Tip of the Day: Don’t miss Mrs
Ben Linfoot heads to Southwell for the Tip of the Day as Richard Johnson and Neil Mulholland team up.
Richard Johnson: Can fire in another winner
Richard Johnson denied Neil Mulholland a Hennessy on Saturday but the pair unite with MRS BURBRIDGE at Southwell this afternoon and they can do so to winning effect.
The Visit Southwell Handicap Hurdle at 3.00 looks a weak contest for its type, with most of the field struggling for form, struggling to win or struggling to make it to the course with a couple returning from long absences.
Mulholland's Mrs Burbridge, however, is none of those things, as she won in May this year and has been running consistently well ever since. She's had a short break over jumps since finishing second at Uttoxeter in September, but she did have a productive spin on the Flat at Wolverhampton last month where she was a good second.
The question mark hanging over Mrs Burbridge is the 2m4f trip, as she's unproven beyond two miles. However, rather than being a concern I see this as untapped potential. Her half-brother and stablemate, Pass The Time, has won over two-and-a-half, while she's by Pasternak, a jumps sire Nigel Twiston-Davies likes, as he's produced both Little Jon and Little Josh who stay this far as well.
So she's in form, looks competitively handicapped and I'd be hopeful she will stay. Johnson has a healthy 26 per cent win strike-rate when he teams up with Mulholland and both are in great form.
I don't think this will take much winning and while Profoundly, who stayed on well here over two miles for second last time, is a danger, the fact is she remains a maiden after 21 starts.
Mrs Burbridge has at least won a couple of times and at prices around the 7/2 mark she's worth a bet to get her third career victory on the board this afternoon.
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