We have just a pair of meetings to look forward to on Sunday, but there’s still some great racing on offer. Punchestown hosts the jumps action, with a graded card that includes the Moscow Flyer Novices Hurdle. There’s some fascinating types on show, including Ganapathi and the rapidly improving Dreal Deal.
Don’t forget Southwell either! The All-Weather venue hosts a competitive card, and we’ll have horse racing tips for all the action. I’ve taken an in-depth look through Sunday’s runners and have found some fascinating trends. You can find all the details below and don’t forget, you take advantage of the racing with Virgin Bet’s sign-up offer.
1.50pm Punchestown – Frere Tuck
Rachael Blackmore has enjoyed a great season at Punchestown. From 39 rides, she’s landed 10 winners, with that 26% strike-rate producing a tidy profit of £25.30 to level stakes. She has several rides on the Sunday card, but Frere Tuck looks to be her best chance.
Winning a French bumper at Argentan back in June 2018, he was a 120,000 purchase at the subsequent Arqana Sales. He made his hurdling debut at Navan last month, finishing a promising fourth despite making noise down the straight.
He can only improve for the experience, given he’s trained by Willie Mullins, and dropping in distance is of no concern. Ground conditions will suit and he has an obvious chance of breaking his maiden.
2.50 Punchestown – Ensel Du Perche
Another jockey who has enjoyed his visits to Punchestown this season is Keith Donoghue. He’s posted five winners from 27 rides, with that 19% strike-rate producing a lovely £19.34 profit to level stakes. A pair of rides await him on Sunday, with Ensel Du Perche a big danger in the Beginners Chase.
He’s run just four times under rules thus far, failing to score in a pair of bumpers for Philip Fenton. Running twice over timber since joining Gavin Cromwell, the switch to fences so quickly is likely telling. Posting RPRs of 109 and 110 over timber, his rating of 107 puts him right in the mix.
This isn’t a strong contest and if he makes the expected improvement for the switch to the larger obstacles, he’s going to be tough to stop.
3.35pm Southwell – Requinto Dawn
Riding three times at Southwell in 2021, Connor Murtagh has returned to the winner’s enclosure on a pair of occasions. That 67% strike-rate has amassed a profit of £9.00 to level stakes and Requinto Dawn has a fantastic chance on the card.
He’s won two of his four starts on the All-Weather this winter, latterly with a Wolverhampton success in comfortable fashion. He’s gone up three pounds for that, but he’s well-treated on his past form and is a course and distance winner.
Richard Fahey has his string in excellent form and there’s a huge amount to like about his chances.