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Angus McNae's top horse racing tips for Sunday

Sun 23 Jan 2022

The Racing TV cameras will capture the action from Warwick, Thurles and Meydan on Sunday. Top presenter Angus McNae has four fancies at the first two meetings.

1.40 Warwick: Fearless

He's running for only the third time over fences and has some potential in this sphere. He finished second at Ayr on his chasing debut, where he jumped soundly and then was a good third at Lingfield given that he was badly hampered by a faller three out.

Despite that, he rallied strongly and finished his race off well. That effort off a mark of 117 suggests he could be a decent novice and he gets to race off the same mark on Sunday. Sean Bowen takes over in the saddle and he rates as a play here.

2.15 Warwick: Theatre Glory

This mare is lowered in grade here, having been a very good third in a Mares’ Listed Hurdle at Newbury, and she can outclass her opponents.

She bolted up in a Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Huntingdon before that effort at Newbury, where she bumped into the useful Elle Est Belle.

The steady early pace was against her in that race and she did a bit too much in the early stages, yet she finished her race well enough given those early exertions. A repeat of that effort should be good enough, but I believe she has more to give now she is down in grade on only her third career start.

2.40 Thurles: Robinnia at 7-1 with bet365

Her trainer, Willie Mullins, has won five of the past ten renewals of this race and has a 35% strike rate at this track.

Robinnia was a useful hurdler and has translated that form to the larger obstacles. She looked good when she won at Listowel last September and probably should have won next time out at Galway, where she was committed for home too early and paid for that effort in the closing stages.

In her latest run she fell at the first, but by and large she is a good jumper and Paul Townend takes over on board. This is a competitive place but at 7-1 with bet365 she is worth chancing.

4.15 Thurles: Billaway

I don’t make a habit of tipping horses in Hunter Chases, but this horse is very useful in this division and is a rare Willie Mullins runner in this sphere.

Billaway boasts some strong form, including last time out when a very good second in the Champion Hunters Chase at Punchestown to Bob and Co.

He is a strong-travelling type who is a sound jumper and Patrick Mullins, who rides him regularly, gets a good tune out of him. He should be hard to beat after his lay-off.

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