There’s four meetings across Britain and Ireland on Monday 24 July, with action on the Flat dominating after Cartmel were forced to call off their Jumps card following heavy weekend rain.
Ayr is the sole afternoon meeting before action in the evening comes from Ballinrobe, Beverley and Windsor.
We have three fancies to kick-start the week, with William Haggas and Tom Marquand tipped to continue their excellent record at Windsor.
4.15 Ayr – The Caltonian @ 7/1
See My Baby Jive goes for a hat-trick of wins in the Join Racing TV Now Handicap and the mare is clearly thriving after her brace of C&D wins already this month. She has a 4lb penalty for the latest success seven days ago and that might be telling.
In this Betfred Extra Place Race (four places) it could be worth siding instead with The Caltonian to notch his first career win.
Linda Perratt’s charge was sent off at three-figure prices in all three starts in maidens at 7f/1m and was never much of a danger, but he dropped to 6f for his handicap bow here last month and improved markedly to finish second – beaten only by the favourite on the day.
He’s been nudged up a mere 1lb for that effort and has room to improve now.
6.20 Windsor – Je Ne Sais Quoi @ 2/1
The Windsor opener is a nursery contest over 6f and it looks to be a good opportunity for William Haggas’ filly Je Ne Sais Quoi to notch the second win of her career.
She debuted at Ascot in May over five-furlongs on soft ground, showing plenty promise, and wasn’t long in building on that with a win next time at Thirsk (6f, good to firm) in June.
Soon after, she went to Chester and was unable to justify favouritism in a novice contest, though there was mitigation in that effort as she lost a shoe midrace.
This month’s nursery bow at Haydock yielded a solid second, ceding nearly a stone to the winner, and she had today’s rivals Politico (fifth), Notta Nother (eighth) and Mullins Beach (ninth) behind her in that contest.
She’s on the Most Napped list via the Betfred Betfinder for today’s action and is taken to notch her second win, boosting the Haggas yard’s 24 per cent Windsor strike-rate over the last 12 month in doing so.
7.00 Beverley – In These Shoes @ 7/2
Charlie Johnston and Joe Fanning look to hold good claims with In These Shoes in the Go-Racing-In-Yorkshire Summer Festival Handicap at Beverley.
She is one of three previous C&D winners in the mix here, with another pair of Beverley winners also engaged.
C&D specialist Ugo Gregory and in-form Cori Glory are towards the front of the betting market, but they are prone to making the running and, if both go forward, they could tee this up for In These Shoes to grab the prize late on.
A winner here on seasonal bow in April, the daughter of Starspangledbanner is rated 4lb higher now but returns to this venue having finished second at Newmarket (7f, good to soft) nine days ago in a Class 2 event.
She was held up there and made smooth progress to challenge late on, only to find unexposed winner Naomi Lapaglia too good. That rival could prove to have been well-handicapped and, with a drop in class in her favour now, In These Shoes is fancied.