Monday bets: our experts pick their best selections to start the week
Bounty Pursuit(8.45 Windsor)
Shaped like his turn was near last time out at Newbury. Sound claims in this marginally easier race with conditions no problem.
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Lord Halifax(4.45 Wolverhampton)
Ran a credible race to be fourth over an inadequate trip at Windsor last time and expected to come into his own over this mile and a half trip.
Celtic Artisan(5.00 Pontefract)
Did best of the hold-up horses when a fast-finishing third over 1m½f at Wolverhampton a week ago. He now steps up to 1m2f and can come through late to score.
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The Defiant(7.30 Catterick)
Winner of his last two starts in all-the-way fashion, this progressive sprinter is fancied to blast out of stall one and make all on the fast ground which clearly suits him so well.
Successful over course and distancein May and just denied in his bid for a double a fortnight ago, overhauled late on. Hecan resume winning ways.
Harry's Bar(4.15 Wolverhampton)
Well backed and won with plenty to spare in 5f handicap at Lingfield last month on first run over the trip. A 7lb rise in a slightly better race demands more of him, but he brings a good profile to this.
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Recent gelding operation should help the three-year-old settle into his races. The William Haggas stable isin top nickand in-form jockey Tom Marquand is booked for the ride, so he should go well.
Must-have stat of the day
Round The Islandis 4-10 when running over 6f at Pontefract (+£12.25 to £1 stakes). The six-year-old is just 1-11 over that trip elsewhere on turf. He is now 10lb below his last winning mark and runs in the 6f handicap at 2.00.
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