Today's Horse Racing Tips: Equitant can run a big race for Halford at Cork

Irish racing Sunday
Alan's final bet of the week lines up in Ireland on Sunday

Alan Dudman had two seconds yesterday at advised prices of 5.0 and 16.0. He is hoping to get one of his horses' heads in front on Sunday, and has a pick for the big handicap at Cork...

"The 5yo is unquestionably well treated these days off a mark of 86, and that's some way lower than what he started out last season on when he was trained by Joseph O'Brien."

Back Equitant @ [8.0] in the 17:15 at Cork

Canford's can provide some joy with drop in class at Hamilton

13:55 Hamilton - Back Canford's Joy @ [4.4]

Another case of second-itis yesterday with Sir Busker and Eastern World. The former veered across the track and even wiped out my other selection. So hopefully we steer clear of any dramas in Scotland.

The claims of Canford's Joy look fairly obvious for this 6f race, as he ran well over course and distance last time out.

That was a deeper contest and he drops down in grade on Sunday to 0-68 company, so it looks easier.

His latest appearance was also his first for Liam Bailey - a rookie trainer who had a spell with David O'Meara as head lad, and doing well lately with a couple of winners.

Considering this horse was rated much higher in the past, he has solid claims.

Halford's handicapper worth following in big field

17:15 Cork - Back Equitant @ [8.0]

If all 16 stand their ground for the Premier Handicap over over 1m, Michael Halford's Equitant looks one for Win and Place bets.

The 5yo is unquestionably well treated these days off a mark of 86, and that's some way lower than what he started out last season on when he was trained by Joseph O'Brien.

He made his debut for the Halford team last time out at Leopardstown. He bumped into a winner who took advantage of a falling mark, but he should come on from that and can play a part here.

Drying ground shouldn't be an issue as he had some quick terrain form in his younger days. He steps back to 1m which could also suit.

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Alan Dudman's P & L

2020 Overall: -3.57

This week:
Staked: 6.0
Returned: 4.10

2019: +3.25
2018: +44.91
2017: +5.49
2016: +16.38

*All bets to a 0.5pt stake unless stated otherwise

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