Today's Horse Racing Tips: Unbeaten chaser given the nod in Sussex National

Today's racing tips come from Plumpton.
Today's racing tips come from Plumpton.

Guard Your Dreams (advised at 4/1) became my first winner of 2021 when scoring impressively at Sandown yesterday afternoon. Given the nature of his Bangor performances, I fancied him to be well suited by the two-mile test around Sandown, and he shaped as though a step up in trip could bring about further improvement. He looks a nice prospect and is one to follow.

The feature race in England today is the Sussex National at Plumpton, for which I have picked out one bet.

Plumpton Tip

14:25 – 3m4½f Sky Sports Racing Sussex National Handicap Chase (Class 3)

This looks an intriguing renewal given the fact that the current market leader, Salty Boy, is 0-9 and yet to win beyond 2m4f. He did stay on well for third in the Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase at Haydock last time, but I’ll be opposing him here.

There is no shortage of runners that are proven over this extreme trip and/or on testing ground. Four horses (Like The Sound, Seaston Spirit, Goodnight Charlie and Cheque En Blanc) have all won over at least this far on either soft or heavy. The latter mentioned runner is a course and distance winner, one of four that have been successful at Plumpton in the past.

Another with winning course form is BENEVOLENTDICTATOR (NAP – 1 point win bet at 4/1), who was eased down to win by 14-lengths here 20 days ago. Having been hampered early in the race, he did well to get back into contention and put in a brilliant jump at the last before stamping his authority on the race.

Today's racing tips

That maintained his unbeaten record over fences and built on his winning chase debut at Lingfield in November. An 11lb rise has resulted in an inevitable step up in class and whilst that will obviously demand more, the actual weight he will carry today is 1lb less than for his last run. The manner of his recent two wins and the fact that this will be just his eighth career start strongly suggests that he is open to plenty of improvement for Gary Moore, and he should relish the extra three furlongs today.

Having failed to fire in a bumper and then four starts over hurdles, this seven-year-old has clearly benefitted from being given time to develop and the switch to the larger obstacles. Fresh from celebrating his 800th winner in Britain yesterday, Jamie Moore takes over in the saddle from his brother Josh.

14:25 Plumpton
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