There's a good card at Downpatrick on Sunday, including the Ulster National, and top tipster Andrew Mount has three selections
AMAULINO is taken to repeat last year’s win in the 3m4f Randox Ulster National Handicap Chase (3.10). The seven-year-old is 8lb higher this time around but he doesn’t tend to come alive until the spring, recording form figures of 75111P0 (3-7) from March to May, improving to 1110 (3-4) over fences only. He was well beaten over hurdles last time but that run, his first since August, would have been needed.
[Poormans Hill](), unbeaten in three starts here, will have his supporters at big odds while [Victoria Bay](), who has a win and a second place to [Darver Star]() (placed in the Champion Hurdle) to her name from two course outings over hurdles, is also interesting.
The vast majority of this field for the Tote Supporting Downpatrick Racecourse Handicap Chase (3.40) are in the veteran stage yet ten of the last nine winners were aged between six and nine. Seven-year-olds won (three times) or placed (four times) from just 14 runners and six-year-olds weighted in with a win and two places from just eight runners. WHYDAH, the youngest horse in the line-up, had run with credit before falling at Leopardstown last time and looks worth chancing on his handicap chase debut.
[Noel C Kelly]() does well when he switches a horse form hurdles to fences, scoring with five of the 23 qualifiers since 2013 (21.7% strike-rate) for a profit of £25.88 to a £1 level stake at SP. Course expert CANADIAN STEEL is the latest qualifier and he’s worth backing to very small stakes His full Downpatrick record reads 292141148 (3-9). A smaller field would have been preferable but he’ll be staying on when the rest have had enough.
Today’s Best Bets
Amaulino – 0.5pt win – 3.10 Downpatrick (12-1 generally)
Whydah – 1pt win – 3.40 Downpatrick (9-1 Betfair, Paddy Power)
Canadian Steel – 0.5pts win – 3.40 Downpatrick (15-2 William Hill)