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Sunday 16 December horse racing tips - Atkinson's 11/2 chance can strike again at Carlisle

Brian Healy 16 Dec 2018
Carlisle is one of three races going to post on Sunday's fixture list.

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

The week ends as it began, with a three-fixture line-up of horse racing meetings where jumps racing goes to post at Southwell and Carlisle, as well as from Navan in Ireland where there is Grade Two action with the Navan Novices’ Hurdle.

Navan (jumps) - 12.00 - 3.10pm (7 races)
Southwell (jumps) - 12.10 - 3.20pm (7 races)
Carlisle (jumps) 12.10 - 3.30pm (7 races)



(12.30) DEFI BLEU (4/1, Ladbrokes) is 2-2 at this track, winning a bumper here last December and then opening his account over hurdles last month with a defeat of Momus, scoring by three lengths.

Gordon Elliott’s charge had been thought good enough to contest a Grade Two contest on his first outing over timber, and while the Saddler Maker gelding finished last of the eight runners in that contest he showed the benefit of the experience to find only one too good on his return following a break.

The longer trip last time seemed to coincide with an improved performance last time, and with the potential to further improve on that effort he could follow up here.

Gordon Elliott can get amongst the winners at Navan on Sunday.

(1.00) DINARIA DES OBEAUX (7/1, Coral) took well to chasing last term, winning three of her first five starts over the larger obstacles which included a Grade Two contest at Thurles in January.

Although Gordon Elliott’s Saddler Maker mare has failed to add further wins to her tally, she has only once finished outside the frame in five subsequent outings; but she could snap her losing run here.

Runner-up on her return from a break at Wexford, she finished a good third in Listed company at Clonmel last month where she gave the winner 11lbs. That form has been boosted with the winner since winning again in a Grade Three contest, while the runner-up filled the same spot in a competitive contest on his next start.

Switching to hurdles for this outing, she could be well-treated on her chase form on her debut over timber and she can give the County Meath handler a third successive winner in this contest.

12.00 - Battleoverdoyen
12.30 - Defi Bleu
1.00 - Dinaria Des Obeaux
1.30 - Denwork
2.05 - Monotype
2.35 - Uaintseenothingyet
3.10 - Envoi Allen


(12.40) BOUGHTBEFORELUNCH (4/1, William Hill) could be worth giving another chance to, having struck over course and distance on his second try over fences.

Peter Webber’s Dubai Destination gelding was an early casualty at Huntingdon last weekend, getting no further than the first fence before unshipping jockey Gavin Sheehan; he can’t be judged on that effort, and his earlier defeat of Manwell here previously was a good effort despite jumping to his right throughout and getting some early reminders from the saddle.

Despite everything he still appeared to win cosily, and the third has since won, albeit in fairly ordinary company. Nevertheless, he could be worth siding with reuinited with Richie McLernon and returned to this course and distance. 

(1.10) UMBRIGADO (Evens, BetVictor) looked a fair prospect when running out a ready winner of a Uttoxeter bumper last month, and David Pipe’s charge could follow up now he tackles hurdles.

The Stowaway gelding is a past runner-up between the flags prior to joining this yard, and he had a subsequent winner behind him when scoring by the better part of five lengths latest over The Macon Lugnatic.

The fourth horse home has won since, and he could well take a forward step now he steps out on the hurdling trail. Open to further improvement he can follow up here.

12.10 - Midnight Bliss
12.40 - Boughtbeforelunch
1.10 - Umbrigado
1.45 - Seemingly So
2.15 - Kimberley Point
2.50 - Berboru
3.20 - Trigger Nichol

Southwell are jumping on Sunday.


(12.50) BALLASALLA (4/1, William Hill) failed to pull up many tree over hurdles, but Donald McCain’s charge showed improved form following a wind operation to finish fourth behind Clondaw Anchor here last month.

That was his first start in almost eight months, and the Presenting gelding is likely to strip fitter for that outing. He now turns his attentions to chasing here, and it is interesting that he is thrust straight into a handicap for his first try over the larger obstacles.

He is bred for this game however, and with the potential to find improvement on the back of his return effort then he can go close for a yard in good form.

(1.55) REVERANT CUST (11/2, Ladbrokes) has been generally consistent over hurdles, often making the frame and posting the odd success; the latter of which over the smaller obstacles came when beating Hit And Run at Catterick back in February.

Peter Atkinson’s Daylami gelding possibly didn’t get home over the longer trip in a better race behind Moon Racer at Ayr back in April; but he returned to action with a debut chase win last month, and with the potential for better to come in this sphere he gets the vote to follow up.

He had three lengths to spare over Braavos on that occasion back at Catterick, jumping well and the form took a boost when the fourth won next time out; immediately switched to handicapping, he could have better to come, and he can win again here.

12.20 - Earlofthecotswolds
12.50 - Ballasalla
1.20 - One For Rosie
1.55 - Reverant Cust
2.25 - Big River
3.00 - Lough Derg Farmer
3.30 - Shocona’s Joy

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