Friday’s Daily Double – 8/1 multiple taking in races at Chepstow and Musselburgh
Jon Vine rolls his NAP and Next Best into his Daily Double, covering races at Chepstow and Musselburgh on Friday 17th January.
The less said about Thursday’s double, the better. But still, you can’t win them all, and I’ll be going for my third winning double in the last two weeks on Friday. As part of our Daily Tips, I’ve rolled my two best bets for the day into my Daily Double. Best odds available here with William Hill.
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Friday’s Daily Double
1:45pm Chepstow Barton Hill Old Boys RFC Novices’ Hurdle (Class 4) 2m3½f
The betting suggests this is a real three-horse race, and I don’t fancy backing Keppage, based on the way he jumped during his debut victory at Leicester. Getaway Fred has the solid form in the book and could be the best long-term prospect. Yet, trip and ground, plus the fact the favourite will carry a six-pound penalty, leaves me leaning towards FADO DE BROSSES (NB).
Having ran up to an impressive RPR of 92 during an emphatic victory in a point-to-point, Evan Williams’ recruit was backed into 5/1 on his debut under rules here at Chepstow. A sluggish start gave Adam Wedge a little too much to do, but Fado Des Brosses finished off his race nicely, suggesting a step up in trip would certainly suit.
That step came at Ffos Las, where Williams’ five-year-old tackled Stick With Bill on heavy ground. Fado Des Brosses sat quietly behind the pace-setting favourite, outjumping his rival on many occasions. Although he couldn’t summon the strength to beat a very talented young stayer, Fado Des Brosses was only beaten just over a length and I think he’ll have too much staying power for his market rivals.
1:55pm Musselburgh Betway Novices’ Handicap Chase (Class 4) 3m
High Noon may head the market here, having hacked up to secure a surprise victory on his most recent start. Two starts ago though, Micky Hammonds’ favourite was left high and dry by WARENDORF (NAP), who trounced his rival by 28 lengths and Sam Coltherd’s mount is the one to side with as the two move up to three miles.
Unlike High Noon, Warendorf has been very consistent during his short chasing career. Stuart Coltherd’s seven-year-old has won one of his last three starts, finishing within a couple of lengths of the winners on the other two occasions. Warendorf has risen up the ratings ten pounds during that time, but Coltherd’s claimer leaves him carrying 11-9 and he’s previously run well on this sort of going.
During his time as a point-to-pointer, Warendorf won over three miles, and won nicely too. Yes, that victory was taken away from him after a positive drugs test, but he still proved he had the stamina for this sort of trip and I fancy he will improve even further now he’s stepped up in distance.