Live Sunday Racing Tips and Preview by Dave Stevos
Live Sunday Racing Tips From Sandown, Chantilly and Haydock
Unfortunately, we were out of luck on Saturday at Epsom. Mr Scaramanga ran very well but the effort he used to get to the front told in the closing stages. Our Oaks selection Bharani Star paid the price for being to close to the early pace. She was ridden a lot more aggressively and didn’t get home. Both our Derby selections ran poorly, but the winner was top notch. He destroyed them and it was no fluke as far as I could see. Enable returns to action at Sandown tomorrow and you can check out Dave Stevos’ live Sunday racing tips below…
Live Sunday Racing Tips: Sandown 1.50pm – Coral Charge (Group 3)
A dozen speedsters will go to post for this 5f Group 3, including one of my favourite horses in training. Liberty Beach was my best each way bet of the week at Royal Ascot at 12/1. She ran a blinder in 3rd behind Battaash and Equilateral. She is a former course and distance winner and there is nothing as good as Battaash in this race. John Quinn’s horses are in good form and Jason Hart is riding well. This filly is the one they all have to beat and she gets weight from some of her rivals too. She was as big as 9/2 but is now only around 11/4. If she gets a clear passage through the race she should win.
One that looks a huge price after a super effort last time out is Caspian Prince. Now an 11yo, this son of Dylan Thomas won well in the Gosforth Park Cup. He was a good 3rd in this race a year ago and when he hits form he usually strings 4 or 5 solid runs together. Mick Appleby’s horses are going well and this front runner is drawn to attack in stall 2. To be honest, I think Liberty Beach will swoop late and win but Caspian Prince could make her work for it and at odds of 25/1 the old boy is worth backing each way.
LIVE SUNDAY TIPS: CASPIAN PRINCE E/W @ 25/1
Sunday Tips: Chantilly 2.10pm – Prix Du Jockey Club (Group 1)
The French Derby is the highlight at Chantilly on Sunday and what a race it looks. You could honestly make a case for nearly every horse in the field. With most bookies paying 4 places e/w, I’ll be backing two at big odds. Hurricane Dream is the only flat horse his trainer has and he is unbeaten after three starts. A course and distance winner in a messy race last time (10.5f gd/sft), he showed a smart turn of foot to win comfortably.
It was only a conditions race and the form has yet to be tested, but he impressed visually. The form of his facile win on his seasonal return hasn’t worked out, but he could do no more than beat the horses he was up against. His trainer thinks competing against better horses will bring about more improvement and I agree. At 33/1 he looks worth chancing each way.
Amhran Na Bhfiann ran a very good race at Epsom on Saturday and Order Of Australia has similar form. He was over a length in front of the Derby 3rd at Leopardstown and finished 4th over 12f in the Irish Derby, shaping like a non stayer. His close relation Iridessa won a G1 at 10f so today’s trip could really suit. At odds of 22/1 he looks worthy of a small each way interest.
LIVE SUNDAY RACING TIPS: HURRICANE DREAM E/W @ 33/1; ORDER OF AUSTRALIA E/W @ 22/1 (BOTH 4 PLACES)
Chantilly Tips: 2.55pm – Prix De Diane (4yo+)
The second big race of the day at Chantilly is the Prix De Diane. I like the chances of Fancy Blue in this. Trained by Donnacha O’Brien, this daughter of Deep Impact found just one too good in the Irish 1000 Guineas. She stayed on very well late in the day and this step up to 10f should play to her strengths.
Fancy Blue is related to winners ranging from 7f to 12f so that suggests that stepping up in distance will suit too. Her dam is a full sister to High Chapparal, her sire Deep Impact is one of the best around and connections would love to get her a win at the highest level. Pierre Charles Boudot is booked for the ride and he is one of the best French jockeys in the business. At odds of 11/1, Fancy Blue is the each way selection.
LIVE SUNDAY RACING TIPS: FANCY BLUE E/W @ 11/1 NB
Sandown Tips: 3.00pm – Coral Challenge Handicap (Class 2)
It has been a while since Via Serendipity got his head in front on turf but the handicapper is starting to relent. His last win on good ground came back in August 2018 off 95 at Ascot and he also has course and distance winning form off 90 in June of that year. He is now 2lb below the mark off which he won here and 7lb below his last winning turf rating.
Some of Stuart Williams’ charges have needed their comeback runs. This horse shaped like he would improve for the outing at Newmarket last time over 7f. The step back up to a mile will suit and Via Serendipity has a win and a place (off 94) from just three previous runs over today’s C&D. Few jockeys are riding with more confidence than Hollie Doyle right now and at odds of 14/1 Via Serendipity is the e/w NAP of the say.
LIVE SUNDAY RACING TIPS: VIA SERENDIPITY E/W @ 14/1 NAP (4 PLACES)
Haydock 3.15pm – Old Newton Cup Handicap (Class 2)
Plenty of these clashed recently at Royal Ascot and the one that could improve most from that race is Le Don De Vie. Hughie Morrison’s charge showed he handled soft ground well that day under Ryan Moore, finishing a decent 4th behind Scarlet Dragon and Deja off 101, beat 5.5L for the win. He is in off the same mark here and is now 5lb better off with Deja and 7lb better off with Scarlet Dragon.
That should be enough to help him at least close the gap to those two and it is also encouraging that he won second time out last season. Hughie Morrison hasn’t had many winners recently but five 2nds in the past fortnight indicates that his horses aren’t running too badly. Tom Marquand, fresh from his brilliant effort in the Derby, takes the ride and at odds of 12/1 Le Don De Vie is the e/w selection
LIVE SUNDAY RACING TIPS: LE DON DE VIE E/W @ 12/1 (5 PLACES)
Live Sunday Racing Tips: Sandown 3.35pm – Coral Eclipse (Group 1)
This is one of my favourite races of the season. I was at Sandown a couple of years ago to see Roaring Lion and Saxon Warrior fighting it out in this contest and if this year’s renewal is even half as exciting as that we will be in for a treat. However, that looks unlikely and this race is all about one horse…the mighty mare Enable. Connections are hell bent on getting her back for another attempt at the Arc and this race is a stepping stone.
She has won first time out for the last two seasons, including when making a winning reappearance in this last term. Everything points towards another Enable win, but with the likes of Ghaiyyath and especially Japan in the field she will have to be somewhere near her best to win. Japan was slowly away last time at Ascot and like plenty of O’Brien’s he needed the run. He has very little to find with Enable on their meeting in the Arc last season (2L) and he has a fitness advantage this time. Ryan Moore will relish the chance of raining on Enable’s parade and at odds of 11/2 a small win bet on Japan is advised.
LIVE SUNDAY RACING TIPS: JAPAN WIN @ 11/2