Thursday’s Daily Double – 6/1 Grade One double covering the two major meetings on Boxing Day

Jon Vine rolls his NAP and NB into this tempting double, covering massive races at Kempton and Leopardstown on Thursday 26th December.

Having not enjoyed the best run of luck over the last couple of weeks, I’m hoping Christmas will bring about a reversal in fortunes for me in the tipping department. As part of our Daily Tips service on Boxing Day, I’ve thrown up this 6/1 double covering the two most prestigious races on the afternoon. Best odds available here with Ladbrokes.

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Thursday’s Daily Double

2:20pm Leopardstown Racing Post Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m1f

Notebook has jumped beautifully on both of his starts over fences and Henry De Bromhead’s charge certainly deserves his spot in this Grade One. That being said, the two ahead of him in the market have been the two stand-out novice chasers in the sport so far this season, and the victory will likely go their way.

Having seen off a three-miler in Minella Indo with apparent ease on her chasing debut, Laurina travels to Leopardstown as the odds-on favourite. On the only occasion Laurina has been truly tested in her career so far, she came up well short in the Champion Hurdle and FAKIR D’OURDAIRIES (NB) (6/4 Ladbrokes) is bound to serve it up to the market leader, so I’m siding with one of my favourite horses at the moment to cause a minor upset.

Joseph O’Brien’s youngster has taken to chasing like a duck to water, jumping like a stag on both of his starts over fences. On his reappearance, Fakir D’Oudairies swept Melon aside over two miles, before successfully stepping up to 20 furlongs to win the Grade One Drinmore Novices’ Chase by 20 lengths.

The favourite’s task was made easy that day when Samcro – who was travelling just as well – fell at the second-last. I, however, am not convinced that Samcro would have beaten Fakir D’Oudairies had he stayed on his feet and he could help Joseph O’Brien retain the title he won with Le Richbourg 12 months ago.

3:05pm Kempton Ladbrokes King George VI Chase (Grade 1) 3m

You can see why Cyrname is favourite, heaving beaten Altior on his reappearance and his impressive record here at Ascot. Three miles, however, is unknown territory for the favourite and I’ll take him on with LOSTINTRANSLATION (NAP) (7/4 Ladbrokes), who shot to the head of the Gold Cup betting after a superb victory in the Betfair Chase.

Whereas Haydock is Bristol De Mai’s home track, Kempton is like Wembley Stadium for Cyrname. Colin Tizzards’ Gold Cup favourite was classy enough to not only beat Bristol De Mai, but outstay the Haydock king on the run to the line.

His jumping is electric, he stays all day, he’s proven on all kinds of track and he’s tactically versatile. At 7/4, Lostintranslation is my best bet of the day.