Saturday’s Daily Double – 9/1 double covering televised races at Cheltenham and Doncaster

Jon Vine combines his NAP of the day and his Next Best into his Daily Double, covering races at Cheltenham and Doncaster on Saturday 14th December.

Some excellent races to take in on Saturday, with fantastic contests coming to us live from Cheltenham and Doncaster. As part of our Daily Tips service, I’ve thrown up this 9/1 double on Thursday. Best odds available with bet365.

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Saturday’s Daily Double

2:10pm Doncaster December Novices’ Chase (Grade Two) 3m

I was really excited about the prospect of this race during the week, but that’s dampened somewhat after just three runners remained in the field. Despite his current unbeaten status over fences, I’m completely comfortable siding against Sam Spinner, as I think he remains much better over the smaller obstacles. The classiest, and most progressive young chaser in this field is easily WINDSOR AVENUE (NAP) and he still offers plenty of value sitting on even money.

Brian Ellison’s charge has hardly made a mistake on his first couple of runs over fences. Windsor Avenue was barely tested on debut, but the form of that race has been boosted. Ballymoy – a 147-rated chaser in his own right – then pulled upsides Brian Hughes’ mount on the approach to the second-last at Carlisle. Yet, the penalty-carrying leader pulled effortlessly away from his rival with some fantastic leaps down the home stretch, winning easily by 12 lengths.

I truly believe that Windsor Avenue is a Grade One-quality novice chaser. Soft ground is perfect and switching to a left-handed track won’t be an issue. The only slight unknown is the trip, having only won over two-and-a-half so far, but Windsor Avenue is a former pointer who looks to have a fantastic engine. His future may actually lie over three miles.

I’m confident Windsor Avenue will come away from Doncaster with his 100% record over fences intact.

Windsor Avenue flies over a fence during one of his wins this season.

2:30pm Cheltenham Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Bristol Novices’ Hurdle) (Grade 2) 3m

Nicky Henderson fires two arrows at this Grade Two, throwing both Igor and ten-year-old Valtor into the mix. Valtor ran in last season’s Grand National, but looked nothing more than a workmanlike during his first victory over the smaller obstacles. Igor comfortably saw off expensive purchase Papa Tango Charley on his most recent start at Ascot and looks well suited to the step-up in trip.

Mossy Fen appeals more than both of the Henderson runners and could run well beyond his current 7/1 odds. However, I’m always keen to draw on previous course form in these novice races at Prestbury Park and, to me, CHAMPAGNE WELL (NB) looks rock-solid at the head of the market.

A second-season novice, who rounded off last year with an appearance in the big Grade One at Aintree, Champagne Well opened his account at the first time of asking this term, holding off Gordon Elliott’s Braid Blue to secure a narrow victory here at Cheltenham. Fergal O’Brien’s youngster then clashed with Thyme Hill in the Hyde here during the Showcase Meeting and gave a good account of himself, staying on gamely to finish second.

Champagne Well could have finished closer to the classy Thyme Hill, had it not been for a slight stumble before the second-last. Yet, he still proved he loves the course here at Cheltenham and I can’t see the step up to three miles causing O’Brien’s charge any undue problems. 4/1 looks a cracking price!

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