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Horse racing tips for Sunday: Angus McNae has four strong fancies

By Angus McNae
Sat 16 Jan 2021

A good card at Punchestown on Sunday gives us another chance to see the unbeaten Envoi Allen.

He will go off a short-priced favourite for the Sky Bet Killiney Novice Chase but dies have to concede 11lb to the useful Asterion Forlonge.

That rival will need to brush up his jumping if he is to take advantage and, even if he jumps better, I suspect Envoi Allen will be too good.

As ever four selections ,two at Punchestown and two at Southwell. I will be looking for Willie Mullins and Mark Johnston to secure doubles.

1.20 Punchestown: Ganapathi

This Willie Mulllins trained French recruit won his maiden hurdle at Cork in convincing fashion (watch above).

Despite a scrappy jump at the last he was well on top at the finish and, along with the runner-up, pulled 13 lengths clear of the rest.

This is a step up in grade and he will need to be sharper, but he should come on a lot for that debut effort and he makes plenty of appeal at about 7-2 in a decent looking Grade Two Hurdle.

1.35 Southwell: Ghost Rider

This horse made a most taking debut here.

He was slowly away and clueless early on and found himself in the kickback all the way down the back straight.

By the time they turned for home he was virtually tailed off, but when out in the clear and with the penny dropping all the time he surged home to finish second.

It was a remarkable effort and stepping up to seven furlongs he looks set to go one better. He is a solid 6-4 shot.

1.50 Punchestown: Frere Tuck

This French recruit shaped with a good deal of potential when finishing fourth at Navan on his debut over hurdles.

He was considerately handled after reportedly choking on the home turn, after which he ran on quite strongly seemingly having more to give.

He now wears a tongue-tie for the first time, which will help him with any breathing issue he may have.

That was his first run for 30 months, after winning a bumper in France. He looks sure to improve and can take this on his way to better things.

2.35 Southwell: Notation

She was impressive here at Southwell last time when winning in a fast time.

A Timeform speed-figure of 104 tells us just how strong a performance it was and even a 10lb rise int he weights should not stop her.

She is a strong-travelling front-runner who looks set to get her own way out in front and, that being the case, she will be very hard to close down. She will go off favourite but looks really solid.

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