Sunday’s Daily Double – 8/1 double featuring runners at Navan and Uttoxeter
Jon Vine teams his NAP of the day and his Next Best together to make this 10/1 double on Sunday, covering races at Navan and Uttoxeter on Sunday 24th November.
The Troytown Handicap will be the big betting race on Sunday, but there’s a runner in the Graded Novice Hurdle earlier in the card who catches my eye at Navan, along with a strong contender in a handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter. Here’s my daily double for Sunday, best odds available with William Hill.
Sunday’s Daily Double
1:00pm Navan – FURY ROAD 5/4 (Forecast odds)
2:40pm Uttoxeter – COOLE CODY 11/4
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1:00pm “Monksfield” Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m4f
Abacadabras leads the way in the betting here, but there are a couple of reasons why I’ll happily side against the favourite. Gordon Elliott’s charge has never seemed to be crying out for a step up beyond two miles to me and I’m sure he would enjoy a little extra juice in the ground.
I really fancy his stablemate FURY ROAD (NAP), who established himself as a live Albert Bartlett contender with an impressive maiden victory and I think he’ll outstay his rivals over this two-and-a-half mile trip.
Gordon Elliott’s charge, who showed promise during his bumper season, came alive when faced with obstacles for the first time at Down Royal. Fury Road jumped neatly and travelled powerfully throughout, pulling clear before the third last and Keith Donoghue could even afford to ease his mount down late on and still win by 18 lengths.
Davy Russell takes the ride today and Fury Road will be in receipt of six-pounds from his stablemate at the head of the market. 3/1 looks an excellent price to me!
2:40pm Uttoxeter Gordon Banks Memorial Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Stayers’ Hurdle Series Qualifier) (Class 3) 2m7½f
Flashjack ran well on his reappearance before getting a little tired late on, and he should be competitive once again. Whether he has what it takes to topple the class act in the race, COOLE CODY (NB) is another question all together.
Michael Blake’s attempt to take Coole Cody chasing lasted just two runs last season, after which he was switched back to the smaller obstacles. On his first start over three miles since pulling up in the 2018 Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree, Blake’s 33/1 shot ran well beyond his odds at Sandown, following the impressive Lord Napier home in the Heroes Handicap back in February.
Two lengthy defeats in further Grade Threes followed in the spring, and Coole Cody didn’t fare much better on his reappearance, fading from the front to eventually finish eighth. However, that outing was a mere pipe-opener over two miles and he should strip much fitter for the run over a much more suitable trip.
Coole Cody is now three-pounds lower in the handicap than when he finished second in a Graded race back in February and this is by far the easiest assignment he’s faced for a good while. I expect the favourite will prove his class on Sunday.