Tuesday’s Daily Double – 10/1 double featuring runners at Catterick and Fakenham
Jon Vine rolls his NAP of the day and his NB into this Daily Double, covering races at Catterick and Fakenham on Tuesday 17th December.
I endured a frustrating week with my doubles last week. Although I managed to score with one winning NAP, four of the other five finished second. Two non-runners and one refusal to race from Rockpoint did me no favours either!
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Tuesday’s Daily Double
1:25pm Catterick Weatherbys Racing Diaries Novices’ Handicap Chase (Class 4) 2m3f
Mah Mate Bob has stepped up slightly on his hurdles form since switching to the larger obstacles, winning at Sedgefield and on heavy ground at Hexham last month. George Bewley’s charge has a significant experience edge on all of his rivals today. I just feel he’ll be vulnerable to a classy sort, especially on ground which is firmer than ideal, and POGUE (NAP) could get off the mark over fences at the first time of asking.
Before joining Donald McCain, Pogue clocked an impressive RPR of 90 during a victory in a point-to-point, where he ran out a convincing 10-length winner of a large-field event at Oldcastle. This imposing son of Stowaway was then unlucky to run into some decent sorts during his novice hurdles campaign last term – losing to Finawn Bawn, Oleg and Captain Zebo – and was beaten in a maiden hurdle on his first start of the new season too.
McCain may have been disappointed with that defeat, but the horse who finished immediately behind Pogue has come out and won by 20 lengths, so it clearly wasn’t a bad performance. This will be his first start since a wind-op and a tongue-tie has also been fitted for the first time by McCain, who’s the leading trainer here at Catterick over the past five years. I expect Pogue to go very, very well.
1:40pm Fakenham Sky Sports Racing Handicap Chase (Challenger Middle Distance Chase Series Qualifier) (Class 3) 2m5f
While the likes of Encore Champs and Thomas Todd are certainly worth a mention, KILBREW BOY (NB) has managed to secure a couple of good results on his first two starts over fences, despite running on right-handed tracks which didn’t seem to suit, so I’m keen to side with Ben Case’s charge as he returns to a much-more suitable course in Fakenham.
Despite jumping markedly left on a number of occasions, Kilbrew Boy finished third in a decent novices’ handicap at Kempton. Again at Wincanton, Kielan Woods’ mount was noticeably jumping out to his left, but the joint-favourite stayed on strongly down the home straight to beat Duc Kauto by almost two lengths.
Over hurdles, Kilbrew Boy won nicely here at Fakenham, while also running well to place third on his most recent outing run in March. The handicapper hasn’t been too harsh on Case’s six-year-old, choosing to only up his chasing mark by five-pounds and the word “good” featuring in the going description will only enhance Kilbrew Boy’s chances.