Matt Brocklebank provides his best bets for Monday's race meetings in the UK, with the Nap coming on the all-weather at Wolverhampton.
Every day, our team of racing experts will provide their strongest fancies and best bets from each meeting, headlined by the Sporting Life Nap.
Nap of the Day - Monday
ARONIUS - 2.50 Lingfield
Dan Skelton's ARONIUS showed considerable improvement for the fitting of a tongue-tie when second at Catterick on his handicap hurdle debut earlier this month.
That effort suggested he'll be a potent force in such races but he's arguably even more attractive having a go in a jumpers' bumper on the all-weather given his Flat form from Germany.
Trained by Christian von der Recke, he was running in Group Three company over 10 furlongs less than three years ago and that innate speed will be a serious asset against these largely exposed, slower horses.
Now Children looks the obvious threat, but it's the Skelton horse who appeals most.
CHARM OFFENSIVE - 3.00 Ayr
CHARM OFFENSIVE looks to be coming to the boil and rates a fair bet off an introductory mark of 102 in the mares' handicap hurdle at Ayr.
Nick Alexander's seven-year-old showed her best form in bumpers when narrowly beaten into second at this course and seems to handle heavy ground really well.
She's not a caste iron stayer on pedigree but looks to have been shaping like a longer trip could unlock further improvement and she's so lightly raced it'd be surprising if we've seen the best of her yet.
RAINBOW DREAMER - 6.10 Wolverhampton (NAP)
Alan King has the jumpers and Flat team in pretty good shape and RAINBOW DREAMER is backed to repeat last year's win in the Fast-Track Qualifier at Wolves.
He was on a real roll this time last year but didn't do a lot wrong in a couple of starts last summer and arrives here after just one run at Newcastle in mid-December.
It was an encouraging effort too, hitting the front before just looking like he needed the outing. I'd expect him to be sharper fitness-wise now and he's the one they all have to beat in this field.
- Intuitive - 9/2
- Artistic Streak - 5/4
- Oo De Lally - 4/6 (NAP)
- Flight Deck - 9/2
- Action Hero - 8/13
- Ede'iffs Elton - 7/2
- La Tihaty - 10/11 (NAP)
- De Forgotten One - 9/4 (NAP)
- Australis - 8/15
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