Angus McNae's top tips for Sunday: Treble Treble poised to strike at 14-1

By Angus McNae
Sun 27 Sep 2020

Racing TV presenter Angus McNae reveals his four best bets for the racing action at the Curragh, Musselburgh and Nottingham on Sunday.

Oh This Us was a 7-2 winner in my weekly column on last week, ensuring a very small profit on the day.

Hopefully there is better to come this week with the four selections below, all at tracks that will be shown live on Racing TV.

2.30 Curragh: Breakfast Club at a general 4-1

This horse was running for the first time since leaving Richard Hannon when winning for Denis Hogan at Cork this month, and it was a hugely impressive success.

It was only his second handicap start and he bolted up having travelled very strongly. Compared to his rivals here, he is completely unexposed and could become a really smart sprinter.

He will have to be on his A game again as he has gone up 11lb for that Cork success, but it is highly likely that he has a lot more to give.

I like the fact that the in-form Colin Keane keeps the ride and that Denis Hogan is in such good form too. In fact, Hogan is closing in on his best ever season and needs just two more winners to eclipse his best tally of 34 winners.

Bought for just 7,500 guineas from Richrd Hannon, this horse could prove to be a bargain buy and he should be backed here to follow up his impressive Cork success.

2.50 Mussleburgh: Treble Treble at a general 14-1

This is a play that is centred around early pace from a good draw. Sparked into life by first-time blinkers last time out and showing bright speed before tiring late on, Treble Treble now has a great chance of winning again with a lot in his favour.

He has the best draw in stall 13 and providing he jumps smartly, he will hopefully be capable of dominating this race from the front on the rail.

If he shows the same early pace that he showed last time, it’s not hard to envisage him making all under Kevin Stott.

There is some pace pressure, particularly from Gowanbuster, but he will have to work a lot harder early on from his draw to be prominent. If you are an in-running player, this horse could be the ideal type to back, and then lay, in the race.

If not, just back him and hope Stott can get him in front and save just enough petrol when the closers come calling.

4.25 Nottingham: Bernardo O’reilly at 4-1 with Paddy Power and Betfair

I am happy to take the 4-1 that is on offer here. Quite simply, he is in the best form of his life.

A win in a fast time at Doncaster two starts ago came somewhat unannounced where he won at 22-1 and did so in comfortable fashion.

That effort gave him a sound chance in the Silver Cup at Ayr where he carried a penalty but was never seen with a chance after losing momentum and being hampered at the two-furlong pole.

He finished the race off very strongly and the way he hit the line suggested that he is still in tremendous form. He is only 4lb higher than when he won at Doncaster and is reunited with David Egan who won on him there.

This is a strong Class 2 handicap with the likes of Danzeno and Roulstan Scar setting a good standard, but I will take 4-1 about this horse who would have gone close in the Silver Cup if things had gone his way.

5.00 Nottingham: Ugo Gregory at 13-2 with Bet365

Tim Easterby has been in red-hot form in the past month and this horse can provide him with another winner.

He is available at a general 13-2, and that is a fair price. He has won twice in his career and those wins came at this track last year.

Those wins came off ratings of 58 and 64, so the rating of 61 that he races off here gives him a sound chance in terms of handicapping.

It could be argued that he was a little unlucky last time out at Haydock. He was beaten less than two lengths having met some trouble in running, but encouragingly, once in the clear, he ran on well which has not always been the case this season.

This is the first time this season that he has been asked to compete in a 0-70 handicap and this represents a drop-in class, and that might just do the trick for him, particularly as he looks to be back in decent form.

A price of 13-2 or bigger is good value.

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