Thursday’s Daily Double – 8/1 across the cards double at Hereford and Exeter
Jon Vine rolls his NAP of the day and his NB into this Daily Double, covering races at Exeter and Hereford on Thursday 19th December.
A frustrating double yesterday, with a winner and a fall when Burrows Edge looked to be going well enough to win. As part of our Daily Tips service, I’ve combined my NAP and Next Best on Thursday into this 8/1 double. Best odds available here with Ladbrokes.
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Thursday’s Daily Double
2:20pm Exeter Read Davy Russell’s Exclusive Blog starsportsbet.co.uk Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 2m2½f
DOSTAL PHIL (NAP) will have to give a considerable amount of weight to a younger rival in The Crooner. Despite that, I think Philip Hobbs’ six-year-old has more than enough about him to get the job done and he offers plenty of value sitting on 7/4.
One terrible run at Cheltenham aside, Hobbs’ French recruit acquitted himself well during his novice hurdles campaign. Dostal Phil rounded off an encouraging campaign with a smart victory over course-and-distance here at Exeter, bolting up to win on soft ground, despite being severely hampered three from home.
Barry Geraghty – who’s been riding very well of late – will be keen to see what this six-year-old can do, having been out injured when Richard Johnson rode Dostal Phil to victory here back in March. The favourite returns to action just one pound higher in the weights following that impressive victory and I fancy Dostal Phil will be very difficult to deny.
3:10pm Hereford Verzon House Handicap Chase (Class 5) 2m5f
An unusual handicap this one, where we find a horse heading the betting who’s been beaten by a combined distance of almost 250 lengths in his four starts under rules. The market support suggest Blue Monday will run a much-improved race, but I’ve been impressed with the way THE BROTHERS (NB) has taken to chasing and I think he’ll be strong enough to claim victory in this weak race.
The Brothers didn’t set the world alight when in the hands of Colin Tizzard last season, failing to get within 20-lengths of the winners in any of his last three starts in handicaps. A move to Robert Walford’s yard followed in the summer and The Brothers ran well on his chasing debut, coming up just three lengths short of Cuban Pete over course-and-distance here at Hereford.
Last time out, Stan Sheppard’s mount was beaten ten-lengths in a good race at Chepstow. The winner that day, Eceparti then bolted up by 12 lengths on his following outing and third-placed Shanahan’s Turn – who crossed the line just over a length ahead of The Brothers – ran well to finish third again at Newbury on Thursday.
The Brothers has jumped very neatly on both of his chasing starts and has experienced the course here at Hereford already this season. 3/1 looks a fantastic price.