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Sunday's racing tips - Five big races covered at Ffos Las, Kempton and Sedgefield

  • We take a look through the National Hunt racing cards across the UK on Sunday
  • Ffos Las stages their popular Welsh Champion Hurdle card
  • Two Listed prizes will be handed out at Kempton
  • There's also the Durham National to take in up at Sedgefield
  • We've got all five of Sunday's big races covered here
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2018 Christmas Hurdle winner, Verdana Blue (right) returns to Kempton this afternoon. (Getty)

The ITV Racing team may be taking a day off on Sunday, but jumps racing fans have some mouthwatering races to enjoy.

I've taken a closer look at the five best races on Sunday and come up with my best bets!

Sunday's Racing Tips - Ffos Las Tips


Norton's Coin Trophy Tips


Fiddlerontheroof2:35pm Ffos Las Canter Carpet High Performance Surfaces (Norton's Coin Trophy) Novices' Chase (Class 3) 2m5fGET 15/8 HERE
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Just three horses go to post in the Norton's Coin Trophy this afternoon, but all three entrants could challenge for Grade One prizes over fences this term.

Emitom has already been out over fences this season and, although he was beaten narrowly by Hurricane Harvey, I was really impressed with the way Warren Greatrex's charge jumps that day. Emitom should come on for the run, but I think this trip is still a little short for a horse with real three-mile stamina, and the good-to-soft going will suit the speedier FIDDLERONTHEROOF.

Colin Tizzard's star won the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown last season, before a limp showing in the Supreme at Cheltenham. Anything he achieved over hurdles was a bonus, though, as this boy was made for chasing. Although I do expect he might be dropped back to two miles at some point this season, he's got enough stamina to win over this trip, and he could get off the mark on Sunday.

Welsh Champion Hurdle Tips


Thebannerkingrebel E/W3:10pm Ffos Las Potter Group Welsh Champion Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (GBB Race) (Class 2) 2mGET 9/1 HERE
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Viewers will then be treated to a wide-open renewal of the Welsh Champion Hurdle, and the one I want to side with at an each-way price is THEBANNERKINGREBEL.

I was really taken with this horse's win at Haydock last season, where he made all and kicked clear to beat some decent horses by five lengths. Jamie Snowden's charge was then beaten by just two lengths under a five-pound penalty in the Rossington Main, where the heavy ground was unlikely to suit. 

I think Thebannerkingrebel could be a 150-rated hurdler, so he could be extremely well handicapped running off an official mark of 141.

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Fiddlerontheroof winning the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown last season. (Getty)

Sunday's Racing Tips - Kempton Tips


Listed Novices' Hurdle Tips


Fidelio Vallis2:22pm Kempton Racing TV Novices' Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race) 2mGET 5/4 HERE
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FIDELIO VALLIS is the one to side with here. Paul Nicholls' five-year-old was a little disappointing on his first few starts over hurdles, but he made up for those defeats with a 15-length triumph at Wincanton.

Harry Cobden's charge then jumped beautifully around Kempton, holding all his rivals at arm's length comfortably to win another novice race carrying a six-pound penalty. Fidelio Vallis remains open to improvement and boasts valuable course form at Kempton.

Kempton Listed Hurdle Tips


Verdana Blue3:32pm Kempton Racing TV Hurdle (Listed Race) 2mGET EVENS HERE
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Silver Streak won this by eight-lengths last season. VERDANA BLUE wasn't in opposition on that occasions, though, and I don't want to side against Nicky Henderson's mare.

Verdana Blue beat Buveur D'Air in the Christmas Hurdle here in 2018, before rounding off that campaign with a superb win in the Scottish Champion Hurdle. Nico De Boinville's mount will be fit, having run well twice on the flat this summer. Verdana Blue has the good ground she craves, and will be gaining a stack of weight on her male counterparts. 

Sunday's Racing Tips - Sedgefield Tips


Durham National Tips


Brian Boranha E/W4:33pm Sedgefield Paxtons Support The NHS Durham National Handicap Chase (Class 2) 3m5fGET 10/1 HERE
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The final big race of the day comes to use from Sedgefield, where the Durham National is up for grabs. 2018 winner, BRIAN BORANHA may have finished out the back on his only start this term, but he clearly loves this race and I fancy backing him at 10/1.

Peter Niven's charge was backed into favouritism for this race 12 months ago, but could only stay on for fourth as bottom-weight, The Caller grabbed the win. After a winless campaign, Brian Boranha returns to Sedgefield eight pounds lower in the handicap, and five pounds short of the mark he carried to victory on good ground two years ago. He looks a solid each-way punt.
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