Wednesday’s Daily Double – 7/1 double covering Warwick and Catterick
Jon Vine rolls his NAP and Next Best into his Daily Double, covering races at Warwick and Catterick on Wednesday 22nd January.
A tricky start to the week yesterday, with my NAP falling when going well and my NB trailing home second. As part of our daily tips service, I’ve put together another double for Wednesday. Looking for our third Wednesday winner in a row! Best odds available here with William Hill.
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Wednesday’s Daily Double
2:40pm Warwick Watch RacingTV With Free Trial Now Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 3m2f
Flowing Cadenza is a big danger at the bottom of the weights, having improved massively for the step up in trip last time. I’d still rather side with a progressive handicap debutante in TERRIERMAN (NB) though, and Dan Skelton’s youngster can bounce back to winning ways at Warwick.
Skelton sent this former pointer straight out over 22-furlongs on his first start, and Terrierman impressed with a strong third-place finish behind two useful sorts in Happygolucky and Mercy Mercy Me. Terrierman then traded victories with Mercian Prince, having first held off his rival on soft ground at Southwell, before going down to a narrow defeat at Doncaster.
120 looks a fair opening handicap mark for a horse who clearly relishes a long, hard slog over staying trips. Terrierman’s jumping has been slick and neat during all of his runs over hurdles so far, and I’m confident he’ll relish the challenge posed by this 26-furlong trip.
3:00pm Catterick racingtv.com freetrial Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 2m3½f
For the second leg of my daily double, I’m going to side with another novice making his first start in a handicap, MINELLA TRUMP (NAP). Donald McCain’s charge is in with a couple of useful handicappers, but I’m expecting Minella Trump will take advantage of a lenient opening handicap mark and make a winning handicap debut.
I NAP’d Minella Trump when he made his hurdles debut at Sedgefield and, although he made fairly hard work of it, I was pleased to see McCain’s charge grind out a two-length triumph. Stepped up to two-and-a-half miles, Minella Trump proved he was a progressive novice to be feared on his second career start, cruising to an 11-length triumph on very soft ground.
That day, Minella Trump beat a rival rated 130, when giving him seven-pounds at the weights. He was also rewarded with an RPR of 132 for that bloodless triumph, so to see Donald McCain’s budding star running off just 123 on his first handicap appearance is an opportunity I don’t want to pass up.