It’s an action-packed start to the week, with six meetings taking place across Britain and Ireland on Monday.

They race on the Flat from Hamilton, Leicester, Down Royal and Wolverhampton (AW), while jumps action comes from Warwick and Roscommon. We have three Monday fancies to consider, including one for an in-former trainer in Karl Burke at Hamilton.

Monday Racing Tips

  • 14:55 Hamilton – Instant Recall @ 15/2
  • 17:00 Leicester – San Francisco Bay @ 6/1
  • 19:00 Wolverhampton – Billian @ 8/1

14:55 Hamilton – Instant Recall @ 15/2

Karl Burke’s string are in superb fettle of late, boasting a 25 per-cent strike-rate from 49 runners across the last few weeks with 17 winners already in the month of September.

The Spigot Lodge handler is doubly represented in the Sharles C.A. Nursery at Hamilton via Instant Recall and Princess Alex, and preference is for Clifford Lee’s partner to show some improved form.

The Showcasing colt is a five-race maiden and has caught the eye on a couple of occasions in good company.

He was second behind Purosangue in a 5f Haydock novice in June, the winner thrice finishing second in Listed/Group 3 company since, and also outran odds of 150/1 when finishing eighth in Newbury’s Super Sprint in July.

He wasn’t as good at Ripon last time but sports first-time blinkers that should be a help now that he moves into handicaps off what might be a fair mark of 79. There are just seven runners but this is a Betfred Extra Place Race (three places) and this youngster can force his way into the reckoning.

17:00 Leicester – San Francisco Bay @ 6/1

Henry Candy typically does well with sprinters and San Francisco Bay could have more potential in this sphere following his decisive win at Lingfield 86 days ago.

The Muhaarar gelding started his career with Charlie Fellowes and was 0-5 last year after joining this yard, but now arrives into this event after winning two of his four starts this year.

He was on the scoresheet at Wolverhampton on the Tapeta in June over 7f and then got inched out at Lingfield (good to firm) later the same month on the same distance.

He was back at the Surrey in July and scored with plenty to spare under a front-running ride in what was his first start over 6f.

He was keen in the early stages of that race, and while looking a touch ungainly late on, he ultimately powered clear to win decisively from a next-time-out scorer in second spot.

The cheekpieces he wore then are left off now and, while rated 7lb higher, he has untapped potential as a sprinter and is taken to follow up.

19:00 Wolverhampton – Billian @ 8/1

Evening fare on the all-weather comes from Wolverhampton and the Phil Kirby-trained Billian looks worthy of some interest in the 6f handicap that is race five on the card.

The Mehmas gelding likes to be played late, and will need some luck in the run as such, but he was in cracking form in the early part of the year, posting figures of 2221314 before a tame effort here in June.

He has been given a well-earned summer rest since that and returns now for his first run in 112 days.

At this sort of level he should be competitive again and the booking of Kevin Stott looks a positive for him. The former C&D winner is fancied to run well, and looks overpriced given his consistency in the early months of 2023. He is on the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder for Monday’s racing is a key player in the company.

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