Friday’s Daily Double – 13/1 double taking in big races at Exeter and Sandown

Jon Vine combines his NAP of the day and his Next Best into his Daily Double, covering races at Market Rasen and Leicester on Thursday 5th December.

Another fantastic day on the tipping front yesterday – a sixth winning NAP on the bounce and a winning Daily Double. As part of our Daily Tips, I’ve thrown up this double covering two intriguing jumps races. Best odds available here with William Hill.

Friday’s Daily Double

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1:30pm Exeter Tribute Cornwall’s Pale Ale Novices’ Chase (Class 2) 2m3f

Kateson looks an exciting addition to the novice chasing ranks, but Exeter is such a stern test of a horses jumping ability – with the fences coming up thick and fast – it’s a tricky place to make your chasing debut. Both Present Value and Darlac could throw down stiff challenges, but the one I want to be on here is EARLOFTHECOTSWOLDS (NB).

After an encouraging novice hurdling campaign, Nigel Twiston-Davies gave his charge one final outing over the smaller obstacles in the Listed Handicap at Market Rasen in September, where Earlofthecotswolds was narrowly beaten by the talented Scarlet Dragon. Son, Sam was in the saddle as Earlofthecotswolds made his novice chasing debut three weeks later, but things didn’t go to plan, as the 11/8 favourite suffered an untimely fall at the third-last.

Nigel then threw his charge into a hot handicap at Ascot in November, where Earlofthecotswolds had to give a stack of weight to the field. Despite looking beaten four out, Twiston-Davies will have been delighted to see his mount rally around the final bend, staying on gamely to place third. Earlofthecotswolds jumped well that day and clearly loves right-handed tracks. Soft ground isn’t an issue either and Sam Twiston-Davies boast a near 25% win record here at Exeter.

2:55pm Sandown Sandown Park Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase (Class 3) 3m

Barbrook Star, Follow The Swallow and Boughtbeforelunch clashed at Warwick last time out, with the former coming out on top. Philip Hobbs’ charge is in with a chance of following up, but in these amateur races, it’s often a good plan to side with the most experienced jockey. On this occasion, that would be Gina Andrews, and her mount PLANTAGENET (NAP) has plenty going for him.

Seamus Mullins will have been pleased with Plantagent’s novice campaign, which culminated with a run in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The seven-year-old won two of his first six starts, finishing inside the places on the other four occasions. Plantagenet has finished second on both of his starts this season, running well behind Doing Fine and Petite Power, who both proved themselves to be exceptionally well handicapped.

Although he’s only run on left-handed, galloping tracks this term, a good run at Kempton and a fine victory at Taunton last season suggests Sandown may be right up his street. Cheltenham Festival winning rider, Gina Andrews has won five of her 16 rides this season and she gave Plantagenet a good ride last time at Cheltenham, despite losing her irons briefly after the penultimate fence.

Ground conditions are in Plantagenet’s favour and his current mark of 125 looks entirely workable.