Sunday horse racing best bets – Tips for Sedgefield and Huntingdon
Sunday 7 March horse racing tips and best bets
Just two meetings head to post on Sunday with both fixtures taking place over the sticks; we’ve picked out our Sunday horse racing best bets and tips at each meeting.
As the road to the Cheltenham Festival continues to shorten with each passing day and in the wake of some fantastic racing action on Saturday there is still plenty of horse racing to look forward to in the days ahead.
Sunday’s fixture list is a pretty low-key afternoon however with just two meetings heading to post in the afternoon with both going over the sticks at Sedgefield and Huntingdon. We’ve looked over both of the day’s fixtures to pick out our Sunday horse racing best bets and tips.
SUNDAY HORSE RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR SEDGEFIELD & HUNTINGDON
2:00 Huntingdon – Thank You Roundwood Gin Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m
MARADA won twice towards the end of last year, scoring at Hereford and here over course and distance before running better than the bare result when denied a hat-trick at Ludlow in December where the Martaline mare finished fifth behind Miranda in a better class of race.
Dan Skelton’s charge returned from a break to chase home Martello Sky at Market Rasen last month where he perhaps did too much in front having raced keenly; but she could get back to winning ways here if replicating that effort back in a lesser grade.
She was giving that rival 5lbs on that occasion and clocked a decent time figure with that performance which probably sets the standard in this race and dropping back into a Class 4 contest there may yet be more to come and she could prove a tough nut to crack.
2:20 Sedgefield – Paxtons Record Market Share For Case IH Handicap Chase (Challenger Staying Chase Series Qual’) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-130) 3m2½f
WHO’S IN THE BOX has been progressive this term since being switched to chasing, finishing runner-up in his first two starts over the larger obstacles before landing the Lincolnshire National with a battling success over Cyclop.
Nick Kent’s charge possibly just found the heavy ground against him when tiring late on at Catterick when last seen, allowing Didero Vallis to gain the verdict by two lengths and that form doesn’t look too shabby with both the third and fourth horses home going close since.
The Witness Box gelding is only up 2lbs for that but this less testing surface ought to show him in a better light and his progress perhaps hasn’t yet reached its’ ceiling; he could yet have further scope and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix again here.
2:30 Huntingdon – Racing TV Beginners’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+) 2m7½f
A further break following a fair reappearance in the wake of a 20-month absence might not be altogether ideal for OLD RASCALS but Emma Lavelle’s charge might be worth chancing nonetheless.
Placed three times in the point-to-point sphere for Donnchadh Doyle prior to joining this yard he got off the mark at the third attempt when readily beating Champagne Mystery at Wincanton back in February 2019.
Absent until making his return here in November he beat only one home behind Espoir De Romay but was entitled to have needed that and he could improve although his subsequent spell on the sidelines is a slight worry.
However if he’s none the worse for his break and turns out fully tuned up then he could go well here with the form of that reappearance looking quite useful and the low-mileage eight year old can make his presence felt.
2:55 Sedgefield – Paxtons Have JCB Fastracs In Stock Handicap Hurdle (Northern Lights Stayers Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 3m3f
ESPOIR MORIVIERE isn’t one to place maximum faith in but he’s capable when in the mood as he showed when winning on his reappearance at Ayr back in October to bring up a double having also won on his previous run at Wetherby.
Rose Dobbin’s charge has been hit or miss since, tempering a couple of lesser efforts with a near-miss at Hexham in December when beaten only a neck and the Saddex gelding could go close here if on a going day.
He’s not been seen since being beaten a long way at Wetherby behind Oliver’s Island, but having gone well fresh in the past he might be worth chancing in a relatively weak line-up to come out on top.
3:35 Huntingdon – Thank You Fairfax Saddles Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-115) 2m
AZZURI has been out of sorts for a while over fences and Dan Skelton’s charge was last seen failing to beat a rival in a jumpers’ bumper contest at Lingfield last month.
The Azamour gelding was a useful sort however over the smaller obstacles where he won twice and made the frame on a number of occasions before switching his attentions to chasing; he was no stranger to success in his early chase career, winning five times but he’s become increasingly unreliable and his last win came almost two years ago when winning a Listed chase at Ayr.
He is back over hurdles here for the first time since beating only one home in the 2019 Prelude Hurdle at Market Rasen; but he’s since come a long way down the weights as a result of his spell in the doldrums and he can compete here from just 111 – 18lbs below his last winning hurdles rating.
As a result he might be worth chancing to come good back over the smaller obstacles from a mark that makes him hard to ignore and while his form of late has been dismal he did win his only previous start here so he could bounce back to form in a winnable heat for his in-form yard.
3:55 Sedgefield – Paxtons For Barbier 750 Black Film Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4f
None of these are particularly reliable so it might pay to take a chance on THE SOME DANCE KID who took a step back in the right direct equipped with blinkers for the first time at Catterick recently and if able to build on that performance then the Shantou gelding could go close here.
Donald McCain’s charge hasn’t won for a while with his last success coming at Catterick more than two years ago; however he’s been relatively lightly raced since including having had a stint over fences and while beaten a fair way latest he might just have needed the spin after almost four months off.
The handicapper has eased him another 3lbs and he’s very well treated on old hurdles form, even more so with Theo Gillard taking off another 5lbs; while the addition of a tongue-tie for the first time and a step back up in trip could both yield some improvement and he can go well here if building on that latest outing.