Sunday jumps racing best bets – Tips for Kelso, Warwick and Plumpton
Horse racing tips over the sticks on Sunday 11 April
After a historic Grand National win for Rachael Blackmore with Manilla Times at Aintree on Saturday we move on to Sunday’s fare where three meetings head to post over the sticks and we’ve picked out our Sunday jumps racing best bets and tips.
Another top-class three days’ racing at Aintree passes into the rear-view mirror where history was made as Rachael Blackmore became the first female rider to win the world’s greatest steeplechase. But the racing action continues unabated and three more meetings head to post on Sunday over the sticks.
The day’s jumps racing action comes from the cards at Warwick, Kelso and Plumpton but after the classy fare of the last few days Sunday’s offering pales somewhat in comparison. However the action promises to be competitive nonetheless and we’ve looked over the day’s racing to pick out our Sunday jumps racing best bets.
SUNDAY JUMPS RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR KELSO, WARWICK & PLUMPTON
2:55 Warwick – Stephen Allday Perpetual Plate Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 3m
EYES RIGHT is winless over hurdles but the Passing Glance mare won a bumper earlier in her career and she’s largely been consistent in defeat where she’s shown enough to suggest she can win races.
Placed in four of five starts over hurdles she finished runner-up in a jumpers’ bumper at Lingfield in February and she shaped well making her chasing debut at Newbury last month although she was no match in second behind Hawk’s Well.
That form however is working out with the third making the frame in both subsequent starts while the fourth won next time out.
Alan King’s charge ought to have learned plenty from that first foray over fences and racing off the same mark she could go one better here with the step up in trip a possible source of improvement.
3:05 Kelso – Join RacingTV Now Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-105) 2m5½f
HITMAN FRED showed glimpses of ability over hurdles in recent seasons but there was always a suspicion the Getaway gelding would prove better as a chaser and Rose Dobbin’s charge duly confirmed that idea when finishing third in heavy ground at Sedgefield in February on his first try over the larger obstacles.
A winning pointer in Ireland he stepped up on that run back on better ground to run out a comfortable winner over three miles here in March, beating Damiens Dilemma by four lengths under this rider.
There could be better to come from him over the larger obstacles and while he’s 5lbs higher on this occasion his jockey was unable to claim last time but can utilise his full 3lbs for this run and he can confirm recent form despite dropping back in trip.
3:50 Plumpton – Sky Sports Racing Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 3m1f
DING DING is something of a standing dish at this venue, winning six times and making the frame on seven other occasions including three times over this distance; Sheena West’s charge can get back on the winning trail for the first time in more than two years.
The Winker Watson mare has been a bit hit or miss since that success, but she ran one of her better races latest over this course and distance when finishing nine lengths’ third behind Good News six days ago and a repeat of that run could be good enough if she responds positively to the application of cheekpieces.
Corrie Lake, who finished runner-up on that latest occasion reopposes here, but the selection was a shade unfortunate not to finish runner-up having been outpaced and can overturn the places this time around.
4:00 Warwick – Visit racingtv.com Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-105) 3m5f
ROBIN OF SHERWOOD won back-to-back contests at Ffos Las in October and November last year and a lesser effort at Taunton aside in December Dai Rees’ charge has been largely consistent, making the frame in each of his last three starts.
His latest outing saw him beaten five lengths by Landofsmiles back at Ffos Las at the beginning of this month, finding only that rival too good; he had finished further behind the same rival the time before at Chepstow and the Robin Des Pres gelding can get back on the winning trail.
He’s been dropped 1lb following that latest outing and with this longer trip a possible source of improvement he ought to run his race again.
4:10 Kelso – Manners Le Garcon d’Or Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m2f
DEMOCRATIC OATH made the frame in all three starts in bumpers either side of a switch from Gordon Elliott to Keith Dalgleish and the Stowaway gelding ran well on his hurdles debut for his current yard at Musselburgh in November where he finished third to Bareback Jack.
He had wind surgery following that run and possibly just needed his reappearance back at Musselburgh next time before running out a winner at Sedgefield latest where he had Sambezi beaten two lengths in arrears.
That form is working out well with the runner-up winning next time while the third has landed a brace of wins; the fifth has also won next time out and there could be better to come from him now he switches to the handicap ranks.
A mark of 122 looks workable and he’s proven on better ground and this extra trip can unlock another level of improvement so it would come as no surprise to see him firmly in the mix where he can follow up that breakthrough success.
4:25 Plumpton – attheraces.com Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m4½f
COLD SHOULDER won back-to-back races for Gordon Elliott but the Passing Glance gelding lost his way for Tim Vaughn and as a result his mark has tumbled.
He’s since moved yard again and pitched up at Dan Skelton who turns him out here on the back of wind surgery which could unlock some improvement and he’s the sort this top yard excels with so a big run wouldn’t come as a huge surprise.
A 106-rated winner in Ireland he can compete here from just 90 and if his top yard can work its’ magic with this one then he could bounce back to winning form following a break.