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Ashley Iveson makes Richard Fahey's Axe Axelrod his best Monday bet and has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Nap: 130 Ayr

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Next best: 740 Windsor

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Odds-on backers had their fingers burnt when Axe Axelrod was beaten on his Hamilton debut but he can reward those who keep the faith at Ayr.

Connections went to 125,000 guineas to secure his services at the breeze-up sales in April and the fact he was so heavily supported for his racecourse introduction last month suggested he had been showing trainer Richard Fahey plenty on the gallops at Musley Bank.

Although the money went west, Axe Axelrod was far from disgraced in finishing second to a far more streetwise rival in Howzer Black and ran like he would improve considerably for the experience.

The Street Sense colt resurfaces in the ayrgoldcup.co.uk Novice Stakes and will likely need to get off the mark if he is to take up his entry in next month's Gimcrack Stakes at York.

Primo's Comet gets the nod in the Racing UK's Biggest Ever Flat Season Handicap.

Jim Goldie's three-year-old had knocked on the door once or twice before getting off the mark at the seventh time of asking at Newcastle last month.

There was a bit to like about the way he did it, too, as he found himself rather detached early on after being tardy from the stalls.

Making headway to lead inside the final furlong, he held on nicely and everything suggests he can go on from there to win more races now he has finally got his head in front.

Three Saints Bay can rediscover the winning trail in the Richard And Carol Hudson Handicap at Beverley.

David O'Meara's inmate won a Pontefract novice event on his seasonal reappearance before struggling in decent handicaps at York and Ayr respectively.

He shaped better off a lower mark and in a lesser race at Carlisle last month, beaten a little over three lengths into third place.

The handicapper has been kind enough to drop him another 2lb in the ratings and this looks a good opportunity for him to strike gold once more.

Life On Earth is of significant interest in the British EBF Fillies' Handicap at Windsor.

The daughter of Animal Kingdom finished well beaten on her first two competitive starts, but fared a good deal better when runner-up on her third appearance at Lingfield.

She made the most of what looked a lenient mark of 72 on her handicap debut at the same track last time, beating Trouble And Strife - who has since won twice - with something to spare.

Considering the strength of that form, a 6lb rise for Life On Earth does not look insurmountable. In fact, she should prove hard to beat.

Jumping fare comes from Cartmel, where Raise A Spark can maintain his unbeaten record over fences.

Donald McCain's charge won readily on his chasing debut at the Cumbrian venue at the end of May and the subsequent success of the runner-up Birch Hill gives the form some credibility.

Raise A Spark enters the handicap arena off a mark of 123 and looks sure to go well.

Sporting Life tips:

AYR: 1.30 AXE AXELROD (NAP), 2.00 Vallarta, 2.30 Primo's Comet, 3.05 Jessie Allan, 3.35 Reinforced, 4.10 Coviglia, 4.40 Gworn, 5.10 Akamanto.

BALLINROBE: 5.50 Tennesse Waltz, 6.20 Lady Carleton, 6.50 Faughill, 7.20 Remarkable Lady, 7.50 Tessonna, 8.20 Boom Or Bush, 8.50 Party Playboy.

BEVERLEY: 6.00 General Zoff, 6.30 Angel Sarah, 7.00 Musharrif, 7.30 Geetanjali, 8.00 Three Saints Bay, 8.30 Rebel State, 9.00 Bollin Joan.

CARTMEL: 2.15 The Steward, 2.45 Dreamsoftheatre, 3.20 Celtic Monarch, 3.50 Trafalgar Rock, 4.25 Raise A Spark, 4.55 Jovial Joey, 5.25 Crakehall Lad.

WINDSOR: 5.40 The Jean Genie, 6.10 Dreaming Of Love, 6.40 Moon Song, 7.10 Nine Below Zero, 7.40 Life On Earth, 8.10 Klassique, 8.40 Whitehall.

DOUBLE: Axe Axelrod and Life On Earth

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