Sunday best bets and tips 9 February – Race-by-race tips for Exeter, Punchestown and Southwell

Brian Healy gives his Sunday best bets and tips for every race going to post across the day’s trio of UK and Irish racemeetings.

Three meetings will head to post over the course of Sunday where there is jumps racing from Exeter, and also from Punchestown in Ireland where the feature race of the afternoon is the competitive Boylesports Grand National Trial Handicap Chase which gets underway from 4.25pm.

Completing the Sunday trio of race-meetings is an all-weather meeting at Southwell on their fibresand surface.

Punchestown (jumps) – 1.45 – 4.55pm (7 races)
Exeter (jumps) – 1.55 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) – 2.05 – 4.45pm (6 races)

We take a look at all three of the day’s cards and Brian Healy gives his Sunday best bets and tips for each meeting going to post throughout the afternoon.

BRIAN HEALY’S NAP OF THE DAY – SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY

SUNDAY BEST BETS AT A GLANCE

2.15 Punchestown – FRONT VIEW (4/1, William Hill)
2.25 Exeter – LIEUTENANT ROCCO (SP)
2.35 Southwell – OUD METHA BRIDGE (13/8, William Hill)
2.45 Punchestown – PENCILFULOFLEAD (SP)
3.00 Exeter – PORTRUSH TED (9/4, William Hill)
3.30 Exeter – PERFECT CANDIDATE (6/1, William Hill)
3.40 Southwell – MOVEONUP (11/8, William Hill)
4.15 Southwell – HARBOUR FRONT (3/1, William Hill)
4.25 Punchestown – CHEB DE KERVINIOU (10/1, William Hill)

PUNCHESTOWN TIPS

(2.15 Punchestown)

FRONT VIEW (4/1, William Hill) had the reopposing Cedarwood Road behind when scoring in a bumper here last April and Joseph O’Brien’s charge has looked a very smart prospect over hurdles in his two runs to date.

The Konig Turf gelding chased home but was no match for Envoi Allen at Down Royal on his hurdling debut back in November; but he showed the benefit of the experience to go one better next time out at Cork with a two lengths’ defeat of Untred who has since won a Listed bumper.

He won readily that day and while he possibly wants a longer trip than this two miles he is open to plenty of improvement and ought to make his presence felt returning from a couple of months off.

Joseph O'Brien can saddle a winner on the Navan card on Sunday

Joseph O’Brien saddles one of our Sunday best bets at Punchestown.

(2.45 Punchestown)

PENCILFULOFLEAD (SP) won a Down Royal bumper on his racecourse debut prior to posting a creditable fourth at Navan next time.

However, Gordon Elliott’s charge shaped really well over hurdles to chase home subsequent Grade One winner Asterion Forlonge on his first try over obstacles at Naas last month where although no match for the winner he did in turn pull seven lengths’ clear of the third.

That form has been significantly boosted and sure to improve further he could play a big part here and no surprise to see him get off the mark over hurdles at the second attempt.

(4.25 Punchestown)

CHEB DE KERVINIOU (10/1, William Hill) showed fair form in France prior to pitching up at Gordon Elliott’s yard and although he’s winless for more than two years the Tiger Groom gelding could play a part here on just his third start for his new yard.

Runner-up on his debut for his new yard at Fairyhouse behind Biddy The Boss, he looked a tricky ride when last seen at this venue last month where he finished third of six runners behind Rocky’s Silver.

He gets in here on a featherweight while the booking of Rachael Blackmore catches the eye for this assignment. The further step up in trip looks a plus and the pair can combine for a big run where they could give last year’s winning trainer another win in this race.

1.45 – Yanworth
2.15 – Front View
2.45 – Pencilfuloflead
3.20 – Marshalled
3.50 – Dunvegan
4.25 – Cheb De Kerviniou
4.55 – Ferny Hollow

EXETER TIPS

(2.25 Exeter)

LIEUTENANT ROCCO (SP) made a winning hurdling introduction for Colin Tizzard at Chepstow last month and the Shirocco gelding can build on the experience to follow up here.

Placed in a point-to-point in Ireland prior to joining his yard he ran out a comfortable winner of his hurdles debut with an eleven lengths’ success over Islandray, scoring easily having made all and he showed plenty of hurdling aptitude as he largely jumped well throughout.

