Sunday ITV Racing best bets – TV tips at Newbury, Market Rasen and Navan
Sunday ITV Racing best bets
The TV cameras are back in action on Sunday with seven races live in the afternoon and we’ve picked out our Sunday ITV Racing best bets and tips.
Sunday’s horse racing sees the rearranged Betfair Hurdle meeting from last weekend taking place at Newbury and the ITV Racing cameras will have four races live from the Berkshire track including the Betfair Hurdle and two Grade Two contest with both the Denman Chase and Game Spirit Chase on the agenda.
The cameras will also have two races from Market Rasen as well as the Grade Two Boyne Hurdle from Navan on the card and Ed Chamberlain and the team will be back with all their usual expert racing tips, insights and post race analysis for all the action and we’ve picked out our Sunday ITV Racing best bets and tips.
SUNDAY ITV RACING BEST BETS – TV TIPS AT NEWBURY, MARKET RASEN & NAVAN
1:50 Newbury – Betfair Weighed-In Podcast Weekly Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 3m
Lightly raced SIZABLE SAM could prove a good deal better than his current 131 rating in time and the Black Sam Bellamy gelding is taken to continue his winning run.
Jeremy Scott’s charge won a Warwick bumper on just his second run last term, beating Betfair Hurdle favourite Cadzand and since switching to hurdles this month he is 2-3 with a brace of wins at Wincanton.
The latest of those successes came in January when narrowly getting the better of Oneupmanship although he still looked a shade inexperienced and he could continue to improve for racing.
He’s up 7lbs for his latest win but the step up in distance here could suit and a more galloping track ought to play to his strengths and he can progress again to go close in this contest.
2:05 Market Rasen – Ballymore Sidney Banks Novices’ Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4½f
MINELLA DRAMA is given another chance having stepped up on previous wins with a very good second in the Rossington Main Hurdle at Haydock last month, looking the most likely winner but idling and passed in the final strides having made most of the running.
The front two had pulled clear and Donald McCain’s charge could yet have more to offer with the application of a hood potentially sparking a jolt of improvement.
Back in a Listed contest he’s seen the form of that Haydock near miss boosted since by the fourth who went on to win the Jane Seymour Novices’ Hurdle and he could be suited by this step up in trip given his point-to-point background so looks worth chancing to regain the winning thread here.
2:25 Newbury – Betfair Denman Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m7½f
Standard-setting Clan Des Obeaux would be hard to beat if coming back to his best, while Lostintranslation is very capable of taking a hand although neither has set the heather alight in their runs this term and it might be worth taking the pair on with KALASHNIKOV who goes back up in trip although the Kalanisi gelding can see out the distance.
Amy Murphy’s charge won his first two starts over fences back in the 2018/19 campaign but he’s winless since rounding off that season with victory in the Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree.
Despite failing to add to his tally he has run well in defeat on most of his starts and having had a spin over hurdles at the beginning of this current campaign following wind surgery he found only Mister Fisher too strong in the rearranged Peterborough Chase at Cheltenham.
He has stamina to prove over this longer trip, but he returns from a break and has a decent record fresh while his two previous visits here have yielded a win in the Betfair Hurdle and a nose runner-up finish behind Oldgrangewood over fences.
Assuming he sees out this stiffer track then he could represent some value against the principal pair who both perhaps have a question to answer at present and he can post a big run.
2:47 Navan – Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle (Grade 2) (5yo+) 2m5f
FURY ROAD was disappointing when last seen finishing fourth behind Flooring Porter in the Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle but the Stowaway gelding is taken to bounce back here.
A three-times hurdle winner last term which included the Monksfield Novice Hurdle at this venue he rounded off last term finishing just a neck third to Monkfish in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Having returned with victory in a Grade Two at Punchestown he was readily beaten off latest but that run did come at a time when Gordon Elliott’s runners were under a bit of a cloud and he’s surely better than he was able to show on that occasion.
This will be no easy task giving weight all round to a decent field of rivals which includes dual-Grand National winner Tiger Roll; but if back to his best and able to replicate the performance he delivered at Cheltenham last campaign then he could get back on the scoresheet back at a venue where he’s won before.
3:00 Newbury – Betfair Game Spirit Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m½f
The eye immediately falls on Champ who steps out for the first time this season although this trip will surely prove far too sharp for Nicky Henderson’s Gold Cup hope.
Greaneteen has done well this term but it might be worth chancing a return to winning ways by SCEAU ROYAL who found only Altior too strong in this race twelve months ago but has been campaigned back over hurdles for most of this campaign.
Alan King’s charge seemed to relish the return to the smaller obstacles, winning the Welsh Champion Hurdle before taking the Elite Hurdle and then chasing home Epatante in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.
The Doctor Dino gelding then lost little caste in defeat when finishing just three lengths’ fourth to Song For Someone in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham but fell early back over fences at Kempton latest in the Desert Orchid Chase.
Assuming he’s none the worse for that mishap he could quickly bounce back here and getting 6lbs from Greaneteen and 3lbs from Champ he looks set for a big run in this contest and ought to go close with a clear round.
3:15 Market Rasen – MansionBet’s Faller Insurance Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m½f
Gipsy De Choisel’s debut third behind Metier reads all the better now but MICK MAESTRO looks a very progressive sort and the Air Chief Marshal gelding can strike again having won two of his last three starts.
Nick Kent’s charge was a narrow winner at Doncaster in November and he looked set to go close back there next time but fell three out. However he quickly bounced back from that error with a fine defeat of reopposing Miss Heritage at Catterick where he ran out a 15 lengths’ winner and he can confirm that form with further improvement anticipated from the lightly-raced eight year old.
That last-time win saw him record a good time and he can continue to progress despite being hit with a 12lbs rise in the weights for that latest success
3:35 Newbury – Betfair Hurdle (Handicap) (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f
MR COFFEY might have found his turn of foot blunted by the heavy ground at Sandown back in December but with the prospect of better ground here Nicky Henderson’s charge can get back to winning ways.
A bumper winner for Harry Whittington he subsequently moved to Seven Barrows and he’s won twice over hurdles which include over course and distance. The Authorized gelding returned this term with a five lengths defeat of Oscars Leader where he was impressive and that form looks very solid with the runner-up since filling the same spot behind The Cob at Haydock who has since won a Grade Two.
He was far from disgraced in his latest outing in the mud at Sandown when beaten around nine lengths by Benson and that form is decent also with the winner since finishing a good fourth to Not So Sleepy in the Betfair Exchange Hurdle.
A mark of 138 looks very workable given he’s lightly raced and open to considerable improvement and having been freshened up by a break it would be no surprise to see him post a big run in this competitive contest.