Tuesday’s Daily Double – 21/1 double taking in big handicaps at Uttoxeter and Warwick

Jon Vine rolls his NAP of the day and Next Best on Tuesday into this Daily Double, covering races at Warwick and Uttoxeter on Tuesday 31st December.

After my NAP bolted up yesterday, I had high hopes of a winning double, only for my second selection to come up a couple of lengths short. As part of our Daily Tips service on Tuesday, I’ve put up this double. Best odds available here with William Hill.

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Tuesday’s Daily Double

1:20pm Uttoxeter Elite Reception Handicap Chase (Class 4) 3m

It’s clear, after two starts over the larger obstacles, that GATACRE STREET (NB) is a much more adept over fences than he was over hurdles and Sam England’s charge looks capable of improving well beyond his current mark of 90.

On his first start over fences, Gatacre Street looked beaten approaching the final half-mile, only to rally down the long home-straight at Newcastle to eventually win by almost three lengths. Last time, over a shorter trip, Jonathan England tried to make it a test of stamina, and Gatacre Street was still in there pitching after the last, only to be passed by two capable rivals on the run to the line.

England’s seven-year-old has jumped with fluency on both of his chase starts to date, both his runs this term have come on heavy ground and stepping back up to three miles looks ideal. Gatacre Street has registered RPR’s of 97 and 98 over fences this autumn, so I’m be surprised if he couldn’t get his official rating up to that sort of level by the end of the season.

2:00pm Warwick Local Parking Security Conditional Jockeys’ Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Class 4) 3m

With this looking a particularly weak Veterans’ Handicap, I’m fairly confident backing BOB FORD (NAP), who may have to shoulder 12-3 around Warwick, but he’s the only runner in the field who’s won at a higher level than this, he goes well on this sort of ground and is guaranteed to stay the trip.

Alastair Ralph’s 12-year-old has shown this season that he retains most, if not all of his old ability. Bob Ford hacked up to win a Veteran’s Race by over 20-lengths on his reappearance, before coming up just thee lengths short of a 5/4 favourite when back in with younger horses at Bangor earlier this month.

Bob Ford has run well with 11-9, 11-10 and 11-12 on his back during the past year. He loves a bit of extra juice in the ground and should have enough petrol in the tank to see off several rivals who are totally unproven over this trip or on bottomless ground. I’m hoping Bob Ford will make all and win in good style.