Sunday horse racing tips – Best bets at Plumpton, Catterick and Southwell

Sunday 3 January horse racing best bets

With three meetings going to post across the UK on Sunday we’ve picked out our daily racing best bets and Sunday horse racing tips for each fixture.

Following on from some cracking horse racing action on Saturday which saw some top performances and a potential Cheltenham Festival contender in the Tolworth Hurdle, we now turn our attentions to Sunday’s racing where three more fixtures head to post across the UK.

Jumps racing on Sunday comes from the cards at Plumpton and Catterick, while on the all-weather there is a fixture in the afternoon on the Southwell fibresand.

We’ve assessed each of the three racecards going to post and pick out our Sunday horse racing tips for each fixture as we bid to find a few winners across the day’s 21 races.


12:48 Plumpton – Follow At The Races On Twitter Novices’ Chase (Bonus Series Race) (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+) 2m3½f

UP THE STRAIGHT showed some fair form in point-to-points in Ireland for Donnchadh Doyle prior to joining this yard for whom he was a hurdles winner at Lingfield on his debut for Richard Rowe.

The Arcadio gelding possibly found Grade Two competition too much next time but finished a good third to Shishkin at Huntingdon before beating Flic Ou Voyou at Kempton in March. He’s continued to run well this term and although beaten a long way on his chase debut he did find only the very promising Chantry House too strong at Ascot in November.

Helped in no small measure by the fall of his only other rival it was nevertheless a promising first performance and he could step up on that experience in a more suitable contest and having had a wind operation he can go one better.

12:57 Catterick – Millbry Hill Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 3m1½f

OLIVER’S ISLAND rounded off last term with a heavy ground success at Southwell where he beat Boher Lad by two lengths despite racing from out of the weights and the Milan gelding has improved his finishing position with each start this term.

Most recently he struck by three lengths in a conditional riders’ event at Wetherby and if this doesn’t come too soon then Sean Conway’s charge can follow up.

He won a shade cosily there and the front two pulled a long way clear of the rest; now turned out quickly he escapes a penalty for that success while his rider can utilise his full claim this time around so he holds an obvious chance at the weights of striking again with the longer trip unlikely to present an issue.

Sunday horse racing tips and best bets. Catterick are racing over the sticks with seven races on their card.

Sunday horse racing tips and best bets. Catterick are racing over the sticks with seven races on their card.

1:40 Southwell – Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 1m

AMADEUS GREY has two wins from three runs over this course and distance and Tim Easterby’s charge could be worth sticking with to add another win to that tally.

The Zebedee gelding has won his last two starts over course and distance which bookend a lesser effort at Wolverhampton in November; but he got the verdict by a short-head when last seen beating Native Silver here and he should be in the thick of things again from just 4lbs higher.

Along with the runner-up last time out the pair were clear and this is likely to be run at a strong pace again which will suit so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him firmly in the mix again in receipt of weight for all this is a step up in class.

2:25 Plumpton – Sky Sports Racing Sussex National Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 3m4½f

SEASTON SPIRIT was progressive over fences last term following the application of blinkers, winning three of four starts in testing ground and Oliver Sherwood’s charge can go well in this contest where he’ll be sharper for a recent spin over hurdles at Ffos Las.

The Kayf Tara gelding won on that occasion, beating Out The Glen by a wide margin and he returns to chasing now 9lbs higher than when beating useful stayer The Two Amigos at Taunton in March.

That form is decent and this longer trip should suit so with proven ability to handle the conditions and a run under his belt he can continue his progression and no surprise to see him getting involved with the potential for better still to come.

Sunday horse racing tips and best bets. Oliver Sherwood can get amongst the winners at Plumpton.

Sunday horse racing tips and best bets. Oliver Sherwood can get amongst the winners at Plumpton.

3:07 Catterick – Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-100) 3m1f

DERRICK D’ANJOU was a fair sort over hurdles for George McPherson, winning at Exeter back in November 2019 and the Double Eclipse gelding has been running well since switched to current handler Jessica Bedi and having his attentions turned to chasing.

Last seen finishing runner-up to The Late Legend over a furlong more at Sedgefield last month where he finished off the race well to go down by only three lengths that form looks fair and he’s only 1lb higher in the weights this time.

The testing conditions will hold no fears and he can give another good account of himself here where he remains relatively unexposed as a chaser.

3:45 Southwell – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Classified Stakes Cl6 (4yo+ 0-50) 1m3f

MAN OF VERVE posted a return to winning ways at Newcastle back in September last year, beating Scots Sonnet to land his first success in nearly two years and the Dandy Man gelding could get back on the winning trail here.

Phil Kirby’s charge latterly ran fifth at Chelmsford in November where he wasn’t seen to best effect from the rear of the field and possibly given too much to do; but he could do better stepping up in trip from the same mark and with Ben Curtis in the plate.

He makes his fibresand debut here and ability to handle the track has to be taken on trust; but he looks one of the more likely ones in this open contest if taking to the surface and no surprise to see him going close.