Tips for Sunday’s UK meetings – Best bets at Hereford and Lingfield
Sunday 24 January UK horse racing tips
With two UK horse racing fixtures potentially going to post on Sunday – weather permitting – we’ve picked out our tips for Sunday’s UK meetings at Hereford and Lingfield.
The weather holds the fate of Hereford’s Sunday fixture in the balance and the day’s sole UK jumps racing fixture hinges on a Sunday morning inspection. Should it go ahead it will join all-weather action at Lingfield as just two meetings head to post.
We’ve looked over both cards in the hope Hereford gets the green light and we’ve picked out our best bets and tips for Sunday’s meetings.
TIPS FOR SUNDAY’S MEETINGS – BEST BETS AT HEREFORD & LINGFIELD
12:40 Lingfield – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (4yo+ 0-55) 1m2f
VIOLET’S LADS was winning for the first time in 12 runs and more than a year when grinding out victory over one mile at this venue earlier in the month and the Myboycharlie mare might be worth chancing to add to that win as she steps up in trip.
Brett Johnson’s charge has been in good form with his limited runners over the past couple of weeks and his charge held on well to strike by a nose when last seen beating Hunters Step under this rider and the runner-up did little harm to the form when finishing a close second again next time.
A 4lbs rise in the weights remains workable given her previous success at Kempton back in November 2019 came from a rating of 60 and if she can build on that latest success then she could follow up here.
1:40 Lingfield – Betway Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m4f
Four of the seven runners in this race arrive on the back of last-time wins and two are chasing a hat-trick; it might be worth siding with AUTUMN WAR who should return a fair price and Ian Williams’ charge can improve again having won his last two.
The Declaration Of War gelding returned from a year off and having switched yards to shape as if needing the run at Catterick in the mud back in October; he’s since landed a brace of victories at Wolverhampton since being fitted with cheekpieces and going up in trip, latterly beating Thai Terrier by a neck in December.
That form has been significantly boosted with the runner-up, third and fourth horses home all winning since and a 4lbs rise looks workable assuming the drop back in trip doesn’t prove an inconvenience. He ought to go well again and no surprise to see him going close as he bids for his three-timer in a race where a case can be made for all seven runners.
2:10 Lingfield – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 1m
CATCH MY BREATH got back to winning ways over this course and distance eight days ago and the Bated Breath gelding is chanced to follow up.
John Ryan’s charge had posted a couple of solid efforts in defeat prior to getting the better of Sky Lake latest, scoring by just over one length where he responded well to pressure to land the win.
He’s been pushed up 6lbs for that success but the excellent Laura Peason can offset the bulk of that increase and he was a turf winner last September from a 68 rating so remains with scope off this mark and he can go close in his bid to strike again.
2:20 Hereford – Central Roofing Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 3m1f
PEMBERLEY landed his sole hurdles success over this course back in November 2019 and Emma Lavelle’s charge could get back to winning ways returned to this venue.
The Darsi gelding showed up well in defeat in a few runs following that success and he’s stepped up his game since going over fences, making the frame on both starts at Fontwell and Huntingdon and he can go close here.
His last outing saw him chasing home Eclair De Guye last month where he was beaten nine lengths; the third from that contest has won since and yet the handicapper has eased the selection a further 1lb in the weights.
This longer trip shoud prove no issue and open to further improvement over the larger obstacles he can go well again to open his chase win account.
2:50 Hereford – Central Roofing Hereford Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 3m1½f
STORM FORCE BEN has yet to open his account over timber but the Fame And Glory gelding has posted some solid runs in defeat and can finally get off the mark here.
Philip Hobbs’ charge rounded off last term with a very creditable third behind Ashfield Paddy at Exeter and having bumped into a resurgent Cyclop at Chepstow on his reappearance where he finished third he then went one better when denied only one length by Sandymount Rose at Exeter earlier this month.
That winner has gone in again since and the selection didn’t help his cause by blundering his way through the final obstacle. The pair were well clear of the rest however and a 3lbs rise might prove lenient as a result assuming he can build on that performance and he looks to hold big claims here of opening his win account.
3:40 Lingfield – Betway Novice Stakes Cl5 (3yo+) 6f
TOUCHWOOD has the most experience of this field having raced four times and while he’s yet to win he could prove the answer here.
Charlie Hills’ Invincible Spirit colt has progressed with each start and has netted sucessive silver medal finishes the last twice which includes over course and distance two runs ago in November.
He was beaten only a short head on that occasion behind Caribbean Sunset where he almost overcame a slow start and racing widest; that form is fair and he backed the run up with another runner-up effort at Kempton over an additional furlong.
Run down late having made most over the longer trip he drops back to six furlongs and if he can get away sharply from the stalls he can open his account although a draw towards to the outer isn’t ideal. Nevertheless he sets the standard on what he’s achieved to date and he can go close here.