Angus McNae's top tips for Sunday: Top Notch looks ready to pounce

By Angus McNae
Sun 8 Dec 2019

There is some tremendous action on Racing TV on Sunday and I have four selections for you.

One winner last week kept things ticking over but hopefully there is better to come.

I have three selections from Huntingdon and one from Punchestown, which is where I start.

12.50 Punchestown: Minella Melody at a general 8-11

The even money quoted about this mare is reasonable value given her facile win at Cork in a maiden hurdle last time out.

Minella Melody made all in that contest and won as she liked. She beat a moderate bunch but her bumper form suggests there is a lot more to come in this sphere.

She was twice placed last season in graded bumpers and with the cobwebs blown away by that win at Cork, after a six-month month lay-off, she can win here for the in-form pair of Henry De Bromhead and Robbie Power.

 Top Notch should have the feature race at Huntingdon on Sunday run to suit (Focusonracing)
Top Notch should have the feature race at Huntingdon on Sunday run to suit (Focusonracing)

2.00 Huntingdon: Top Notch at a general 2-1

Nicky Henderson could have a good day at Huntingdon, with Top Notch fancied to land the Peterborough Chase.

He is a tough and genuine performer who won over hurdles on his seasonal reappearance and that will have put him spot on for this feature.

He is a more than useful chaser, as he showed when readily beating Black Corton and Charbel at Kempton last season.

He is at his best when coming off a strong gallop. With Charbel and Born Survivor likely time go a decent clip, the race should be set up nicely for Top Notch to pounce late.

2.30 Huntingdon: Known at 3-1 with BetVictor and SkyBet

This gelding can give Henderson a double.

He shaped well in defeat last time out at this track, when given plenty to do, which is never ideal at Huntingdon .

He was making eye-catching headway when being hampered at the third last.

Thereafter he ran on steadily without being punished and gave the distinct impression that there was a fair bit in the tank.

Provided he is given a more positive ride, he looks certain to go well at about 5-1.

3.00 Huntingdon: White Hart Lady at a general 7-4

This is a rare tip for me in a bumper, but White Hart Lady looked distinctly useful when winning at Aintree in October and has to be supported here .

In that bumper she tanked her way to the front down the back straight and was never in danger of defeat thereafter.

She won by four lengths but she could have easily doubled that margin of success.

Vegas Blue is a credible opponent but White Hart Lady looked distinctly useful at Aintree and can confirm that the impression she created there was no fluke.

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