Friday’s Daily Double – 7/1 double covering races at Ascot and Southwell

Jon Vine rolls his NAP of the day and his NB into this Daily Double, covering races at Ascot and Southwell on Friday 20th December.

I cannot catch a break with my NAPs and double over the last couple of weeks. Hopefully we get some richly-deserved luck on Friday! As part of our Daily Tips, I’ve rolled my NAP and Next Best on Friday into this double. Best odds available here with William Hill.

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Friday’s Daily Double

1:55pm Ascot Ascot Supports Thames Hospice Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (Class 3) 2m1f

Sully D’Oc AA and The Flying Sofa renew rivalries, having been trounced by Fanion D’Estruval during Newbury’s Winter Carnival. While both have proven themselves capable chasers, I can’t get away from Margaret Mullins’ raider DEBUCHET (NAP), and fancy the joint-favourite will take all the beating on Friday.

Amazingly, Debuchet didn’t manage to win a single race during his two seasons over hurdles. Mullins’ charge finished ninth in the 2018 renewal of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, but still couldn’t get his nose over the line last season, when running in plenty of winnable maiden hurdles and handicaps.

Mullins made the decision to switch to fences this autumn and Debuchet responded by sealing a long-awaited victory over two miles at Fairyhouse. Danny Mullins’ mount jumped very nicely that day, making all to beat An Fraoch Mor by four lengths. The runner-up has since secured an impressive victory of his own, boosting Debuchet’s performance that day and both of his career victories have now come on right-handed tracks, so I have no doubt Debuchet will take to the course here at Ascot. 2/1 looks an excellent price!

3:20pm Southwell Betway Heed Your Hunch Handicap (Class 3) 5f

There’s little point having a bet at Uttoxeter tomorrow. There’s a very good chance the meeting will be called off after their 8am inspection. Even if the card does survive, five of the seven races feature a very strong favourite, the other two being wide-open handicap hurdles, making it very hard to include any of Uttoxeter’s races in a double.

Instead, I’ve looked to Southwell for my second leg and, looking through the form and draw, I think HAREEM QUEEN (NB) looks a good-thing in the feature sprint of the afternoon.

Karl Burke’s three-year-old is two-from-two on the all-weather, both victories coming over course-and-distance here at Southwell. PJ McDonald’s mount followed a four-and-a-half-length maiden triumph with an even more impressive win on her handicap debut, comfortably pulling clear of her rivals to secure a cosy three-length victory.

The handicapper has upped Hareem Queen’s rating up by nine-pounds following that success, but I can’t see that being enough to stop the favourite. Horses drawn low have fared very well over the minimum distance here at Southwell too, so Hareem Queen could be perfectly placed to strike coming out of gate three.