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Keith Hamer previews the action on Monday and heads to north Yorkshire for his best bet of the afternoon.

Nap: Kibaar (3.35 Catterick)

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69-2OR: 60D
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Next Best: Lopito (3.50 Bath)

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Lopitot128
39-5OR: 68BF
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Kibaar was not winning out of turn when scoring at Newcastle recently and must have every chance of following up at Catterick.

The six-year-old earned himself a rating in the late 90s a few years ago when trained by Barry Hills.

However, it is fair to say he has not lived up to that early promise and it is fanciful to suggest he will ever scale those heights again.

Following a largely disappointing spell with Kevin Ryan, Kibaar joined his current trainer Ruth Carr around this time last year and there have at least been signs of a small resurgence.

He made the most of a career-low mark of 45 when ending a two-year losing spell at Ayr in July and has run consistently well ever since.

Decent efforts in defeat at Ayr, Yarmouth and Musselburgh were followed by his decisive recent triumph at Gosforth Park and even though the handicapper has handed him a 6lb hike, he is still nicely handicapped from a perch of 60.

Kibaar has been a little unpredictable in the past, but this looks a good opportunity for him to continue his decent run of form.

David O'Meara can strike with Clenymistra in the Watch More With Racing UK Extra Handicap.

The four-year-old should relish the drop back to a mile and a half after finding an extra quarter-mile too far at Redcar on her latest start.

A winner over 10 furlongs at Ripon in August, she weakened in the closing stages when third over this course and distance on her next start, after racing prominently throughout. Ridden with a little more restraint she can regain winning ways.

Jj's Journey looked a winner in waiting when an eyecatching third on his second start at Hamilton and can get off the mark for Irish trainer Robbie Osborne in the Happy Birthday Valerie Clift Maiden Stakes.

Lopito can land a deserved first triumph in the Champion Curio Homes Handicap at Bath.

The Andrew Balding-trained colt went close to opening his account when sent off the market leader at Windsor four weeks ago, only to be collared near the line by Perfect Refuge.

Granted a little bit of luck, Lopito can go one better.

Positive tactics worked the oracle for Pont Vert on his third start at Leicester and Eve Johnston Houghton's youngster can follow that success up in the Iesis Group Nursery Handicap.

A mark of 72 looks workable for the daughter of Avonbridge, who should not be inconvenienced by this slightly shorter distance.

Wimpole Hall shaped well on his first run for 119 days when third at Sandown and, with the cobwebs blown away, he can go two places better in the 32Red On The Appstore Handicap at Kempton for William Jarvis.

The gelded son of Canford Cliffs has won and run well at this venue before and is only 4lb higher than when winning on the all-weather at Chelmsford shortly after the turn of the year.

Sporting Life tips:

BATH: 2.10 Pont Vert, 2.45 Kinglami, 3.15 Skymax, 3.50 Lopito, 4.20 Swendab, 4.55 Rahmah, 5.30 Unbridled Spirit, 6.00 Princess Way.

CATTERICK: 2.00 Red Saree, 2.30 Ghost Queen, 3.05 Jj's Journey, 3.35 KIBAAR (NAP), 4.10 Debatable, 4.40 Clenymistra, 5.10 I Am Dandy.

KEMPTON: 5.45 Javelin, 6.15 Ivory Star, 6.45 Red October, 7.15 Knowing, 7.45 Sir Hamilton, 8.15 Wimpole Hall, 8.45 Pact Of Steel, 9.15 Folies Bergeres.

NEWTON ABBOT: 2.20 Let's Sway, 2.55 Risk And Roll, 3.25 Motueka, 4.00 Ontopoftheworld, 4.30 Ambre Des Marais, 5.05 Dream Free.

ROSCOMMON: 2.05 Free Ranger, 2.35 Under Surveillance, 3.10 Grand Canyon, 3.40 Kaatskill Nap, 4.15 Monarch, 4.45 Gentleman Duke, 5.20 Clara Sorrento, 5.50 Hang In There.

DOUBLE: Kibaar and Lopito.

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