Bets of the Day: Monkhouse to get off the mark over hurdles

Today's best bet Monkhouse runs at Southwell
Today's best bet Monkhouse runs at Southwell

Nick Shiambouros starts the new week with a selection from Kelso and one from Southwell...


"I think he is open to a fair bit of improvement, and should appreciate the extra yardage"

Back Monkhouse in the 15:20 at Southwell

14:00 Kelso - Benny's Secret

I am going to give Benny's Secret one more chance to win over hurdles.

This gelding has failed to complete on his last three starts which is a little disconcerting. In truth he was a little unlucky on his latest start when coming to grief at the third flight in a race won by Transient Bay.

He is best judged on his decent fourth to Baby Bach in November. This race will not take a lot of winning and he should go close with a clear round.

He is reasonably priced at 3.814/5 on the exchange.

Irish point winner Rylex makes his Rules debut for the Lucinda Russell yard. He is sure to have been well prepared for this and must be respected. He is the current favourite at 3.185/40.


15:20 Southwell - Monkhouse

Monkhouse should prove difficult to beat in this interesting contest.

This Scorpion gelding caught the eye on his hurdles debut when finishing third to the progressive Le Prezien at Ludlow in December. He took the lead three flights from home, but was soon brushed aside by the impressive winner.

I think he is open to a fair bit of improvement, and should appreciate the extra yardage. He is trading at 2.747/4 on the exchange and I have backed him at this price.

Some Are Lucky is the main danger. He finished a creditable second to Impulsive American at Musselburgh last month and should have more to offer.

He is a solid second choice at 4.3100/30.


Monday's Recommended Bets

Back Benny's Secret in the 14:00 at Kelso
Back Monkhouse in the 15:20 at Southwell

Weekly P/L +3.95


*For P/L purposes, all Exchange recommended bets will be settled at BSP if successful.


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