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Best bets for Sunday 16 August – Tips for Market Rasen, Ripon and Newbury

We give our best bets for Sunday as we look over the cards at Market Rasen, Ripon and Newbury.

There’s more competitive horse racing action taking place on Sunday where three fixtures head to post across the UK and the feature race of the day comes from Ripon where the competitive sprint handicap of the Great St. Wilfred Stakes goes to post.

Elsewhere, at Newbury there is Listed action on their card with the St. Hugh’s Fillies’ Stakes. Completing the Sunday trio is a jumps fixture at Market Rasen which hosts some competitive handicap action.

With the first race of the day getting underway at 12.00pm there’s plenty of racing to look forward to with 26 races over the three fixtures and we give our best bets for Sunday with our racing tips for Market Rasen, Ripon and Newbury.


1:40 Market Rasen – Betway Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-130) 2m½f

Standard-setting Brandon Castle is difficult to overlook but he has to improve again to defy this higher mark and GET BACK GET BACK could prove the answer to this tricky handicap.

The selection is still relatively unexposed over hurdles and the manner of his last-time success at Uttoxeter suggested Harry Fry’s charge had more to offer in this sphere after a cosy success over John Constable and others.

The Lord Shanakill gelding travelled well throughout that contest, leading over the last and readily asserting; he was value for more than the official winning margin and a subsequent 7lbs rise in the weights may not anchor a repeat.

A wind operation seems to have been the catalyst for improved form and he can make his presence felt again in this contest.

2:50 Market Rasen – Betway Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m5½f

Useful hurdler PARICOLOR wasn’t always foot perfect on his chase debut at Cartmel last month; but David Pipe’s charge was still going well in that contest when his jumping finally caught him out and he fell three from home.

That was quite a heavy fall so there’s a slight worry the mishap may have left a mark. However, assuming he’s none the worse then he could be worth chancing to atone for that failure here where he can post a big run.

The Orpen gelding will surely need to brush up on his jumping, while the form of that Cartmel run has been dented a few times since so there’s a suspicion he’ll need a bit more. But he’s thoroughly unexposed as a chaser and if he can get his jumping sorted out then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him deliver a big run here.

David Pipe can saddle a winner on the card at Market Rasen on Sunday.

David Pipe can saddle a winner on the card at Market Rasen for our best bets on Sunday column.

3:15 Ripon – William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 6f

DAKOTA GOLD went from strength to strength in the sprinting ranks last term, winning this race in grand style as part of a five-win haul that also included a pair of Listed contests.

Michael Dods’ Equiano gelding hasn’t matched that level in three starts this campaign, but he’s kept very useful company and he ran better than the bare result in the Hackwood Stakes when last seen.

He tried to make all that day and perhaps went off too hard given he folded rather tamely to eventually cross the line in ninth place. However two subsequent winners have since come out of that contest and the selection may benefit from being returned to the handicap ranks.

Although he has 3lbs more on his back than twelve months ago, his current mark leaves him well treated at his best and having won a Listed prize last term from 110 there’s every chance he can exploit his current 107 rating if bouncing back to his best.

A return to this venue may well prove the catalyst that allows him to do that and he can make his presence felt.

3:35 Newbury – Unibet St Hugh’s Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f

CAROLINE DALE could have a bigger performance in her and the Lethal Force filly stands out on her form to date.

David Loughnane’s charge shaped with plenty of ability on her debut at Lingfield in June, finding only one too good; that impression was subsequently reinforced when finishing a very good third in the Queen Mary Stakes, battling well to cross the line just over three lengths’ adrift of the winner.

She got off the mark on her next run at Windsor, making all in grand style and the third from that race has won twice since; while the selection returned to Group company and finished a very good third in the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot last month.

She possibly failed to get home that day and is quickly returned to five furlongs where she could blaze a trail to victory easing slightly in class. She rates top of our best bets on Sunday pile and carries the NAP.