Sunday live TV tips – ITV Racing best bets at Musselburgh and Leopardstown
Sunday ITV Racing tips and best bets
The ITV Racing team and cameras are back in action on Sunday with a bumper crop of ten live races from the meetings at Leopardstown and Musselburgh and we’ve picked out our Sunday live TV tips for the action.
More top-class horse racing action awaits punters on Sunday with the ITV Racing team bringing the best of the day’s racing into livingrooms up and down the country from the meetings at Leopardstown and Musselburgh.
It is day two of the Dublin Racing Festival at the first-named venue and following on from some excellent first day action the cameras will have six races live from Leopardstown including the Flogas Novices’ Chase and Irish Gold Cup.
Meanwhile at Musselburgh it is the second day of their Cheltenham Trials weekends with the Listed Scotttish Triumph Hurdle the main event of the day at the Scottish track. We’ve looked through all the day’s televised action to pick out our Sunday live TV tips and best bets for the day’s coverage.
SUNDAY LIVE TV TIPS – ITV RACING BEST BETS AT MUSSELBURGH & LEOPARDSTOWN
1:10 Leopardstown – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Paddy Mullins Mares Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m2f
TELLMESOMETHINGGIRL might find it harder to dominate this big field but the Stowaway mare is in excellent fettle at present, winning three of her last four starts and arriving chasing a hat-trick of successes.
Henry de Bromhead’s charge has shown very progressive form this term, winning at Roscommon in June and posting a good third in Listed company at Galway prior to posting back-to-back wins at Bellewstown and Listowel latterly where she ran out a two lengths’ victor over Darrens Hope.
She made all that day and she won with authority despite a couple of late mistakes; while the form of that win has been boosted by the runner-up winning twice since and making the frame in a Grade Two contest.
A mark of 128 on her handicap debut looks very workable and having won first time up last term she could overcome not having had a more recent run to post a big performance here for her in-form yard.
1:40 Leopardstown – Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo) 2m
Quilixios looks a very smart prospect and given the strength in depth of Gordon Elliott’s juveniles it is interesting he saddles only the Maxios gelding in this Grade One; however YOUMDOR is taken to end his unbeaten record and the Youmzain gelding can get back to winning ways.
One of three in the race for Willie Mullins he is the pick of Paul Townend and there was plenty to like about the manner of his debut win over hurdles at Gowran Park back in November on his first run for this yard having arrived from France.
He would surely have gone close to victory but for falling at the last next time at Fairyhouse, upsides eventual winner Teahupoo when crashing out and the pair had pulled clear of the rest so it looked a smart performance despite him failing to complete.
There’s plenty of scope still for him to improve however and the application of a first-time hood could help sharpen him up and help him relax as he took a keen hold last time. This is a tougher test but he could be a very smart prospect and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix again here.
1:55 Musselburgh – bet365 Scottish Triumph Hurdle (A Juvenile Hurdle) (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo) 1m7½f
Paul Nicholls’ decision to send unraced Wise Glory on the long trip north could prove significant, but the Muhaarar gelding will have to turn in a decent performance if he’s to get the better of unbeaten FIVEANDTWENTY who has looked a useful prospect in delivering a pair of course and distance successes.
The Farhh filly was useful on the flat for Mark Johnston, winning three times which includes one at this venue, and she is 2-2 over course and distance since joining Donald McCain and turning her attentions to obstacles.
A wide-margin winner of her hurdles debut she latterly saw off Herbiers by two lengths readily, making all the running and surviving a late mistake. While the bare form may be nothing special she could have further improvement to come and she can take the step up in class in her stride to make it 3-3 over timber in receipt of weight all round.
2:10 Leopardstown – Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) (5yo+) 2m
Appreciate It will take plenty of stopping as he bids to add to his tally after routing opposition to land the Future Champions over course and distance during the Christmas Festival but he’ll be no price to do so and it might be worth giving the vote to BLUE LORD who also represents the Willie Mullins team.
The Blue Bresil gelding was a ready winner of his hurdles debut at Punchestown following his arrival from France, beating Julies Stowaway by a half-length but value for more than the official winning margin on his first run in 500 days and he stepped up markedly on that effort to chase home the well-regarded Bob Olinger in the Lawlor Of Naas Hurdle next time.
He perhaps didn’t help himself by racing keenly and he possibly found himself stretched as a result over the longer trip; but dropping back to two miles here may show him in a better light and with the potential for better still after just two hurdles starts he can improve again to deliver a big performance for each-way backers where he could prove a value option.
