Wednesday’s Daily Double – 7/1 double featuring runners at Wetherby and Hereford
Jon Vine rolls his NAP of the day and his Next Best into his Daily Double, comprising runners from Wetherby and Hereford on Wednesday 27th November.
Wednesday’s Daily Double
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1:50pm Wetherby Rewarding Ownership With The ROA Novices’ Hurdle (Class 4) 2m
The four penalty carriers top the betting for this novices hurdler, with Sir Valentine the most-fancied to make it two in a row. I just prefer the form of PROSCHEMA’S (NAP) form so far this season and I fancy Dan Skelton’s charge will be too strong in the closing stages.
This former St Leger entrant shaped nicely on his first start over jumps for the Skelton’s, staying on gamely to place third when looking unlikely to mount a challenge turning for home. Harry Skelton’s mount was then neck-and-neck with Thebannerkingrebel on the run to the last here at Wetherby earlier this month, and a fall from his rival allowed Proschema to cruise home virtually unopposed and seal and eight-length triumph.
Ofalltheginjoints and Flic Ou Voyou, who finished ahead of Proschema on debut, both registered improved performances next time out and Thebannerkingrebel looked a Graded-quality horse when hacking up at Haydock the past weekend. Proschema has already proven he can handle this tricky track and he will relish the soft ground conditions.
2:10pm Hereford Tom Symonds Trains In Herefordshire Novices’ Hurdle (Class 4) 3m1½f
Just thee horses to pick from here and the betting is headed by Big Shark, who won comfortably on his first start over fences. This could turn into a fairly muddling race, however, and I would rather side with the extra experience of MR MULDOON (NB), who comes into this after a good effort in a handicap and could be hard to beat.
Dr Ricahrd Newlands charge won maidens over two and two-and-a-half miles, before stepping up to three miles at Aintree last month. Mr Muldoon was backed into favouritism on the day and, although he didn’t manage to get the win, he ran a fine race, crossing the line three lengths behind Same Circus in third.
During his time between the flags, Mr Muldoon won a two-horse race, so he has experience running in races like this. Dr Newland has been firing in the winners consistently so far this season and Cillin Leonard’s claimer means Mr Muldoon will be gaining a pound on his rivals at the weights. Soft ground seems to be a plus too.