Horse Racing Tips: Matt Chapman’s Sunday ITV Racing Picks at Fontwell & Cheltenham

Horse Racing Tips: Matt Chapman’s Sunday ITV Racing Picks at Fontwell & Cheltenham

Matt Chapman’s ITV Racing Tips

13:45 Cheltenham – Wonderwall
14:04 Fontwell – Tommie Beau
14:20 Cheltenham – Truckers Lodge (each way)
14:55 Cheltenham – Jonbon
15:30 Cheltenham – Gin Coco (each way)

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ITV Sunday gets under way here with a handicap chase over two and a half miles. A really tricky heat where any of the runners could win! For that reason I’m going to take an absolute chance with WONDERWALL for James Bowen and Richard Spencer. He once looked very good. After a second in a Newbury novice hurdle he went to Doncaster and beat City Chief who runs in the 2.20pm rated 142.

Wonderwall is now on 132 and hasn’t shown much in chases so far. Most recently he ran in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket. I don’t really fancy any of them that much to be honest so will chance that today is gonna be the day that he’s gonna win for you and me!

I’m off to Fontwell for Sky Sports Racing but ITV also show one race from the track on Sunday which is this Southern National Handicap Chase over an extended three miles and three furlongs. This track only just passed an inspection yesterday so the course will be very testing.

There will be great scenes if TOMMIE BEAU scores for Simon Prout and his wife Christine as Simon is a massive fan of the game. The recent Sedgefield scorer plods all day so should have a great chance off a 3lb higher mark for Micheal Nolan and Seamus Mullins.

Another handicap chase but this time over an extended three miles and three furlongs. TRUCKERS LODGE is 11 years old now and clearly not going to be getting any better – indeed he’ll be 12 in just over a month. That said, he has everything in his favour to run a huge one here for the champion Paul Nicholls and Freddie Gingell, who takes off 5lb.

The old boy loves a slog in the mud and ended last season with a win at Ffos Las off a mark of 132. He’s still well handicapped here on his best form on 137 and should have an each-way chance.

Up in class for the feature Grade 2 Shloer Chase over two miles. If there is a champion in this field there’s no doubt to me that it’s JONBON and he’s the selection.

Trained by Nicky Henderson, Jonbon was top class last season scoring in Grade 1 company at Aintree and Sandown and suggesting he can mix it with the best this term. Whether that’s over two miles or two and a half only time will tell, but this should be a good starting point. Nico de Boinville rides.

The afternoon ends on telly with the ultra-competitive Greatwood Handicap Hurdle over an extended two miles. Onlymatteroftime could be thrown in for Willie Mullins, but I’m happy to chance last year’s runner-up GIN COCO who is just 2lb higher than when chasing home the late I Like to Move It this time last year.

My selection never got in the hunt when fancied for the County Hurdle in March, but he should be ready for this after a comeback effort at Ffos Las last time. Lightly raced this year so hopefully can get back to his best as an each-way chance for Jonathan Burke and Harry Fry.

So, best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?

Sunday’s Racing Tips

13:45 Cheltenham – Wonderwall
14:04 Fontwell – Tommie Beau
14:20 Cheltenham – Truckers Lodge (each way)
14:55 Cheltenham – Jonbon
15:30 Cheltenham – Gin Coco (each way)

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

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