Sunday racing best bets – Tips for Exeter and Southwell
Sunday racing best bets on 10 January
We turn our attention to Sunday where all being well with the weather we will have two UK horse racing fixtures to enjoy. We’ve picked out our Sunday racing best bets and tips for the day’s fixtures.
Assuming the current cold snap doesn’t claim another victim then Sunday will play host to two UK horse racing fixtures and Exeter will stage the day’s jumps racing assuming it passes a morning inspection.
In addition to the potential action over the sticks there is also all-weather racing on the Southwell fibresand and we’ve looked over both of the day’s fixtures to pick out our Sunday racing best bets and tips throughout the day.
SUNDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR EXETER AND SOUTHWELL
1:40 Exeter – MansionBet Faller Insurance Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m1f
GLADIATEUR ALLEN shaped with plenty of promise on debut at Ffos Las back in November and Jane Williams’ charge can get off the mark at the second attempt.
The Saint Des Saints gelding found only one too good on that occasion but pulled clear of the rest and the form was boosted when the winner finished runner-up in a Grade Two contest at Cheltenham in December.
Likely to be sharper and more streetwise with that run under his belt he could do better this time if coping with the drop in trip given he shaped like a stayer in that debut; but if conditions become testing then his stamina could come to the fore and he looks worth chancing to go one better here.
2:20 Southwell – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-55) 1m4f
DREW BREEZE has had spells at a few yards with only mixed success; but he did finish twice in the money for Rod Millman and has improved his fortunes since joining Ivan Furtado for whom he got off the mark here seven days ago when beating Loose Chippings by two lengths.
That win came over a furlong shorter than this but he won readily and he ran better than the bare result on his previous start over this trip when sixth to Mr Carbonator. That form has since been boosted by the winner going in again since while the runner-up along with the third, fourth and fifth horses have all made the frame since.
A 5lbs penalty for that last success is workable and there could be better to come from him under the stewardship of Ivan Furtado whose runners are in fair form at present so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going well again here.
2:40 Exeter – MansionBet App Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 2m3f
ECLAIR SURF was a point to point winner in Ireland prior to joining Emma Lavelle and the Califet gelding wasted little time in opening his hurdles account for this yard when scoring over further at this venue back in Novemer 2019.
He was thrust into the Challow Hurdle on his next outing where he was a faller and three miles might have stretched him back here on his final run of the campaign. However since returning from a break he’s stepped up his game to finish runner-up at Hereford on his chase debut and he got off the mark in this sphere latest when running out a ready winner from Furiously Fast.
A six lengths’ victor on that occasion he did the job readily and he’s likely to have better to come despite being hit with an 8lbs rise in the weights. It would be no surprise to see another big effort here from the seven year old and he can follow up that last-time success here.
3:10 Exeter – MansionBet Bet 10 Get 20 Handicap Chase (Challenger Staying Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-130) 3m
MUCKAMORE was progressive in three runs over hurdles last term following his switch from the point-to-point ranks where he was a winner in Ireland.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge struck at the third time of asking over the smaller obstacles when successful at Taunton back in March last year and he shaped with promise on his return where he was switched to chasing although he probably needed the run given how he dropped out.
Likely to be sharper with that outing under his belt this step up to three miles should suit the Sholokhov gelding and likely to be capable of better he can build on that reappearance to open his chase win account.
3:20 Southwell – Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Maiden Stakes Cl5 (3yo+) 7f
TELLMEYOURSTORY might be worth chancing to go one better than on debut at Lingfield ten days ago where the Karakontie filly found only one too good in Alvarino.
Mark Johnston’s charge was only beaten a length on that occasion despite being sent off at a big price and she could well progress for that initial experience which will surely have taught her plenty.
She gave the impression that she might be suited by a deeper surface and given how she finished off the contest the demands of this surface could play to her strengths and she can prove equal to the task of going one better with the potential for improvement to come for her top yard.
3:50 Southwell – #BetYourWay At Betway Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 6f
RAYYAN has yet to get off the mark in five starts, but he’s only one finished out of the first four in those runs and he could get off the mark here.
Third on his last start on this surface over the minimum trip he split two subsequent winners next time at Wolverhampton when finishing runner-up behind A Go Go and his latest run saw him bag a bronze medal back at Wolverhampton last month when tried in cheekpieces.
The runner-up and third from that contest have both made the frame again since and the lightly-raced Siyouni gelding might benefit from this extra furlong on the surface where he could go close despite his slightly below-par run last time.
It is still early days for Karl Burke’s four-year old who could still have improvement to come and he’s chanced to open his account.