Today's Racing News: Moore and Beckett the formidable Pontefract partnership

Ryan Moore and Ralph Beckett team up at Pontefract for the first time since 2018.

Daryl Carter is back for a brand new week of racing and looks to Pontefract for today's feature race and provides you with all the essential punting information on Monday.

"He has been building to a bigger performance and shaped as though he needed an extra furlong at Newmarket last time in a stronger event than this."

This Monday, flat racing dominates cards today as the week looks to build towards the Cheltenham Open meeting on Friday and Saturday for jumps enthusiasts.

Bath, Pontefract and Wolverhampton are where today's flat racing will occur, while Gowran Park and Plumpton are your jumps meetings.

Money Talk

Money Talk continues to highlight the Betfair Sportsbook big-money moves to keep you in the loop. This section highlights market moves between 1:00 am and 9:00 am.

13:45 Pontefract - Greatness Awaits 6/1 into 9/2
14:10 Bath - Night Eagle `13/2 into 4/1
17:15 Pontefract - Ehrmann 11/1 into 9/1

The market says LAY!

Which horse is the Betfair Sportsbook market suggesting to Lay?

17:15 Pontefract - Rayong 9/4 OUT 10/3

Plenty of morning movement in this market, but it's not for Rayong who continues to slide.

Mark your card

The Betfair Sportsbook is paying extra places today!

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Bath's feature race today is the 14:25 Read Hollie Doyle's Column On attheraces.com Handicap and Celtic Art 5.04/1 takes a drop into Class 4 company for the first time in his career.

In the 15:20 Racing Welfare For All Of Racing's People Handicap at Bath, Il Bandito 5.04/1 has failed to place just once in his career from 12 starts and has finished runner-up on eight occasions, including the last five consecutive runs.

Moore and Beckett the formidable Ponte partnership

Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore takes a rare trip to Pontefract today for two rides, where he holds a 25% strike rate and saddles up for Ralph Beckett, who holds a 39% strike rate in the last five seasons.

Moore has only had 12 rides at this venue in the last two years, and 11 of them have been for Sir Michael Stoute. He rides two for Ralph Beckett at this venue today, and they partner for the first time here since 2018.

Shabano 4.57/2 in the 13:45 Harriet Bethell's IJF Pontefract Course Walk Nursery Handicap and Westover 1.910/11 14:20 British Stallion Studs EBF Silver Tankard Stakes.

The double pays 9.08/1

Trainer William Haggas has a 34% strike rate at Wolverhampton and today sends just one runner. 20:00 Cazoo Novice Stakes Resumption 6.05/1.

There's a competitive three runner Novice Chase at Plumpton at 15:40 where Botox Has 2.01/1 will have to concede chase experience to two good rivals. Pisgah Pike 4.03/1 won on this card last year over hurdles, and Up The Straight 3.55/2 takes a drop in grade.

Trainer Milton Harris will look to keep his excellent recent run of form (35% in the last 14 days) going with Achy Breaky Heart 1.84/5 in the 17:22 Josh Gifford Memorial Mares' Handicap Hurdle.

The race is named after trainer Nick Gifford's father, and Nick won the race last year and saddles Jungle Prose 4.03/1.

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Horses for courses

This section highlights horses that have won twice or more at today's tracks and could be in with a chance today.

15:55 Bath - Blue Hero - Has won here twice (100%)
17:05 Bath - Street Jester - Has won here three times (38%)
17:15 Pontefract - Bossipop - Has won here twice (29%)
19:00 Wolverhampton - Hooflepuff - Has won here five times (36%)
19:30 Wolverhampton - Mutabaahy - Has won here seven times (33%)

Weighted to go well

"Weighted to go well" highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.

