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Sunday's Horse Racing tips from the Racing Post

There is plenty of decent pre-Cheltenham fare on Sunday and the Racing Post's Gary Savage has found some potential bets.

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Gary Savage's tips

3.00 Warwick - Zonda @ 9/4
3.20 Kelso - Ned Tanner @ 7/1
4.55 Southwell - Engelbert @ 13/2

3.00 Warwick - Zonda @ 9/4

After catching the eye in some decent novice hurdles and an Ascot handicap at varying distances, Jonjo O'Neill's ZONDA was sent off 2/1 favourite last time over near this trip at Wincanton, and although beaten there was plenty of encouragement in the run.

He was outbattled in heavy ground by the experienced winner, who had dropped to a nice mark, especially on his favoured surface, and the rest were well beaten.

Zonda's eyecatching runs had come on good to soft and good ground so a drying surface here should be in his favour.

More encouragement can be gleaned from the fact that his stable have won this contest in three of the last four years and his supporters can get it back this time.

Gary Savage's tip:

Zonda @ 9/4 - 1pt win

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3.20 Kelso - Ned Tanner @ 7/1

Nick Alexander's team continue in sparkling form and he has three runners on the Kelso card, all of whom can be considered. The most striking contender though is NED TANNER, who reverts back to hurdles after two years spent chasing.

It's easy to see why as he took a heavy fall last time, which followed an unseat two outings before that, and he can make the switch pay off.

He was successful in two of his five hurdle starts, including winning a useful novice here, and four of his top five chase RPRs have also come at this course.

It was here last time that he took a crashing fall at the second last when about to challenge Empire Steel for the lead in a Class 2 contest.

He'll face nothing of that one's calibre in this contest, and although that run was over 2m 5 1/2f, he has always looked a strong stayer at 3m and on the drying ground he should have no trouble with the trip.

Gary Savage's tip:

Ned Tanner @ 7/1 - 1pt win

4.55 Southwell - Engelbert @ 13/2

The form of James Ferguson's ENGELBERT when running a close second to Doctor Khan Junior won't exactly go under the radar, nevertheless it's worth reiterating that his conqueror is currently rated 26lb higher after three further wins.

The third also took his only start since for good measure and a 2lb rise for the selection shouldn't be too burdensome on that evidence.

His absence since isn't too much of a worry, as connections surely feel he won't get the chance to run at 0-80 level many more times, and the chance to do so for nearly 14k is surely worth aiming for.

Having never run at Southwell it's encouraging that he has form on the Newcastle Tapeta, including that most recent run, and that his trainer has an excellent 29% strike-rate here, which rises to 38% among older horses.

There are plenty of in-form opponents and others with potential in this race, but none greater than the tip, and he can hit the winning trail once again.

Gary Savage's tip:

Engelbert @ 13/2 - 1pt win

Gary Savage's tips

3.00 Warwick - Zonda @ 9/4
3.20 Kelso - Ned Tanner @
4.55 Southwell - Engelbert @

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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