Sunday horse racing tips – Best bets at Cheltenham, Fontwell and Southwell
Sunday’s fixture list of horse racing action takes in just three meetings around the UK and we’ve looked through the trio of fixtures to weed out our Sunday horse racing tips and best bets.
There are only three UK horse racing meetings going to post on Sunday; but while the day may lack in numbers it certainly isn’t short on quality with day three of the Cheltenham November Meeting featuring the competitive Greatwood Handicap Hurdle as well as the Grade Two Shloer Chase on a top-class fixture.
Elsewhere at Fontwell it is Southern National Day, while Southwell hosts a fixture on their fibresand surface.
We’ve looked over each of the three fixtures going to post through the day and pick out our Sunday horse racing tips and best bets as we go in search of winners and bounce back from a poor Saturday.
SUNDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT CHELTENHAM, FONTWELL & SOUTHWELL
1:00 Fontwell – John Rogerson Memorial Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m5½f
PEMBERLEY concedes race fitness to a few of these including the likely favourite in Republican; but with Emma Lavelle’s string in decent fettle the Darsi gelding could be worth siding with to make a winning chase debut on his return to action.
A Hereford hurdles winner last November he largely ran well in defeat including when finishing third behind Flight Deck in a Newbury contest back in February, splitting a couple of subsequent winners in the process.
Now turning his attentions to chasing he has the scope to make into a decent exponent over fences and with the yard amongst the winners he can post a big run.
1:10 Southwell – Betway Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 5f
RAYYAN is by far the least exposed of the runners in this contest and Karl Burke’s charge can get off the mark at the third attempt.
The Siyouni gelding showed some promise when finishing third on his debut at Wolverhampton in October, beaten around four lengths by May The Sixth but failed to back up that outing next time at Newcastle when tried over six furlongs.
A drop back to five furlongs here could prove a plus and while he has to prove effectiveness on this surface he ought to go close if the fibresand doesn’t inconvenience. He’s related however to a winning filly at this venue which augurs well and he could take some stopping here now tried in a handicap.
1:45 Southwell – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Maiden Stakes Cl5 (3yo+) 7f
John Gosden has a good strike rate with his runners at this venue and LADY ANDAZ can get off the mark now trying fibresand.
The Dark Angel filly hinted at ability in a trio of turf starts in maiden company, posting his best run when finishing fourth at Sandown; he bettered that performance on his all-weather and handicap debut following a break at Newcastle in September but failed to back that run up when last seen at Kempton behind I’m Available.
She finished only one length behind a subsequent dual-winner however and back in maiden company she could do better now equipped with first-time cheekpieces and a big run could be forthcoming.
1:50 Cheltenham – Planteur At Chapel Stud Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m3½f
DISCORAMA hasn’t won since late 2018 but can be fancied to build on a very good second at Galway last month where he possibly needed the run and the Saddler Maker gelding can end his losing streak here.
Paul Nolan’s charge has run well on all three visits this track over hurdles and fences in forays at the Cheltenham Festival, finishing runner-up twice in the Martin Pipe Hurdle and National Hunt Chase respectively before crossing the line in third in the Ultima Chase back in March.
His latest start might have been needed and the form looks useful with the winner since placing in a Grade Three at Wexford. He now steps back up in trip which ought to suit and conditions shouldn’t present a problem so he can give a very good account of himself back here where he get back on teh scoresheet.
3:00 Cheltenham – Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f
Very competitive fare and at a big price SIR PSYCHO is taken to get back to winning ways having run well on his return at Chepstow recently in the Silver Trophy Hurdle.
Paul Nicholls has his yard in good fettle and the Zoffany gelding progressed really well last term to notch up three wins which included the Victor Ludorum Hurdle at Haydock in heavy ground prior to rounding off his campaign with a solid fifth in the Triumph Hurdle during the Cheltenham Festival.
He jumped the last with a narrow lead at Chepstow when last seen but weakened on the long run-up although he should be much sharper now and the shorter trip may suit him better having possibly just been stretched by the additional yardage.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him prove a different proposition now with that under his belt and the handicapper has eased him 1lb. This is a strong renewal however and he’ll need to be at his best; but he’s still a youngster and open to considerable progress so may be worth chancing to find the necessary improvement to feature.
3:15 Fontwell – Paddy Power Southern National Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 3m3½f
Race-fitness over this trip could prove crucial and so DOING FINE gets the vote to get back on the winning trail.
Neil Mulholland’s string are in decent fettle at present and the veteran Presenting gelding took a valuable prize on New Years’ Day at Cheltenham, beating Cogry. Having then looked in need of the run at Uttoxeter in July behind Minellacelebration he got back on the winning trail back at the Midlands track in August before a short break and he shaped well for a long way at Sedgefield when last seen contesting the Durham National.
He’s been eased 1lb in the ratings since and this ground ought not to hold any fears although most of his winning form has come on less testing ground. That said he has won on soft ground in the past and while he’s not getting any younger he can make his presence felt in this contest with fitness and stamina assured.