2:25 Musselburgh – bet365 Scottish Stayers Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 3m
Threeunderthrufive could prove tough to beat again stepping up in trip but FANTASTIKAS is taken to get off the mark at the third attempt over hurdles having finished runner-up in his two hurdles starts to date.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Davidoff gelding twice finished in the frame in bumpers but took his form up a notch on his return switching to hurdles when finding only one too good at Stratford in November behind Witness Protection. He then took another forward step at Southwell latest, going down by only a neck behind Barbados Buck’s.
Both that winner and the third have won since to boost the form and he could be suited by this sharper track while he’s proven he can get this longer trip. In receipt of 8lbs from Paul Nicholls’ charge he can open his account at the third attempt and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix.
2:40 Leopardstown – William Fry Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+ 0-150) 3m
Things haven’t gone to plan for Cheltenham Festival winner City Island since winning the 2018 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, but Martin Brassil’s charge is interesting stepping out on the handicap trail from 147 and can make his presence felt.
However it might be worth chancing UNEXPECTED DEPTH to get back on the scoresheet having lost little caste in defeat when last seen finishing third to Dandy Mag over this course and distance during the Christmas Festival and Oliver McKiernan’s charge can post a big run.
He had won three of his four previous starts prior to that run which include a defeat of Se Mo Laoch at Punchestown following 400 days off and he only went down by three lengths in that latest outing where he led over the last but couldn’t sustain his effort.
It is possible the run just came too soon 20 days on and he might have felt his earlier exertions late on; but he’s been given more time to recover here and while only marginally better at the weights with his last-time conquerer he can certainly get involved and the Shantou gelding can go close.
2:55 Musselburgh – Pertemps Network Group Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 3m2f
A chance is taken on the fitness of PRINCE KAYF who returns from 400 days off the track and the Kayf Tara gelding can make a winning return.
Keith Dalgleish’s charge found only one too good on his hurdles debut back in August 2019, beaten into second behind Toshima but he subsequently made no mistake with a defeat of Imperial Alcazar next time at Newcastle on his return from three months off.
Given how that race has worked out it represents very strong form now and he subsequently wasn’t disgraced back there when last seen last January where he found only Overthetop too strong where he perhaps wasn’t seen to best effect.
Assuming he’s fully wound up ahead of his reappearance he has plenty of potential for better still to come and he can post a big run.
3:10 Leopardstown – Flogas Novice Chase (Grade 1) (5yo+) 2m5½f
Monkfish is likely to be hard to beat again as the Stowaway gelding bids to register another win and maintain his unbeaten record over reopposing Latest Exhibition; but at big odds it could be worth giving a chance to ANDY DUFRESNE who is 2-2 over fences and could have more to offer over the larger obstacles.
Gordon Elliott’s Doyen gelding didn’t quite hit the heights expected of him over hurdles, beaten behind Latest Exhibition in the Navan Novice Hurdle but subsequently winning the Moscow Flyer Hurdle on his next run although he disappointed on his next run at Naas.
He’s won both chase starts this term, scoring readily over Exit Poll at Wexford prior to running out a three lengths’ victor over Embittered to win the Klairon Davis Novice Chase at Navan when last seen and there could be better still to come from him as he gains more experience.
His bare form certainly leaves him with a bit to do stepping into Grade One company against Willie Mullins’ star but he might be suited by this longer trip and can improve to take a hand in the fight for the places and reward each-way backers.
3:25 Musselburgh – bet365 Scottish Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 1m7½f
Dual-bumper winner THIRD TIME LUCKI went on to finish fourth in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival and the Arcadio gelding has shown progressive form over timber with three wins from four starts since tackling hurdles.
Wins at Uttoxeter and Wetherby were followed up by a very good second to For Pleasure in a Grade Two at Cheltenham and Dan Skelton’s charge wasted no time in getting back to winning ways at Kempton latest when beating Flic Ou Voyou by nine lengths.
He sets a stiff standard on his hurdles form to date and there’s likely better still to come so he could well prove a tough nut to crack in this contest.
3:40 Leopardstown – Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup (Chase) (Grade 1) (5yo+) 3m½f
DELTA WORK won this race twelve months ago and the Network gelding can successfully defend his crown despite falling when last seen in the Savills Chase over this course and distance during the Christmas Festival.
Gordon Elliott’s high-class chaser won three Grade Ones last term including this contest before running better than the bare result in the Cheltenham Gold Cup where he was let down by his jumping yet only finished around six lengths’ fifth to Al Boum Photo.
As was the case in previous seasons he ran as if in need of the outing on his reappearance in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal but was in the process of running well here last time when unseating his rider mid-race.
Despite that mishap he has a good record here with three wins from five starts while Jack Kennedy is 2-4 on the Gigginstown runner and the pair can bounce back to strike here despite some strong opposition.