Sunday’s 20,180/1 Lucky 15 – Racing Tips Best Bets on December 12

Horse racing comes from Southwell and Carlisle on Sunday where both tracks stage seven-race cards.Horse racing comes from Southwell and Carlisle on Sunday where both tracks stage seven-race cards.

Horse Racing Tips On Sunday, December 12

There are two meetings on Sunday with the action coming from Carlisle and Southwell. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across Sunday’s cards, which make up our advised Sunday Lucky 15.

Above Suspicion (12:45 Southwell) 

The six-year-old ABOVE SUSPICION has been a model of consistency for trainer Tom George despite yet being able to get his head in front where it matters. 

There has been encouraging signs from Above Suspicion since going chasing on his last two starts and after badly needing the initial experience at Huntingdon in October, he ran with much more conviction when not beaten far behind Shiroccan Roll at Market Rasen last time out.

Two late and costly jumping errors scuppered his chance of finishing a lot closer to the two in front on that occasion, however, if his jumping holds up over the slightly easier fences at Southwell this Sunday, he should be able to go close on just his third chase start under jockey Jonathan Burke. 

Not Long Now (13:55 Southwell) 

There are a few interesting runners in the Maiden Hurdle event, none more so than the Dan Skelton trained Horizon D’ainay who went close on hurdling debut at Market Rasen back in November. However, it may pay to take a chance on NOT LONG NOW who drops back in distance on the second start for Evan Williams in the iconic colours of the Rucker’s. 

Previously with trainer Mel Rowley, the five-year-old made a pleasing racecourse debut at Huntingdon back in April when finishing second in a good ground bumper at Huntingdon. Making his hurdling debut for new connections last time out, Not Long Now badly needed the run when tailing off after leading for the majority of the way over 2m4f in testing conditions at Ffos Las. 

A return to sounder conditions underfoot and 2miles both look like positive angles for Evan Williams’ charge and this run should tell us a lot more about Not Long Now’s true potential now having his second run after a long layoff. 

Speak Of The Devil (14:40 Carlisle)

Trainer Lucinda Russell continues to be in a rich vein of form and looks to have found a nice opportunity for SPEAK OF THE DEVIL to record a fourth career success now back at a more realistic level. 

The eight-year-old was an impressive and dominant winner three starts ago when routing the opposition off a mark of 105 at Hexham back in June in class 4 company. Speak Of The Devil almost followed up off that win over Sunday’s course and distance when returning after a 138-day break when losing out by 1l to Generator City in October with the pair miles clear of the remainder of the field that day. 

The last time out defeat at Haydock in Class 3 company can be excused as the eight-year-old was tackling an extended 3m4f for the first time and failed to get competitive as his stamina gave way. Sundays Class 4 race looks more like his bag and he is a confident selection back down in grade. 

Best bets for Sunday. Trainer Lucinda Russell can have a winner on the card at Carlisle.

Best bets for Sunday. Trainer Lucinda Russell can have a winner on the card at Carlisle.

Nell’s Bells (15:10 Carlisle)

Trainer Stewart Crawford runs two in the concluding bumper race and interestingly in from jockey Brian Hughes has opted to ride unraced Brompton Park for a yard that has its fair share of bumper winners. However, it’s often worth following those with previous experience in these events and NELL’S BELLS can give trainer Donald McCain another winner this campaign after shaping well on debut.

The five-year-old mare was an eye-catching fourth on debut on Newcastle’s all-weather surface back in January and shaped promisingly after a slow and steady gallop was set. That form looks fairly strong as the second and third have both claimed bumper wins since.

7lb claimer Peter Kavanagh maintains the partnership and is currently riding at a 25% strike rate in recent weeks. Nell’s Bells can put her experience to good use against this field and strike in the colours of owner Tim Leslie.