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Horse racing tips: Put faith in Strong Leader to land Welsh Champion

There are two interesting fixtures in Britain on Sunday and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns with his best bets across the cards.

Graeme Rodway's tips:

1.50 Goodwood - Havaila @ SP

3.20 Ffos Las - Strong Leader @ SP

4.45 Goodwood - Darkness @ SP

1.50 Goodwood - Havaila @ SP

The opening 2m handicap (1.50) at Goodwood looks like a good opportunity for HAVAILA, who ran well when second on easy ground at this course in May and has similar conditions now.

Havaila was beaten only half a length into second behind subsequent winner Crescent Lake that day and the third was Motazzen, who has also won since and reopposes in this contest. The front three pulled five-and-a-half-lengths clear of the rest in a good time for the grade.

The selection disappointed on his sole run since, but that came on his all-weather debut at Kempton and maybe he didn't handle the different test. It's worth giving him another chance.

He returns from a break but the fact he is back at this track, where he ran so well before, is a hint that he will be ready on his return and Havaila is worth chancing on his favoured ground.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Havaila @ SP - 1pt win

3.20 Ffos Las - Strong Leader @ SP

The Welsh Champion Hurdle (3.20) is the feature at Ffos Las and STRONG LEADER should find this easier than when competing in Grade 1 novice company towards the end of last season.

The Olly Murphy-trained gelding finished ninth behind Marine Nationale in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March and put in an even better run at Aintree next time.

Strong Leader was beaten just a length-and-three-quarters into second behind Inthepocket in the Grade 1 Top Novices' Hurdle and the front pair were nicely clear of some smart prospects there.

His ninth in the Supreme came on soft ground, so I don't expect conditions to be a problem, and Strong Leader looks open to plenty of further improvement with the summer behind him.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Strong Leader @ SP - 1pt win

4.45 Goodwood - Darkness @ SP

DARKNESS has drawn well for a front-runner in the Inkerman London Handicap (4.45) at Goodwood and could dominate this race from stall two if allowed to stride on early.

The selection proved he is well suited by course and distance when a close fourth in the Golden Mile in August and he is able to race off a 3lb lower mark in this weaker contest.

That's because he lost his form on his two starts after that good run here, but he bounced back when beaten just a length-and-a-half into third in a 7f handicap at Newmarket two weeks ago.

His good run at this track in August came on a soft surface, so he should be well suited by returning to these conditions, and a reproduction of his best form will probably be enough.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Darkness @ SP - 1pt win

Graeme Rodway's tips:

1.50 Goodwood - Havaila @ SP

3.20 Ffos Las - Strong Leader @ SP

4.45 Goodwood - Darkness @ SP

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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