Sunday ITV Racing tips – TV best bets at Kelso, Cork and Punchestown
We have a bumper crop of live TV racing action on Sunday with racing from three meetings across the UK and Ireland. We’ve picked out our Sunday ITV Racing tips and best bets for the day’s televised coverage.
Sunday sees another round of live TV horse racing action on ITV Racing where the cameras will have racing from three of the day’s meetings across the UK and Ireland featuring some top-class contests.
We might have lost Huntingdon from the intended schedule where the Peterborough Chase was the feature; but Kelso provides two races on the day’s coverage headed by the Borders National Handicap Chase.
Over in Ireland meanwhile there is Grade Two action from Cork with the Hilly Way Chase dominating four races from the Irish track; while Punchestown also supplies four races on Sunday spearheaded by the Grade One John Durkan Memorial Chase which looks a cracker on paper.
Ten races in all will go to post on Sunday’s broadcast and Ed Chamberlain and the team will have their usual expert horse racing tips, insights and post-race analysis; while we’ve looked through the day’s TV racing action to pick out our Sunday ITV Racing tips and best bets for every race on the coverage.
SUNDAY ITV RACING TIPS – TV BEST BETS AT KELSO, CORK & PUNCHESTOWN
1:10 Punchestown – Voler La Vedette Mares Novice Hurdle (Listed Race) (4yo+) 2m4f
FINEST EVERMORE will likely take plenty of beating as she bids to further extend her unbeaten run and the Yeats filly can collect this Listed prize.
Willie Mullins’ charge has won all three starts since joining this yard from David Kelly, two of which have come over timber when successful at Tipperary and Listowel latterly where she ran out a 13 lengths’ winner over Lynwood Gold.
That win came despite not being altogether fluent at her hurdles, but she won cosily nonetheless and a subsequent winner has come out of that race. There’s likely better to come given she remains very lightly-raced and these conditions will be no problem so every chance she can cement her Cheltenham Festival aspirations with another win.
1:25 Cork – Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase (Grade 2) (5yo+) 2m½f
CHACUN POUR SOI looks hard to oppose in this contest and Willie Mullins’ charge should take all the beating.
The Policy Maker gelding is 3-4 since joining the Closutton maestro from France, winning at Naas on his debut for the yard last March and then following up with a defeat of Defi Du Seuil in the Grade One Ryanair Novice Chase during the Punchestown Festival.
He was beaten on his reappearance behind A Plus Tard at Leopardstown last Christmas but got back on the up with a resounding defeat of Min in the Dublin Chase and a reproduction of that performance would make him very hard to beat.
On ratings he is well clear of the rest of his rivals with some 16lbs and more in hand but having to concede much less and he has gone well fresh in the past. Heavy ground is a slight worry however, but he’s won on soft and he ought to prove a tough nut to crack in this contest.
1:40 Punchestown – John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase (Grade 1) (5yo+) 2m4½f
This looks a cracker on paper featuring the likes of Allaho, Min, Samcro, Battleoverdoyen and CHRIS’S DREAM with narrow preference for Henry de Bromhead’s charge who found only The Storyteller too good on his reappearance in the PWC Champion Chase on his reappearance.
The Mahler gelding won two of his first three starts over fences during the 2018/19 campaign prior to going off the boil in the spring; but he returned last term to show progressive form in winning his first two outings which included the Red Mills Chase over this trip at Gowran Park while there’s a slight suspicion the Gold Cup trip stretched him on his final run of the campaign.
He was possibly just undone by a lack of sharpness behind his race-fit rival last time where he was beaten only a neck; that form was boosted by the fourth next time out and likely to be sharper for his return he could go one place better here with the drop in trip no problem.
1:55 Cork – Kerry Group Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase (Grade 3) (4yo+) 2m½f
SCARLET AND DOVE won a Navan hurdle last term on just her second outing prior to stepping up markedly in trip to contest a Grade Three contest at Limerick and Joseph O’Brien’s charge could get back on the mark on just her second outing over fences.
She finished fourth in that Grade Three contest behind Well Set Up back in March and there was plenty to like about her recent chase debut at Cork last month where only Yukon Lil proved too strong for the daughter of Jeremy who was beaten around three lengths.
