Tom Hill offers his best bets from around the UK on Monday, with one selection from Plumpton and two from Kempton.
There are four UK meetings taking place on Monday, including some good jumps fare from Plumpton and Listed action on the Polytrack at Kempton.
They are joined by a jumps meeting at Hereford and the evening card at Wolverhampton.
We’ve picked out three to follow, including Monjules on seasonal return for Harry Fry in the Plumpton feature race.
Monjules (Plumpton 14:37) @ 16/1
Measured Time (Kempton 15:30) @ 8/15
Liseo (Kempton 16:00) @ 12/1
Monjules should be primed for return to action
The feature race at Plumpton on Monday is the Mannok Build GB Ltd Handicap Hurdle, with a top prize in excess of £18k for a field now reduced to eight following the defection of Cobblers Dream.
Plenty of the remaining contenders are returning from breaks, though not so last year’s winner, Lord Baddesley, who had a spin at this track over fences a fortnight ago and ran well in third. He’s in the mix again, though he is 6lb higher than 12 months ago.
Chepstow’s Silver Trophy winner Pyramid Place is entitled to claims despite a 7lb rise, while Mr Freedom was perhaps unfortunate to only be second at Fontwell last month.
One to keep in mind, however, is MONJULES for trainer Harry Fry on his seasonal comeback.
He had a good first season with this trainer last time, winning three times over timber, while he ran well in defeat at Fontwell and Newton Abbot in defeat in April/May, either side of a close second on the Flat at Salisbury.
He’s done plenty of racing for a 5YO but remains with scope for better, and the ex-French gelding could prove more than equal to a mark of 115 before long. He won last term after a 306-absence, so the lack of a recent run is no obvious worry here.
Appleby and Buick to continue on a high
A Monday afternoon treat from Kempton Park as they stage the Listed Racing TV Floodlit Stakes over the mile-and-a-half trip on the Polytrack.
Fresh from Breeders’ Cup glory on Saturday night with Master Of The Seas, Charlie Appleby and William Buick will be eager to land this with MEASURED TIME in the same Godolphin blue.
The son of Frankel is a perfect 3-3 so far in his career, and two of those wins came over a mile at this venue.
In August, he turned his attention to a handicap at Newmarket (1m2f, good to firm) and had no problems defying an opening mark of 91. He cruised clear there and is now rated 101.
That leaves him with a bit more to find rising into this grade, but he looks one to keep onside, and he could prove better than this company.
Crisford’s gelding can shine at Kempton
Immediately after that Listed race will be the London Middle Distance Series Final, a valuable Class 2 contest that helps add a real dash of quality on the afternoon at the Sunbury track.
Graignes ran well in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket five weeks ago and has claims back on the all-weather, being a former C&D winner here, but in a tough and competitive contest, preference is for LISEO for the Simon & Ed Crisford yard.
The Lope De Vega gelding has proved adept on synthetic surfaces so far and, after three good runs, scored at Chelmsford in September over 1m2f.
That was a lower grade, but the race worked out well, and he has shaped well again since at Windsor on ground softer than he’d like. There may be further improvement from this promising 4YO.