July 5 Racing Tips: Back Bastogne to overcome Monday blues at Ayr

Planet Sport tipsters get stuck into race meetings at Ayr, Nottingham, Ripon and Windsor on Monday, July 5.

Start the week off on a positive note by backing some of our selections below.

Short odds fancies:

Bastogne (1.00 Ayr)

Shining Aitch (1.20 Nottingham)

Hotline Bling (1.55 Nottingham)

Clarendon House (7.15 Windsor)

Hollywood Lady (8.15 Windsor)

Longer shots (7/1 and above):

Global Humor (2.45 Ayr)

Komore (4.15 Nottingham)

For full details and live odds on Monday's selections you can read more below.

(All odds and tips correct at time of publication)

1.00 Ayr - Bastogne

Bastogne hasn't reached his full potential and he can be backed for Monday's EBF Stallions Novice Stakes at Ayr.

The David Evans-trained gelding made a nice start when third to subsequent winner Sanitiser at Windsor and confirmed the promise of that run next time out at Leicester.

Showing plenty of dash on the outside of runners, he saw it out well after hitting the front two out, repelling the persistent challenge of Bay Breeze and then holding the running-on Last Hoorah by a ready three-quarters of a length.

That he did that in spite of drifting to his left is to his credit and he looks certain to be suited by this first go at seven furlongs.

Other Ayr selections: 1.35 Oriental Lilly, 2.10 Rose Bandit, 2.45 Global Humor, 3.55 Flying Moon, 4.25 John Kirkup.

1.20 Nottingham - Shining Aitch

Serena Brotherton is always a positive booking in races restricted to female amateurs, so make a note of Shining Aitch in the racingtv.com Handicap at Nottingham.

The four-year-old ran quite nicely at Yarmouth in May, where he was trying 10 furlongs for the first time. He is a couple of pounds lower now, too.

1.55 Nottingham - Hotline Bling

Hotline Bling should be good enough in the Watch Irish Racing On Racing TV Novice Stakes.

Richard Hannon's charge was tried in what turned out to be a hot renewal of the National Stakes at Sandown after winning at Thirsk in May and comes back to the minimum trip after disappointing over six furlongs at Salisbury.

4.15 Nottingham - Komore

Hugo Palmer had a choice of engagements for Komore and has plumped for the Follow @Racingtv On Twitter Handicap.

She was last seen winning by a neck at Salisbury, giving the impression she was always just doing enough once hitting the front for the talented Laura Pearson and seeing off Dual Identity.

The Australia filly had looked worth chancing at 10 furlongs when third prior to that over an extended mile at Nottingham.

Others to keep an eye on at Nottingham: 2.30 Mummy Bear, 3.05 Nataleena, 3.40 Myristica

7.15 Windsor - Clarendon House

Clarendon House looks like being one of the better bets on the evening card at Windsor.

By the speedy Mehmas, the Robert Cowell-trained colt currently falls into the 'could be anything' bracket following two bloodless victories.

He won as his odds of 2/7 suggested he should do at Bath and while the Fitzdares Sprint Series Handicap presents a different test of his abilities altogether, his trainer knows what to do with a good sprinter when he gets his hands on one.

8.15 Windsor - Hollywood Lady

Hollywood Lady would not be winning out of turn if she can get her head in front in the Fitzdares Thinks It Is Coming Home Fillies' Handicap.

Ralph Beckett's filly had the misfortune to bump into the smart Gloria Mundi at Newbury in April, before going off favourite here last time out.

Attempting to make it all, she ultimately had to give best to Olympic Theatre but was in turn well clear of the third.

Other possible punts at Windsor include: 6.45 Hamaki, 7.45 Stigwood, 8.45 Smash Hit.

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