Sunday racing top tips – Best bets for Chelmsford, Southwell and Pontefract

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Sunday racing top tips and best bets

A quieter Sunday is in prospect to close out the week with just three meetings going to post and we’ve picked out our Sunday racing top tips and best bets for the day’s action.

In comparison to Saturday’s crammed schedule there is a much less busy fixture list of UK horse racing action for punters to unravel with just three meetings heading to post across the country on the flat where the racing takes place both on turf and the all-weather.

Sunday’s flat racing action on turf comes from the card at Pontefract, while on the all-weather there are meetings on the Chelmsford polytrack and on the fibresand at Southwell for the final time before the track switches to a tapeta surface.

Across the day’s trio of fixtures there will be 20 races taking place throughout the afternoon and we’ve picked out our Sunday racing top tips and best bets for the day’s racing.


2:10 Southwell – A & V Squires 50 Year Challenge Fillies’ Novice Stakes (GBB Race) Cl5 (2yo) 7f

SAFRA had shaped well on her debut at Kempton in June where she finished fifth, but Simon and Ed Crisford’s charge stepped up on that experience equipped with a visor for the first time to win back there next time when stepped up to this trip.

The War Front filly was subsequently tried in a Listed contest at Sandown last month where she failed to beat a rival home, but she did run well for a long way and back in calmer waters she could get back to winning ways.

She has to carry a penalty for her previous success where she showed plenty of determination to prevail by a short-head and she ought to go well assuming the deeper surface doesn’t prove a negative.

Sunday racing top tips. Simon Crisford can saddle a winner on the card at Southwell.

Sunday racing top tips. Simon Crisford can saddle a winner on the card at Southwell.

2:35 Pontefract – Mary Clark “Favourite Day Of The Year” Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 1m4f

ARROW OF GOLD had looked a potentially useful sort when winning on his debut at Thirsk last June but Kevin Ryan’s charge was subsequently disappointing at Hamilton the following month in the Glasgow Stakes, possibly amiss and finishing tailed off last of the five runners.

That field of rivals did include both Subjectivist and Tritonic however who have both gone on to good things and his subsequent absence suggests all was not well with that performance.

The Galileo gelding made a pleasing reappearance from eleven months off when finding only Tricorn too good back at Thirsk in June and he can improve for a short break following that performance turning out from the same mark and in receipt of weight all round.

Still unexposed despite being a four-year old taking on mostly younger rivals he could have more improvement to come and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix here.

2:45 Southwell – Firewall Ltd Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 6f

QUEEN OF KALAHARI has a decent record on this surface and the Lethal Force mare can get back on the scoresheet after a couple of lesser runs on turf.

Les Eyre’s charge won two of her last three starts over this course towards the end of last year and she returned to action following a break switched to turf with a creditable run at York behind James Watt. However she failed to fire at Thirsk latest, failing to beat a rival and has to do better although a return to this surface could well prove a catalyst.

A six-time winner from nine starts on fibresand at this venue she has registered four of them over this distance and has placed in two defeats; she turns out here back on her last winning mark so looks sure to go well again back on this surface.

Sunday racing top tips. Southwell hosts its' final meeting on fibresand on Sunday before switching to tapeta.

Sunday racing top tips. Southwell hosts its’ final meeting on fibresand on Sunday before switching to tapeta.

3:00 Chelmsford – Live Streaming Every UK Race Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 7f

DUKE OF PRUSSIA has shown improved form since being fitted with blinkers, finishing fourth at Brighton in July but getting off the mark next time in the headgear at Wolverhampton last month, beating Puchita readily by six lengths despite being 1lb out of the weights.

Sir Mark Prescott’s Oasis Dream gelding went well in a bid to double up at the same venue latest under a penalty where he was beaten two lengths into third behind Camerily Joe although possibly found the race coming too soon as he weakened late.

His new mark has kicked in now which makes things a little tougher but cheekpieces go on now and could elicit some further improvement so he looks worth chancing to progress again for his shrewd yard.

4:20 Pontefract – Moor Top Farm Shop Hemsworth Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 2m1f

TEQANY has been lightly raced on the flat in recent seasons but has developed into a useful hurdler, winning twice last term and contesting in Graded company where he finished runner-up to Sceau Royal in the Elite Hurdle in November.

Subsequently absent for seven months until returning with a good runner-up effort at Kempton on the all-weather he ran a solid fourth at Chepstow on the flat behind Tigerten prior to getting back to winning ways at the same Welsh venue last month, beating Retrospect by just over one length.

Making all the running that day he had something to spare at the line and a 3lbs rise for that success looks very fair and may not prevent a follow-up if turning out in similar form over this longer trip which isn’t expected to present an issue.

Sunday racing top tips. Trainer Fergal O'Brien can saddle a winner at Pontefract.

Sunday racing top tips. Trainer Fergal O’Brien can saddle a winner at Pontefract.

4:45 Chelmsford – Louey Parkhurst Memorial Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 2m

DYNALI struck on his last visit here back in May, running out a one length victor over Smith and Ian Williams’ charge can get back on the scoresheet.

The Dansili gelding has acquitted himself well in defeat in two of his three subsequent starts, finding only one too good at Pontefract in Jule and then bouncing back from a lesser effort at Chepstow to finish third at Nottingham latest although he was no match for the easy winner.

That winner hasn’t done the form any harm since and returning to the scene of his last victory he could resume winning ways here dropped 1lb in the weights for this latest run.