Horse Racing Tips on Sunday, March 27
There are three meetings across Britain on Sunday, March 27th with the action coming from Ascot, Carlisle and Doncaster. Our expert tipster has produced their top tips across the cards, which make up our advised Sunday Lucky 15.
Zim Baby (2:00 Doncaster)
Many of these runners will come on markedly for their seasonal return but it’s hard to ignore the claims of ZIM BABY on Sunday.
The mare posted some creditable efforts last season for connections and whilst she failed to get her head in front, Zim Baby shaped with plenty of promise in much deeper company including against much higher rated Class 2 opposition.
One her final start as a four-year-old at Nottingham, Mick Appleby’s charge ran an eye-catching race when finishing fifth behind progressive stablemate Raasel, staying on best of all in the closing stages over 5f after being denied a clear sight of the leaders.
Zim Baby returns against Class 4 opposition for the first time in over two years on Sunday, and with the yard enlisting the services of Silvestre De Sousa for seasonal return, the five-year-old looks to have solid claims of gaining a deserved victory off a mark of 85 and shouldn’t be discounted despite the generous odds.
Summer Lightening (3:01 Carlisle)
It’s interesting to see SUMMER LIGHTENING entered up on Sunday at Carlisle after Dianne Sayers’s charge made her seasonal return just last week at Wetherby.
The eight-year-old was returning from a 261-day break at the West-Yorkshire track and although ultimately finishing a distant eighth on that occasion, Summer Lightening had travelled noticeably well under claiming rider Alan Doyle prior to weakening out of contention two from the finish and should come on markedly for that return to action.
Dianne Sayer’s charge returns on Sunday in first-time blinkers which could provide the necessary spark for the grey mare to return to winning ways off a lowly mark of 78.
Connections have also made a significant jockey booking this weekend with champion jockey elect Brian Hughes set to take the ride for the first time, and it would therefore be no surprise to see Summer Lightening bounce back to form and register a third success over hurdles.
Annandale (3:45 Doncaster)
ANNANDALE made a highly encouraging return to action on debut for new connections at Newcastle earlier this month over 1m4f.
Now housed with Scottish trainer Jim Goldie, the four-year-old had previously won four times for former handler Mark Johnston and also posted some encouraging efforts in defeat, finding the frame on seven separate occasions in decent handicap contests over 1m4f and beyond.
Appearing for the first time since finishing down the field in a valuable handicap at York back in October, Annandale was sent off just 9/2 to make a winning stable debut at Newcastle over 1m4f. Racing keenly in behind the leaders on that occasion, the four-year-old launched a strong looking challenge to the leaders in the final furlong but faded in the closing stages after fitness ultimately took its toll.
The son of Australia should strip fitter for that promising effort last time out and although Jim Goldie’s charge may be seen to better effect when his stamina is tested, the four-year-old should get a strong pace to aim at now reverting back to 1m2f and is worth supporting with a proven fitness edge over the majority of his rivals.
Bergerac (4:20 Doncaster)
A return to 6f should see BERGERAC go close on Sunday afternoon after an eye-catching seasonal reappearance at Southwell over the flying 5f.
Towards the rear of the field, the four-year-old stayed on nicely in behind the leaders in the closing stages under a considerate ride from jockey Kevin Stott. That encouraging display was Bergerac’s first start over the minimum trip in twelve career starts, and chances are Kevin Ryan’s charge was never fully tuned up for that recent assignment.
Now just 1lb higher since last visiting the winner’s enclosure, Bergerac is weighted to go extremely close this weekend back at his optimum distance and it would be no surprise to see this lightly raced individual improve significantly as the season progresses.