Thursday’s Daily Double – 7/1 double covering two races at Ludlow

Jon Vine rolls his NAP and NB into his Daily double, covering two races at Ludlow on Thursday 16th January.

It was a close-run thing, but my Daily Double landed yesterday for the second Wednesday in a row. Returning at around 10/! As part of our Daily Tips, I’ve put together this 7/1 double for today. Best odds available here with Coral.

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Thursday’s Daily Double

12:50pm Ludlow C.B.Security Novices’ Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier) (Div I) 2m

Garry Clermont is a key name when you study the form of Hijack and MOON OF BARODA (NB). Having beaten Moon Of Baroda on his second start over hurdles, Garry Clermont was then beaten as the odds-on favourite on his most recent start, with Hijack coming away in good style after the last to claim victory.

It was, however, an error-strewn display on the jumping front from Nicky Henderson’s charge and he will have to carry a penalty this afternoon. Plus, beaten-favourite Garry Clermont bled from the nose that day, so you could say it wasn’t a true reflection of his ability.

I thought Moon Of Baroda shaped with plenty of promise on debut – jumping neatly and staying on well to claim second in what could turn out to be a decent race. Gaining weight on the market leader, I wouldn’t be surprised if Hughie Morrison’s charge improved again between runs and upset the odds-on favourite. Morrison’s strike rate of 53% with his jumps runners also points towards a winning performance here from Moon Of Baroda.

2:20pm Ludlow Cobnobs Handicap Chase (Class 3) 2m4f

Pogue was my NAP the day Almazhar Garde secured his first victory over fences, in impressive fashion I might add. Charlie Longsdon’s five-year-old, has progressed from novice hurdles to handicap chases in open company within the space of three months. He may be the most progressive runner in the field, but this is the toughest challenge he’s faced in his short career and I fear he may get found out.

The one I’ll happily take the favourite on with is AT ITS OWN EXPENSE (NAP), who could only finish a 23-length fifth on his chasing debut at Sandown. Like Almazhar Garde, Philip Hobbs’ charge was pushed into open company on his second start and gave a good account of himself, placing third behind the impressive Locker Room Talk over 18-furlongs at Taunton.

At Its Own Expense tried to stay with Locker Room Talk as the winner made all the running, and subsequently faded a little on the run to the line. The winner has since come out and franked that form by following up in similarly impressive style. Despite running up to an RPR of 131 that day. At Its Own Expense remains on a mark of 125, and he could be the best-handicapper runner in this small-field, condensed handicap.