While her jumping on that occasion wasn’t always foot perfect she can learn from the experience and her stamina for further might prove an advantage should this develop into a slog so with the potential to improve she might be worth chancing on her second chase start to open her win account in this discipline.
2:10 Punchestown – Gift A Punchestown Voucher This Christmas Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f
BREEZY BELL has returned this term in good heart, winning at Ballinrobe on his reappearance and making the frame in three of her four subsequent outings.
Edward Cawley’s charge finished runner0up at Punchestown two runs ago where she was atoning for an earier unseat at the same venue when still travelling well and she backed up that performance by finishing third at Thurles latest in a decent contest won by Sullane Hill.
That winner has gone in again since and the return to a longer trip could show the Soldier Hollow mare in better light. She’s only been raised 1lb in the weights for thahose latest placed efforts and with ground no issue she can give a good account.
2:30 Cork – Kerry Group Stayers Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo+) 3m
DARREN’S HOPE might be flattered by the margin of victory she posted over reopposing Ragnar Lodbrok at this venue last month, but with further improvement anticipated it might be worth sticking with Robert Murphy’s mare to continue her good spell.
The Oscar mare arrives here on a hat-trick of wins having struck at Ballinrobe and here latterly in a Listed contest and there could be more still to come from her given she remains relatively unexposed over timber.
She struck by seven lengths latest and while she meets Gordon Elliott’s rival on 3lbs worse terms there’s hope she can find sufficient progress to uphold that form and every chance she can follow up here if she does.
2:45 Kelso – Mrs Ivan Straker Paris Pike Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+) 2m7½f
Although he wasn’t always convincing at his fences MINELLA ENCORE didn’t run too badly on his chase debut and with that experience under his belt it might be worth chancing Dr Richard Newland’s charge to do better this time around.
A winner between the flags in Ireland as well as winning twice in bumpers for Willie Mullins he showed a fair amount of ability over hurdles for that yard and also following his move to his current stable where he made a winning debut at Uttoxeter in September.
Subsequently runner-up to Streets Of Doyen at Cheltenham he was beaten the thick end of twenty lengths in that chase debut last month but could yet be capable of better with this step up in trip a potential source of improvement in the King’s Theatre gelding who can go close if brushing up on his jumping.
3:00 Cork – Low Low Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m
CHARLIE SIRINGO has found some improvement since being switched to handicaps, returning from three months off to find only one too good over course and distance and arguably bettering that performance at Punchestown despite only finishing fourth next time.
Noel Meade’s charge was beaten less than two lengths in that latest run, not helped by bungling the final obstacle which probably cost her given she was challenging and she dropped out late on. That form doesn’t look too bad though with a subsequent winner coming out of the race from those behind and the Getaway gelding can make his presence felt again.
Ground again is no issue and the handicapper saw enough in that last-time outing to nudge him up 1lb in the weights. He remains with potential and can do better, and while he probably needs a shade more improvement it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him going close.
3:20 Kelso – Persimmon Homes Scottish Borders National Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-140) 4m½f
RED GIANT returned to form in no uncertain terms when posting a ready success in the Durham National back in October and the Beneficial gelding backed up that performance with a very good second to Lough Derg Jewel next time at Catterick.
Jennie Candlish’s charge appeared suited to more aggressive tactics in those runs, showing plenty of stamina at Sedgefield two runs ago where he made all and he could do even better over this longer trip racing from the same mark as last time out.
A former course winner he represents a yard that is in decent form and has a near-43% strike rate with its’ runners here over the past fortnight; he can continue in form where it would be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix again with the stiffer test unlikely to present an issue, while he has form on softer ground so every chance of a big run by the Beneficial gelding who can get back on the winning trail.
3:40 Punchestown – Old House, Kill (Pro/Am) Flat Race (4yo) 2m½f
As is usual in these contests some of the big yards are represented and it might pay to side with CHAMPAGNE SPARKLES to come out on top for Gordon Elliott.
The Masked Marvel gelding is related to a winning French family and is a full sister to the smart Sire Du Berlais so she could prove a very useful sort herself in time.
This is probably a race worth watching however rather than getting too heavily involved but with Jamie Codd booked it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the gelding posting a solid effort on his debut.