Sunday ITV Racing tips – Live TV best bets at Cheltneham, Fontwell and Punchestown
Punters are in for another TV treat on Sunday as the ITV Racing cameras roll again with coverage of day three of the Cheltenham November meeting. We’ve picked out our Sunday ITV Racing tips for the day’s coverage.
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action again on Sunday with four more races live from day three of the Cheltenham November Meeting featuring the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle as well as the Grade Two Shloer Chase on another quality racecard.
In addition to Cheltenham the cameras will also be rolling at Fontwell for the latest of the regional ‘nationals’ with the latest renewal of the Southern National; while Grade One action comes from Punchestown with the Morgiana Hurdle.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again with their usual expert racing tips, insights and analysis on the action and we’ve looked through the day’s live TV racing to give our Sunday ITV Racing tips.
SUNDAY ITV RACING TIPS – LIVE TV BEST BETS AT CHELTENHAM, FONTWELL & PUNCHESTOWN
1:50 Cheltenham – Planteur At Chapel Stud Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m3½f
DISCORAMA hasn’t won for a while but the Saddler Maker gelding goes very well at this track and might be able to end his losing run.
Paul Nolan’s charge has run a number of very solid races without managing to get his head in front and he’s winless since beating Burgas at Naas almost two years ago. He’s been highly tried though but has run with plenty of credit which includes twice here at the Cheltenham Festival including finishing a very good third in the Ultima Handicap Chase back in March.
Fully effective in testing ground he was only beaten a short-head on his recent return at Galway behind the smart Milan Native and he can go close here with the step back up in trip no issue given he went very close in the 2019 National Hunt Chase over four miles.
2:10 Punchestown – Unibet Morgiana Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+) 2m
Saint Roi looked classy last term, winning at Tramore before readily claiming some notable scalps at the Cheltenham Festival in the County Hurdle and Willie Mullins’ charge was again impressive in winning on his return at Tipperary last month.
However he faces a tough opponent in ABACADABRAS who was one of the best Irish novices around last term, winning three of his five starts over hurdles which included a Grade One at Leopardstown in December where Gordon Elliott’s charge ran out an impressive eight lengths’ victor of the Paddy Power Future Champions Hurdle.
The Davidoff gelding was then only beaten a head by Shishkin in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and although he was beaten on his reappearance at Down Royal behind Aspire Tower he’s expected to come on for that and he should prove a different proposition now.
Unlikely to have been suited by the steady pace he was also giving 6lbs to the winner and reopposing Jason The Militant was well-held in third. He likely just needed the run and likely to improve for the outing he can get back on the scoresheet here with this contest likely to be run at a more suitable gallop.
2:25 Cheltenham – Shloer Chase (Registered As The Cheltenham Chase) (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
Softer conditions should hold few worries for backers of ROUGE VIF who demolished a fair field here on his reappearance at the Showcase Meeting last month and Harry Whittington’s charge could go close with a repeat.
The improving chaser won twice last term from his five starts over fences, winnng the Grade Two Kingmaker Chase at Warwick before posting a very good third in the Arkle Chase during the Cheltenham Festival.
His win here last month saw him score by by seven lengths from a rating of 153 so it was a highly impressive performance and if he can replicate that level in this stronger contest then he should be firmly in the mix with that run likely to have sharpened him up.
The Sageburg gelding does have to reverse form with Put The Kettle On who has beaten him twice, while standard-setting Defi Du Seuil would be hard to beat at his best and took this race twelve months ago; but with fitness on his side over both of those rivals Harry Whittington’s charge can deliver another big run and ought to go well.
3:00 Cheltenham – Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f
Competitive fare and a chance is taken on SIR PSYCHO at longer odds to resume the progress he showed last term in winning three times.
Paul Nicholls has his string in good fettle and the Zoffany gelding progressed well last term over timber, scoring soft ground wins at Exeter and Haydock with the latter coming in the prestigious Victor Ludorum Hurdle prior to running a gallant fifth in the Triumph Hurdle during the Cheltenham Festival.
There was little caste lost in defeat when makinghis reappearance in the Chepstow Silver Trophy last month, leading over the last hurdle but weakening on the run to the line and he should be sharper for that outing which was solid given he was conceding weight all round.
Bryony Frost returns for this assignment and eased 1lb in the weights dropping back in trip he can go well here with conditions unlikely to prove an issue.
3:15 Fontwell – Paddy Power Southern National Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 3m3½f
Veteran DOING FINE shows no signs of regression and can put his fitness advantage to good use here to get back to winning ways.
Neil Mulholland’s runners are beginning to find their stride and the Presenting gelding took a competitive handicap contest at Cheltenham on New Years’ Day – his third win of the campaign – and he has returned from a break in good fettle, winning at Uttoxeter in August.
He wasn’t seen to best effect when contesting the Durham National at Sedgefield last month but he could benefit from returning to this venue where he’s a course and distance winner.
His current mark of 131 perhaps has him bang to rights given his age but he remains capable of getting competitive and his Uttoxeter win came from just 3lbs lower so there’s hope for a big run with the softer ground and stamina no issue where his race-fitness could prove decisive.
3:35 Cheltenham – Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Sharp Novices’ Hurdle) (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f
Fergal O’Brien’s team continue amongst the winners and COURTANDBOULD gets the vote to land the TV finale having found only the classy Mcfabulous too strong at Chepstow recently in the Persian War Hurdle.
The Court Cave gelding had won three of his four previous starts over hurdles, latterly running out a wide margin victor over Kannapolis at Fontwell where he made all and jumped well to run out an easy winner. That form has been boosted to some degree with the runner-up and third both winning since.
Far from disgraced at Chepstow where he was beaten three lengths there is a slight worry about this deeper ground given his winning form has been on better ground and he met with defeat when last seen on softer conditions.
This shorter trip might be to his benefit however and he sets the standard on that Chepstow run where a repeat ought to see him in the mix.