Sunday racing best bets – Horse racing tips at Catterick and Wolverhampton
Sunday best racing bets on 31 January
With just two meetings going to post on Sunday we’ve picked out our Sunday racing best bets and tips for both fixtures.
Assuming the current wet spell of weather doesn’t play its’ part in Sunday’s proceedings then two fixtures will head to post with afternoon jumps racing from Catterick, while Wolverhampton are racing on their all-weather surface.
Catterick’s seven-race card will have to survive a morning inspection if it is to go ahead on Sunday and in hope the meeting gets the green light we’ve picked out our Sunday racing best bets and tips at each meeting.
SUNDAY RACING BEST BETS – HORSE RACING TIPS AT CATTERICK & WOLVERHAMPTON
1:10 Wolverhampton – Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap (Div II) Cl6 (4yo+ 0-55) 7f
VELVET VISTA ran out a comfortable winner latest with a five lengths’ defeat of Pearl Spectre at Chelmsford six days ago and the Sea The Moon mare can quickly follow up here.
Michael Murphy’s charge had finished a good third the time before over the same course and distance where the reapplication of blinkers seemed to have a positive effect and while he has a 5lbs penalty to carry he could be up to the task of scoring again with a repeat.
She has to back up that performance which was her first win in 19 starts, but now she’s got her head in front there could be more to come and she looks worth chancing to follow up.
1:40 Wolverhampton – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 1m½f
UNIVERSAL EFFECT has been in good heart in recent outings and the Universal mare ran out an impressive victor over course and distance five days ago with a defeat of Herons Nest under this rider.
Mark Loughnane’s charge had finished runner-up the time before, not helped by racing wide but she won readily in that latest outing and she can defy a 5lbs penalty for that success to follow up again.
She got a decent tow into that latest contest and with the likelihood of a decent pace to aim at she ought to go close with a repeat of that latest effort.
2:00 Caterick – kingmakerracedays.co.uk Celebrates Mary Harle’s 101st Birthday Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 2m3f
JACK VALENTINE got back to winning ways when making a successful chasing debut at Leicester earlier in the month and Venetia Williams’ charge can follow up here.
The lightly-raced Scorpion gelding had been in good fettle during the 2019/20 season, winning twice and making the frame on four other occasions, the last of which saw him run out a two lengths’ victor over Bonanza Sam at Exeter.
Having run well on his return he was disappointing next time before bouncing back with a solid first chase outing where he appeared to win readily and a 6lbs rise in the weights may not prove enough of a burden to preventing a repeat given he remains potentially progressive.
2:30 Catterick – Visit racingtv.com Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 2m3½f
HART OF STEEL has been in good form this term, stepping up on a good third placed finish on his return at Hexham back in October to strike a pair of wins at Kelso and back at Hexham and the Ask gelding lost no caste in defeat latest when losing out to Winds Of Fire at Sedgefield latest.
Beaten just over one length on that occasion as his hat-trick bid came unstuck he wasn’t helped by a last-flight mistake when still holding every chance and the winner did no harm to the form next time when finding only the useful The Mick Preston too strong at Hereford next time.
Donald McCain’s charge is only 2lbs higher in the weights here and a repeat of that last run can see him get back to winning ways despite this being a slightly stronger grade.
3:10 Wolverhampton – Betway Maiden Stakes Cl5 (3yo+) 6f
It might be worth giving a chance to MUTARABES who hasn’t been seen since finishing seventh on his debut last June at Newmarket and the Dark Angel colt can build on that initial experience.
Charlie Hills’ charge looked green on that occasion, slowly away but making some late gains and that form looks very strong with the third, fourth, fifth and sixth horses home all registering subsequent wins including fifth-placed Nando Parrado who went on to win a Group Two and make the frame in a pair of Group Ones in France.
Assuming all is well ahead of his return from eight months off the track then he could go close if handling this surface and open to improvement he can make his presence felt.
3:30 Catterick – kingmakerracedays.co.uk Working With Susan Corbett Racing Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Northern Lights) Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 1m7½f
MISS AMELIA has returned in good fettle this campaign, stepping up on a good third on her reappearance at Hexham to score at Bangor next time, beating Dragon Khan by twelve lengths.
The Midnight Legend mare was returning from another break when finding only Man Of The North too strong latest back at Bangor where she didn’t quite see out the race; but the first two were clear and she’ll be sharper for that run so could do better this time around.
Mark Walford’s charge is back over hurdles for this latest outing and while she’s done all her winning over fences she could go close from this mark if translating her chase form back over the smaller obstacles.