There are just two meetings in the UK on Monday, with racing coming from Kempton and Wolverhampton after Carlisle was unfortunately abandoned after heavy overnight rain.
Kempton features the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle at 3.05, where captain Morgs looks like the one to beat for leading trainer Nicky Henderson.
- Kempton 14:35 – Vision Des Flos @ 9/1
- Kempton 15:05 – Captain Morgs @ 10/3
- Wolverhampton 17:30 – Hadley Park @ 11/10
Joe Tizzard has been in excellent form over the last couple of weeks and he will be hoping for more success on Monday with VISION DES FLOS (9/1) – the nine-year-old gelding has not been out of the front two on his last three outings.
The chaser won by seven lengths at Warwick in a 2m4f contest on his penultimate outing. He then stepped up to 3m at Exeter, but he had to settle for second place from a 5lb higher mark.
Tizzard is opting to go back down in trip with his horse today, which is a boost to his chances, as the majority of this horse’s victories have come around this distance.
He remains off a mark of 132, but it is still a long way below his peak rating, and he is helped by Freddie Gingell taking 7lb off his back.
The four-time chaser winner features on today’s Betfred Betfinder as one of the most napped selections in the fourth race at Kempton. He looks to be one of the best bets on the card.
Nicky Henderson has two runners in the Pertemps Network Qualifier at 15:05 at Kempton and his best chance looks to be with CAPTAIN MORGS (10/3), who will be ridden by stable jockey Nico de Boinville.
The six-year-old rose to a decent level over hurdles and his connections will be hoping to see him transfer that form across to fences. He has appeared twice so far in chases, but he has yet to get off the mark.
The Seven Barrows runner had a wind-op back in June which will most likely help him going forward.
His form also suggests he is at his best when fresh, so there is a lot to like about this horse’s chances in this competitive handicap hurdle.
HADLEY PARK (11/10) broke his maiden at the fourth attempt at Chelmsford last Saturday. He stepped up to 1m for the first time in his career and it helped, as he stayed on strongly over that distance to prevail by three lengths.
George Boughey’s runner makes a quick reappearance under a 6lb penalty and the manner of his latest performance suggests there is much more to come from this horse, so he should be able to carry that with ease.
This race does not look very strong, with the danger likely to come from Venetian at the top of this card, but he is exposed now and he will need to concede 5lb to Hadley Park.