Daily Mail tipster Sam Turner has two Sunday selections, including a nice-priced horse in the Randox Ulster National Handicap Chase.
Momus (Downpatrick, 2.10)
MOMUS has proved a frustrating horse to follow since winning a Roscommon bumper in some style nearly two years ago.
However, the seven-year-old posted his best performance to date over obstacles at today’s venue over a slightly shorter trip last time, failing by nose to repel the favourite, Opposites Attract. It was a desperate battle to the line after the last but despite trying to hold off the winner, he was just mugged by a slightly better horse on the day.
Momus appeared to give his all but connections have opted to reach for blinkers for the first time and it is interesting to note that they won this last year with Laverteen. No doubt they will be keen to repeat the feat.
Gun Digger (Downpatrick, 3.10)
It may not quite replace the Aintree Grand National but the Ulster National Handicap Chase has plenty of runners and looks very competitive.
GUN DIGGER represents powerful connections and redeemed himself at Leopardstown three weeks ago after a string of sorry efforts. Recently more likely to throw the towel in than complete, the winner of four races did at least finish the 110,000euro Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas but pulled up again in the Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at Punchestown last month.
However, it all came together last time when he stayed on gamely under pressure to score under a no-nonsense ride by 7lb claimer Gavin Brouder. Understandably, the stewards asked questions but the improvement in form may have been down to the first-time combination of blinkers and tongue-tie - and the jockey - and they are both re-employed today.
Sam Turner's Best Bets
Momus (Downpatrick, 2.10) 1/2pt ew @ 11-2
Gun Digger (Downpatrick, 3.10) 1pt ew @ 9-1