Sunday’s racing sees some top action including the totepool National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell, some top racing in Naas and a decent card from Towcester.
Fontwell Racing Betting Tips
Saphir Du Rheu is a short favourite for the National Spirit Hurdle, with Ladbrokes offering the best price of 2/5. Paul Nicholls’ 5-year-old comes into this on the back of a hat-trick and has a great chance to make it four straight wins.
Nicholls has won the race twice in the last three years and looks very likely to do so again this time round as Saphir Du Rheu prepares for the World Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Alan King’s Meister Eckhart is next best; however all will struggle to keep track with the leading contender and are likely to be racing for the runner-up spot.
Nicholls’ also runs favourite BENVOLIO in the first race on the Fontwell card and he is currently best price 4/5 with Paddy Power. The 7-year-old was progressing well before facing Oscar Whisky latest, where he could only manage third.
This is a good opportunity to get back to winning ways and the Nicholls double should be worth a medium size bet.
Kingcora represents decent value in the 2.40 for Venetia Williams’ in form yard and Closing Ceremony is worth backing on a day which could turn bad for the bookmakers.
Cheltenham Trial Day Betting Tips
Paddypower Cheltenham Trial Day from Naas is lined up to be a thrilling meeting, with champion jockey A P McCoy heading over to join Ruby Walsh and co.
The first of the three Grade 2 contests is the Novice Chase which is set to start at 2.50. Willie Mullins’ Mozoltov is the 1/3 favourite in a race containing only three runners.
Mozoltov made a fantastic start to his career over fences at Fairhouse, before finishing third in a Grade 1 contest last time. He should have what it takes to get back to winning ways in this at a very short price.
Walsh and McCoy are set to battle it out like old times in the second Grade 2 event, with Mullins’ stable jockey aboard Vicky De L’Oasis. McCoy rides the favourite which is another Mullins’ entry in City Slicker, who is likely to run a big race and see off his rivals.
The final Grade 2 of the three is expected to be another 3-horse race, with Mullins and Walsh the favourites again. Twinlight finished third when racing at Kempton last time but should get back to the form of his Irish hat-trick before that here.
Days Hotel and Toner D’Oudairies should provide a decent battle for second, which will probably make for the more exciting part of the race.
Speedy Bruere should run well as he looks to defend his crown in the Selling Handicap Hurdle at Towcester, whilst Join The Clan, John Louis and Take The Mick are others who have a decent winning chance on the day.
BETS OF THE DAY:
Fontwell 2:10 – BENVOLIO (nap)
Towcester 3:00 – Speedy Bruere
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