Double Dutch, 11th February 2016

An almost perfect day for DD yesterday, but for Spray Tan finishing seventh on our opener. Two 9-runner, 5f sprints at Kempton an hour apart yielded two winners that both drifted to combine for a 26/1 double and with Rosealee filling the runner-up berth in race 2, those playing the exotics were rewarded with a 19/1 return.

We’re still not out of the woods by any means, but the figures lok a whole lot better now!

Wednesday’s results were as follows:

Lizzys Dream : WON at 7/2 (adv 9/4)
Spray Tan : 7th at 5/1 (adv 10/3)
Princess Cookie : WON at 5/1 (adv 4/1)
Rosealee : 2nd at 9/4 (adv 4/1)
The Exacta paid £20.10 here.

Results to date:
801 winning selections from 2886 = 27.75%
248 winning bets in 747 days = 33.20%

Stakes: 1493.00pts
Returns: 1570.03pts
P/L : +77.03pts (+5.16% ROI)

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And Thursday’s Selections…

1.25 Huntingdon :

I’m going to side with Still Together (3/1 BOG) and Market Option (4/1 BOG) from this one.

Still Together hasn’t really shown much in three short trip efforts over hurdles so far, but you have to wonder if this extra mile isn’t where he should be racing anyway. His last run in Ireland before coming over to the Pipe yard was a 4 length win on heavy gorund in a 3m PTP contest, so I’d expect more from him today, especially with Tom Scudamore jumping on his back for the first time.

Market Option, on the other hand, is proven at the trip and was a decent second at Ludlow last time out. Venetia Williams has a good record here at this track and the faster ground on offer today should this horse, who unusually for a Williams’ stayer, isn’t too fond of the mud, making his last run even more noteworthy.

1.45 Doncaster :

Chase End Charlie (11/4 BOG) and Newsworthy (100/30 BOG) are the two I’d take here.

Chase End Charlie finished 332 in his three bumper runs, before tackling hurdles for the first time five weeks ago, when he was a course and distance winner here on soft ground. That was also the first time he’d been ridden by Richard Johnson and the experienced jockey is sure to have identified a couple of areas for improvement as they attempt to defy a peaslty today. The easing of the ground should help, as he ran well in his final bumper on good ground (also here at Doncaster).

Nicky Henderson won this race last year and has an excellent record here on Town Moor, as does jockey Barry Geraghty (quite often in tandem!). Newsworthy won well enough on debut, but failed to shine at Cheltenham last time out and has been out of the spotlight for the best part of 4 months since. You can be sure the team will have working on him to iron out any issues from that run and it has been suggested that this longer trip would be more to his strengths. Ad rop in class won’t hurt his chances here either!

4 x 0.5pt BOG doubles as follows…

Still Together / Chase End Charlie @ 14/1 (3/1 & 11/4 : BetVictor & Paddy Power)
Still Together / Newsworthy @ 16.33/1 (3/1 & 10/3 : Bet365, BetVictor & Paddy Power)
Market Option / Chase End Charlie @ 17.75/1 (4/1 & 11/4 : BetVictor & Paddy Power)
Market Option / Newsworthy @ 20.67/1 (4/1 & 10/3 : Bet365, BetVictor & Paddy Power)


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