Sunday 26 January horse racing tips – George’s 7/4 chance can be Manofthemoment at Sedgefield

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and tips for all of Sunday's UK and Irish horse racing action.

Brian Healy looks over the Sunday horse racing action where three meetings going to post across the UK and Ireland and he gives his best bets for Sunday for each race at each meeting.

The week ends with a three-fixture line-up of UK and Irish horse racing meetings where there is jumps racing from Sedgefield and Fontwell, as well as from Naas in Ireland which boasts Grade Three action on their card. Brian Healy assesses all three cards where he gives his best bets for Sunday and tips in every race across each of the day’s meetings.

Sedgefield (jumps) – 1.00 – 4.00pm (7 races)
Naas (jumps) – 1.10 – 4.10pm (7 races)
Fontwell (jumps) – 1.20 – 4.20pm (7 races)

BRIAN HEALY’S NAP OF THE DAY – SUNDAY 26 JANUARY

1.30 Sedgefield – Sprayclad UK Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Middle Distance Chase Series Qualifier) (Class 4) (5yo+ 0-120)

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BEST BETS FOR SUNDAY RACING

1.20 Fontwell – NO TRUMPS (7/1, William Hill)
1.30 Sedgefield – MANOFTHEMOMENT (7/4, William Hill)
1.40 Naas – STORMY ISLAND (10/11, William Hill)
2.30 Sedgefield – DAME DU SOIR (5/2, William Hill)
3.10 Naas – SAINT D’OROUX (SP)
3.20 Fontwell – AGUILLE ROUGE (8/1, William Hill)

SEDGEFIELD TIPS

(1.30 Sedgefield)

MANOFTHEMOMENT (7/4, William Hill) has improved with every start over fences, getting off the mark at the third attempt with a win at Warwick and the Jeremy gelding can follow up here.

Tom George’s charge won twice over hurdles last term and having looked in need of the run and experience on his chase debut where he finished a creditable sixth behind Simply The Betts, he built on that effort to finish third next time at Wetherby behind Warendorf.

He took a forward step when last seen, beating Summit Like Herbie by just over two lengths, finding plenty and the front pair pulled clear of the rest. He’s been hit with a 8lbs rise in the ratings, but he could have further progress to come and he can improve again to defy this new mark.

(2.30 Sedgefield)

DAME DU SOIR (5/2, William Hill) already looks a better chaser than hurdler, finishing runner-up on her debut over the larger obstacles behind Midnight Tune at Exeter last month and building on the outing and experience to get off the mark at the second attempt.

David Bridgwater’s Axxos mare ran out a ready winner latest at Hereford, beating Colorado Doc by three lengths and there could be more to come from her now she takes the handicapping route.

She is only 1lb higher here than for her last outing, and likely to have more to offer she can follow up here in receipt of weight all round.

1.00 – Zamani
1.30 – Manofthemoment
2.00 – Desaray Girl
2.30 – Dame du Soir
3.00 – Pixiepot
3.30 – Ask Paddy
4.00 – Dollar And A Dream

Trainer Tom George features in our Sunday tips for Sedgefield.

Trainer Tom George can get amongst the winners at Sedgefield on Sunday

NAAS TIPS

(1.40 Naas)

STORMY ISLAND (10/11, William Hill) has looked a much improved sort in her two starts this term, emphatically winning on her reappearance at Punchestown in a Listed contest and following up readily when upped to Grade Three company at Leopardstown over Christmas where Willie Mullins’ charge ran out a five lengths’ winner over Elfile.

The Motivator mare had proven herself to be a very smart sort last term, winning at Punchestown before reeling off four successive runner-up efforts behind the likes of stablemates Laurina and Benie Des Dieux as well as Espoir D’allen.

A drop back to two miles might prove sharp enough for her, but she arrives in good fettle and is versatile with regards to ground conditions so another big run looks on the cards and she can collect another Grade Three prize here despite stepping out of mares’ only company for the first time.

(3.10 Naas)

SAINT D’OROUX (SP) has shaped with some ability in three hurdles starts for Gordon Elliott having joined the Meath handler from France and the Saint Des Saints gelding can get off the mark now.

Formerly with Guillame Macaire, he rounded off his time in France with a runner-up effort at Dieppe, and he ran well in defeat when last seen in at Leopardstown over Christmas behind Leagan Gailge.

He now goes handicapping where an opening mark of 123 might not overfaze him, and likely to have further improvement to come he can get off the mark now for all this is a competitive contest he takes in.

1.10 – Pepper’N Salt
1.40 – Stormy Island
2.10 – Carefully Selected
2.40 – The Big Getaway
3.10 – Saint D’Oroux
3.40 – The Caddy Rose
4.10 – Billaway

Stormy Ireland can win again at Naas for our expert tipster.

Stormy Ireland can win again at Naas.

FONTWELL TIPS

(1.20 Fontwell)

NO TRUMPS (7/1, William Hill) was surely amiss when last seen at Kelso in December, and Charlie Longsdon’s charge is given an opportunity to quickly bounce back here.

The Black Sam Bellamy mare had won both her previous starts at Wetherby and Hexham, latterly beating Cudgel by almost one length under this rider. The runner-up has won since as well as make the frame in subsequent outings over hurdles and fences so the form has been boosted.

Her new mark has kicked in which will demand a shade more, and it is easy to be wary following her poor effort last time out. However she is forgiven that outing given the way she folded quickly suggested all was not well, and she is perhaps better judged on her earlier winning efforts.

While her revised rating is no gimme, she can do better here and if back to her best then she can get back on the winning trail.

(3.20 Fontwell)

AGUILLE ROUGE (8/1, William Hill) won twice over course and distance during the 2017/18 season on soft ground, and he rounded off that particular campaign with a solid third in a better contest at Huntingdon prior to being off the track for almost 700 days.

Gary Moore’s charge was never involved on his reappearance in a Sandown Listed contest won by Mack The Man, and his latest run back at this venue came in attritional conditions where he shaped as if still possibly just needing the run behind Dostal Phil.

That particular meeting was abandoned soon after the race which gives an idea of how bad conditions were; but he’s been given some time to recover, and likely to be sharper now for that latest outing he can make his presence felt here having been dropped 3lbs.

1.20 – No Trumps
1.50 – Good News
2.20 – Beaufort West
2.50 – O’Rahilly
3.20 – Aguille Rouge
3.50 – Soarlikeaneagle
4.20 – Et Moi Alors

BEST BETS FOR SUNDAY RACING

1.20 Fontwell – NO TRUMPS (7/1, William Hill)
1.30 Sedgefield – MANOFTHEMOMENT (7/4, William Hill)
1.40 Naas – STORMY ISLAND (10/11, William Hill)
2.30 Sedgefield – DAME DU SOIR (5/2, William Hill)
3.10 Naas – SAINT D’OROUX (SP)
3.20 Fontwell – AGUILLE ROUGE (8/1, William Hill)

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