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Six cards on Monday, but we head to Nottingham and their evening card for both of our selections.
EEH BAH GUM is a horse who is definitely well handicapped off a mark of 70.
His recent runs have been encouraging enough to suggest that that he is still capable enough of winning a race of this nature. He finished 7th and 4th, and although those finishes looked quite poor on paper, he ran well in defeat and recorded decent enough RPRs to suggest that, recording 76 and 73 with a poor run in between those runs.
He is clearly well handicapped on old form, as he has previously won off 83 and 76 in the past, in higher grades than which he has contested today.
This race is rather uncompetitive and Eeh Bah Gum arguably has the best recent form on offer, especially his most recent run where he was short of room, and he has been dropped 1lb for that.
The fast ground should be ideal for him, as all of his best form has come on a surface like this. Also, he has been sent off favourite two times this season, and although he hasn't won, that is still significant, as this yard is a gambling yard and when the money comes, it generally doesn't go amiss. He must've been working well at home, otherwise the money wouldn't have been strong for him.
A horse who I recently tipped up, who looks like he has another cracking chance of following up on his recent victory is, EPONINA.
This horse was tipped up a few days ago, when he won a three runner race at Haydock. When tipping him up, I saw that he had another entry at Nottingham which did catch me eye. I thought that potentially he would run at Nottingham, and use the Haydock race as a fitness run, but with him winning that race, it seems that they have booked this race as they know he's in good form and will not carry a penalty for the recent win. They will not carry a penalty as the race they won was an apprentice race, which results in them racing off the same weight. Despite winning that race, Eponina is in fact 4lb better off than the Haydock race as the jockey, Erika Parkinson takes off 7lbs, rather than the 3lbs she was eligible for in the apprentice race.
He is obviously in good form, and this race is arguably a lot weaker than what he contested, even though there is many more runners.
He is a previous C&D winner, which stacks up well, and the ground is still quick which should suit. The only downfall is the wide stall, but I'm willing to believe he'll overcome that as he's in great form, as shown with his recent win.