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Angus McNae's horse racing tips for Sunday: Four best bets, including a 12-1 chance

By Angus McNae
Sat 20 Feb 2021

The Racing TV presenter marks your card for the racing action at Newbury, Market Rasen and Navan, all live on Racing TV.

The re-arranged Betfair Super Sunday meeting at Newbury adds a real touch of class to Sunday afternoon’s racing, and I have two selections at the Berkshire venue, along with one at Market Rasen, and one at Navan.

Dual Grand National-winner Tiger Roll is also in action at Navan (2.47pm) and the likes of Champ, Clan Des Obeaux and Lostintranslation are among the star name running at Newbury, all live on Racing TV.

1.15 Newbury: Ahorsewithnoname

I believe that the Nicky Henderson team are about to take off in the approach to Cheltenham, and this mare has a good deal of potential as a hurdler.

She was useful on the flat when trained by Brian Ellison, for whom she won two novice stakes from three starts.

The first of those wins suggested that she was at least a 90-rated horse on the flat which means she could become a very good hurdler, and now in the care of Nicky Henderson, that transition is more than likely.

She has run once over hurdles for the Seven Barrows handler when a very good second to Pink Sheets in a listed novices’ event at this track following a 15-month absence.

She jumped well and showed an aptitude for hurdling plus it was a highly-promising effort.

There is the added bonus that she receives the mares’ allowance, and that her trainer has won the past two renewals of this race, notably with Chantry House last year, so the selection looks sure to run well.

2.15 Navan: Atlantic Fairy at 11-4 with Paddy Power and Betfair

This Listed Novice hurdle can go to Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore as Atlantic Fairy has really strong form.

She made all and bolted up at Limerick last time out and before that, she finished second to Master Mcshee in a Maiden Hurdle at Cork, and that rival won a handicap off a mark of 132 on his next start.

That strong form is backed up by the fact that when Atlantic Fairy won at Limerick, she thrashed the runner-up, Nelly’s Money, by 20 lengths, and that horse has gone on to win a handicap off a mark of 104.

She is open to a good deal of improvement here and has form that is working out very well plus is part of a top-class operation.

I expect her to make all here and she will take a good deal of beating.

2.40 Market Rasen: Gran Luna at 10-11 with William Hill

I am hoping Gran Luna will be another winner for Nicky Henderson on Sunday. This mare is unbeaten in two starts, and she won a bumper at Newbury in February last year before scoring on her debut over hurdles at the same track this season.

Now after another break from competitive action, she can maintain her exemplary record as she looked like a youngster with untapped potential last time out.

In quite a steadily run race, the daughter of Spanish Moon was able to overcome the fact that the race became a test of speed, leaving the distinct impression that she will stay further than two miles, or will be at her best with a strong gallop over that trip.

With that in mind, I would not be surprised to see her make all the running here under a positive ride.

This is not as strong race and despite being lightly-raced for her age, she should be capable of taking this en route to better things.

3.35 Newbury: Buzz at 12-1 with BetVictor and Ladbrokes

The ultra-competitive Betfair Hurdle can go to Buzz and complete a very good day for the Nicky Henderson team.

He has looked to be more than useful in all three starts this season, particularly when winning at Ascot and then finishing runner-up at the same track just before Christmas.

That run behind Not So Sleepy was most noteworthy given that his jockey gave him a lot to do in the circumstances.

He was held up well off the pace and made his ground around the home turn while challenging out wide.

I rate him as the winner of that race and now under the cool, and more than competent, Kevin Brogan, who claims 5lb off his back, he can land this big prize and possibly put himself into the Champion Hurdle picture.

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