Horse Racing Tips on Sunday, March 13
There are just the two meetings taking place across Britain on Sunday, March 13th with the weekend action coming from Bangor and Warwick. Our editor has picked out the best bets across the cards which make up our Sunday Lucky 15.
Crack Du Ninian (2:02 Bangor)
Just six go to post for Sunday’s opener at Bangor and with question marks surrounding the majority, it looks like a good chance for CRACK DU NINIAN to return to winning ways after a spell of consistent efforts over the larger obstacles.
The seven-year-old landed back to back opening chase wins at Sedgefield and Hexham at the back end of last year and whilst he hasn’t been able to get his head in front in four subsequent outings, Crack Du Ninian has performed with great credit on each of those occasions and still looks capable of winning from his current mark.
Crack Du Ninian remains just 1lb above his last winning mark and this looks like a suitable opportunity for him to record a third win over fences.
Deluxe Range (3:20 Warwick)
Trainer Sandy Thomson is a rare visitor to Warwick on Sunday and the long journey from his Berwickshire based yard can pay off with DELUXE RANGE, who should have come on plenty for a recent return to action and is well treated on the pick of last season’s form over timber.
After two below-par efforts when tried over fences for the first time, Deluxe Range reverted to hurdles last time out and despite finishing 10l behind the eventual winner Small Present, Sandy Thomson’s charge was keeping on well in the closing stages under jockey Sean Quinlan and was far from disgraced.
Down to an official mark of 115, Deluxe Range remains very well treated judged on his past novice form, which included finishing third in a Listed event at Perth behind the exciting Threeunderthrufive of Paul Nicholls’.
Jockey Ryan Mania returns to the saddle on Sunday who partnered Deluxe Range to his only victory over timber and with the step up in trip set to suit, Sandy Thomson’s charge rates a leading player and is one of the best bets on Warwick’s seven-race card.
Vinnie Dev (3:55 Warwick)
VINNIE DEV remains thoroughly unexposed at marathon trips over fences and after a promising runner-up effort in testing conditions at Lingfield last time out, Noel Williams’ eight-year-old can go one place better this weekend at Warwick.
Formerly third in a point-to-point behind the talented Shishkin, Vinnie Dev was always going to be seen to better effect when contesting races over the larger obstacles and after an underwhelming start to his chasing career at Southwell on penultimate start, there was certainly encouraging signs to take from his second start over fences at Lingfield.
Held up in attritional conditions last time out, Noel Williams’ charge made significant headway two from home and despite finding the well-treated Snuff Box too strong in the closing stages, Vinnie Dev finished nicely clear of the third and is certainly one to remain interested in with improvement to come over marathon distances.
Cawthorne Lad (4:30 Warwick)
A few to consider in this Class 4 Handicap but the eye was very much drawn to CAWTHORNE LAD after finishing third under a considerate ride from Jonjo O’Neill Jr last time out at Exeter.
The six-year-old returned this season with an impressive chasing success at Stratford, staying on well despite some noticeable errors to win going away by 7.5l on his first start over the larger obstacles. However, Cawthorne Lad was unable to follow up on that encouraging start to life over fences when a disappointing favourite at Southwell and connections were quick to return him to timber after that poor display.
Although beaten over 16l in third on return to hurdles at Exeter, Jonjo O’Neill’s charge made eye-catching headway as they turned for home and seemingly finished with plenty of running left over the inadequate 2m2f.
A step up in trip should very much suit Cawthorne Lad this weekend and whilst he may have to improve once more to get competitive, he remains more interesting than most in this modest handicap and could outrun his likely odds.