Horse racing tips for Sunday: Angus McNae's best bets

By Angus McNae
Sun 3 Jul 2022

I have four selections across Ayr and Chelmsford on Sunday, both of which can be watched live on Racing TV. Best of luck!

2.10 Chelmsford: Lila Girl

This filly has won two of her four starts and both of those victories have been over course and distance. She appears to be on a steep upward curve, and I expect her to prove hard to beat.

She was an impressive winner last time out, despite looking to be far from the finished article as she hung and took a while to pick up when first asked to stretch. However, she ultimately ran out a comfortable winner and is clearly still learning, so it’s quite possible that we will see a much more polished performance here.

She is racing off a 6lb higher mark, but I don’t think that will stop her at a venue that seems to really suit her. Her trainer, Michael Bell, is in good from as well and his charge is very much one to be with.

3.20 Chelmsford: Soft Whisper

This filly was a disappointment at Meydan earlier in the year but bounced back to form at Ascot last time out when making all in a fillies’ handicap and scored in a fast time.

She won that handicap off a rating of 102 and is well worth her place in this Listed contest. She already has two Listed successes next to her name and this looks to be a good opportunity for her to win again at this level.

The four-year-old looks to be the only front-runner in the contest and, given that she likes to race prominently, it’s likely that she will obtain an easy lead, which is a very potent weapon at this track on this surface.

She has never raced on this surface, but I don’t think it will bother her as she has won twice on the Meydan dirt and her sire, Dubawi, is a multi-surface stallion. She looks to be a decent play here.

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4.02 Ayr: Gweedore

This five-year-old has been kept very busy by trainer Katie Scott, but he is holding his form well and can gain due reward for some consistent efforts.

He ran twice last week, and he was a very good second to Substantial at Haydock in a fast time on his second start in 24 hours.

He has won three times at this track and gets to race off his last winning mark (83) plus it looks likely he will get a good pace to aim at from stall three as I suspect Subjective Value will make the running, and that will give Gweedore a good tow into the race.

Katie Scott is clearly trying to strike while the iron is hot here and hopefully this won’t be one race too many in what has been a busy period for the selection.

4.37 Ayr: Lituus

Lituus has improved since being sent handicapping and on his first two starts in this sphere, has shown that he has some scope off his lowly rating of 56.

He shaped well when third at Carlisle last time out and did well to get so close as he was given plenty to do from the back of the field.

He stayed on well to grab third without being given a hard time and, with that experience under his belt, he looks ready to get off the mark.

He steps up in trip to ten furlongs here, too, and that should suit him plus he gets to race off the same mark as last time.

Oliver Stammers claims a handy 3lb which can only help, and I am expecting further improvement from his mount in this low-grade handicap.

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