Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Neil Morrice: UK Best Bets - Monday 02 November 2020

Neil Morrice: UK Best Bets - Monday 02 November 2020

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Neil Morrice brings us all of his best bets and tips for Monday's racing coming your way from Hereford, Plumpton, and Kempton


HEREFORD

 
Race 3 No1 BENSON
Trainer: Dr Richard Newland - Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
 
BENSON had to dig deep to land the odds on seasonal return over this course and distance last month. That was a first outing following wind surgery and the level of support behind him is indicative of how well he’d been working at home. He now goes for a follow-up under a penalty, and can prove too strong for the promising Franco D’Aunou.

 
Race 5 No6 KAUTO THE KING (Nap)
Trainer: Colin Tizzard - Jockey: Adrian Heskin
 
Another worth backing to defy a penalty is KAUTO THE KING, who looked much improved when routing his foes in a similar contest at Wincanton. It seems the switch to fences has been a godsend to the six-year-old, who always promised to find his 
metier in chases.

 
Race 7 No5 FAIR KATE
Trainer: Tom Lacey - Jockey: Jonathan Burke
 
FAIR KATE needed a run to bring her to the boil last season but returns straighter for this mares’ handicap hurdle. The improvement shown in her final three starts was part brought about by the application of a tongue strap, while her trainer’s team remains in good order.

 

PLUMPTON

 
Race 4 No2 VIVE LE ROI (Nap)
Trainer: Tony Carroll - Jockey: Harry Bannister
 
VIVE LE ROI took home a cheque in some better races than this last season without managing to get his head in front. His second to Burrows Edge in a Listed hurdle at Kempton reads very well in the context of the new task at hand, and he can take the spoils at the main expense of Amour De Nuit.
 
Race 5 No3 VICENZO MIO
Trainer: Chris Gordon - Jockey: Nathan Brennan

VICENZO MIO has a good chance to post a first triumph for Chris Gordon on what is his 22nd outing for that trainer. He’s hit the crossbar on several visits to this course, but with most of his foes out of form can at last deliver the goods.


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Race 6 No1 MEDALLA DE ORO

Trainer: Harry Whittington - Jockey: Jamie Neill

 

The ultra-consistent MEDALLA DE ORO has a welter burden considerably eased by the 10lb claim of his competent rider as he steps into handicap company for the first time. With a win and three seconds to his name the six-year-old is in the mood to add to his laurels, especially with the refitting of a hood which served him well on his last outing at Fakenham.

 

Race 7 No2 SIXTIES SECRET

Trainer: Sheena West - Jockey: N Houlihan

 

Plumpton regular SIXTIES SECRET looks poised to notch a third success at the track. She posted a decisive course and distance triumph on her seasonal return before troubling the judge in a better race at Fontwell, and this looks her most straightforward task to date.

 

KEMPTON

 

Race 5 No2 ARATUS (Nap)

Trainer: Clive Cox - Jockey: Adam Kirby

 

With a peach of a draw one off the fence and a highly promising first effort behind him, ARATUS can step up to the plate and take out this stayers’ maiden. The Free Eagle colt started an unconsidered 33-1 shot on debut at Newbury, but made Oo De Lally pull out all the stops. He’s come on in leaps and bounds for the outing.

 

Race 6 No2 LOXLEY

Trainer: Charlie Appleby - Jockey: William Buick

 

Godolphin is enjoying abundant success in the back end Listed races and can take out this featured Floodlit Stakes with LOXLEY. The five-year-old posted two near-misses at this course a year ago before enjoying a successful campaign at the Dubai Carnival. And though well beaten on his Newmarket return in September, he will have benefitted from that run.



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