Horse racing tips on Sunday – Best bets at Newbury, Uttoxeter and Market Rasen
Horse racing tips on Sunday 21 February
With some top-class horse racing action taking place on Sunday we’ve picked out our horse racing tips and best bets for the day’s trio of fixtures.
Following on from Satuday’s classy fixture list there’s more top-class racing action taking place around the country where three fixtures head to post including the rearranged Betfair Hurdle meeting at Newbury which was abandoned last weekend.
In addition to that classy card which will also feature both the Denman Chase and Game Spirit Chase there is also jumps racing taking place at Market Rasen where Listed action is on the card, as well as Uttoxeter.
With plenty to look forward to the best of the action will be featured on ITV Racing and we’ve picked out our best horse racing tips on Sunday across all three of the day’s racecards.
HORSE RACING TIPS ON SUNDAY – BEST BETS AT NEWBURY, UTTOXETER & MARKET RASEN
1:30 Market Rasen – MansionBet’s Watch And Bet Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Mares’ Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4½f
AGAINST ALL ODDS landed a bit of a gamble when successful on his hurdling debut at Catterick in November and the Saint Des Saints mare subsequently wasn’t disgraced in finishing third behind Nada To Prada at Haydock next time in a Listed contest.
The heavy ground on that occasion perhaps wasn’t entirely ideal but she faced a stiff task and performed well so the lightly-raced sort could do better switching to a handicap where a mark of 116 looks very workable.
Less testing ground here will help and with the Laura Morgan yard in good form with its’ runners she can post a big effort here as she bids to get back on the scoresheet.
1:57 Uttoxeter – Read Davy Russells Exclusive Blog starsportsbet.co.uk Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 2m4f
Consistent GUSTAVIAN has yet to finish out of the first two in any of his starts in bumpers or over hurdles and Anthony Honeyball’s charge is taken to follow up his recent win.
The Mahler gelding has won twice in his seven career starts, scoring in heavy ground at Exeter last January and ending a run of runner-up efforts when resuming winning ways at Fontwell last month where he beat Hasankey by two lengths under this rider.
He did well there given he made a bad error two out but he knuckled down well to win going away and a 6lbs rise for that success looks fair. There could still be more to come from him over timber and his consistency can’t be knocked so it would be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix again.
3:00 Newbury – Betfair Game Spirit Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m½f
The eye immediately falls on Champ who steps out for the first time this season although this trip will surely prove far too sharp for Nicky Henderson’s Gold Cup hope who will likely use this as a sighter prior to the Cheltenham Festival.
Greaneteen has done well this term but it might be worth chancing a return to winning ways by SCEAU ROYAL who found only Altior too strong in this race twelve months ago but has been campaigned back over hurdles for most of this campaign.
Alan King’s charge seemed to relish the return to the smaller obstacles, winning the Welsh Champion Hurdle before taking the Elite Hurdle and then chasing home Epatante in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.
The Doctor Dino gelding then lost little caste in defeat when finishing just three lengths’ fourth to Song For Someone in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham but fell early back over fences at Kempton latest in the Desert Orchid Chase.
Assuming he’s none the worse for that mishap he could quickly bounce back here and getting 6lbs from Greaneteen and 3lbs from Champ he looks set for a big run in this contest and ought to go close with a clear round.
3:15 Market Rasen – MansionBet’s Faller Insurance Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m½f
Gipsy De Choisel’s debut third behind Metier reads all the better now but MICK MAESTRO looks a very progressive sort and the Air Chief Marshal gelding can strike again having won two of his last three starts.
Nick Kent’s charge was a narrow winner at Doncaster in November and he looked set to go close back there next time but fell three out. However he quickly bounced back from that error with a fine defeat of reopposing Miss Heritage at Catterick where he ran out a 15 lengths’ winner and he can confirm that form with further improvement anticipated from the lightly-raced eight year old.
That last-time win saw him record a good time and he can continue to progress despite being hit with a 12lbs rise in the weights for that latest success
3:35 Newbury – Betfair Hurdle (Handicap) (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f
MR COFFEY might have found his turn of foot blunted by the heavy ground at Sandown back in December but with the prospect of better ground here Nicky Henderson’s charge can get back to winning ways.
A bumper winner for Harry Whittington he subsequently moved to Seven Barrows and he’s won twice over hurdles which include over course and distance. The Authorized gelding returned this term with a five lengths defeat of Oscars Leader where he was impressive and that form looks very solid with the runner-up since filling the same spot behind The Cob at Haydock who has since won a Grade Two.
He was far from disgraced in his latest outing in the mud at Sandown when beaten around nine lengths by Benson and that form is decent also with the winner since finishing a good fourth to Not So Sleepy in the Betfair Exchange Hurdle.
A mark of 138 looks very workable given he’s lightly raced and open to considerable improvement and having been freshened up by a break it would be no surprise to see him post a big run in this competitive contest.
4:10 Newbury – “My Oddsboost” On Betfair Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+) 2m7½f
ENRILO might have been flying too high when contesting the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day where Paul Nicholls’ charge pulled up; but he had looked progressive prior to that run, winning at Exeter having started his chase career with a good runner-up effort behind The Mighty Don at Chepstow in October.
The Buck’s Boum gelding proved himself a classy hurdler last term, winning twice which included a Sandown Grade Two contest prior to finishing third to Thyme Hill in the Challow Hurdle and having had a break and dropping back to a more suitable level he ought to do better.
His earlier defeat of Darlac was given a boost when that one won next time before taking in some stiff tests and eased 2lbs he can make his presence felt in much calmer waters.
4:17 Uttoxeter – starsports.bet Pipped At The Post Offer Handicap Chase (Div II) Cl5 (5yo+ 0-100) 3m
EASY BUCKS is 2-2 at this venue including over the trip of this contest and Peter Bowen’s charge can get back to winning ways having been running better than his form figures suggest.
The Getaway gelding posted his last win back in October 2020 when beating Anywayyoulookatit under a penalty and he subsequently finished a good second on his hat-trick bid behind Robin Of Sherwood at Ffos Las.
The shorter trip at Market Rasen might have been against him when disappointing back from a break in January but he wasn’t disgraced finishing third latest at Chepstow where his chance was undone by a couple of late mistakes.
He’s been eased 1lb and back at this venue he can bounce back to winning form in a race that doesn’t look particularly strong.
4:25 Market Rasen – MansionBet’s Proud To Support British Racing Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-105) 3m
This doesn’t look a particularly strong heat and it might be worth chancing RINTULLA to get off the mark over fences having shaped better than his bare form figures might otherwise suggest.
Ben Pauling’s charge was only moderate over hurdles wher ehe failed to trouble the judge in three starts although he had won a Carlisle bumper previously.
The Tobougg gelding finished a fair fourth behind Kapga De Lily on his chase debut at Bangor and he bounced back from an early fall at Uttoxeter to finish four lengths’ third to Skipping On at Warwick latest when equipped with blinkers for the first time.
That form is perhaps only fair but he showed enough to suggest he can pick up a small race over fences and he’s been eased another 1lb in the ratings. Assuming the headgear has a positive effect again as it appeared to do last time then he likely wouldn’t need to improve much to make his presence felt and he could open his chase win account in a weak contest if coping with the step up to three miles.