Friday’s Daily Double – 12/1 double covering races at Huntingdon and Sedgefield
Jon Vine rolls his NAP and Next Best into this Daily Double, covering races at Huntingdon and Sedgefield on Friday 10th January
Finally, my double landed on Wednesday! Despite both legs drifting, they both won in good style, returning a price of 17/1! Sadly, we couldn’t make it two in a row, as the abandonment at Leicester meant both legs were ruled out.
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Friday’s Daily Double
1:35pm Huntingdon Weatherbys Hamilton Handicap Chase (Class 4) 2m7½f
Stonebrigg Oscar is respected at the bottom of the weights, but I really fancy the chances of ROBYNDZONE (NB) who made an encouraging debut over fences at Taunton last month.
Connor Brace took his mount straight to the front, but some slow leaps saw Robnydzone drop back through the field along the back straight. Where many horses would have crumbled and faded out of contention, Fergal O’Brien’s charge battled back bravely and produced some of his best leaps on the run to the line as he stayed on to regain third place.
Back in his point-to-point days, Robyndzone received a very good rating of 90 after a victory at Ballindenisk in May 2018. I’m confident O’Brien’s charge can improve far beyond his official rating of 93 as his novice chasing campaign plays out and the track here at Huntingdon should suit Paddy Brennan’s mount perfectly.
2:35pm Sedgefield Watch Sky Sports Racing In HD Handicap Chase (Class 4) 3m2½f
TRACTOR FRED (NAP) was unlucky not to break his duck at Plumpton in December, where Jamie Snowden’s mount was touched off by a very experienced ten-year-old. Despite being handed an RPR of 117 for that display, the handicapper has only upped Tractor Fred by a couple of pounds and he could be hard to beat running off an official mark of 109.
Snowden’s charge showed plenty of promise during his novice hurdles campaign last term, placing third behind useful sorts like Mr Pumblechook. Paige Fuller was in the saddle as Tractor Fred finished a close third in a very good novices’ handicap on his chasing debut back in October. Things didn’t go to place at Exeter on his second start, but Tractor Fred has done all of his best work on sharp, left-handed courses, so Exeter was never likely to suit.
Sedgefield will be much more to Tractor Fred’s liking and I’d be disappointed if the market leader wasn’t strong enough to claim his first victory under rules.