Sunday horse racing best bets – Wolverhampton, Fontwell & Naas tips

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Brian Healy gives his Sunday horse racing best bets and selections in every race for each of the day’s all-weather and jumps racing cards across the UK and Ireland.

The unrelenting bad weather claims yet another victim with Hereford losing their scheduled Sunday jumps racing; but there are still three meetings going to post with jumps racing action from Fontwell and also Naas in Ireland.

The Grade Two National Spirit Hurdle is the feature race of the day at the West Sussex track and it could be a cracker despite the small field. Meanwhile the Naas card features a Grade Two contest where Andy Dufresne will be bidding to stamp his Cheltenham Festival ticket.

Completing Sunday’s trio of fixtures is a meeting on the all-weather at Wolverhampton which host a jumpers’ bumper fixture.

Wolverhampton (jumps, aw) – 2.00 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Naas (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Fontwell (jumps) – 2.20 – 5.20pm (7 races)

Brian Healy looks over the day’s UK and Irish racing action where he gives his Sunday horse racing best bets and tips for every race going to post throughout the day.


2.30 Wolverhampton – PERFECT PREDATOR (10/3, 888Sport)
2.40 Naas – AN FRAOCH MOR (11/2, Paddy Power)
3.00 Wolverhampton – LONGHOUSE SALE (13/8, Betway)
3.20 Fontwell – THOMAS DARBY (6/5, William Hill)
3.40 Naas – LAURA BULLION (8/1, Betvictor)
3.50 Fontwell – NOTRE PARI (8/15, Coral)
4.10 Naas – PURE GENIUS (5/2, BetVictor)


(2.30 Wolverhampton)

PERFECT PREDATOR (10/3, 888Sport) made the frame in three of his four starts in bumpers last term on turf which includes a win at Taunton last February.

Alan King’s charge has yet to add to his tally since switching to hurdles, but he has finished runner-up in three of his four outings over timber and he possibly bumped into one last time out at Doncaser behind Global Society.

This is a trappy affair, but his consistent profile is a positive and having already shown a decent level in this sphere he could get back on the scoresheet.

Sunday horse racing best bets. Dan Skelton can saddle a Wolverhampton winner.

Sunday horse racing best bets. Dan Skelton can saddle a Wolverhampton winner.

(3.00 Wolverhampton)

LONGHOUSE SALE (13/8, Betway) is undefeated in bumpers since joining Dan Skelton, winning four times in that discipline on turf and the September Storm gelding threatened to make into a smart hurdler with wins in his first three starts over timber.

He wasn’t extended to readily brush aside Manor Park for the latest of those wins at Ffos Las last June, but he shaped as if amiss when disappointing in the Market Rasen Summer Hurdle. Possibly unsuited by Kempton on his next start, he has been given a break and undergone wind surgery; he could prove a different proposition here as a result and he could get back on the scoresheet on his return.

The Skelton runners often improve for having their wind done and given his prolific winning record in this discipline and having won when fresh in the past he can stage a resurgence here to resume winning ways.

2.00 – Surf Walk
2.30 – Perfect Predator
3.00 – Longhouse Sale
3.30 – Hatcher
4.00 – Canyon City
4.30 – Rhythm Is A Dancer
5.00 – The Dancing Poet


(2.40 Naas)

AN FRAOCH MOR (11/2, Paddy Power) remains unexposed over obstacles and Ross O’Sullivan’s charge can follow up his latest success with another victory here.

The Mahler gelding showed progressive form to strike at the second time of asking over hurdles with victory at Wexford last March, and he has since shown useful form switched to chasing in both starts this term.

Runner-up to Debuchet on his reappearance at Fairyhouse in November, he ran out an easy winner when last sighted scoring at Navan the following month and there may be better to come now he turns his attentions to handicapping where a mark of 130 may prove lenient given his potential to progress again.

(3.40 Naas)

LAURA BULLION (8/1, Betvictor) has finished third in each of her last two starts, but the form of those efforts looks all the stronger now given the subsequent exploits of A Wave Of The Sea who beat Noel Meade’s charge on both those outings.

The Canford Cliffs filly has won over hurdles, scoring on her second attempt over timber at Down Royal back in August and she could improve on her form to date having had a subsequent winner behind her last time out.

She switches to handicapping here where a mark of 113 is tempered by her rider’s 7lbs allowance and she can make her presence felt in this contest.

Sunday horse racing best bets. Tips for Naas' fixture.

Sunday horse racing best bets. Naas are racing on Sunday.

(4.10 Naas)

PURE GENIUS (5/2, BetVictor) has shaped well on both his starts in maiden company over hurdles, finishing fourth to Tiger Voice on his debut at Cork and then going one place better at Navan in December when last seen.

The Authorized gelding finished around eight lengths’ adrift of Festival D’ex on that occasion where he possibly just did too much too soon. However he had a subsequent winner in arrears and he could progress again on the back of that effort.

He can give another good account and with the potential to improve again he gets the vote to better again his finishing position where he could get off the mark at the third attempt.

2.10 – Cadmium
2.40 – An Fraoch Mor
3.10 – Andy Dufresne
3.40 – Laura Bullion
4.10 – Pure Genius
4.40 – Muhaafiz
5.10 – Farouk D’alene


(3.20 Fontwell)

THOMAS DARBY (6/5, William Hill) got back on the winning trail when returned to the smaller obstacles at Ascot last month and the Benficial gelding can stamp his ticket to the Champion Hurdle with victory in this Grade Two contest.

Olly Murphy’s charge was a very progressive sort as a novice, winning twice over timber prior to chasing home Klassical Dream in last season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Switched to chasing this campaign he wasn’t always the fluent over the larger obstacles in starts at Warwick and Kempton respectively; but he took full advantage of the return to hurdles when beating Song For Someone in a Grade Three contest last time.

Subsequent Betfair Hurdle winner Pic D’Orhy was well beaten that day and the selection likely has more to offer over hurdles. He sets the standard on form and would be conceding weight to this field in a handicap so could prove tough to beat with a repeat of that Ascot performance.

Saturday horse racing best bets. Thomas Darby can stamp his Cheltenham Festival passport.

Saturday horse racing best bets. Thomas Darby can stamp his Cheltenham Festival passport.

(3.50 Fontwell)

NOTRE PARI (8/15, Coral) likely would have made the frame but for falling in the Lanzarote Hurdle when last seen; but if the Jeremy gelding is none the worse for that spill then he could gain compensation here.

Olly Murphy’s charge had won impressively the time before at Aintree, beating One Night In Milan. He then travelled well into the race at Kempton last time before falling at the last. He was beginning to get the worst of the argument though and likely would have finished second at best had the leader not also unshipped his rider at the same obstacle.

This is easier however back in novice company and he could prove tough to beat here as he bids to get back on track if none the worse for that recent mishap.

2.20 – Echo Watt
2.50 – Grand Sancy
3.20 – Thomas Darby
3.50 – Notre Pari
4.20 – Jamessaintpatrick
4.50 – Bob And Co
5.20 – Frenchy Du Large