Sunday horse racing best bets – Tips for Carlisle & Huntingdon
With just two fixtures going to post we’ve picked out our Sunday horse racing best bets and tips across both of the day’s racecards.
Following on from some top-class action around the UK and Ireland on Saturday, Sunday’s racing is a lot more low-key with just two meetings taking place where jumps racing comes from the cards at Huntingdon and Carlisle where the feature Colin Parker Memorial Chase takes centre stage.
Lingfield’s scheduled Sunday meeting has unfortunately been lost to the elements, but we’ve looked over each of the day’s remaining racecards to pick out our Sunday horse racing best bets at each meeting.
SUNDAY HORSE RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR CARLISLE AND HUNTINGDON
1:49 Huntingdon – Watch And Bet At MansionBet Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+) 2m4f
SENIOR CITIZEN was only fair over hurdles although he did manage a win at Chepstow on his debut in that sphere; but Alan King’s charge has proven more adept over fences with two wins from four starts, the latest of which came when beating Darling Maltaix at Newton Abbot in September.
The front two had pulled well clear and the runner-up won on his next start. It was also the selection’s first run of the campaign and he should be sharper for the outing.
He does have a fair bit of weight to carry here and the concession of 10lbs to a decent field in a stronger race won’t be an easy task for the Tobougg gelding; he does have a fitness advantage though over his main rivals while he’s the most experienced chaser amongst the field so might be able to put his experience to use and edge the verdict.
2:22 Huntingdon – Like MansionBet On Facebook Macer Gifford Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-115) 2m½f
Kim Bailey has his team in good form and there could be another success coming courtesy of LOTS OF LUCK who has won three of his five starts over fences, the latest of which came when beating Captains Run at Ffos Las on his return last month.
The Millenary gelding ran out a seven lengths’ victor on his first run of the campaign following wind surgery, scoring easily and the form looks fair with the third since filling the same position on his next outing.
He has a 9lbs rise in the weights to contend with this time around, but there might be better still to come from him as a chaser and he could build on that reappearance win go follow up.
2:40 Carlisle – Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f
BLACK OP may not have the same scope as a few of these rivals, but the Sandmason gelding could make a winning return to action just he did twelve months ago when scoring at Stratford on his seasonal debut.
Tom George’s charge took a little time to get to grips with the larger obstacles, failing to convince with his jumping in his first two attempts back in the 2018/19 season prior to the high-class hurdler returning to that sphere.
But he looked a lot more assured last term following wind surgery, beating a smart one in Mr Antolini on his seasonal bow and then making subsequent Cheltenham Festival scorer Champ pull out all the stops in a Newbury Grade Two contest. That run was backed up by another runner-up effort over three miles in the Grade One Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton.
He returns to a lesser trip here with conditions unlikely to faze him and representing a yard amongst the winners so he could go close if his jumping holds up although this looks a very good renewal of this prize and his task isn’t an easy one.
3:45 Carlisle – Cumberland Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 3m2f
VERY FIRST TIME won three times last campaign following his move to Dan Skelton and it could be worth sticking with the Champs Elysees gelding to get back on the scoresheet following an encouraging third at Perth on his reappearance in September.
A heavy ground winner last term at Southwell he ran well from out of the weights in the Midland Grand National on his final outing of the season and he ran a good third back from a break when beaten around ten lengths by Amalfi Doug on ground arguably too quick for him.
He’s been dropped 2lbs following that outing and with conditions here ideal he should come on for that Perth spin where he can make his presence felt here.