WhichBookie racing analyst Andrew Blair White provides a preview and betting tips for races at Roscommon on Monday 23rd May.
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|Neon Moon||15/215/2||Each Way - 4 Places
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Date of Tips: 14/02/2022
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (10:50 14/02/2022) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
It was a good way to finish the weekend at Punchestown yesterday as two nice winners have put us back into profit for the month. These Monday meetings can often be tricky to decipher and this looks no easier than the usual. I am heading off to Plumpton for two selections on this occasion, and I am hopeful they can continue a decent couple of days on the channel. There might also be some Cheltenham Ante-Post Selections this week, so keep your eyes peeled for those articles and videos as well this week.
Back to Plumpton though, and the first selection comes in the 2.55 race – which is a 2m3f handicap chase and has attracted a small but select field of 4. The market leader is Ubetya, who is a new recruit to the Paul Nicholls stable and has a fascinating chance in this type of race. That being said, he has been off for over a year at this point now and there are still a few question marks hanging over the form of the Nicholls stable. Although they had a more encouraging Saturday at Newbury, they are not firing on all cylinders at the moment and I can allow this horse to win at these prices. Downtown Getaway is not always the most reliable and perhaps Chinwag, who was well behind the smart duo of Midnight River and Pay the Piper, can run a big race.
However, I am going to be siding with Sopran Thor, for the typically in-form Gary Moore stable, that rarely allows a meeting at Plumpton pass by without some very good representation. This horse has had an uneasy season, after making a very promising start with a good win at Lingfield on soft ground. He has been found out at higher levels since and looks to finally be returning to some sort of competitive mark. He was well backed at Lingfield last time out when unseating very early on and perhaps the small field here might play into his strengths and allow him the room to jump safely. With conditions completely in his favor, he should be running well. At a price of 11/4 with SkyBet – I will be taking my chances.
The second selection of the day comes in the 3.30 race, which is a 2m4f handicap hurdle confined for horses rated between 0-120. The unexposed Full of Light heads the betting for Nicky Henderson, and deservedly so – having won on his handicap hurdle debut last time out. However, he had to work hard enough to turn away a pretty exposed horse and has been raised five pounds for that effort by the assessor, so he will have to improve again. Getalead and Whistleinthedark don’t look too well handicapped and despite their strong current form, they can also be taken on just at the prices.
Instead, I am going to take one last chance on the eye-catching Neon Moon, who let us down a few weeks ago with a lackluster run at Exeter when well backed. His runs last year would indicate he should be very well handicapped off a mark of 112. The blinkers go on him today for the first time, which may be a prudent move given he sometimes can run a little bit lazily, and these conditions should be right up his street. He has dropped down the weights markedly since his handicap debut at the start of the year and this may well prove to be the right time to catch this horse with Tom Scudamore back up. At a price of 15/2 with SkyBet, who are offering a generous 4 places – he is an each way bet.