August 2015

Deadly Doubles – Friday, August 28

Deadly Doubles - Friday, August 28

horse racing doubles

We’re always excited by the prospect of a large return for a relatively small outlay so, in a break with tradition, today we’re putting up two selections, which form our ‘daily double’.

Coincidentally, both selections run in nursery handicaps and the first is Strands Of Silk in the Swedish Pioneers Nursery Handicap (5.10) at Newcastle. The Kodiac filly wasn’t beaten far in a slightly better race at Thirsk four weeks ago and, with a first-time hood to keep her on the straight and narrow, can return to winning ways off a 2lb lower mark. She was outclassed in the National Stakes at Sandown and the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot before bolting to post at Chester on her penultimate start, but is clearly smart and can get her career back on track.

Our second selection is Gold Merlion in the Doom Bar Nursery Handicap (6.05) at Goodwood. The daughter of Alhaarth made a winning debut in a Class 4 maiden at Thirsk five weeks ago, the form of which has been franked by the third, Spennithorne and, although soft ground is an unknown, she starts life in handicaps on an attractive mark.

Selections: Newcastle 5.10 Strands Of Silk, Goodwood 6.05 Gold Merlion, win double

RESULT:  Strands of Silk 3-1 SP (1st)   Gold Merlion 5-1 SP (3rd)



Trebles  Previously we gave an overview of doubles bets. We explained how multiples can add a bit of excitement to your betting due to significantly bumping up odds and in turn the potential payout. This is even more of a factor with trebles, where achieving three winning selections can see you gaining a return that would otherwise be all but impossible for the average punter, even with a fairly significant single bet.

Trebles are an attractive proposition for many. They are a somewhat more daring proposition than opting for a double, but at the same time, we’re not talking about entering the ‘once in a blue moon’ territory of accumulators, where four or more results need to go your way for you to win. You can do a treble as a bit of a punt, or if you’re confident of your selections, be hopeful that you haven’t got your head in the clouds if you believe you’re in with a chance of winning a nice wedge with your bet.

With treble bets, much like doubles, each bet rolls into the next, so you’re progressively lumping more on the next part of the bet. Of course this comes with the risk that a selection will lose and as such the entire treble will be a losing bet. It brings with it the chance of higher returns though of course. Let’s show the potential returns with a £10 football treble:

Manchester United to win 2-1 (£20 win + £10 = £30 on next bet)
Norwich to win 4-1 (£120 win + £30 = £150 on next bet)
Aston Villa to win 3-1 (£450 win + £150 = £600 – £10 = £590 win)


As you can see, based on a modest £10 bet you can see substantial returns. Granted you’re not going to be seeing them coming in week on week, so it can be something of a waiting game, but based on the outlay trebles can be quite an exciting bet to follow.