Wednesday’s Daily Double – 8/1 double featuring two runners at Ludlow

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Jon Vine combines his NAP and Next Best into this Daily Double, covering two races at Ludlow on Wednesday 8th January.

My first Daily Double of the year was fairly forgettable on Tuesday, but I’m hoping Wednesday’s multiple goes much better. As part of our Daily Tips service, I’ve rolled my best two bets at Ludlow into this 8/1 double. Best odds available here with William Hill.

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Wednesday’s Daily Double

1:15pm Ludlow Vobe Electrics Handicap Chase (Class 3) 3m1½f

Daryl Jacob was forced to sit out the Festive period due to injury, and missed plenty of big rides on the likes of Call Me Lord and Footpad. Jacob has just one ride on his return to action at Ludlow and he will be desperate to head straight back to the winners’ enclosure onboard DRAGON D’ESTRUVAL (NAP).

Nicky Henderson’s charge ran up to a good level over hurdles, but it’s clear he’s much better suited to the larger obstacles. Dragon D’Estruval ran a cracking race under 11-11 to place third on his chasing debut at Perth back in June and didn’t do too badly on his return to action at Ascot in November, crossing the line a 13-length fifth having made a couple of notable early errors.

Good-to-soft ground seems ideal for a horse who’s ran during the summer and the track here at Ludlow could suit Henderson’s charge perfectly. This doesn’t look a strong race and Dragon D’Estruval has run well with plenty of weight on his back before. He should be hard to beat.

3:15pm Ludlow Shukers Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Div I) (Class 4) 2m

This very much looks a two-horse race and, with the form of Padstow Harbour’s point-to-point run looking extremely sketchy, I think FONTAINE COLLONGES (NB) should be capable of carrying a penalty to victory here.

Venetia Williams’ recruit ran three times in France, winning on her final start over a mile-and-a-half. On his second start, Fontaine Collonges was backed into favouritism for a Grade Three on the flat, but was given too much to do from the rear and crossed the line a five-length sixth.

The form of Williams’ stable has cooled slightly, but she’s scored with almost 30% of her bumper runners this term and Fontaine Collonges could simply be too classy for this lot.