Best bets for Sunday 16 Feb – Tips for all three meetings

Brian Healy gives his best bets for Sunday as well as a tip in every race across the day’s scheduled meetings.

Three UK and Irish horse racing meetings are due to go to post on Sunday following the loss of Exeter’s racecard. Brian Healy looks at the three scheduled fixtures and gives his best bets for Sunday as well as a tip in every race.

All being well with the weather on Sunday there will still be racing over the sticks at Market Rasen although the also inspect on Sunday morning, as well as Navan in Ireland. Meanwhile, Sunday’s all-weather racing comes on the polytrack at Kempton if that fixture passes a morning look.

Navan (jumps) – 1.20 – 5.05pm (8 races)
Market Rasen (jumps) – 2.05 – 4.52pm (6 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 2.15 – 5.00pm (6 races)

Exeter’s card has been lost to the weather, but Navan hosts two Grade Two races including the Boyne Hurdle where dual-Grand National winner Tiger Roll makes his seasonal reappearance on a card that also includes the Ten Up Novices’ Chase.

Brian Healy looks over all four meetings scheduled to take place on Sunday and gives his race-by-race selections and best bets.


1.50 Navan – PENHILL (9/1, Paddy Power)
2.40 Market Rasen – MOLLY OLLYS WISHES (5/4, Bet365)
2.50 Kempton – DOUBLE LEGEND (9/4, William Hill)
3.15 Market Rasen – KILCONNY BRIDGE (3/1, William Hill)
3.25 Kempton – ALL YOURS (4/1, William Hill)
3.30 Navan – CHERIF DE L’ISLE (5/1, William Hill)


(1.50 Navan)

Dual-Grand National winner Tiger Roll bolted up in this race twelve months ago, but he had had the benefit of a previous run on that occasion and could prove vulnerable here off top weight on his return to action.

Gordon Elliott’s star might be worth taking on with 2018 Stayers’ Hurdle winner PENHILL (9/1, Paddy Power) who has been working his way back to top form following a lengthy absence and Willie Mullins’ charge has bettered his finishing position with each start.

Last of six behind Honeysuckle on his return from 584 days off the track, the Mount Nelson gelding has finished third and runner-up in his two subsequent outings, the last of which saw him chase home Benie Des Dieux in the Galmoy Hurdle.

He could be capable of taking another forward step here with the drop in trip unlikely to present a problem and with underfoot conditions in his favour he can get back to winning ways here.

Penhill is one of our best best for Sunday in the feature Boyne Hurdle.

Penhill is one of our best best for Sunday in the feature Boyne Hurdle.

(3.30 Navan)

CHERIF DE L’ISLE (5/1, William Hill) has finished third on all three recent starts following almost two years off the track and the Fragrant Mix gelding can get off the mark here.

Gordon Elliott’s charge was last seen finishing just over two lengths’ third behind Punitive at this venue in January when sporting first-time cheekpieces. The headgear is now replaced with blinkers and he could find improvement raised just 1lb in the weights.

The trip last time may just have been too sharp, while the steady pace possibly didn’t play to his strengths. However, he should get more of a pace to aim at this time and a return to three miles ought to suit so every chance he can make his presence felt with Davy Russell booked for this assignment.

1.20 – Jungle Junction
1.50 – Penhill
2.20 – Francin
2.55 – Bay Ambition
3.30 – Cherif De L’isle
4.00 – Minella Fair
4.35 – Persian Wind
5.05 – Ballyadam


(2.40 Market Rasen)

MOLLY OLLYS WISHES (5/4, Bet365) had been running well in defeat over hurdles, twice finishing runner-up before getting off the mark fitted with a first-time tongue-tie at Warwick last month.

Dan Skelton’s charge ran out a near-three lengths’ winner over It’s Probably me, scoring readily and there could be more to come from the Black Sam Bellamy mare although this drop back in trip appears to be a slightly strange move given she appeared to relish the stiffer test last time.

The lesser trip might not prove too much of a hindrance however as her earlier runner-up efforts came at this distance. Still relatively unexposed the tongue-tie could continue to have a positive effect and she can strike again here.

(3.15 Market Rasen)

Point-to-point winner KILCONNY BRIDGE (3/1, William Hill) is 2-3 in her starts since joining Anthony Honeyball, winning a Plumpton bumper back in December and then finding only one too good on her hurdles debut at Catterick where she might have found that too sharp a test.

The Stowaway mare showed improvement stepped up to three miles latest at Exeter where she ran out an impressive winner and there could be more to come from her now tackling the handicap ranks.

She’s been handed a mark of 114 which could underestimate her potential for better and a first-time tongue-tie could help her find further improvement so no surprise if she were to strike again here.

2.05 – Night Edition
2.40 – Molly Ollys Wishes
3.15 – Kilconny Bridge
3.45 – Black Pirate
4.20 – Maxed Out King
4.52 – Out For Justice


(2.50 Kempton)

DOUBLE LEGEND (9/4, William Hill) won a shade cosily over course and distance at the beginning of the month and the Finsceal Fior gelding can follow up here.

Amanda Perrett’s charge has made the frame in all but two of his eight starts at this venue where he has registered two wins over this trip. He ran out a near-three lengths’ winner over Rail Dancer last time out and a subsequent 4lbs rise in the weights doesn’t look unduly harsh.

He has acquitted himself with credit on turf from higher marks than this so he remains with scope for better and no surprise to see him go close here.

Get our best bets for Sunday for the meeting at Kempton.

Check out our best bets for Sunday at Kempton.

(3.25 Kempton)

ALL YOURS (4/1, William Hill) got back on the winning trail following a short break when outpointing Carnwennan over two miles at this venue earlier in the month and Sean Curran’s charge can follow up.

The Halling gelding drops back in trip for this outing but he is 2-2 over course and distance and 4-5 at Kempton overall. He struck by a neck latest, doing well to land the win having been caught further back than ideal and he’s only been raised 3lbs in the weights so could still have scope for better.

A winner at this level in the past he can give another good account under Adam Kirby and no surprise to see him going close.

2.15 – Clog Maker
2.50 – Double Legend
3.25 – All Yours
3.55 – Rainbow Dreamer
4.30 – Wiley Post
5.00 – Griggy