Bernisdale and Atkinson Grimshaw are The Messenger Monday Bets

The Messenger has two bets on Monday's horse racing with a selection at Bath and also in the closing race at Newton Abbot.

Bath 3;40

This looks a poor renewal of this staying maiden for two year olds and with the ground on the soft side, it is not hard to take on the favourite Spring Jig. He is an American bred and has raced three times now and while his latest effort at Kempton represented an improvement, he may not handle the ground and is not certain to appreciate this distance at this stage of his career.

Jive Talking ran well on his debut at Newmarket and then disappointed next time at Newcastle and the horse that we prefer here is the Andrew Balding trained Atkinson Grimshaw. The stable's horses generally improve for their debuts and this one ran an ok race first time at Salisbury. He stayed on nicely enough in the closing stages and we would expect a fair but of improvement second time out. The stable is in good form and he is worth a small interest at the prices in an uninspiring contest.

Advised Bet:

0.5 points win Atkinson Grimshaw at 5/2 with Bet365 and Stan James

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Newton Abbot 4.30

John Flint has a small yard, but he operates at a healthy strike rate and with the exception of Ffos Las, Newton Abbot tends to be his favourite course to send winners to. He has already won at this venue with Bernisdale this season and after a decent effort on the flat last time, the 8 year old mare can win her 12th race under rules.

She had a very successful summer when she won twice on the flat at Bath and Chepstow, in addition to her course and distance success at this venue. While  following a hurdles success over this course and distance. While two of these wins were on faster ground, it was soft at Chepstow and she has previously won on the sort at Windsor back in July 2012.

She is only 4lb higher than when winning here in May and with the stable in good form, as demonstrated by the very good run by Just Isla todsay at Bath, she should be hard to keep out of the frame at least here and is worth a bet at a general 13/2.

Advised  Bet:

0.5 points each way Bernisdale at 13/2 with Betfred and Paddy Power

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