Sunday horse racing tips – Best bets at Aintree, Hexham and Wincanton

Three UK horse racing fixtures head to post on Sunday and we’ve looked over each of the day’s racecards to give our Sunday horse racing tips and best bets.

After some cracking horse racing on Saturday with Cheltenham and Doncaster there is more classy action for punters to take in on Sunday where the Grade Two Old Roan Chase spearheads the day’s card at Aintree over the sticks.

Elsewhere there is further jumps racing at Hexham and Wincanton in the afternoon and across the day’s trio of fixtures punters will be treated to 22 races in all. We’ve looked over each of the day’s three meetings and pick out our Sunday horse racing tips and best bets on each card.


1:22 Aintree – Every Race Live On Racing TV Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 8 Of The Veterans’ Chase Series) Cl2 (10yo+ 0-150) 3m1f

Course and distance winner MINELLACELEBRATION looks worth chancing to follow up his victory at Uttoxeter on his return to action in July where Katy Price’s charge struck in the Listed Summer Cup Handicap Chase, getting up close home to score by a neck.

He’s won his fair share of races over fences and goes particularly well fresh having won three times on his return from breaks in excess of 100 days which includes that latest Uttoxeter win.

Only 1lb higher in the weights here he can give another good account over a trip and ground that will present no issue; while with proven winning course form to call upon he should deliver another big performance here and no surprise to see him going close.

1:30 Hexham – Anick Handicap Hurdle (Div II) Cl5 (3yo+ 0-100) 2m4f

THAT’S MY DUBAI has shown progressive form since joining Rebecca Menzies, building on her reappearance last term to make the frame in each of her next four starts which included a win at Catterick and the Dubai Destination mare can step up for her recent reappearance to resume winning ways.

Having gone well for a long way at Cartmel on her recent return, she faded to finish sixth behind Ever So Much and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see her doing better now with that run under her belt and having been dropped 2lbs in the ratings.

The yard continues amongst the winners and Nathan Moscrop can take off a further 3lbs so she looks handicappe.d to run well and every chance she can do better here to get back on the scoresheet.

1:42 Wincanton – Racing Welfare – Supporting Racing’s Workforce Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4f

FAIRWAY FREDDY won a shade cosily at Kempton last Sunday on just his third start over fences and the Elusive Pimpernel gelding looks worth chancing to follow up.

Nick Gifford’s charge was building on a promising seasonal return third at Warwick when beating Rock On Rocco latest and the dual-winning hurdler has scope for better in this sphere so might be able to improve again.

He has a 7lbs penalty to carry on this occasion, but this longer trip promises to suit and every chance he can make his presence felt again with another win.

1:57 Aintree – Monet’s Garden Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f

Dual Grade Two-winning hurdler MIDNIGHT SHADOW could be the way to go in this contest given his record fresh and Sue Smith’s charge developed into a high-class chaser last term, winning the Grade Two Dipper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham on New Years’ Day although he was fortunate to capitalise on the last fence departure of Champ who had the race in safe-keeping when crashing out.

The Midnight Legend gelding came up short behind the reopposing Itchy Feet in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown next time and ran well for sixth on his final outing in the Marsh Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival behind Samcro at the Cheltenham Festival.

His Sandown clash with Itchy Feet saw him beaten four lengths where the pair competed on level terms; but he could be capable of turning the tables now where he gets 5lbs from Olly Murphy’s charge and he’s a course and distance winner over hurdles which should stand him in good stead here.

He finished ahead of Itchy Feet at Cheltenham where the latter unseated having jumped poorly; but Sue Smith’s charge has got better with his jumping since a Carlisle fall and is chanced to make a winning reappearance in this Grade Two contest.

3:15 Hexham – Allerwash Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 1m7½f

GLORIOUS LADY went well for a long way on her chase debut over this course earlier in the month and with that run under her belt Keith Dalgleish’s charge can progress.

A three-time hurdles winner inlcuding when successful at Musselburgh in February, she likely needed that reappearance where she eventually finished sixth behind El Kaldoun but is expected to be sharper now and she showed enough in that start to suggest she can win races over the larger obstacles.

This drop back to two miles shouldn’t present a problem and she’s won over this trip before over hurdles; while she has winning form in soft ground so conditions are unlikely to inconvenience either so there’s every chance of a big performance here under Brian Hughes.