Horse Racing Tips on Sunday, December 5
There are two meetings spread across Britain on Sunday with the action coming from Huntingdon and Kelso. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across the Sunday cards, which make up our advised Sunday Lucky 15.
Innisfree Lad (1.03 Kelso)
David Dennis sends a rare runner north to Kelso here, with INNISFREE LAD making the 584-mile round trip to contest the Borders National.
Innisfree Lad notched his sixth win under rules when landing a Class 2 handicap chase at Haydock in April. He hasn’t quite matched that level of form in three subsequent starts but as a result is now just 2lb above that Haydock winning mark and this represents a significant drop-in class from the Listed Badger Beers Chase that he contested at Wincanton last time.
Although yet to race beyond 3m2f, Innisfree Lad has long been considered a strong stayer and he seems relatively versatile in regard to ground conditions.
With cheekpieces now enlisted for the first time, and Brian Hughes back to do the steering, Innisfree Lad rates a solid play at the prices.
Dynamite Kentucky (1.17 Huntingdon)
Those towards the head of the market for this extended 2m4f handicap hurdle don’t look exactly chucked in off their handicap marks, and that could open the door for DYNAMITE KENTUCKY, who represents the Dr Richard Newland yard.
This 6yo chased home the now 120-rated Castel Gandolfo in a maiden hurdle at Fakenham back in May (conceded 6lb) and he is expected to strip fitter for a recent run at Chepstow, where he just seemed to get a little outpaced once the tempo quickened.
That run would suggest that the extra yardage on offer here for Dynamite Kentucky’s handicap debut will suit, and on that Fakenham running there’s every chance that he’s been let in lightly off an opening mark of 109.
The Jad Factor (2.43 Kelso)
Mike Smith’s THE JAD FACTOR has posted steadily progressive RPR’s in his four career starts to date, finishing fifth at Ayr on last month’s reappearance.
Being a half-brother to a 3m1f chase winner, stepping back up in trip is – on pedigree at least – bred to suit The Jad Factor.
He finished fourth here on penultimate start and that form has worked out well since, with the horses that The Jad Factor split now rated 122 and 107 respectively (conceded 2lb to the latter). That effort suggests that the assessor could have let The Jad Factor in lightly here off an opening handicap mark of 100.
The claimer entrusted with the ride on The Jad Factor at Ayr last month has now been replaced by Grand National winning rider Ryan Mania, and that suggests that connections are confident of a bold showing here.
Walk In The Storm (2.57 Huntingdon)
This Listed contest has been won by the likes of La Bague Au Roi down the years and a particularly interesting entrant for this renewal is WALK IN THE STORM, who looked a horse to follow when runner-up on debut at Worcester in May.
Ian Williams’ charge is entitled to be far more clued up with that initial experience now under her belt and she is certainly bred to make her mark on the track at some stage, with Walk In The Storm from the family of the likes of Tornado Flyer and the mighty Hurricane Fly.