Thursday’s Daily Double – 7/1 double featuring two runners at Leicester

Jon Vine rolls his NAP and Next Best into this Daily Double, covering two races at Leicester on Thursday 9th January.

Finally, my double landed on Wednesday! Despite both legs drifting, they both won in good style, returning a price of 17/1! As part of our Daily Tips service, I’ve rolled my NAP and Next Best into another double for Thursday. Best odds available here with Ladbrokes.

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Thursday’s Daily Double

1:45pm Leicester Dove Selling Hurdle (Class 4) 2m4½f

Wells De Lune looks the one to beat here, having won well at Fakenham just over a week ago. Soft ground isn’t an issue, but switching to a right-handed track could be. Bowen’s charge was heavily beaten on his stable debut at Sandown in December 2015, and he hasn’t run on a right-handed track since.

Taking that into account, I’d rather side with BALLYELLIS (NB), who’s failed to finish outside the first two in any of his last eight starts – a run which includes four victories – and I fancy he may have the favourite’s number.

Ballyellis has been on the go all the way through the summer, but Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge has seemed to improve with running, rising 22 pounds in the weights since the official end of last season. Although he was running during the dry summer months, it wasn’t until the autumn weather kicked in that Ballyellis came into his own, and he has plenty of form to suggest he will be hard to beat in this Sellers Hurdle.

2:15pm Leicester Charnwood Forest Mares’ Chase (Listed Race) (Class 1) 2m

Considering her best performances have come over two-and-a-half or even three miles, on galloping left-handed tracks, I can’t see two miles around Leicester being to The Bay Birch’s liking. Northern Beau could be competitive, but I really fancy the chances of LITTERALE CI (NAP).

Having been pulled up on her first start over fences, after a terrible error at the seventh, Litterale Ci was a little fortunate to secure victory at Exeter on her reappearance. Moonlighter was mounting a serious challenge when coming down at the second-last, but Harry Fry’s mare was still strong enough to see off the odds-on favourite, Southfield Stone and claim a narrow victory.

Litterale Ci returned to hurdles at Wincanton in November, and ran well to finish third in a competitive handicap. Fry’s mare clearly loves right-handed tracks, ground seems ideal and her stable could hardly be in better form. Litterale Ci is the one for me!