Sunday jumps racing tips – Best bets at Fontwell and Hereford
Sunday horse racing best bets
We have only two UK horse racing meetings taking place on Sunday with both going over the sticks at Hereford and Fontwell where the Grade Two National Spirit Hurdle is the feature of the day. We’ve assessed both cards to pick out our Sunday jumps racing tips and best bets.
A relatively quiet Sunday is in store for punters with just two meetings heading to post over the sticks in the UK. The day’s action comes from Hereford and Fontwell with the latter card staging Grade Two action with the National Spirit Hurdle which looks a cracker on paper and we’ve assessed both of the day’s fixtures to pick out our Sunday jumps racing tips and best bets.
SUNDAY JUMPS RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT FONTWELL & HEREFORD
2:40 Fontwell – Enjoy Champagne Piaff Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (For The Josh Gifford Cup) (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+) 2m3½f
High Up In The Air is dangerous to overlook on the back of a four-timer but another 6lbs rise in a better grade might be enough to stop his winning spree and ASHUTOR is taken to get back on the scoresheet.
Paul Nicholls’ charge isn’t the most straightforward but he’s shown plenty in four chase starts where he’s won twice at Stratford and here under a penalty over a shorter trip and he was far from disgraced back here when last seen in September finishing around ten lengths’ third to Beat The Judge.
He didn’t see that race out on the better ground but this softer surface could be more to his liking and it is too soon to be writing him off after that latest run which represents a fair level of form. He’s been dropped 1lb since and makes his return from a break where he steps up in trip and he can make his presence felt.
3:10 Fontwell – Loch Lomond Whiskies National Spirit Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3f
McFabulous could prove a tough nut to crack having got back to winning ways in the rearranged Relkeel Hurdle, but it might be worth taking him on with BREWIN’UPASTORM who got back on the winning trail following a spell over fences when readily scoring at Taunton last month.
Olly Murphy’s charge was a hurdles winner at Huntingdon back in the 2018/19 season which also saw him place in successive Grade One contests including the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
He lost his way over fences having won his first two starts, contesting the Arkle last term where he unseated and that may have dented his condifence. He failed to beat a rival over fences in two outings this term before switching back to hurdling latest and he was a ready 11-lengths’ winner over Jolly’s Cracked It and others.
Back in Graded company he’ll need to step up on that effort, but his placed efforts earlier in novice Graded events reads well and he could make the most of the 6lbs he receives from Paul Nicholls’ progressive rival to come out on top.
3:40 Fontwell – Champagne Piaff Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m3f
FANTASTIKAS has yet to get off the mark in his six runs to date in bumpers and hurdles, but this could be an ideal opportunity for him to do so and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge can open his account.
Twice a runner-up in bumpers at Southwell and Fakenham he’s lost little caste in defeat since being switched to hurdling, better for his run at Stratford on his reappearance second to Witness Protection to finish a neck and three-parts runner-up behind potentially classy sorts Barbados Buck’s and Threeunderthrufive in outings at Southwell and Musselburgh.
That form stands out and while this is a drop back in distance he’s shown he has a decent engine and a few gears and the Davidoff gelding can make the most of this opportunity to get off the mark.
3:50 Hereford – MansionBet Faller Insurance Conditional Jockeys’ Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Veterans’ Series Qual’) Cl4 (10yo+ 0-120) 3m1f
TINKERS HILL TOMMY shaped really well back from eleven months off on his first start for Rebecca Curtis, finding only one too good at Chepstow earlier in the month and the veteran King’s Theatre gelding can get back on the scoresheet here.
He had won a hunters’ chase for previous handler Bridget Lewis at Chepstow a couple of seasons ago and he could build on that reappearance effort to go one better despite the form perhaps not amounting to much.
That said this doesn’t look the strongest of races with most of his rivals arriving on the back of poor runs and he probably wouldn’t need to improve too much on that latest effort to get back to winning ways here.
4:20 Hereford – Central Roofing Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 3m1½f
BOTHWELL BRIDGE looks hard to oppose and Nicky Henderson’s charge can get back to winning ways here.
Twice runner-up in bumpers behind Third Time Lucki and Boothill respectively the Stowaway gelding made a winning switch to hurdles following a break when running out a six lengths’ victor over Major Dundee at Warwick and he followed it up with a very good third to the classy Bravemansgame at Newbury when last seen.
He was beaten around ten lengths on that occasion but the form is strong given the winner has since won a Grade One and the fifth has also scored since so he’s fancied on form to go very close in this contest with the step up in trip a likely positive.
This is easier and while the form of Nicky Henderson’s runners are a bit hit or miss at present he ought to prove a tough nut to crack.