Sunday’s Daily Double – 10/1 double at Southwell

Runners and Riders in action on the back straight during the BetYourWay At Betway Handicap at Southwell Racecourse.Runners and Riders in action on the back straight during the BetYourWay At Betway Handicap at Southwell Racecourse.

Jon Vine rolls his NAP and Next Best on Sunday into his Daily Double, covering two races at Southwell on Sunday 9th February.

Everyone in Britain and Ireland will batten down the hatches on Sunday, with Storm Ciara set to hit our shores, so there’s a strong chance none of the jumps cards will survive. With that in mind, I’ve taken the safe option with the Racing Tips double and looked to Southwell for both of my selections for Sunday’s Daily Double. Best odds available here with William Hill.

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Sunday’s Daily Double

2:35pm Southwell Bombardier Golden Beer Handicap (Class 5) 1m

Love Your Work has dropped down to an appealing mark, but he’s been handed the worst draw of all in stall one and will have to run a screamer from there. OUD METHA BRIDGE (NB), on the other hand, has been placed kindly in the middle stall and he can claim a richly deserved win.

Julia Feilden’s six-year-old has run very well in defeat on both his most recent starts here at Southwell. Carrying odds of 16/1 into the places on his course debut last month, before losing out by just half-a-length on his most recent visit.

Grace McEntee was in the saddle that day, and she’s take seven-pounds off the market leader’s back once again. I don’t think a two-pound rise will be enough to stop Oud Metha Bridge going one better on Sunday.

3:40pm Southwell Betway Handicap (Class 4) 5f

Moneonup ran out an impressive course-and-distance winner here ten days ago, clocking a career-high RPR of 69 in sealing a two-length victory. The handicapper has decided, however, to bump Gay Kelleway’s four-year-old 12-pounds up the handicap to a fresh mark of 71, and I don’t think he’s particularly well-treated off this new rating.

The one I want to take the favourite on with is GREEN DOOR (NAP), who also comes into this contest on the back of a victory. Robert Cowell’s nine-year-old received his best RPR in some time for that performance, but the handicapper has only increased his rating by three pounds to 76 – which is nothing really, when you consider this former pattern-race sprinter was winning a placeing off 82 during the summer.

This will be a first career start at Southwell for Green Door, but these old-boys often enjoy a chance of scenery. I’m placing my faith in Grace McEntee again, and she will have been delighted when Green Door was drawn into the widest stall of all.