Horse racing tips from Angus McNae: Four bets for Sunday

By Angus McNae
Sat 17 Jul 2021

Angus McNae continued his red-hot form with two winners - from four selections - last week, and has another four fancies for Sunday's racing action in Ireland, live on Racing TV.

It was good to find another two winners at Salisbury last week, and hopefully there's more to come on Sunday.

My focus is entirely on the action in Ireland this week where an excellent Flat card at the Curragh is accompanied by a decent National Hunt card at Tipperary, both live on Racing TV.

As usual, I have four selections for you. Best of luck.

1.20 Tipperary: Havingagoodtime at a general 11-10

This is a weak Beginners' Chase, and this mare has flashed ability on her two chase starts this season.

She improved for her debut effort at Tramore when finishing a good fourth to Raya Time at Wexford. In that contest, she jumped soundly and ran on strongly all the way to the line suggesting she is in good form.

This is a weaker event and with more progression likely, she rates as a solid play here.

1.50 Tipperary: Fusain at 6-4 with Bet365

A quick-fire double beckons for Henry De Bromhead with this gelding.

He has only had two starts over fences, and his latest outing was in the same race as Havingagoodtime.

He finished a place in front of that horse in third, and that was a huge step up on his debut over fences. He jumped well and stayed on strongly all the way to the line.

He is clearly open to plenty of improvement and he hails from a yard in tremendous form. If Havingagoodtime wins the opener, his price will contract, so taking an early price may be the way to go.

2.10 Curragh: Njord at a general 5-1

This Jessica Harrington-trained gelding has taken a while to find his best form this season, but in the John of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock last time out, he looked to be as good as ever.

He finished second there to Kinross and may well have won if things had panned out more in his favour.

He had to work to get a clear run from the back of the field and finished the race very strongly. He posted a Timeform speed figure of 111 there, which is right up there with what he achieved when winning the Balmoral Handicap on Champions Day at Ascot last year.

This is a decent Group Two, but he is more than capable of winning a race such as this, especially if he gets a strong pace to aim at.

He would be a very strong selection if this was over a mile, but this stiff seven furlongs should be no bar to success.

4.30 Curragh: Zaynudin at a general evens

The Joseph O'Brien team are on fire at the moment, and this gelding is open to considerable improvement having his first run for the yard.

He showed plenty of ability in two runs for Mick Halford where, on his second start, he finished third to the useful Wordsworth at the Curragh where he endured a punishing wide trip.

A step up to 12 furlongs looks sure to suit given his dam won over this trip, and I like the fact that he has course form.

There is plenty in his favour, not least the form of his trainer who does well with new recruits, and he is a strong selection.

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