Sunday horse racing tips 12 January – Candlish runner can strike Kelso success

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across the day's trio of UK and Irish racemeetings.

The week draws to a close on Sunday with a trio of UK and Irish horse racing meetings which sees jumps racing from Kelso, and also Punchestown in Ireland; while on the all-weather there is a fixture on the fibresand at Southwell.

Kelso (jumps) – 12.20 – 3.35pm (7 races)
Punchestown (jumps) – 12.30 – 3.45pm (7 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) – 12.40 – 3.55pm (7 races)



(12.50) Mah Mate Bob is on a roll and could be hard to stop from notching up another win; but formerly smart chaser ALOOMOMO (7/1, William Hill) could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet following an encouraging run over hurdles at Doncaster last month.

The Tirwanako gelding was very progressive earlier in his career, winning three times and running to a very useful level which included finishing sixth to Ballyalton in the 2016 Close Brothers Chase. He’s not had his troubles to seek however, and his career since has been peppered with absences.

He left Warren greatrex following a poor run at Ayr back in April 2018, and he wasn’t seen out for more than 600 days until making his return to action for new handler Sandy Thompson, and he shaped well enough in finishing fifth over timber behind Methag. That run will have brought him on, and he switches back to chasing from a mark of just 110.

Given he was rated 140 at his peak, he is too well handicapped to ignore if able to recapture something akin to that level on this latest start, and he can post a big effort here.

(1.25) Haydock bumper winner CHEDDLETON (11/8, William Hill) found only the useful Proschema too strong on his seasonal reappearance and hurdles debut at Wetherby in November; but the Shirocco gelding stepped up on that experience to go one better at Bangor last month, beating another useful sort in Glockenspiel readily, and Jennie Candlish’s charge can strike again.

He appeared to revel in the heavy ground as he sauntered to a near-twenty lengths’ success over the runner-up who in turn was ten lengths’ clear of the rest of the field, and he likely has further improvement to come so could well prove a tough nut to crack here if turning up in similar mood to that outing.

The form of his earlier Wetherby runner-up effort looks decent now, and he probably sets the standard on his efforts to date so may well be up to the task of going in again here.

12.20 – Kiltealy Briggs
12.50 – Aloomomo
1.25 – Cheddleton
1.55 – Chti Balko
2.30 – Warendorf
3.00 – Chapel Stile
3.35 – Let’s Sway

Aloomomo could be worth chancing to reclaim winning ways on his second start for Sandy Thompson.


(1.05) City Island appeared not to take to chasing when pulled up on his debut over the larger obstacles at Leopardstown behind Melon; but CAREFULLY SELECTED (11/10, William Hill) made no mistake to get off the mark at the first time of asking over fences at Fairyhouse, and Willie Mullins’ charge can double up.

The Well Chosen gelding won twice in bumpers having joined the County Carlow from the point-to-point sphere, and he lost no caste in defeat behind Relegate and Tornado Flyer respectively in successive Grade One contests at Cheltenham and here.

Having won on his hurdles debut at Limerick, he found only a couple too good – including Minella Indo – on his next start here last May in a Grade One, and he made a seamless transition to chasing when returning from a break to beat Lord Schnitzel by four lengths.

He ought to strip fitter with that run under his belt, and he’ll learn from the experience having made several niggling errors; but he was ultimately a cosy winner and he likely has more to offer so every chance he can extend his winning run to two from two over fences.

(2.10) CHEB DE KERVINIOU (9/4, William Hill) was a useful sort in France prior to joining forces with Gordon Elliott, and he almost made a winning debut for his new handler at Fairyhouse on New Years’ Day when beaten only a half-length behind Biddy The Boss.

The Tiger Groom gelding was giving the winner 9lbs on that occasion, and the pair had pulled clear so it was a useful first effort and he can improve for the run to go one better here and reverse the form with Gavin Cromwell’s reopposing rival.

He is only 3lbs higher in the weights for this latest outing, and assuming the run doesn’t come too soon just eleven days later then he could prove a tough nut to crack on these revised terms which could be enough to hand him the advantage.

12.30 – Cherokee Bill
1.05 – Carefully Selected
1.35 – My Manekineko
2.10 – Cheb De Kerviniou
2.40 – Andy Dufresne
3.15 – Rebel Early
3.45 – Blackbow

Blackbow can strike at Punchestown on Sunday.


(1.15) SNOWBALL JACKSON (5/2, William Hill) shaped as if a stiffer test was needed when finishing third on debut at Kempton last month, but this extra furlong and deeper surface could see the No Nay Never colt in a better light.

Richard Hannon’ charge looked to be outpaced at a crucial stage, but he stuck to his task to cross the line four lengths’ adrift of Ivatheengine and he should come on for that experience with the longer trip a possible source of improvement.

The runner-up from that race filled the same berth on his next outing to do little harm to the form, and he could make the most of the 7lbs he receives from last-time winner Harrison Point who has looked a speedy sort but might find his pace blunted on this surface.

(1.45) SILVERTURNSTOGOLD (9/4, William Hill) is on a roll at present, winning his last three outings over this course including once at this distance, and Tony Carroll’s charge can continue to defy the assessor and lodge another success.

The Equiano gelding latterly struck under a penalty over seven furlongs here back in November, beating Break The Silence by one length to land his third win in just eleven days, and having subsequently been given a break he can pick up where he left off.

The runner-up and fourth horses home from his last outing have both registered subsequent wins, and a 4lbs rise in the weights might not be enough to prevent another success under 7lbs claimer Elisha Whittington who is 3-3 on Carroll’s charge at this venue.

12.40 – Constitutional
1.15 – Snowball Jackson
1.45 – Silverturnstogold
2.20 – Blowing Dixie
2.50 – Motahassen
3.25 – Global Melody
3.55 – The Retriever