Sunday 5 January horse racing tips – Best’s 7/2 chance can strike Plumpton win

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Brian Healy gives his Sunday 5 January horse racing tips and best bets for every UK and Irish horse racing going to post from the day's three meetings.

The week ends with just three fixtures going to post, and there is jumps racing action from Plumpton where the Sussex National takes centre-stage; while at Naas in Ireland there is Grade One racing on the card with the Lawlor’s Of Naas Novices’ Hurdle.

Completing Sunday’s trio of horse racing on Sunday is an all-weater fixture on the Southwell fibresand.

Southwell (flat, aw) – 12.30 – 3.30pm (7 races)
Plumpton (jumps) – 12.40 – 3.40pm (7 races)
Naas (jumps) – 12.50 – 3.50pm (7 races)

Brian Healy gives his Sunday 5 January horse racing tips for every meeting going to post throughout the day.



(1.00) MAKTHECAT (Evens, Paddy Power) showed up well in a Huntingdon bumper last November, and Karl Burke’s charge could be worth siding with switched to the all-weather on the flat where he represents a yard which usually does very well with its’ runners at this venue.

The Makfi gelding found only one too good on that occasion, beaten less than two lengths behind Ocean Wind with subsequent Cheltenham winnner Audacity back in third. He now tackles this sphere and fibresand, and he could be worth chancing despite the drop in trip given he’ll likely get a strong pace to aim at.

The yard boasts a near £50 level stakes profits with its’ runners here, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see a bold show on his switch to fibresand.

(1.30) SUITCASE ‘N’ TAXI (2/1, William Hill) is 3-3 at this venue, and the Major Cadeaux gelding can land another success with the potential still for further progress.

Tim Easterby’s charge had a head to spare at the line when last successful back in November, beating Young John despite racing from out of the weights in what was arguably a deeper race than this.

He found plenty when challenged, and a 3lbs rise in the weights might not be sufficient to halt further improvement, and he can strike again here to preserve his unbeaten record on this surface.

12.30- George Thomas
1.00 – Makthecat
1.30 – Suitcase ‘N’ Taxi
2.00 – Face Like Thunder
2.30- Al Suil Eile
3.00 – Bodacious Name
3.30 – Optima Petamus

Tim Easterby can saddle a winner on Sunday’s card at Southwell.


(12.40) KATAHDIN (5/2, Bet365) showed some useful bumper form for Lydia Pearce prior to a long layoff and a switch in yards, and the Kayf Tara gelding could be worth chancing to build on his recent hurdles efforts.

A winner at Southwell back in February 2018, he wasn’t disgraced in a Warwick bumper behind Emitom after which he was absent for 560 days. He has possibly needed his two runs back – both at Newbury – but his latest outing when finishing fifth behind Son Of Camas was a decent effort.

He could have more to offer, and easing back in grade for this latest outing he can find some further improvement to get off the mark over timber at the third attempt.

(2.10) THATS MY RABBIT (7/2, William Hill) landed a gamble when getting back to winning ways at Uttoxeter last month, running out a five lengths’ victor over Seymour Sox, and the Heron Island gelding can follow up here.

Suzi Best’s charge was winning for the first time since scoring at the same venue in December 2015 on his final run for Jim Best; but he’s had only six starts in the four years since, and despite his veteran status he remains very well treated on his old form following an 8lbs rise in the weights.

A repeat of that last effort could be enough to see him double up his win tally for his current yard with Richard Johnson booked for this assignment.

12.40 – Katahdin
1.10 – Who Dares Wins
1.40 – Cat Tiger
2.10 – Thats My Rabbit
2.40 – Christmas In April
3.10 – Nautical Twilight
3.40 – Lightly Squeeze

Envoi Allen can win the feature Grade One contest at Naas on Sunday.


(1.20) TORNADO FLYER (7/4, Paddy Power) arrives here on a hat-trick of chase wins, and Willie Mullins’ charge could prove tough to beat in his attempt for the three-timer.

The Flemensfirth gelding was a Punchestown winner over hurdles back in December 2018 having won two of his three bumper starts earlier in the year, and the lightly-raced sort has registered wins here and at Navan this term, latterly in the Klairon Davis Chase where he beat I’m A Game Changer readily.

The Mullins yard has won this race three times in recent seasons, and while the selection has to give away weight all round to his field he remains open to further progress and could prove tough to beat with further improvement likely.

(2.50) PENCILFULOFLEAD (5/4, Ladbrokes) showed ability when making a winning bumper debut at Down Royal last November, and the Shantou gelding ran well in defeat subsequently when finishing five lengths’ fourth behind Uhtred at Navan last month in a Listed contest.

Gordon Elliott’s charge can improve switching to hurdles, and he could prove to be a very useful prospect with more to offer in this discipline for his in-form yard.

This could prove to be a straight fight between the selection and Willie Mullins’ Asterion Forlonge in what looks an otherwise ordinary contest, and he can open his hurdles win account here.

12.50 – Good Thyne Tara
1.20 – Tornado Flyer
1.50 – Everlastingpromise
2.20 – Envoi Allen
2.50 – Pencilfuloflead
3.20 – Something Sweet
3.50 – Secret Artist