Tuesday’s Daily Double – Two runners at Fontwell rolled into 11/1 double

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Jon Vine combines his NAP of the day and his Next Best into his Daily Double, covering two races at Fontwell on Tuesday 10th December.

Sadly, my winning run of NAPs came to an end last Friday, but Native River’s triumph meant seven of my last eight have brought home the bacon. As part of our Daily Tips, I’ve thrown up this double, taking in two races at Fontwell on Tuesday. Best odds available here with BetVictor.

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1:00pm Fontwell Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Novices’ Handicap Chase (Class 4) 3m2f

MANOFTHEMOUNTAIN’S (NB) quest to make it three from three for Emma Lavelle was ruined at Taunton two weeks ago, as the six-year-old unseated his rider when just moving into contention. Adam Wedge’s mount, however, remains on the same mark of 120 and looks a good bet to get the better of favourite, Christmas In April.

A fairly poor hurdler during his season with Jamie Snowden, Lavelle sent her recruit straight over fences when he arrived at her stable. Manofthemountain there shouldered top-weight in two Class Four staying handicaps, collecting a narrow victories at Newton Abbot and Southwell, with his triumph at the latter much more impressive than the winning margin suggests.

Nico De Boinville, who took over from Wedge at Taunton, had trouble settling his mount down in the early going, but Manofthemountain seemed to finding his stride nicely before that error brought his race to an end. I’m hoping that was just a blip, as Lavelle’s charge had jumped neatly on both his previous starts over fences, and a blemish-free display should be good enough to get the win on Tuesday.

3:00pm Fontwell Goodwin Racing Call 08000 421321 Handicap Chase (Class 4) 2m5½f

The more I look at this race and the quality of the runners stacked up behind him, the more rock-solid MORTEN’S LEAM (NAP) seems at the head of the betting and I’m confident he will be good enough to claim another victory here at Fontwell.

So far this term, Michael Hawker’s chaser has struggled. Morten’s Leam laboured home over three miles on his reappearance and, although much more competitive, could only finish fifth of five last time out over a more suitable trip at Plumpton.

Fontwell, however, is a unique track and previous course-and-distance winners are often favoured. Morten’s Leam has tackled the winding, figure-of-eight chase course here three times, winning once and finishing a close second on his last visit on heavy spring ground back in March.

Philip Donovan – who’s victory on Doing Fine in Saturday’s London National was stricken from the record when the race was deemed void – guided Morten’s Leam into the winners’ enclosure here at Fontwell and his seven-pound claimer could make all the difference.

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