Sunday Racing Tips: Former O’Brien horse to find his way back to the front

 | March 24 | 

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We have a mixed bag across Britain and Ireland on Sunday with four meetings taking place over the afternoon, with two over the Jumps and two on the Flat.

First off is Doncaster before they go to Naas, Ascot and Limerick. Amongst our Sunday fancies is one for trainer Michael Dods who has no issue running fresh.

Here are our Sunday Horse Racing Tips.

Horse Racing Tips - Sunday, March 24

  • 14:55 Limerick - Zeeband @ 6/1
  • 15:05 Doncaster - Tinto @ 28/1
  • 15:40 Doncaster - Toshizou @ 10/1

14:55 Limerick - Zeeband @ 6/1

A four-time winner on the Flat when trained by Michael Bell in Britain, Zeeband got off the mark over hurdles for the first time for the Gilligan stable when winning a Leopardstown maiden hurdle over two miles this month.

Rated as high as 96 on the level, he should remain well treated over obstacles off his current mark of 106, and although he stays further than the two miles here, it's probably all he wants in testing conditions, especially at a challenging track like Limerick.

Zeeband was well backed for a Navan handicap in February where he could only muster up finishing sixth, but now he's got his head back in front he can make his mark once again.

15:05 Doncaster - Tinto @ 28/1

Tinto was well beaten in this race on his reappearance 12 months ago, but he was drawn on the wrong side of the track on the day and it certainly had little to do with needing the run to gain fitness.

He has won fresh in the past and has gone close on another couple of occasions, so fitness shouldn't be a problem, and a repeat of his Ayr Silver Cup run when second to Wobwobwob at the end of last season would be plenty enough to get involved here.

Probably a better horse on good ground, Tinto wouldn't want the ground to get too testing so any drying in the ground would be a help. If it does dry up a bit, he's got major claims.

15:40 Doncaster - Toshizou @ 10/1

Toshizou promised so much as a juvenile when trained by Joseph O'Brien in Ireland, but unfortunately he regressed. Nonetheless, he could be a class apart if he can put his best foot forward in the 1m2f handicap.

Roger Fell and Sean Murray's son of Galileo had subsequent French Group 1 winner Van Gogh behind when third at Leopardstown on his debut in 2020, but his sole career victory came on his next start in a Tipperary maiden.

He ran off a mark as high as 98 at his peak, and has dropped down to a rating of 87 for his return to action. He went close twice at the tail end of last year off a mark of 86, and Jonny Peate's 3lb claim will be a big help here.

Obviously, Toshizou comes with big risks attached as he seems to have a bit of an attitude problem, but he is in very capable hands at a yard who knows the time of day when it comes to getting one lined up to win a decent handicap of this nature.

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