Saturday’s Daily Double – 7/1 double featuring runners at Wetherby and Warwick
Jon Vine rolls his NAP and Next Best into this Daily Double, covering races at Warwick and Wetherby on Saturday 11th January.
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Saturday’s Daily Double
1:15pm Warwick Project Management Services Oxford Ltd Edward Courage Cup (A Handicap Chase) (Class 3) 2m
ROUGH NIGHT (NAP) and Joke Dancer come into this on the back of similarly impressive wins. Both ran out convincing 11-length winners, after which both has their ratings up by seven pounds to career-high marks.
Joke Dancer jumped out to his right on many occasions, outstaying his rivals on the long run to the line at Haydock. Rough Night, on the other hand, jumped beautifully on his way to victory over course-and-distance and I feel, of the two, he definitely has the edge.
Having registered his finest performance over hurdles around a sharp, left-handed track in Lingfield, I wasn’t surprised to see Rough Night struggled at Wincanton on his chasing debut, where he finished a distant fourth behind three horses who have boosted the form since. Rough Night rubber-stamped his love for nippy, left-handed tracks here at Warwick, where he sat comfortably on the pace set by Darling Alko, before cruising clear on the short run to the line.
Kielan Woods’ mount has just 11-2 on his back tomorrow and I’m sure this fresh mark of 127 is far from beyond him. At 9/4, Rough Night looks to be my best bet of the day.
2:15pm Wetherby wetherbyracing.co.uk Handicap Chase (Class 2) 1m7f
Although beaten fairly convincingly on both occasions, HAWK HIGH (NB) has run up to a good standard on both of his starts so far this term and I’m confident Tim Easterby’s charge will be good enough to claim a deserved victory on Saturday.
Brian Hughes’ mount found Ecu De La Novierie and Marracudja too hot to handle on both starts here at Wetherby, finishing seven and eleven lengths behind his respective rivals. Hawk High was handed RPRs of 138 and 140 for those runner-up finishes though, making the handicapper’s decision not to up his rating at all seem rather lenient.
Easterby’s former Triumph Hurdle winner simply loves running here at Wetherby and he will relish the opportunity to try and bully this small field. Hawk High looks to have an excellent chance with just 11-6 on his back.