Sunday horse racing tips 1 December – De Bromhead’s 2/1 chance looks sweet for Grade One success at Fairyhouse

The week ends with a two-fixture line-up of UK and Irish horse racing meetings which sees jumps racing going to post at Carlisle following the earlier loss of the meeting at Leicester, although Carlisle’s chances hinge on a morning inspection.

There is also action from Fairyhouse in Ireland which sees a trio of Grade One contests taking place with the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle, Drinmore Novice Chase and Hatton’s Grace Hurdle on a fantastic Sunday racecard.

Brian Healy gives his Sunday horse racing tips, best bets and selections in every race across both meetings.

Carlisle (jumps) – 12.20 – 3.30pm (7 races)
Fairyhouse (jumps) – 12.30 – 3.40pm (7 races)



(1.20) EQUUS DANCER (SP) won twice last term in bumpers, and Peter Bowen’s charge caught the eye on his reappearance over hurdles at this venue in November where he eventually finished third behind Glenduff.

The Jeremy gelding was beaten around ten lengths, but it was his first run in six months and the outing may have been needed so every chance he can strip fitter for that run and make his presence felt here.

The runner-up from that outing has run respectably since, and the Bowen runner could find further improvement to get off the mark here at the second attempt over obstacles.

(1.50) ATLANTA ABLAZE (SP) was progressive last term over fences, winning four times although she had her share of jumping problems also and she fell or unseated her rider on a further three occasions; while her last outing saw her pull up at Perth in April.

Henry Daly’s Kayf Tara mare however made a winning return to action when beating Annie Angel in the Listed Bud Booth Mares’ Chase at Market Rasen in November, scoring by a half-length, and she can build on that performance to follow up.

The front pair had pulled clear and she stayed on best to get up near the line in heavy ground so these conditions ought not o present a prolem for her, and likely to be sharper for that reapperance then she could follow up here.

Carlisle race on Sunday.

(2.55) BAFANA BLUE (SP) goes from strength to strength and arrives here at the top of his game having won his last three since returning from more than five months off the track, latterly scoring by a wide margin under a penalty at Ayr last month.

Maurice Barne’s Blueprint gelding had won both previous outings at this venue, and although he was perhaps a shade fortunate latest having been left clear at the final fence, he should continue to remain competitive despite another hike in the weights.

He’s been hit with a further 6lbs rise following that last win, and while this is a tougher test of his credentials raised in grade he could nonetheless find further improvement where he can go close again back at this venue where he has won two of his three starts here.

12.20 – Rubytwo
12.50 – I’m To Blame
1.20 – Equus Dancer
1.50 – Atlanta Ablaze
2.20 – Justatenner
2.55 – Bafana Blue
3.25 – Jayaaah


(12.30) A WAVE OF THE SEA (SP) has been progressing well over hurdles, and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can land a hat-trick of successes here.

The Born To Sea gelding was a useful performer on the flat, winning starts at Sligo and Down Royal, and following a promising runner-up effort on his hurdles debut he has since scored wins at Punchestown – beating the reopposing Cerberus – and back at Down Royal latest where he romped to an easy twenty lengths’ victory over Khanmurjan.

Soft ground suits, and while he has to give 4lbs to his stablemate he looks a scopey sort who could have even more to come, and every chance he can strike again here.

(2.05) OUT SAM (12/1, Ladbrokes) was an early casualty in the recent Cork National won by the reopposing The Gatechecker, but Gordon Elliott’s charge can post a big effort here if back to his best.

The Multiplex gelding hasn’t won since scoring in the 2018 renewal of that race, but he got no further than the sixth fence when defending his crown, while efforts inbetween had largely been uninspiring although he did show up quite well in last season’s Troytown Chase as well as the Kilmany Cup at Perth in June.

He could be worth chancing now reunited with Davy Russell who was on board when he last tasted success, and although a ten-year old now he has the ability to go close from this mark so could run well.

Henry de Bromhead can win Sunday’s Hattons Grace Hurdle with Honeysuckle.

(2.40) HONEYSUCKLE (2/1, Coral) goes from strength to strength, and while this is her toughest test to date Henry de Bromhead’s charge can take another step forward and collect a second Grade One.

The Sulamani mare is unbeaten in her career since arriving from the point-to-point sphere, and following a trio of hurdles wins which included a defeat of Western Victory in the Grade Three Solerina Mares’ Hurdle she was well-fanced for Cheltenham Festival success only to ultimately be ruled out by injury.

However, having gained some compensation in a novices’ Grade One here, she returned from seven months off to register an impressive win over Easy Game, and likely to be sharper now she can continue her ascent to the top with another success where she can extend her unbeaten record to six.

Four of those victories have come at this venue, and she looks sure to make her presence felt again despite taking on the likes of Apple’s Jade, Bacardys and Penhill who all oppose.

12.30 – A Wave Of The Sea
1.00 – Envoi Allen
1.30 – Fakir D’Oudairies
2.05 – Out Sam
2.40 – Honeysuckle
3.10 – Ciel De Neige
3.40 – Gabby’s Cross


12.30 Fairyhouse – A WAVE OF THE SEA (SP)

1.20 Carlisle – EQUUS DANCER (SP)

1.50 Carlisle – ATLANTA ABLAZE (SP)

2.05 Fairyhouse – OUT SAM (12/1, Ladbrokes)

2.40 Fairyhouse – HONEYSUCKLE (2/1, Coral)

2.55 Carlisle – BAFANA BLUE (SP)