The bare form of that success perhaps is only moderate, but he surely has more to come in this discipline and can show improvement with that outing under his belt to follow up here and book his place for the Cheltenham Festival where he holds an Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle entry.

(3.00 Exeter)

PORTRUSH TED (9/4, William Hill) holds plenty of smart form in bumpers, winning the Aintree Grade Two contest back in April 2018, and he has since switched to hurdling where he is 2-2 having struck wins at Perth and Ayr either side of a lengthy break.

A winner over three miles on good ground on his first hurdles attempt, Warren Greatrex’s Shantou gelding proved a shorter trip and testing ground to be no problem when scoring latest with a two lengths’ defeat of Grand Morning.

He found plenty for pressure that day and while the form is perhaps moderate he could do no more than win, although he’ll be suited by this stiffer test as he goes back up in trip.

A 7lbs rise in the weights in a stronger race will test his mettle, but he could easily have plenty more to offer and with the potential for improvement to come he can make it a hat-trick of wins over timber here.

Portrush Ted beating Kateson at Aintree

Portrush Ted features in our Sunday best bets and can win at Exeter.

(3.30 Exeter)

PERFECT CANDIDATE (6/1, William Hill) took advantage of his sliding mark to run out an authoritative winner at Haydock two starts ago with a seven lengths’ defeat of Moving In Style.

Fergal O’Briens’ charge had run well on both previous starts this campaign and he ran another solid race in the wake of that latest victory when chasing home Lord Du Mesnil back at Haydock in December.

The Winged Love veteran contests here from the same mark as last time and he remains well-treated on his old form so ought to continue to remain competitive returning from a short break having been given time to recover from that last run.

1.55 – Master Tommytucker
2.25 – Lieutenant Rocco
3.00 – Portrush Ted
3.30 – Perfect Candidate
4.05 – Master Debonair
4.35 – Magic Of Light
5.05 – Easy As That

SOUTHWELL TIPS

(2.35 Southwell)

OUD METHA BRIDGE (13/8, William Hill) can get back on the winning trail having shown better form in his last couple of runs.

The Helmet gelding wasn’t at his best in a couple of runs back on the all-weather towards the end of last year; but he has shown better form returned to this course and distance where he has made the frame on both occasions.

Julia Fielden’s charge latterly was beaten less than one length behind Lightning Attack and he could go one better here if the headgear continues to have a positive effect. The equipped eyeshields have coincided with an upturn in his recent form and he rates the one to beat here with his four rivals each having a question to answer on their recent efforts.

(3.40 Southwell)

MOVEONUP (11/8, William Hill) has won two of his last three starts which includes a two lengths’ defeat of Qaaraat here last month.

Gay Kelleway’s charge has more on is plate stepping up in grade following a hike up the weights. But given his current good spell of form following the application of a visor he could well prove equal to the task of defying his new mark.

He appeared to win a shade comfortably latest and every chance he can continue to make his presence felt here where he can strike again.

Southwell race on their fibresand surface on Sunday.

Southwell race on their fibresand surface on Sunday.

(4.15 Southwell)

Lightly-raced HARBOUR FRONT (3/1, William Hill) could follow up his recent course win where he ran out a three-parts of a length victor over Straitouttacompton.

Robyn Brisland’s Iffraaj gelding had made the frame in both prior starts at Chelmsford and Newcastle, but he appeared to take well to fibresand with his breakthrough success and there could be more to come from him as he goes up in trip switching to a handicap.

The front two pulled clear and the runner-up has won again since so an opening 73 mark could prove workable so every chance he can follow up here.

2.05 – Ekayburg
2.35 – Oud Metha Bridge
3.10 – Night Voyager
3.40 – Moveonup
4.15 – Harbour Front

SUNDAY BEST BETS AT A GLANCE

2.15 Punchestown – FRONT VIEW (4/1, William Hill)
2.25 Exeter – LIEUTENANT ROCCO (SP)
2.35 Southwell – OUD METHA BRIDGE (13/8, William Hill)
2.45 Punchestown – PENCILFULOFLEAD (SP)
3.00 Exeter – PORTRUSH TED (9/4, William Hill)
3.30 Exeter – PERFECT CANDIDATE (6/1, William Hill)
3.40 Southwell – MOVEONUP (11/8, William Hill)
4.15 Southwell – HARBOUR FRONT (3/1, William Hill)
4.25 Punchestown – CHEB DE KERVINIOU (10/1, William Hill)

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