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Sunday 13 January horse racing tips - Murphy's 9/4 King can prove Diamond in the crown at Kempton

Brian Healy 12 Jan 2019
Kelso is one of three UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Sunday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across each of Sunday's UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

The week closes as it began with a three-fixture line-up of horse racing meetings which takes in racing over the sticks at Kelso, as well as Punchestown in Ireland where the Grade Two Moscow Flyer Novices’ Hurdle takes centre stage.

There is also an all-weather fixture going to post at Southwell on their fibresand surface.

Southwell (flat, aw) - 12.20 - 3.00pm (6 races)
Kelso (jumps) - 12.30 - 3.40pm (7 races)
Punchestown (jumps) - 12.40 - 3.50pm (7races)

SUNDAY 13 JANUARY NAP SELECTION



SOUTHWELL


(12.50) BAROSSA RED (11/10, Bet365) sets a good standard on his turf form, and Andrew Balding’s charge could be hard to beat here if taking to this surface.

The Tamayuz gelding made the frame in starts at Newbury and Ffos Las last term, finding only one too good at the latter venue; he subsequently ran better than the bare result despite only finishing in midfield behind Red Balloons at York back in August.

He could prove a tough nut to crack if handling this different surface, and with the potential to improve as a three-year old he can get off the mark.

Southwell are racing on their all-weather surface on Sunday.


(1.25) MININGGOLD (7/2, Coral) has a decent record at this venue, winning twice and making the frame twice from her four appearances on Fibresand, and the Piccolo mare can land a hat-trick of successes.

Michael Dods’ charge has won each of her last two starts over course and distance, latterly beating Piazon by a length earlier ten days ago a shade cosily. That form has been boosted, and the six-year old can defy a 4lbs rise in the weights having won from higher marks on turf in the past.

If she can continue in similar vein then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her posting another big run in her pursuit of a three-timer.

12.20 - War And Glory
12.50 - Barossa Red
1.25 - Mininggold
1.55 - Azari
2.30 - Thunder Buddy
3.00 - Dollar Value

KELSO


(1.00) LORD YEATS (Evens, Paddy Power) stepped up on a promising debut second at Wetherby behind the reopposing Encore Champs to go one better at Sedgefield on Boxing Day, and Jedd O’Keeffe’s charge can gain some revenge here on Warren Greatrex’s rival.

The Yeats gelding ran out a wide margin winner over Constancio, scoring by 16 lengths latest, and sure to improve further he gets the vote given he has significant scope to do better based on his flat form.

He may just have been rusty on his hurdles debut behind Encore Champs, but he could improve past that rival to strike a second win in this sphere.

(1.35) A chance is taken that a switch to Olly Murphy could prove a catalyst for a return to form by DIAMOND KING (9/4, Bet365) who could outclass this field if coming back to his best form.

The 2016 Coral Cup winner at the Cheltenham Festival lost his way somewhat for Gordon Elliott, but he did win at Thurles last March, although he didn’t need to be at his best there.

Pulled up when last seen, he has since joined a very shrewd yard who are adept at rekindling the fortunes of these types, and this could prove a good opportunity for him to get back on the scoresheet. He has to condece plenty of weight, but a good value 7lbs claimer helps to ease his burden, and he can prove too good if showing something akin to his best.

12.30 - Stoney Rover
1.00 - Lord Yeats
1.35 - Diamond King
2.05 - Mount Mews
2.40 - Choochoobugaloo
3.10 - Groundunderrepair
3.40 - Achill Road Boy

Diamond King can bounce back to winning ways on his first start for Olly Murphy,


PUNCHESTOWN


(1.15) BEN DUNDEE (9/1, Bet365) has the scope to do better as a chaser after just four starts over fences, and Gordon Elliott’s charge - one of five in the race for the Meath handler - has already been highly tried in his short chase career.

Third to Delta Work on his chase debut at Down Royal, he was a winner here next time when beating Whisperinthebreeze by six lengths, readily.

Possibly amiss when pulled up in the Klairon Davis Chase at Navan in December, he was an early casualty in the Neville Hotels Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, falling at the fifth behind Delta Work.

He could bounce back here however, and he is worth another chance if his jumping can cut the mustard this time around.

(2.50) HARRIE (3/1, Coral) could prove the pick of the Willie Mullins pair in this Grade Two contest, and the Le Havre gelding can enhance his reputation with another win.

Smart in France, he was a runner-up on his debut for this yard in a Down Royal bumper last January; but he stepped up on that run on his hurdles debut to score at Tramore, winning readily having travelled and jumped well throughout.

Sure to have better to come, he is the pick of Ruby Walsh from the Mullins pair, and he could have further improvement to come switching to a sounder surface. He looked a potentially smart sort in that win, and while this is tougher he could prove equal to the task.

12.40 - Young Paddymc
1.15 - Ben Dundee
1.45 - Peacocks Secret
2.20 - Snugsborough Hall
2.50 - Harrie
3.20 - Vision D’Honneur
3.50 - Stucker Hill


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