Best bets on Sunday 16 May – Tips for Stratford and Ripon

Best bets on Sunday at Ripon and Stratford.Best bets on Sunday at Ripon and Stratford.

Best bets on Sunday 16 May

After a busy Saturday of horse racing action across the UK there are just two meetings heading to post over the sticks and on the flat on Sunday and we’ve looked over the day’s duo of racecards to pick out our best bets on Sunday.

There are just two horse racing meetings going to post on Sunday across the UK, one each on the flat and over jumps where there are some competitive handicap contests on both cards.

The day’s jumps racing comes from Stratford while Ripon accounts for Sunday’s racing on the flat and 15 races will unfold collectively across both of the day’s meetings. We’ve looked over both of the day’s racecards to pick out our tips and best bets on Sunday.


2:05 Ripon – Affordable Ownership With Titanium Racing Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (3yo 0-65) 6f

Lightly-raced COMETH THE MAN has been running well in defeat this term, making the frame in each of his last three starts and the Dandy Man gelding can get off the mark here.

David O’Meara’s charge twice finished runner-up in starts following a near-seven months’ absence and more recently finished three lengths’ third behind Temple Bruer at Doncaster last month where he just lacked the pace of the front pair late on.

He travelled strongly in that contest however and he could have more to offer with first-time cheekpieces now applied. Racing from the same mark as last time he should handle the softer ground and he looks to have solid claims here.

Best bets on Sunday. David O'Meara can get amongst the winners at Ripon.

Best bets on Sunday. David O’Meara can get amongst the winners at Ripon.

2:35 Ripon – Affordable Ownership With Titanium Racing Handicap (Div II) Cl6 (3yo 0-65) 6f

ELEGANT ELLEN has run better than the bare results suggests in a trio of maiden and novice company and now trying handicapping for the first time it might be worth chancing the Shalaa filly to get off the mark at the fourth attempt.

Tim Easterby’s charge was last seen finishing five lengths’ fifth behind Elvrika, weakening late and she might be happier dropping back to six furlongs on her handicap debut where a mark of 64 could prove very workable.

She met with plenty of trouble in that last contest so it was a better effort than it appears at face value while this softer ground will present no problems and she ran arguably her best race to date when tackling the mud at Redcar on debut last August.

Further improvement should put her firmly in the mix and she can open her account here.

3:17 Stratford – Come Racing On The 22nd May Mares’ Novices’ Selling Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+) 2m½f

PEPPER STREET finally managed to win in this sphere when scoring a ready success at Southwell earlier in the month and the Born To Sea mare can follow up.

Sam England’s charge had been in good form on the flat previously and also finished a good third in a seller at Catterick over hurdles in March; she ran out a two lengths’ victor latest over Just One and she escapes a penalty for that success although with a 7lbs claimer now doing the steering she is weighted to strike again.

Dropping back in trip here shouldn’t pose an issue and if in the same form as last time she’s likely to take some beating if producing a repeat.

3:47 Stratford – Visit Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m1f

LARCH HILL ran out a comfortable winner at Warwick last month and might be worth chancing to follow up here.

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge had opened his chase win account at Market Rasen back in April 2019 but was absent for 18 months after finishing third at the same venue on his next start. He didn’t cut much ice in a trio of runs towards the end of last year however although he has returned in better form this time around.

Runner-up at Southwell on his reappearance where he was beaten just one length into second he duly went one better next time with a five lengths’ defeat of Atlantic Storm and a 5lbs rise in the weights could still prove workable.

He’s been showing some useful form on sharper tracks such as this and he can make his presence felt here where he can confirm recent form with Atlantic Storm who reopposes.

Best bets on Sunday. Larch Hill (yellow cap, far side) can win at Stratford.

Best bets on Sunday. Larch Hill (yellow cap, far side) can win at Stratford.

4:05 Ripon – British EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 6f

Having shaped as if in need of the run on her seasonal debut over this course and distance in April BRAZEN BELLE stepped up on that run to get back to winning ways at Wolverhampton later that month and the Brazen Beau filly could be worth chancing to follow up here.

David O’Meara’s charge scored by a half-length over Annie Rose on that occasion, making all the running and holding on well to land the win. She’s only been pushed up 4lbs for that success which leaves her with scope for improvement and it wouldn’t be a huge shock if she were to find another jolt of progress.

Assuming she handles the softer ground then she can get back to winning ways.

4:17 Stratford – Stratford Touring Park Is Open Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 3m2½f

MADERA MIST got off the mark over fences when successfulo at Cheltenham back in December last year and while Tim Vaughn’s charge has been beaten on all three subsequent outings she has made the frame each time.

The latest of those came when denied by just over one length behind Floral Bouquet at Uttoxeter on Saturday and if turned out quickly she can go one better from 5lbs higher in the weights back over hurdles.