Wednesday’s Daily Double – 10/1 double covering races at Leicester and Hexham

Jon Vine combines his NAP of the day and his Next Best into his Daily Double, covering races at Leicester and Hexham on Wednesday 11th December.

A non-runner and a narrow defeat meant yesterday’s double was a bit of a damp squib. Still, seven winning NAPs from my last nine isn’t bad form at all. As part of our Daily Tips, I’ve thrown up this double-taking in races at Leicester and Hexham on Wednesday. Best odds available here with William Hill.

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Wednesday’s Daily Double

1:30pm Leicester Ivy Novices’ Handicap Chase (Class 4) 2m

This low-quality affair should go the way of FLIGHT TO MILAN (NAP) who boasts by far the best form over fences, has been dropped considerably in the weights and his price of 2/1 is too tempting to resist.

Evan Williams’ charge is yet to win in eight starts over the larger obstacles, having been beaten 30-lengths in three starts either side of a summer break. As Ffos Las in April, Flight To Milan received an RPR of 116 after a very narrow defeat, and there were signs of encouragement last time out at Uttoxeter too, where Williams’ charge simply didn’t see out the trip on heavy ground.

Flight To Milan has dropped down the handicap to an appealing mark of 102 and Mitchell Bastyan’s claimer means the joint-favourite will shoulder just 11-5. He should take all the beating.

2:50pm Hexham Tant Pis Handicap Chase (Class 5) 1m7½f

Another modest affair to take in, with only Bering Upsun bringing winning seasonal form to the table. He, however, was beaten 28-lengths on heavy ground over course-and-distance on his most recent start and will again be running off this career-high mark of 98.

Second that day, some 26 lengths ahead of Bering Upsun, was LASTIN’ MEMORIES (NB). Sandy Forster’s charge made a good impression on his chasing debut that day, pushing Mah Mate Bob all the way to the line and I fancy he could build on that result in what looks a much weaker race.

Having spent the entirety of last season running off a mark of 91 over hurdles, Lastin’ Memories improved on those efforts considerable on his first start as a chaser. Thomas Dowson’s mount jumped neatly throughout, staying on gamely to place second behind an extremely capable rival. The handicapper has only upped his rating a pound on the back of that career-best effort and there’s no reason why he won’t better that result on Wednesday.

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