Best bets on Sunday 18 October – Tips for Kempton, Sedgefield and Ffos Las
Sunday’s fixture list of horse racing across the UK sees a trio of jumps racing fixtures and we give our best bets on Sunday for each fixture.
Only three UK horse racing meetings go to post across the UK on Sunday and all three take place over the sticks where the day’s racing comes from Ffos Las, Sedgefield and Kempton.
It is Welsh Champion Hurdle day at Ffos Las, while at Sedgefield the Durham National goes to post. Meanwhile there is Listed action on the card at Kempton so there’s some quality around all three of the day’s Sunday racecards.
We take a look at the day’s fixtures and pick out our top tips and best bets on Sunday from all three of the day’s UK meetings as we go in search of more winners.
BEST BETS ON SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER – TIPS FOR KEMPTON, SEDGEFIELD & FFOS LAS
2:50 Sedgefield – Paxtons For JCB Agriculture Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m5f
MILLIE THE MINX was set a lot to do behind reopposing Lovely Schtuff over course and distance last month on her chase debut, but Dianne Sayer’s Medicean mare is taken to do better here with that experience under her belt.
A two-time hurdles winner in the winter of 2018 over this course she had been in useful form on the flat with a brace of wins at Hamilton in August and she shaped well on her first try over the larger obstacles when beaten around ten lengths.
She only ran past beaten rivals but it was encouraging nonetheless and the winner looked a shade fortunate having been challenged when his main rival crashed out two from home and there might be more to come in this sphere where she can build on that experience so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see an improved effort on her second start over fences.
2:57 Kempton – Bet At racingtv.com Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m2f
DARLING MALTAIX can follow up his recent start at Ludlow where the Voix Du Nord gelding ran out a wide margin winner of a three-runner race to make it two wins fro his last three starts.
Paul Nicholls has his team in fine form at present and the manner of that latest success suggested that the seven year old might have further improvement to come and he can make his presence felt again from the same mark despite this being a stronger race than the one he took last time.
He had the useful Seddon behind when scoring at Stratford earlier in the campaign and this slightly less taxing trip will pose no issue so he’s expected to go well here to continue his trainer’s current good spell.
3:10 Ffos Las – Potter Group Welsh Champion Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (GBB Race) Cl2 (3yo+) 2m
It might be worth chancing THEBANNERKINGREBEL to get back on the winning trail on his reappearance and Jamie Snowden’s charge can make his presence felt.
A smart bumper performer, winning twice and chasing home classy hurdling prospect Mcfabulous in a Grade Two bumper at Aintree the Arakan gelding won three of his first four hurdling starts which included in a Listed contest at Haydock. He was subsequently far from disgraced in the Rossington Main Hurdle but never got involved when last seen in the Betfair Hurdle although that was a hot renewal and he can be excused that run.
He’s had wind surgery since his last run which could well bring about some improvement and he’s gone well fresh in the past so could post a big effort here.
4:07 Kempton – Racing TV Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 3m
POKER SCHOOL hinted at a revival on his seasonal appearance at Southwell in July where he found only one too good and while Ian Williams’ charge has failed to back up that performance in two subsequent outings he might be worth chancing to deliver back at this venue where he is 3-4 in his starts at the Sunbury track.
The Gold Well gelding hasn’t won since scoring at Wincanton last year but recent defeats leave him on a winnable mark and he has the services of a very good 5lbs claimer for this assignment so could well deliver a big performance back over this much sharper track which has suited him well in the past.
A drop into Class 4 company represents a lesser grade and while he’s likely to be a big price he can post a big run here.
4:33 Sedgefield – Paxtons Support The NHS Durham National Handicap Chase Cl2 (5yo+ 0-145) 3m5f
This is sure to be a thorough test and BRIAN BORANHA cal build on his recent return to action where he looked rusty to make his presence felt in the day’s feature at the Durham track.
Peter Niven’s Brian Boru gelding won this race in 2018 but hasn’t managed to add to his tally since although he has run well in some good contests and finished fourth in defence of his crown twelve months ago although he appeared to go through the motions in subsequent runs.
He didn’t give his best in a Listed contest when last seen out in July behind Minellacelebration and he’s had another break since; but he turns out here 5lbs below the mark he won this race in 2018 and while another absence isn’t ideal he could make his presence felt in this contest where he’s guaranteed to stay.
Brian Hughes partners him again and he can make his presence felt despite this not being an easy assignment for his latest return.