Free horse racing selections for Monday March 18

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David Clough provides a selection for every race on Monday, with The Cull Bank fancied to score at Plumpton.

The Cull Bank can light up the post-Cheltenham fare in Plumpton's attheraces.com Mares' Novices' Hurdle.

Inevitably, there is an underwhelming air to proceedings as racing resumes at a less rarefied level on Monday after the Festival and Uttoxeter's Midlands Grand National card.

But a winner is a winner, and The Cull Bank has fine prospects of proving just that.

Alan King's mares are always notable contenders, and this successful ex-Irish pointer struck on her debut under rules by a comfortable six lengths at Fontwell last month - despite an untidy jump at the last.

It was a taking performance which suggests the five-year-old should definitely be able to win again as she moves up in trip here.

Bandon Roc is a little inconsistent, but that should mean he is a decent price in the Every Race Live Racing TV Chase at Exeter.

Kim Bailey's eight-year-old followed Hereford victory first time out with a miserable performance when pulling up at Uttoxeter in January.

He is capable, though, and goes well in this forecast soft ground.

In the Follow @racingtv On Twitter Novices' Hurdle, Geordie B is another who has demonstrated a liking for these conditions.

Ninth Wave has made his way swiftly into moderate handicap company, and that may well spell a Southwell victory for Philip Hobbs' former winning pointer.

Owned by Trevor Hemmings, the five-year-old is almost certainly a future chaser.

That does not preclude success before then, though, starting perhaps in the toalsbet Casino Handicap Hurdle.

Ninth Wave has been beaten a minimum of 15 lengths in three maiden events, but was within hailing distance of Star Of Lanka and Geordie B two starts ago at Hereford.

That gives him an obvious chance here, down in class and back to the minimum trip off a short break.

Then in the toals.com Maiden Hurdle, Hobbs could be in business again with the consistent Larkbarrow Lad.

Navan hosts a good card in Ireland, on which Joseph O'Brien's Darasso gets the nod in the Grade Two Toals.com Webster Cup Chase.

The JP McManus-owned six-year-old claimed his first win since arriving in Ireland with a dominant display in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran last month, which earned him a rating of 151.

He has winning form over fences in France and if he can translate that recent form to the larger obstacles he should prove hard to beat.

Sporting Life selections

EXETER: 2.10 Hot Ryan, 2.40 Geordie B, 3.15 Jog On, 3.45 Dostal Phil, 4.15 Get Wishing, 4.45 Hands Of Stone, 5.15 Bandon Roc, 5.45 In Arrears.

NAVAN: 2.25 Final List, 2.55 Prospectus, 3.30 Dream Conti, 4.00 Darasso, 4.30 Exactoris, 5.00 Ballela Boy, 5.30 The Big Getaway.

PLUMPTON: 2.20 Shut The Box, 2.50 THE CULL BANK (NAP), 3.25 Enjoy Responsibly, 3.55 Collodi, 4.25 The Tin Miner, 4.55 First Lord De Cuet.

SOUTHWELL: 2.00 Briac, 2.30 Savello, 3.05 Ninth Wave, 3.35 Larkbarrow Lad, 4.05 Blue Rhythm, 4.35 Eyes Right.

DOUBLE: Geordie B and The Cull Bank

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