Sunday racing best bets – Tips for Southwell and Fakenham
We pick out our Sunday racing best bets at Southwell and Fakenham following the loss of Bangor’s racecard.
Sadly the weather has claimed Sunday’s racecard at Bangor leaving just two meetings to go to post and there is jumps racing action from Fakenham while Southwell race on their all-weather surface.
Across both racecards 13 races will take place and we’ve looked over the day’s UK horse racing action to pick out our Sunday racing best bets and tips at each fixture as we try to find a few winners.
SUNDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR SOUTHWELL AND FAKENHAM
12:45 Fakenham – Vote Hollie Doyle Sports Personality 2020 Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (3yo+) 2m
ALLAVINA had reopposing Martello Sky one place behind her when finishing fourth in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham and the Getaway mare can uphold that form switching to obstacles where Olly Murphy’s charge can strike at the first attempt.
She also had the same rival in arrears when successful at Market Rasen back in March following a promising debut third and she remains a potentially bright prospect who could improve markedly now tackling hurdling.
Her main rival has won twice around this tight track but she appeared to lack the same gears as the Murphy runner in her two reversals behind the selection and it could be the same story again here with Olly Murphy’s charge taken to strike on her hurdles debut.
1:15 Fakenham – British Racing School Handicap Hurdle (Fakenham Double Up Bonus Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m7½f
TODD goes particularly well at this sharp venue and the Gentlewave gelding might be worth chancing to bounce back to form following a couple of lacklustre runs.
Olly Murphy’s charge scored his latest win here last November, beating Skeaping after which he ran another solid race at this venue twelve months ago in finishing third.
He may have needed his return to action at Market Rasen last month but he turned in a better effort although beaten a long way at Haydock when last seen out at the beginning of the month behind Bushypark where he ran in snatches.
That winner has won twice since and the handicapper has eased him another 2lbs so he’s handicapped to go close on his best form, while a good 7lbs claimer further eases his burden at the weights. Also refitted with blinkers he might be able to do better and 1lb lower than his last winning rating allied with a good record here then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him deliver a big performance and reclaim this prize which he won in 2018.
2:20 Fakenham – Fakenham Skips Supporting EACH And RBL Handicap Hurdle (Fakenham Double Up Bonus Race) Cl4 (3yo+ 0-110) 2m
GABRIELLE DU SEUIL showed some ability in a few starts over hurdles in France prior to joining David Pipe and the Cokoriko filly could be worth siding with to get off the mark having likely needed her run at Uttoxeter last month.
That outing came on the back of a 599-day absence and wind surgery and it’s possible she went off too hard given how she folded once headed two out. However that form looks strong with the winner going in again since while the fourth has also registered a subsequent win and she could well improve now her attentions are turned to the handicap ranks.
A mark of 110 is unlikely to anchor her and she showed during her time in France that she can cope with testing ground. While underfoot conditions might not be as soft this time around she nevertheless could progress on the back of that run last month and no surprise if she were to leave that form behind.
3:15 Southwell – Betway Casino Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 1m6f
SOCIAL CITY is quickly turned out under a penalty having won cosily over a longer trip here just two days ago to bring up his hat-trick and Tony Carroll’s charge could prove tough to beat as he now chases a four-timer.
The Cityscape gelding is a course and distance winner, running out a three lengths’ victor over Manjaam earlier this month having previously won over two miles at this course. He’s appeared to be suited by a strong pace and he has travelled strongly and won readily in his successes.
The form of his latest was boosted by the runner-up scoring at Newcastle next time while he’s also run well in a higher class and on the evidence of his latest win where he was eased down close home and value for more than the official half-length margin a 5lbs penalty might not be enough to stop him if the quick turnaround doesn’t catch him out.
Likely to have further improvement to come he has looked progressive in recent starts and he’s 3-3 under Cieren Fallon so every chance of another big run here.
3:45 Southwell – Betway Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 5f
MULZIM is forgiven his latest run over course and distance nine days ago as Michael Murphy’s charge might have needed the outing following ten months off and the Exceed and Excel gelding can bounce back to winning form.
The lightly-raced six-year old has shown an affinity for this surface, twice making the frame here last season before registering back-to-back successes in the early part of the year which included under a penalty.
Last time he led the field at the two furlong marker but gradually weakened behind race-fit rivals of whom three reoppose; but he could prove a different proposition now he has a run under his belt and he can make his presence felt for all he probably has a little to find with a couple of these rivals.
4:45 Southwell – Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-65) 7f 90
The run appeared to come too soon for PHANTASMAL last time out but the Pivotal gelding also met with trouble in running and he can perhaps be forgiven that lesser effort which came just one day after scoring over six furlongs here in November.
Ian Jardine’s charge has won over this extra furlong on turf so the step up in trip holds no fears and the form of his neck defeat of Excessable here last month has been franked by the runner-up going in next time.
He’s been given more of a break following his latest outing where he’s only 3lbs higher and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him bouncing back with a better effort now.