16:05 Pontefract - Mr Orange - Has won off 70 runs off 58
16:30 Bath - Fortune And Glory - Has won off 73 runs off 62
17:15 Pontefract - Rayong - Has won off 93 runs off 81
17:30 Wolverhampton - Vivency - Has won off 70 runs off 60
17:30 Wolverhampton - Light Up Our Stars - Has won off 71 runs off 60

Form Watch

This section highlights a trainer, owner or jockey who is in excellent current form and their runners or rides for the day.

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Trainer Stella Barclay has been operating at a 60% strike rate in the past 14 days, and today, she runs Glorious Rio 8.07/1 in the 17:15 at Pontefract.

Furthest traveller

Today's furthest traveller is Karen Tutty who makes the 255 mile journey from her base to Bath with runner Her Way 34.033/1 at 14:10.

Race of the day

The 16:05 Steve Lumb Quest For The Cheapest Pint Handicap at Pontefract is where our attention has turned for today's feature: a competitive six-furlong sprint handicap that sees 12 runners lined up for Class 5 action. I have backed two in this race, True Mason and Dana Forever with the latter named offered up as a recommended selection on price grounds.

After John has been shaping as though his turn is near after two solid efforts the last twice, including at Ayr when only half a length behind today's rival True Mason.

He is five pounds lower than his last victory at Redcar 14 months ago and returns to the scene of his Novice victory in 2019.

He is relatively unexposed over 6f, and today's combination of soft ground at a track he likes means he ticks plenty of boxes. The first-time cheek-pieces go on, and should they bring out further improvement, he has to be a big player.

Inclusive of Ryan Sexton's seven pounds claim, True Mason is now eight pounds better off with the above After John and today drops into a Class 5 race over this 6f trip for the first time.

He is now effectively 15 pounds lower than his last attempt on soft ground over 6f, a combination that has suited him well, including when fifth here in September last term off a 22lbs higher handicap mark.

He has been frustrating for punters to back, but this stiff finish at Pontefract should see him doing his best work at the finish, and the chips are stacked in his favour off of this reduced handicap mark. Big player.

Of those at bigger prices, Dana Forever makes appeal. She has had the combination of soft ground and 6f just twice in her career, and she scored on her latest attempt with the sole other run a second-placed effort splitting two rivals now rated 17 pounds and 29 pounds higher.

She is drawn well to head up affairs here and is a big danger to all at the front of the market.

Timeform go west to Pontefract

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The Timeform team offer up three of their best bets of the day including their NAP.

Read Timeform tips here.

Celtic to score at Bath

Those drawn high at Bath do better than the market expects with an A/E of 1.02, and they win 11% of the time compared to low 7.8% and middle 8.1% drawn runners over trips between 1m and 1m4f.

That bodes well for Celtic Art, who takes a drop into Class 4 company for the first time in his career and is drawn in stall 12 for the 14:45 Read Hollie Doyle's Column On attheraces.com Handicap.

He has been building to a bigger performance and shaped as though he needed an extra furlong at Newmarket last time in a stronger event than this.

He failed to stay at Thirsk before that over 1m4f and was given an impossible task at Sandown when taking on some highly progressive rivals three starts ago.

He is best judged on his staying on second here at Bath when chasing home the subsequent Cambridgeshire runner-up Anmaat who is now 17lbs higher in the handicap.

The selection is now four pounds lower and takes on mainly exposed rivals, and that should be enough to see him get his head back in front.

Final Word

What an excellent weekend at Ascot to round off the flat season, and really it should end there, shouldn't it?

A follower already said this morning, "I thought the flat season ended on Saturday?" when in reality, it ends this Saturday after Doncaster's final flat meeting of the season.

It's human nature to have a beginning, middle and end to everything, and that's likely why it annoys people.

I agree with the majority. There really should be a stopping point and a break for jockeys such as Oisin Murphy, who has clearly felt the pressure over the last few weeks.

Move Doncaster, end on Champions day give the jocks a full week off every year before "winter racing" can begin. That surely can't do any harm, can it?

Until tomorrow, be lucky.

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