Thursday’s Daily Double – 5/1 double covering races at Market Rasen and Leicester

Jon Vine combines his NAP of the day and his Next Best into his Daily Double, covering races at Market Rasen and Leicester on Thursday 5th December.

Yesterday’s double was ruined by the weather at Ludlow, but my NAP of the day scored in good style at Haydock, making it five winning NAPs in a row! As part of our Daily Tips, I’ve thrown up this 6/1 double covering two of today’s National Hunt cards. Best odds available here with William Hill.

Thursday’s Daily Double

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12:30pm Market Rasen Best Odds Guaranteed At MansionBet Novices’ Hurdle (Class 4) 2m4½f

The odds of my NAP on Thursday allow me to select a shorty in today’s double and still receive a tempting price on the multiple, and the favourite I’ve selected to partner my best bet is WINNING IS EVERYTHING (NB).

Harry Fry’s five-year-old won his first bumper start right here at Market Rasen, before a couple of solid efforts behind several subsequent winners. Winningiseverything went into his hurdles debut at Southwell as a 5/2 shot, but travelled like the classiest horse in the race throughout, putting the race to bed on the run to the second last before cruising home to win by five lengths.

This looks a two-horse race between himself and Smith’s Bay, himself a winner over hurdles. Yet, Harry Fry’s charge has course form on his side and will enjoy the softer ground conditions more than his rival. Fry’s stable have started the season in good form too, so I’m expecting a winning start to Thursday’s double.

1:20pm Leicester RacingTV Novices’ Handicap Chase (Class 4) 2m6½f

That would put the pressure firmly on ELITE GARDE (NAP), as he bids for a second-straight victory over fences. Paul Webber’s five-year-old bolted up under Richie McLernon on his first start as a novice chaser at Huntingdon four weeks ago and he looks open to even more improvement.

Having made a modest start to life over obstacles, Elite Garde improved significantly when stepped up beyond two miles in January, running up to a rating of 94 when staying on for fourth in a handicap at Kempton. Webber’s charge went off as a 14/1 shot at Huntingdon and his jump at the first was far from convincing. Yet, Elite Garde warmed to the task magnificently, bursting clear of the pack down the home straight before sauntering to a 17-length success.

Elite Garde was chucked up the weights by 12 pounds following that demolition job, but an RPR of 112 suggests his fresh mark of 104 is far from beyond him. Arqalina and Broughton’s Rhythm are sure to throw down stiff challenges, but Elite Garde has the profile of a big improver over fences and I’m hoping he will be too good for his rivals on Thursday.