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Horse racing tips for Sunday: Stormy ready to take flight at 11-1

By Angus McNae
Sat 9 Jan 2021

The bad weather has played its part this week with a number of meetings abandoned, but it looks like temperatures are set to rise which will see National hunt racing resume its busy schedule, which was the case on Saturday.

I have three selections for you on Sunday across Southwell and Exeter. Best of luck.

12.50 Southwell: Nortonthorpe Boy at a general 11-10

This three-year-old won impressively when making all at Kempton last time out and he should win again here.

He looks to be the ideal type for the fibresand in that he has good early pace, likes to front run and has an action that looks certain to be suited to the surface.

Just as importantly, he looks very well treated off a rating of 68. Trainer Phil McEntee knows this family very well and wasted no time in getting him onto the all-weather after acquiring him from the Tim Easterby team.

That has been a shrewd move, and a hat-trick beckons.

1.40 Exeter: Gladiateur Allen at 7-4 with Bet365

It was encouraging that this horse was well-backed on his debut over hurdles at Ffos Las.

He finished second that day in a race that was steadily run, which meant he did not settle fully in the early stages of the race.

Despite that, and a bad mistake two out, he still finished the race off well and looks certain to improve considerably for that outing.

He has an interesting pedigree, with a decent National Hunt lineage on the dam’s side and he could easily make up into a useful performer.

This will serve as a stepping stone to better things.

2.10 Exeter: Stormy Flight at 11-1 with William Hill

Look back at this Stormy Flight’s performance last time out at Taunton and I am sure you will understand why I am tipping him here.

He was ridden very patiently before being asked for his effort after the last, and he really did pick up in good style. He finished the race off with zest and I believe if he had been asked for his effort sooner in the straight, he would have gone close to winning.

This is a competitive handicap, but it looks set to be run at a strong pace, which will suit, and the 11-1 available cannot be ignored given that this horse is unexposed in the handicapping sphere.

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