Loader’s Daily Double – 12/1 multiple covering the feature races at Gowran Park

Cheltenham Festival Tuesday tips. Benie Des Dieux can win a second Mares' Hurdle.Cheltenham Festival Tuesday tips. Benie Des Dieux can win a second Mares' Hurdle.

Chris Loaders rolls his NAP and Next Best into his Daily Double, covering two races at Gowran Park on Thursday 23rd January.

After a couple of days away, I’m back in action with Racing Tips giving my first double with the team. My selections come from the Thyestes Meeting at Gowran Park with picks in the key two feature races. Best odds available here with Paddy Power.

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Thursday’s Daily Double

1.50 Gowran Park – Benie Des Dieux

Benie Des Dieux is set for her seasonal comeback today in the Grade 2 Galmoy Hurdle and is tasked to win as our opening leg. The nine-year-old had a mixed campaign last season infamously falling at the last in the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham when she looked the winner. However since then recovered to record to two Grade 1s at Punchestown & Auteuil in the spring.

She’s probably the only horse in the field who doesn’t have question marks against her except race fitness though she has an excellent record when fresh. The only danger in the race for me is Apples Jade who looked to be somewhere near her best when winning at Leopardstown. Despite this I have strong suspicions on the strength of that form and I would much rather side with Benie Des Dieux. If Willie Mullins has her in great shape and wins today all eyes will then be on the Cheltenham Festival for the Mares Hurdle.

3.00 Gowran Park – Chef Des Obeaux

For the final leg of the double with look to the feature event on the card in the shape of the Thyestes Chase by choosing Chef Des Obeaux. Previously trained by Nicky Henderson the son of Saddler Maker has always shown an attitude to be a staying chaser, especially on soft ground. Since joining Willie Mullins he’s shown some ability running in the wrong race on stable debut at Fairyhouse but then he ran a cracker to finish fifth in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown just fading in the closing stages.

The handicapper has kept him on the same mark of 150 but I think that rating is still with in his ability. Furthermore Mullins has an excellent record in this race winning it on seven occasions. I wouldn’t at all if this has been the plan since his move over the Irish Sea and with Robbie Power booked to take the reins I expect him to go very close.