Horse racing tips: Paul Jacobs’ best plays from across the tracks on Sunday

Paul Jacobs picks out his four best flutters for a Super Sunday of racing action.

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13:55 Limerick – Limerick Lace

I was all over Brampton Belle when she just prevailed in the Listed Apple’s Jade at Navan last time out, but to be honest she was more than just a wee bit lucky to win that day with J J Slevin giving Lunar Display a less than auspicious ride and Rock On Cassie falling at the penultimate flight of hurdles.

She could very well step up here, but I fancy her five-year-old rival to prove more than a match. Being by Walk In The Park out of a Califet mare the suspicion was that two and a half miles would be her limit, but on all of her five starts under rules she has looked like a real stayer in the making.

Last time out over an extended two and a half miles the Gavin Cromwell trained mare only really got going on the run-in to land a maiden at Punchestown. This is another step up in class, but she comes here relatively fresh and can make the most of the 3lbs she is set to receive from her penalised rival with an extra quarter mile to travel.


15:13 Bangor – Ulverston

This class three handicap hurdle has some seriously in form and progressive young hurdlers in attendance, notably the Don McCain four timer seeking Jungle Jack and the Shantou gelding Harbour Lake trained by Alan King.

However, both have to probably record career bests by some way to land this nice prize and I think will be pushed to give the weight away to the more experienced selection who is now down to within a pound of his last winning mark. 

Several of these like to be involved at the sharp end from the off and that will suit ULVERSTON who needs a tow into his races. If he can get into any kind of a rhythm early on and hurdle as well as he normally does, then I suspect he will be closing down on the leading turning away from the third last. A strong stayer over this trip, stays two and a half miles, his guaranteed stamina makes him a huge value play against the likely market leaders.



15:20 Warwick – Skandiburg

The selection can end a win less run of eight races and in the process put paid to the red hot run of the six timer seeking In Rem by landing this feature staying handicap hurdle this afternoon.

Placed off a mark as high as 138 since that January 2020 success, the now eight-year-old showed that he still retains most of his ability with a fair fifth at Newbury on his seasonal debut. Since then he has twice run over an inadequate two and a half miles and this extra yardage looks made to measure off a rating of 132 with a solid pace almost guaranteed for the eight-year-old. 

The aforementioned In Rem has gone up from a mark of 79 to 117 in recording his five victories, but scored in pretty smooth style over this course and distance last time out.

However, he will need to take another step forward here and there is little doubt that today’s rivals look significantly tougher.

15:55 Warwick – Cuban Pete

Despite a fairly dry Sunday expected, the rain on Friday will guarantee that we get proper jumping ground for this stamina test so only relentless gallopers need apply for this three mile and five furlong handicap chase.

A major mistake at the penultimate flight ruined the chance of top weight The Newest One at Ludlow and he remains a work in progress. However, he cannot afford a similar mistake onn the quick fire line of fences down the far side here as he will come a cropper.

Premier D’Troice ran well over a similar trip at Lingfield, but in much deeper ground, and has been dropped a very kind 5lbs by the assessor so has to come into the equation, while I couldn’t put any of you off last year’s winner Volcano despite a poor run last time out in the Devon National at Exeter. 

However, the selection is if anything even better treated than the 2021 hero and has been crying out for a big step up in trip for a while.

Last time out, the 10-year-old stayed on nicely over an extended three miles at Hereford, running right through the line that day, and now has the services of the stable jockey. His last win came off a two pound higher mark and there could be enough improvement in him on his first venture into a real marathon distance.



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