Racing on Monday in the UK and Ireland comes from Bath, Fairyhouse, Hamilton, Newcastle (AW) and Newton Abbot.

One of our fancies this afternoon is from Bath, where a Roger Varian-trained three-year-old can build on a recent success at Lingfield to record a second straight victory over the minimum trip in a handicap contest.

Monday Racing Tips

  • 15:02 Bath – Eton College @ 9/2
  • 15:40 Hamilton – Classic Times @ 6/4
  • 17:05 Bath – Almaty Star @ 11/4

15:02 Bath – Eton College @ 9/2

With two wins from his last three outings, Eton College is in the best form of his career. He was successful over the extended 1m trip at Nottingham three runs back, while last time out, he prevailed at Ffos Las (1m), coming from last to first in the final couple of furlongs.

Jamie Osborne’s gelding has been raised just 3lb by the handicapper ahead of his assignment, and that seems very fair. The ‘Soft’ ground will be in his favour at Bath, while the opposition is quite weak.

The experienced six-year-old features on the Betfred Betfinder as one of the Most Napped selections today and it is easy to see why. If he reproduces what he has been delivering recently, this horse should be able to defy his rise in the ratings with another triumph.

15:40 Hamilton – Classic Times @ 6/4

Classic Times scored for the first time at Sandown (1m) on her latest appearance, blowing the field away by over five lengths. The first-time hood appeared to make a big difference for the three-year-old filly.

The daughter of Lope De Vega made her handicap debut off a mark of 74, and that was clearly very lenient. Even with a rise of 11lb, the improving filly could still be ahead of the handicapper here.

This race takes place over the extended 1m trip at Hamilton, but the extra distance will not be a problem for Roger Varian’s runner. She ran over a furlong longer than this trip at Wolverhampton and her stamina held up well in that race.

17:05 Bath – Almaty Star @ 11/4

It took Almaty Star six starts to get off the mark, but he did it in style on the AW at Lingfield (5f). He won going away from his rivals by five lengths on his first attempt over the minimum trip.

In the early stages of his career, Varian’s sprinter had shown signs of promise. He finished in the placings on debut at Haydock (6f). while he was denied victory by a neck on his opening run of this season at Kempton (6f).

The son of Kodiac is now back in handicap company and he will race off a mark of 80, which appears very workable. He ran well from a 2lb higher mark than this at Newmarket (6f) on his penultimate outing, but following his confidence-boosting win last time out, more can be expected from the three-year-old in this latest assignment.

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