Thursday’s Daily Double – 10/1 multiples covering races at Warwick and Newcastle

Jon Vine combines his NAP of the day and his Next Best into his Daily Double, covering races at Warwick and Newcastle on Thursday 12th December.

Another narrow defeat for my NAP on Wednesday, to go with my second non-runner in as many days! As part of our Daily Tips service, I’ve thrown up this 10/1 double on Thursday. Best odds available with BetVictor.

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12:50pm Warwick Bethan-Megan-Elin Maiden Hurdle (Class 4) 2m5f

The Skelton’s are a duo to be feared here at Warwick and Firak ran well to place fourth in a hot race on his debut under rules. Stepping up a furlong-and-a-half in trip shouldn’t be a bother, but I fear he may have his work cut out trying to deny WELSH SAINT (NAP) (15/8 BetVictor) a first victory over hurdles.

Nicky Henderson’s youngster claimed his only bumper victory here at Warwick last season, powering home from the rear to claim a comfortable victory. Nico De Boinville’s mount then went to post as the 4/9 favourite on his first start over hurdles back in May, but looked well-held when coming down at the second last and Welsh Saint was fairly unfancied on his reappearance at Exeter.

Cat Tiger was heavily backed in the build-up and was expected to claim a comfortable win. Welsh Saint gave the market leader a real run for his money though, pushing the favourite all the way to the line. Coming within a neck of beating a horse rated 142 is the outstanding piece of form in this race and Nicky Henderson will come away from Warwick disappointed if his five-year-old gets beaten.

2:50pm Newcastle Spa At Ramside Hall Novices’ Chase (Class 3) 2m

An intriguing little contest this, with I’m To Blame sitting a long way clear at the head of the market. Keith Dalgleish’s charge ran a cracker behind Two For Gold on his chasing debut and could take all the beating.

That being said, dropping back to the minimum trip doesn’t seem the smartest move, considering I’m To Blame has very much looked a stayer. The one who could capitalise is RAVENHILL ROAD (NB) (11/4 BetVictor), who pushed a classy competitor hard on his reappearance.

Danny Cook’s mount made his first start as a second-season novice chaser at Wetherby, where he locked horns with Good Boy Bobby. The 1/4 favourite made all and tried to pull clear after the second last, but he never completely shrugged off Ravenhill Road, who crossed the line just two lengths back in second.

That was the second time Sue Smith’s charge had registered an RPR of 140 over fences – the same rating I’m To Blame was handed on his reappearance – and, unlike the favourite, two miles looks to be his ideal trip. An upset could be on the cards.