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Alan Kelly's Horse Racing Tips for Taunton & Plumpton on Monday

Cheltenham Festival week gets off to a quiet start before the main action commences at Prestbury Park on Tuesday afternoon. Stratford, Taunton and Plumpton stage Monday’s jump meetings and it is the latter two we go for today’s Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions.

In the hope of getting festival week off to a good start, our three Horse Racing tips come in Plumpton’s 2.45pm race, along with the 3.10pm and 3.45pm contests at Taunton.

“Tip of the Day” – Dibble Decker – 3.45pm Taunton

On just his fourth start over hurdles, the Tom Lacey-trained six-year-old, a 10-length winner at Huntingdon in January, should be capable of taking this Class 4 handicap off a mark of 117.

Abbey Street (Longshot) – 2.45pm Plumpton

A pretty desperate affair where any worthwhile form is pretty thin on the ground. Top weight Blade Runner is the most likely winner but the point-to-point scorer of last October has yet to jump a fence under rules and has been beaten a total of 124 lengths in his three hurdle starts to date.

One horse who has at least won a race this season is the Paul Hendertson-trained Abbey Street who took a handicap chase here over a three furlong shorter trip last November.

Nick Scholfield’s mount is at his best on this kind of ground and off a mark just 2lb higher is the one horse most likely to reproduce his best form.

The Two Amigos (Next Best) – 3.10pm Taunton

On ground described as soft, this extended 3m 4f stamina test is going to take some getting, a situation which should hold no fears for several of these including the Nicky Martin-trained The Two Amigos.

Second to Secret Reprieve in last season’s Coral Welsh Grand National, the mount of 5lb claimer David Prichard now runs off a mark some 12lb lower and looks to have plenty in his favour with conditions to suit.

The 10-year-old wasn’t beaten far when eighth in the Midlands Grand National 12 months ago and on his most recent start in Exeter’s Devon National looked the most likely winner for much of the race. Less forceful tactics combined with a 4lb lower rating can see The Two Amigos return to the winner’s enclosure for the first time in over three years.

The unexposed Revels Hill, on just his fifth run over fences, is very much the dark horse of the race and the other one to consider.

Dibble Decker (NAP) – 3.45pm Taunton

Amelia’s Dance has some excellent course form to her name this season, winning on two occasions in January before finishing a creditable third behind a couple of improvers on the mare’s most recent start last month.

The mount of 3lb claimer Tabitha Worsley looks sure to run another good race for trainer Robert Walford. But on just his fourth start over hurdles, the unexposed Dibble Decker makes plenty of appeal in the hands of jockey Stan Sheppard.

On his second run over the smaller obstacles, the Jet Away gelding spreadeagled his rivals with a 10 length victory in a novices’ hurdle at Huntingdon before failing by three quarters of a length to follow-up on his handicap debut at Warwick last month. The Tom Lacey-trained six-year-old can only get better and off a mark of 117 should be capable of taking this Class 4 contest.

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