Sunday Racing Tips: The master of Closutton holds all the aces at Thurles

 | January 21 | 

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Four cards have been reduced to three across Britain and Ireland on Sunday due to the weather, with the action coming from Thurles, Chelmsford City and Lingfield.

Amongst our Sunday fancies are a pair for trainer Willie Mullins who unsurprisingly has some strong chances on the card.

Sunday Racing tips

  • 12.30 Thurles - On Lovers Walk @ 9/4
  • 13.05 Thurles - Hauturiere @ 8/11
  • 13.35 Thurles - Allaho @ 8/13

12.30 Thurles - On Lovers Walk @ 9/4

Gerard Kelleher wouldn't be a household name in the training ranks and has a small fleet to his name, but the handler can gain his first winner of the season in the opening 1m7½f maiden hurdle courtesy of ON LOVERS WALK.

A race really lacking strength in depth, the seven-year-old son of Walk In The Park was having just his third start under rules when runner-up at Limerick over 2m3f last month.

Gavin Cromwell's Now Is The Hour had the race sewn up but for a fall at the penultimate hurdle, which left the selection in front momentarily, and although swallowed up by the winner late on, a repeat effort could be good enough to win this.

Twice a winner in points last year, On Lovers Walk finished second to Any Road on rules debut over 2m½f at Clonmel in November, so the drop in trip won't be an inconvenience.

On Lovers Walk 12.30 Thurles

13.05 Thurles - Hauturiere @ 8/11

HAUTURIERE was behind the re-opposing Harmonya Maker over 2m½f at Cork on her seasonal reappearance in December, but with more of an emphasis on stamina when the pair met over 2m6½f at Limerick when last seen, she gave Gordon Elliott's mare a heavy beating.

Willie Mullins has won the 2m4f Grade 2 Mares Novice Chase six times since 2015, and his seven-year-old should be up to adding to his tally with Paul Townend in the saddle.

Similar to Limerick, Thurles is a right-handed track and that won't suit Harmonya Maker, who has a tendency to jump out to her left going this way around.

Given she is the only big danger, at least on paper, this should be a winnable assignment for Hauturiere.

Hauturiere 13.05 Thurles

13.35 Thurles - Allaho @ 8/13

Racing fans will be treated to a brilliant renewal of the Grade 2 Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase over 2m4f, a race that revolves around the Cheveley Park Stud runners - ALLAHO and Envoi Allen.

Victor in this race in 2021 and 2022, Allaho's magnificent winning sequence came to an end when third in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Question marks now hang over this horse with regard to how much of his former ability remains, but the drop in trip should aid his cause and he still sets a very high standard even if he isn't 100 percent.

Allaho can get back on track before having another tilt at the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham in March.

Allaho 13.35 Thurles

Horse Racing tips, from Betfred Insights.

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