Sunday jumps racing tips – Best bets at Fontwell, Kelso and Uttoxeter
Horse racing best bets for Sunday 30 May
After the thrills of a very busy Saturday the action on Sunday sees just three meetings going to post over the sticks as the flat racing season takes a breather. We’ve picked out our Sunday jumps racing tips and best bets.
Sunday takes in just a trio of horse racing fixtures across the UK on Sunday in comparison to the seven that went to post on Saturday, but there is some competitive action taking place over the sticks with the flat season taking a breather.
Jumps racing action comes from the cards at Kelso, Fontwell and Uttoxeter and a total of 22 races will go to post across the trio of fixtures over the sticks. We’ve looked over all three cards to pick out our Sunday jumps racing tips and best bets.
SUNDAY JUMPS RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT FONTWELL, KELSO & UTTOXETER
2:12 Uttoxeter – Follow At The Races On Twitter Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m7½f
EYES RIGHT is yet to add to her tally since winning a bumper at Southwell a couple of seasons ago, but Alan King’s charge might be worth siding with returning to the smaller obstacles where she looks well-treated on these terms.
The Passing Glance mare has been running over fences of late, twice making the frame in starts at around this trip before running a shade below her best latest over shorter at Fontwell where she was beaten almost thirty lengths behind Quiet Penny.
Her last hurdles start came at Market Rasen from 6lb higher than today’s rating where she finished third over this distance behind Catchmeifyoucan and both the winner and runner-up along with the fourth and fifth horses home have all won since from that race so it would be no surprise if she were to take advantage of a very lenient mark back hurdling.
Cheekpieces are applied now and there could still be some scope for improvement so she gets the vote to get back to winning ways.
2:25 Fontwell – Download The vickers.bet App Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-110) 2m5½f
OLD HARRY ROCKS has been on good terms with himself since returning from three months off, winning at Newton Abbot in April and then finding only one too good at Southwell latest where he was beaten five lengths into the runner-up berth by Do It For Thy Sen.
Sophie Leech’s charge has seen that form franked by the winner going in again and this extra furlong will suit given how he finished off last time.
He can race here from the same mark as that near miss and the quicker ground will be ideal for the Milan gelding who can get back on the winning trail.
2:32 Kelso – Warm Welcome Handicap Chase (For the Wilfred & Patricia Crawford Memorial Trophy) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-130) 3m2f
DO NOT DISTURB is on good terms with himself currently, winning two of his last four starts which include his latest outing here over slightly shorter when running out a six lengths’ winner over Baron De Middleton and Rose Dobbin’s charge can follow up here.
He had previously struck at Ayr over shorter in March and bounced back from a run in a more competitive contest to finish just over one length runner-up to Landofsmiles at Perth. That form has been subsequently franked and the Mahler gelding can follow up his latest success .
A 6lbs rise does apply a little more pressure, but he could have more to give with this longer trip likely to be in his favour and he looks sure to go well.
3:07 Kelso – William Hill Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m
If FRENCH CRUSADER turns out here with something like the level of form he had shown prior to a lengthy absence then Nicky Henderson’s charge ought to take all the beating and the Kapgarde gelding can get back to winning ways.
Connects persevere with the lightly-raced eight year old who has had just seven starts under Rules, winning twice over hurdles at Towcester and Newbury before last being seen finishing runner-up to former dual-Champion Hurdle winner Epatante back at Newbury in November 2019 in a Listed contest.
That form has worked out quite well and while he has a 18-month absence to overcome he could be well-treated off this mark if his ability remains intact following his hiatus.
He might need this of course, but the Henderson yard are operating at a near-65% strikerate with its’ runners this past fortnight and are 7-9 with hurdlers over the same period so a big run could be on the cards by the Seven Barrows runner who makes the journey north and he can return with the top prize.
3:35 Fontwell – Vickers Telephone Betting 01325 402001 Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-105) 3m2f
FRIENDS DON’T ASK ran a respectable third in the Norfolk National when last seen out at Fakenham at the beginning of the month, beaten eight lengths by Game Line; but the Martin Smith-trained gelding can quickly get back on the winning trail here.
The Champs Elysees gelding had won the time before over this course and distance, travelling well into that race and taking up the running three from home and while he idled in front after the last he was always doing enough to hold on from the runner-up with the pair pulling nine lengths clear of the rest.
This represents a drop back in class for the six-year old into Class 5 company so he should find this a bit easier than his last run and he can go well back over course and distance to resume winning ways.
3:57 Uttoxeter – Clarke Chase (A Handicap Chase) (For the Sir Stanley and Lady Clarke Challenge Trophy) (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 2m4f
BORN SURVIVOR has plenty of smart form over fences to his name behind the likes of Top Notch, Frodon and Sky Pirate and the King’s Theatre gelding got back to winning ways at Stratford two runs ago when running out a ready winner over Colorado Doc.
Dan Skelton’s charge latterly ran well in defeat back in Graded company when finishing third of four behind Frodon in the Oaksey Chase and back in a handicap here he could go well with this mark likely to be within his scope.
The Listed Ayr contest he won a couple of seasons ago came from just 2lbs lower and runs in the early part of last campaign were all over shorter trips; it was no surprise to see him running better faced with this sort of test and he should make his presence felt easing back in grade for all this looks a competitive heat.
4:17 Kelso – Subscribe To Racing TV Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 2m7½f
There’s little to separate First Lord De Cuet, Grand Mogul and OSKI and Fergal O’Brien’s charge gets the vote to get back on the winning trail.
The Oscar gelding is lightly-raced for a nine-year old but he’s taken well to chasing since a fall at Hereford on his debut over the larger osbtacles, twice making the frame from three starts before getting off the mark with an impressive success over Eclair D’ainay at Uttoxeter in April.
He wore cheekpieces that day and he was running well although looked held when falling next time at Cheltenham behind Jersey Bean and he can bounce back following a short break. He’ll have to brush up a little on his fencing as he wasn’t always fluent at Cheltenham but if he can put in a better round of jumping he could prove a tough nut to crack with the longer trip likely to be in his favour.
There could still be some scope for him to operate from this mark and if he’s none the worse for his spill last time he can go well for his in-form yard.