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Sunday Racing Tips: Vic can be Imperial at Kelso

sirdeschampsSire De Grugy’s impeccable win in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday left tipster Lewis Jones surging back into profit. He’s now +9.22pts up for the season and he is tipping up two selections today, including chancing Sir Des Champs on his seasonal debut in Ireland…

simply awesome day at Sandown yesterday, where we couldn’t have been more pleased for the Moore family, who’s Sir De Grugy served it up to the so-called big guns and put them in their place. Racing doesn’t get much better when a smaller stable lands a huge Grade One chase, especially when you’ve backed said horse at 2/1!

All eyes will be at Punchestown today for the Grade One John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, where it looks a straight matchup between the Willie Mullins pair of Arvika Ligeonniere and Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs.

The market support this morning is very much with Arvika at 4/7, but with the ground on the good side, our eyes have to be with Sir Des Champs to dispose of him on his seasonal debut.

Although not guaranteed to be fully fit, Sir Des Champs is a fantastic jumper on this kind of ground while the favourite has a little to find on ratings and can easily misjudge a fence or two.

Mullins will be setting out a path to the Cheltenham for their number one Gold Cup hope, but he has the adaptability to win over inferior distance as shown when landing the Coral Cup a few years back at Cheltenham.

The smart play is to take the 15/8 for the Gold Cup hope, with a 2pt win.

Our best bet of the day is closer to home and goes in the Persimmon Homes Scottish Borders National Kelso, where the money is down on the chances of Imperial Vic, who despite carrying top weight looks perfectly suited to the step up in trip. Michael Smith’s charge steps up to 4m here and his form for this type of race is stacking up very nicely, finishing a gutsy third to Vintage Star and Buddy Bolero at Carlisle before being beaten only a neck by Hey Big Spender at Newcastle.

He went down fighting both times, and as long as his jumping holds up, he should be tough to beat at a rather juicy 5/2.

Three point win is the recommended stake.

Profit & Loss Record

Staked: 56pts
Returned: 65.22pts
P/L: +9.22pts

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