28 March Sunday best bets – Tips for Ascot, Doncaster and Carlisle
Horse racing tips on Sunday 28 March
Three meetings will head to post on Sunday on the flat and over the sticks; we’ve picked out our Sunday best bets and tips for the action.
The weekend continues with a trio of meetings heading to post across the UK on Sunday where jumps racing action comes from Ascot and Carlisle; while it is day two of the flat racing season on turf at Doncaster.
In all 22 races will go to post throughout the day over the sticks and on the flat and we’ve looked over the day’s action to pick out our Sunday best bets and tips at each of the trio of fixtures taking place.
SUNDAY BEST BETS – TIPS FOR ASCOT, DONCASTER & CARLISLE
1:00 Ascot – Sky Sports Racing Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m5½f
IRISH PROPHECY has been plying his trade over fences this term where he’s won twice including latest back in November at Taunton and Emma Lavelle’s charge could be worth chancing back from a break and reverting to hurdles.
The Azamour gelding was last seen in this sphere pulling up at Kempton back in November 2019 although he had won the time before and he could still be feasibly treated back over timber if continuing in the sort of form he had shown prior to his break.
He’s only 2lbs higher here over hurdles than when scoring his last chase win; but the presence of a good 7lbs claimer eases his burden at the weights and while this may be a pipe-opener ahead of a tilt at the Scottish National he could go well and can make his presence felt.
2:30 Doncaster – Unibet Novice Stakes (Div II) Cl5 (3yo) 7f
KNOWWHENTORUN progressed with each run last term, building on a promising debut to post successive runner-up efforts at Leicester and Newbury with the latter coming behind a decent-looking prospect in Statement.
Although the Mayson colt was no match for the winner on that occasion he had pulled seven lengths clear of the rest which include a subsequent triple-winner and he’s open to plenty of improvement this campaign.
This stiffer test of stamina will present no issue and assuming he’s fully wound up ahead of this reappearance he might be able to get off the mark now with further progress anticipated.
3:05 Doncaster – 32Red Casino Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 1m2f
Richard Fahey has a decent record in this contest and the Musley Bank handler sends out SPIRIT DANCER who looked a progressive sort last term, winning at Ripon on his first try on turf and almost doubling up at Ayr on his next start when beaten three-parts of a length by First Impression.
That was his handicap debut and he subsequently was far from disgraced in finishing fifth behind Ilaraab on his final run of the campaign at York in October in what was a strong race.
The selection had a subsequent four-time winner behind him and the Frankel gelding may have improved enough for his break to be able to exploit a very workable 85 mark. Assuming he handles the quicker ground here having raced only on soft ground in turf he ought to make his presence felt and he can go close.
3:20 Ascot – Berkshire Community Foundation Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 2m5f
ANOTHER CRICK enjoyed a fine novice chase season back in the 2018/19 campaign, twice finishing runner-up prior to registering back-to-back wins at Newbury and Kempton before a lengthy absence.
However Noel Williams’ charge has been steadily working his way back to form and the Arcadio gelding could be worth chancing to bounce back to winning form.
He went well for a long way at Warwick behind Two For Gold, eventually beaten around five lengths behind Two For Gold and he was far from disgraced latest in the Greatwood Gold Cup when finishing sixth to Umbrigado where the rise in class was probably beyond him.
Back in a more suitable grade and having been eased 1lb in the weights he could go well here and no surprise to see him involved at the business end.
3:30 Carlisle – Northern Lights Two Mile Chase Series Final Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 2m
MISS AMELIA is thriving at present and the Midnight Legend mare can register another win to continue her purple patch.
Mark Walford’s charge has won four of her last six starts over fences, most recently at Catterick when running out a nine lengths’ victor over reopposing Relkadam; she’d won over course and distance the time before when beating Pistol Park and that form doesn’t look too shabby.
The manner of her latest nine lengths’ victory suggested that she hadn’t reached the ceiling of her progression and while another 9lbs rise in the weights demands more from her she can continue to improve to make her presence felt again with the conditions underfoot no problem.
4:05 Carlisle – Northern Lights Middle Distance Chase Series Final Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 2m4f
CYBALKO has made hay over fences since gaining his first win at Sedgefield last November and the bold-jumping trailblazer has won times in all over the winter months, latterly running out a 13 lengths’ victor over Fleck Ivy at Catterick in February.
Sam England’s charge possibly found the run coming too soon when fading under a penalty to finish third behind Grange Ranger at Wetherby last month although the longer trip and heavy ground might have stretched his stamina.
A slight drop in trip here allied with better ground could see him bounce back following a break and the Balko gelding could be up to defying his 119 rating although this does represent a deeper race than those he’s been contesting. Nevertheless he could go well if keeping up his recent good spell of form and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him in the mix.