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Horse racing tips: Blazing Khal & Nick Rockett feature in Sunday's best bets

Racing Post tipster Dave Randall outlines his best bets from the Sunday action in Ireland as Blazing Khal looks for another winning comeback. 

Two of the three race meetings across Britain and Ireland on Sunday are over jumps, and there is some quality action in store at Exeter and Navan, including two Grade 2's in Ireland. 

The ground will be testing at both venues after recent heavy rain recently. 
 

Dave Randall's tips

2.45 Navan - Blazing Khal @ 7/4
3.45 Navan - Nick Rockett @ 1/1
 

Horse Racing

2.45 Navan - Blazing Khal @ 7/4

Eight runners are set to go to post in one of the feature races on Sunday, the Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle over 2m5f from Navan.

Gordon Elliott is 4-19 in this race since 2014 and he throws punters a curveball by saddling half the field. 

Delta Work and Galvin are better known as chasers and, despite their significant levels of ability, neither makes sufficient appeal to warrant support reverting to hurdles in preparation for another clash in the Cross-Country contest at the Cheltenham Festival next month. 

Beacon Edge won this race in 2021, but isn't in the same sort of form, so the 2023 Cheltenham Stayers' Hurdle winner Sire Du Berlais is considered the pick from his four entries. 

He is returning from a break, having to concede weight all-round, over a slightly shorter trip on heavy ground, though, and a couple of the others are preferred.

Jessica Harrington's representative Ashdale Bob is second choice on these quite favourable terms having already performed to a good level this season, but the selection is last year's winner BLAZING KHAL, who arrives fresh and produced the best performance of his career when winning this race going away in February 2023.

Charles Byrnes' eight-year-old was unbeaten in his three starts over hurdles, through wins at Galway and Cheltenham twice, before returning from an enforced absence of 428 days to land this prize. 

He was sent off 9/2 to win the Stayers' Hurdle on his next start, but had hardly had the ideal preparation, and recoiled from his Navan victory.

The ground wasn't heavy last year, but he has won a Limerick bumper on heavy ground, so hopefully this classy sort can cope well enough to reproduce the 2023 form which will make him difficult to beat.

Dave Randall's tip:

Blazing Khal @ 7/4 - 1pt win
 

3.45 Navan - Nick Rockett @ 1/1

Five runners are set to go to post in the other feature contest on Navan's card, the Grade 2 Ten Up Novice Chase over three-miles. 

Once again Gordon Elliott is 3-12 in this race since 2014, but he may have his work cut out to build on that notable record this year, with his two runners Favori de Champdou and American Mike needing to bounce back from below-par efforts in December, and facing a strong double-handed challenge from Willie Mullins.

Mullins won this race through Measureofmydreams in 2016, and choosing correctly between his two runners is considered the answer to this puzzle.

Minella Cocooner is the older of the two, aged eight. He arrives 1-3, and on the up over regulation fences, after setting a decent course-and-distance form standard with a dominant success on soft to heavy ground here last month. 

Stable jockey Paul Townend was on board that day, but prefers to continue his winning association with the promising stablemate NICK ROCKETT, and that is potentially significant.

Nick Rockett is aged seven and he registered a slightly higher Racing Post Rating than Minella Cocooner when improving to win his second start over regulation fences at Fairyhouse on heavy ground on New Year's Day.

Townend clearly feels his mount will improve again for the step up to 3m on this course, and this observer came to the same conclusion.

Dave Randall's tip:

Nick Rockett @ 1/1 - 1pt win
 

Dave Randall's tips

2.45 Navan - Blazing Khal @ 7/4
3.45 Navan - Nick Rockett @ 1/1
 

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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