a moderate gallop at Redcar.

The assessor has dropped the veteran 1lb for that run and off 73 he has solid claims on ground which won’t hold any fears for him. Expect Ben Curtis to drop the eight-year-old right out the back and come with a withering run up the sharp uphill finish. Of his rivals, Dogged has dropped to a nice rating and ran a fine second to a well treated horse last time out at Pontefract. The first-time cheekpieces should also seek out a bit more improvement from this son of Due Diligence.

Paul Jacobs’ best plays:

14:16 Windsor – Son And Sannie
14:55 Curragh – Tawny Coster
15:41 Bath – Gargle
15:51 Beverley – Zihaam

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