Sunday UK racing tips – Best bets at Thirsk, Chester and Market Rasen

Saturday horse racing best bets. Chester features amongst the day's scheduled fixtures.Saturday horse racing best bets. Chester features amongst the day's scheduled fixtures.

Sunday UK racing tips and best bets at each meeting

Following a top-class week at the Glorious Goodwood Festival the Sunday racing is more sedate with just three meetings around the country and we’ve picked out our Sunday UK racing tips and best bets.

Punters have just three meetings going to post around the country on Sunday following a top-class week of racing at the Glorious Goodwood Festival and there are fixtures both on the flat and over the sticks.

The Sunday flat racing action comes from the cards at Thirsk and Chester, while Market Rasen goes over jumps and 23 races in all will unfold across the day’s trio of fixtures. We’ve looked over the three meetings going to post to pick out our Sunday UK racing tips and best bets.


2:00 Market Rasen – Threadgold Chase Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m3f

HIGH NOON comes into this race in good form and the Westerner gelding can get back to winning ways.

Micky Hammond’s won back-to-back races here in May and June and lost no caste in defeat when finishing just a half-length second latest back over course and distance when thwarted in his hat-trick attempt by Tabou Beach Boy.

He’s been pushed up another 5lbs in the weights which will demand a bit more from him although Emma Smith-Chaston can offset that rise in the ratings and take a further 2lbs off so he can run here from a theoretical mark of 100 which is just 2lbs higher than when landing the latest of his victories so he looks to hold solid claims here.

Sunday UK racing tips. Micky Hammond can saddle a winner on the Market Rasen card.

Sunday UK racing tips. Micky Hammond can saddle a winner on the Market Rasen card.

2:30 Market Rasen – Jotun’s Galapagos Gallop Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 3m

MR MAFIA is very much in his veteran years now but the twelve-year old remains capable of useful form and he comes here following two runner-up efforts from his last three starts, the latest of which came at Newton Abbot last month when beaten by Friends Don’t Ask.

The Zerpour gelding had a subsequent winner behind him that day while the winner hasn’t run at all badly in a better race at Uttoxeter since and he ought to continue to make his presence felt despite his older legs perhaps being vulnerable to something with more scope.

Martin Keighley’s charge drops back a furlong here and he’s been eased 1lb in the handicap and this doesn’t look the strongest of races for the grade so he could be capable of ending a long losing run here.

3:10 Chester – Children’s Air Ambulance Queensferry Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f

DAKOTA GOLD might be the wrong side of evens in this Listed contest but the Equiano gelding could be one of the bets of the day and Michael Dods’ charge can get back to winning ways.

The seven-year old won four times during a good campaign last term which included a Group Three victory and he showed he retained all his ability when returning from more than eight months off at York last month in the City Walls Stakes, finishing fifth behind Winter Power.

Michael Dods’ charge usually needs a run and he’s expected to strip much fitter with that under his belt and he could be hard to peg back here from the plum position out of the number one stall so looks the one to beat here.

Sunday UK racing tips. Dakota Gold can get back to winning ways in Chester's feature race.

Sunday UK racing tips. Dakota Gold can get back to winning ways in Chester’s feature race.

3:45 Chester – Chester Marathon Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m4½f

LOVE IS GOLDEN comes here as a course and distance winner from his seasonal return and Mark Johnston’s charge can get back to winning ways having ran better than the bare result the last twice.

That reappearance victory was backed up by a near-miss at Goodwood next time but he’s twice finished fifth in subsequent outings at this venue and Salisbury and he needs to bounce back although he didn’t help his chances last time by racing keenly in the mud and might have burnt himself out too soon.

He had missed the break on his previous outing here but finished off well without threatening and if getting off to a better start this time he could do better; that form has thrown up three subsequent winners also so there’d be no surprise to see him running well under Franny Norton.

3:57 Thirsk – William Hill Summer Cup Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 1m

LION TOWER has won three of his five starts this term, the latest coming at Musselburgh last Sunday where the Exceed and Excel gelding ran out a comfortable winner from Danzan, scoring by just over one length but value for more.

Grant Tuer’s charge goes back up in trip to one mile which will hold no fears given his earlier victories both came at this trip and the four-year old could have more to offer while in his current vein of good form.

That Musselburgh form has also been boosted with the fifth since running well in a competitive Glorious Goodwood contest and while he has a 6lbs penalty to carry here he could prove equal to teh task and can win again.

4:30 Thirsk – Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m4f

Lightly-raced ORIENTAL ART has hit the crossbar in two of his last three starts, both over shorter trips but the Archipenko colt could be worth another chance at this longer distance and David Simcock’s charge can get off the mark here.

Those runner-up efforts came at Goodwood and Lingfield latterly, finding only Beautiful Crown too good on the all-weather track where he was beaten a neck by that rival.

He had run better than the bare result the time before when fifth at Newmarket, spoiling his chances by missing the break and then pulling hard in behind before running on late. That headstrong tendency was again to the fore at Lingfield last time where he just failed having been held up and a 2lbs rise for that looks fair.

The return to this longer trip could suit and bring out some improvement, and the race should be run to suit with some front-running types in opposition who should ensure a good gallop for him to pick up the pieces late on under Luke Morris.