Sunday 17 November horse racing tips – 9/2 chance can strike for the Moore’s at Fontwell

Brian Healy takes a look through each of the four jumps cards on Sunday afternoon and provides his tips for every race.

Four UK and Irish horse racing fixtures draw the week to a close, with the feature fixture coming from Cheltenham where the November Meeting hosts its’ finale with a cracking seven-race card featuring the Shloer Chase and the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle.

Elsewhere, the Southern National dominates the fixture at Fontwell; while in Ireland they go at both Cork and Punchestown where the Grade Two Florida Pearl Chase is the main event of the afternoon.

Punchestown (jumps) – 12.05 – 3.50pm (8 races)
Cork (jumps) – 12.15 – 3.40pm (7 races)
Fontwell (jumps) – 12.25 – 3.45pm (7 races)
Cheltenham (jumps) – 12.45 – 4.00pm (7 races)~

Brian Healy’s NAP of the day – AR MEST (2:05pm Fontwell) 9/2 with Unibet

PUNCHESTOWN

(12.35) ZARKAREVA (5/1 Unibet) was a hurdles winner in France for her previous handler, scoring at Clairefontaine back in June, and the Authorized filly could be worth chancing on her debut for Henry de Bromhead to make a winning start for new connections.

She won by just over one length in that French outing, beating Ludella, and that form looks fair. She ought to be suited by a soft surface given her breeding, and this could prove a very winnable opportunity for her so it wouldn’t come as a surprise if she were to make a bold bid on her first start for her top trainer.

(1.40) FUTURE PROOF (7/2 Unibet) has shaped well in a handful of hurdles starts, most recently finishing fourth behind Pakens Rock at Galway, and the Dream Ahead gelding could be worth siding with to get off the mark here at the fifth attempt.

A flat winner for Ger Lyons prior to joining current handler Noel Meade, he has had a couple of spins on the level since that last hurdles outing and has made the frame in back-to-back contests at Leopardstown in October so will be plenty sharp enough for this outing which sees him switch to handicapping.

A mark of 123 looks workable, while the services of a good 7lbs claimer will help to ease his burden at the weights so he looks well-treated and may improve to open his account in this discipline.

12.05 – Call It Magic
12.35 – Zarkareva
1.05 – Stormy Island
1.40 – Future Proof
2.15 – Alpine Cobra
2.50 – Battleoverdoyen
3.20 – Freewheelin Dylan
3.50 – Knot On Time

CORK

(12.50) Smart bumper performer COLREEVY (5/6 Unibet) could take plenty of beating on her hurdling debut, and Willie Mullins’ charge can get off the mark over timber at the first attempt.

The Flemensfirth mare has won three times in bumpers, latterly beating Abacadabras at Punchestown back in May, and that form has since been franked considerably with the runner-up winning twice since including at Grade Three level, while the third, fourth, sixth and ninth from that race have all won since.

This looks a decent opportunity for him to get off the mark in this sphere, and looks hard to beat if translating his bumper form over timber.

(2.00) OWENACURRA LASS (14/1 Unibet) chased home Colreevy in a bumper at Fairyhouse a couple of seasons ago, and the Gold Well mare opened her account in that sphere with a success at Wexford last October.

Declan Queally’s charge has been in good form over hurdles since returning from a break, better for the run at Clonmel when perhaps unsuited by the drop back in trip at Limerick next time where he finished fourth.

He ran better at Wexford last time, finding only Anything Will Do too strong and he’ll appreciate the return to a longer trip for this latest run where she remains with scope from this mark so ought to be competitive here.

12.15 – Front View
12.50 – Colreevy
1.25 – Macho Mover
2.00 – Owenacurra Lass
2.35 – Touch Of Oscar
3.10 – Global Jackpot
3.40 – Macs Legend

Colreevy bolts up under Patrick Mullins to win a bumper at the Punchestown Festival.

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(12.55) BAD BOY DU POULDU (5/2 Unibet) won over hurdles here a couple of seasons ago, and Gary Moore’s charge could be worth chancing to get back on the winning trail and open his account over fences here.

The Loup Solitaire gelding is capable of going close from this sort of mark over the larger obstacles, and he was in the process of running a big race when hampered and unseating his rider behind Shintori at Plumpton earlier in the month.

Assuming he’s none the worse for that mishap then he could go close with a similar level of performance, while the reapplication of blinkers might aid him to find a measure of improvement so he looks worth siding with to get back on the scoresheet.

(2.05) AR MEST (9/2 Unibet) looked held when blundering away any chance on his chase debut at Fakenham last month, but Gary Moore’s charge could be worth chancing to bounce back over the smaller obstacles.

The Diamond Boy gelding won twice over hurdles last term, and he was far from disgraced when tacking the Betfair Hurdle where he finished a creditable fifth under a penalty behind the high-class Al Dancer.

The form of that chase outing has taken a boost since, and he steps out back over hurdles here where he could still have scope for better and this is an easier assignment than his last over the smaller obstacles. Assuming then that he’s none the worse for his spill last time out then he could quickly bounce back here.

12.25 – Pleney
12.55 – Bad Boy Du Pouldu
1.30 – Chez Hans
2.05 – Ar Mest
2.40 – Captain Cattistock
3.15 – Minella Voucher
3.45 – Truckers Tangle

CHELTENHAM

(2.25) DEFI DU SEUIL (6/4 Unibet) disappointed in the novice chase on this card twelve months ago, but Philip Hobbs’ charge quickly consigned that effort to history and went on to win three of his next five which included both the Scilly Isles Novices; Chase and the JLT Novices’ Chase, with both coming at the expense of Lostintranslation.

The Voix Du Nord gelding had disappointed over hurdles the season following his excellent novices’ campaign in that sphere, so connections won’t be hoping for similar as he steps out of novice company over fences this term.

He rounded off last season with a very good second behind Chancun Pour Soi in the Ryanair Novice Chase during the Punchestown Festival, beaten around four lengths but possibly just feeling the faster ground on that occasion.

But he acts well in softer ground, and these conditions will be more suitable on his reappearance. There is a chance he might need this, and he has been beaten on both his seasonal returns; but in receipt of weight from his three rivals he looks the one to beat if turning out here fully fit, and he can make a winning return to action.

(3.30) The unbeaten Pacify puts his record on the line, but Jamie Snowden’s charge could find the concession of 5lbs to the progressive ECCO (5/2 Unibet) just too much to overcome, and Paul Nicholls charge gets the vote to make it a hat-trick of wins.

The Maxios gelding showed up well in both hurdles starts last term, finishing sixth on debut in the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton prior to filling the same spot when pitched into the Triumph Hurdle on just his second outing where he was beaten around twelve lengths behind Pentland Hills.

He has since returned from seven months off the track and wind surgery to easily win both outings this term at Wincanton and Ascot respectively, the latter of which is usually a decent contest with a history of turning up future classy sorts so the Ditcheat representative could have more to come here as he chases his three-timer.

He has more testing conditions to deal with here, but the ground did ride on the softer side of good latest and if he can cope with the mud this time around then it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him strike again where he can take full advantage of the weight he receives.

12.45 – Treasure Dillon
1.15 – Kingswell Theatre
1.50 – Al Dancer
2.25 – Defi Du Seuil
3.00 – Benny’s Bridge
3.30 – Ecco
4.00 – Time Flies By