Sunday horse racing tips – Best bets at Kelso and Southwell
With only two meetings heading to post across the UK on Sunday we’ve picked out our best bets at Kelso and Southwell.
Huntingdon might have been lost to the weather with the Peterborough Chase meeting washed out following heavy rain but there are still two meetings going to post on Sunday with jumps racing from Kelso featuring the Borders National on the agenda; while on the all-weather there is a meeting going to post on Southwell’s fibresand surface.
Kelso features on Sunday’s ITV Racing broadcast where two races will be shown in addition to racing in Ireland; but we’ve looked through both of the day’s UK horse racing meetings and picked out our best bets at Kelso and Southwell.
SUNDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT KELSO AND SOUTHWELL
11:55 Kelso – William Hill Bookmakers “National Hunt” Auction Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m
The sole mare in the race and thus in receipt of weight it might be worth chancing ESME SHELBY to get the Kelso meeting off to a winning start and the Arctic Cosmos mare shaped well on her hurdling debut at Newcastle last month when finishing third behind Rubytwo.
Placed in an Irish point-to-point before moving to this yard Donald McCain’s charge was making her yard debut and first run for more than 300 days so it is entirely possible she just needed the outing on that occasion and she should strip fitter now.
The fourth horse home has run well since and she ought not to be inconvenienced by this drop in trip with the stiff track here likely to suit and every chance she can get off the mark now.
12:01 Southwell – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 5f
BLUELLA has looked more like her old self since joining Michael Appleby and the Equiano mare has turned in a trio of solid performances for her current lander where she most recently found only a couple too good over this course and distance.
The five-year old posted her sole career win to date over this course and distance last August when trained by Robyn Brisland, but her form was patchy either side of that success although she’s run well in her outings since returning from almost a year off.
Runner-up on turf at Catterick in October she has finished fourth and third in her last two starts here, beaten only a half-length into third latest behind Loulin where she was run down late. The runner-up from that race has filled the same spot since and competing here from the same mark she might be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet on these slightly better terms.
1:00 Kelso – William Hill Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m7½f
Course and distance winner CAVENTARA was sent off favourite for last season’s Borders National but the Kayf Tara gelding got no further than the eleventh fence before falling and Sandy Thompson’s charge wasn’t sighted again until making his return to action at Ayr last month.
On that occasion he looked in need of the outing where he finished fourth to Crixus’s Escape, beaten a long way and already well-held when badly hampered at the last so the margin of defeat perhaps doesn’t tell the whole story and he’d surely have finished closer had he not suffered the interference.
He’s sure to strip fitter for that run however and he could do better with the outing under his belt racing from the same mark which still leaves him with scope given the authoritative way he had won over course and distance last campaign from just 7lbs lower.
Assuming he can build on his reappearance then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close here.
1:32 Kelso – EBF Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (EBF Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle Series Qual’) (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m5f
SOUTHERN GIRL has twice finished runner-up ion her three starts to date over hurdles, but Lucinda Russell’s charge has shown enough to suggest she can win races and the Getaway mare may well have done had she not jinked and unseated her rider at Hexham two starts ago.
A point-to-point winner in Ireland she finished fourth in a Carlisle bumper on her first start for this yard last October, but she has progressed over timber and possibly bumped into one at Hexham in October behind Rayna’s World who looked a useful prospect although that one has since been turned over at long odds on which puts a slight dampener on the form.
The ground here might be more to her liking this time around and she could have more to offer so every chance she can continue to make her presence felt and she ought to be in the mix once more.
2:20 Southwell – Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m
PARALLEL WORLD is 2-3 at this venue and the Morpheus gelding can get back to winning ways having gone close when last seen out at Newcastle.
Karl Burke’s charge has posted both her wins over seven furlongs although she found only one too good over course and distance in March and possibly just needed her return at Doncaster in October when finishing around seven lengths’ sixth behind Bobby Shaft.
The ground was also heavy that day which might not have best suited, but he showed one mile to be no issue when proving better for the run to finish just a neck behind Perfect Swiss latest and that form has been franked.
Still relatively unexposed given his low-mileage profile and proven on this surface he can bounce back to winning ways here.
3:25 Southwell – Betway Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 1m4f
GRIMSTHORPE CASTLE is thriving at present, winning three of his last four starts and the Dawn Approach gelding can continue in good form.
Michael Appleby’s charge has registered all those wins over this course including at this distance and his latest came over one furlong shorter last month when beating Drew Breeze under a double-penalty, winning a shade comfortably with a half-length success.
This extra furlong is of no issue and he’s only 1lb worse off with Ivan Furtado’s reopposing rival so could well have the measure of that one again as he bids to land a hat-trick of wins and keep his good spell going.