Wednesday’s Daily Double – 7/1 double covering big races at Ludlow and Newbury
Jon Vine rolls his NAP of the day and his NB into this Daily Double, covering races at Ludlow and Newbury on Wednesday 18th December.
As part of our Daily Tips service, I’ve combined my two best bets across the two jumps cards on Wednesday to make up this 7/1 double. Best odds available here with Unibet.
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Wednesday’s Daily Double
1:00pm Ludlow Alfa Aggregate Products Beginners’ Chase (Class 3) 2m4f
Cotswold Way ran a cracker here behind Western Ryder three weeks ago and he could challenge for the win again, should he take to the softer ground. Garretstown is worth watching too, but I’m finding it hard to get away from BURROWS EDGE (NAP) at the head of the market and the favourite still looks an excellent bet sitting on 9/4.
An early-season setback meant Nicky Henderson couldn’t go chasing with this scopey six-year-old last term. Burrows Edge didn’t make his reappearance until February, where he lost out by just a neck to Erick Le Rouge, before rounding off an interrupted campaign with a third-place finish in the Silver Plate Handicap at Kempton in March.
Before moving to Seven Barrows, Burrows Edge placed in two good quality point-to-points, finishing a very close second to 148-rated Not Many Left on his final start between the flags. Nicky Henderson has watched the likes of Angels Breath and Pistol Whipped get off the mark over fences at the first time of asking in recent weeks and Burrow’s Edge did his best work over hurdles on nippy, right-handed tracks like this. I think Burrow’s Edge will be very hard to beat on his chasing debut.
3:00pm Newbury Powersolve Electronics Greatwood Charity Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase (Class 4) 2m
Very few runners here, the favourite aside, bring strong form into this handicap, with only Shanahan’s Turn and Le Cour Net appealing on what they’ve achieved in recent weeks. So, it’s clear Richard Hobson has found a great opportunity for DEFI SACRE (NB) to make it two wins on the bounce, despite his seven-pound penalty.
Defi Sacre was sent straight over fences during his short time in France, so anything Hobson’s recruit achieved during his novice hurdles season was always going to be a bonus. James Best’s mount was then hampered on a number of occasions during his chasing debut, and did well to finish a two-length second next time out at Fakenham, where he made a number of significant errors.
Finally, Defi Sacre put it all together at Musselburgh last week and ran out a convincing 14-length winner. Hobson’s charge was awarded an RPR of 127 for that excellent victory, so the fact the handicapper has only upped his official mark to 121 makes me think he still has plenty of progression left in the tank over fences.
Soft ground at Newbury on Wednesday should be ideal and Jonjo O’Neill is the best conditional on the circuit at the moment. Defi Sacre could be much shorter than 13/8 come 3:00pm.
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