Double delight at Towcester
Double Court can strike at Towcester on Thursday, says our Ashley Iveson, who has a tip for every race on every card.
Nigel Twiston-Davies (r): Trains Double Court
CHELMSFORD: 4.25 Magdalene Fox, 4.55 Vanderbilt, 5.25 Ejaaby, 5.55 Embleton, 6.25 Elas Ruby, 6.55 Consulting, 7.25 Vincenzo Coccotti, 7.55 Rainford Glory.
LUDLOW: 1.35 Happy Diva, 2.05 Quantum Of Solace, 2.35 Moscato, 3.05 Big Casino, 3.35 She's Late, 4.05 Lord Huntingdon.
SOUTHWELL: 12.25 Barista, 12.55 Win Lose Draw, 1.25 Royal Icon, 1.55 Showdaisy, 2.25 Parnassian, 2.55 Senses Of Dubai, 3.25 Safira Menina, 3.55 Prisom.
TOWCESTER: 12.45 DOUBLE COURT (NAP), 1.15 Tobacco Road, 1.45 Butney Island, 2.15 Pinkie Brown, 2.45 Graceful Legend, 3.15 Always On The Run, 3.45 Kildisart.
Double Court can be trusted to run with honour in the Nassington Handicap Hurdle at Towcester.
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies must once again have high hopes for this five-year-old, who has rarely faltered on his last five starts.
Four of those admittedly ended in defeat, but he has shown a laudably consistent streak over hurdles and deserves to win again.
Double Court, after all, caught the eye in a two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle at Perth in September, when he stayed on nicely to take second spot behind Crown Hill.
The five-year-old has gone up in the weights yet again ahead of his visit to Northamptonshire, but the step up to just shy of three miles is thought likely to tip the scales in his favour.
Always On The Run is worth a look in the Boughton Handicap Chase.
Tom George's six-year-old was always going to find it tough in a hot race at Cheltenham last month as Fox Norton brilliantly seized the moment.
It might be better, then, to assess the merits of a cool victory at Kelso in May, when he was eased into the clear in a two-mile-one-furlong handicap chase.
That was Always On The Run's third victory from six starts over fences, with this progressive fellow likely to still have a bit more to offer on a revised mark of 137.
Quantum Of Solace is one to think about on a tricky card at Ludlow.
Martin Keighley's mare won over hurdles in September, but chasing was probably always going to be her game.
Indeed, she did not run too badly on her fencing bow at Huntingdon on October 2, when fourth over an extended two miles.
Quantum Of Solace was a shade too keen for her own good that day, so that issue will need to be remedied, while a bad mistake at the ninth fence probably cost her a more prominent finishing position.
Keighley's representative runs in the Bluefin & Bib Underwriters Novices' Handicap Chase on a humble-looking mark of 101, which should at least give her a little room from which to manoeuvre.
Consulting can thrive over a mile when he has his first start at Chelmsford.
Martyn Meade's colt has been a pretty reliable yardstick on the all-weather, having won two races from four outings, but now looks the right time to step him up in trip.
Chief cause for optimism in that respect can be derived from a promising run at Kempton on November 1, when he finished fourth in a seven-furlong handicap.
Consulting was hampered as the field navigated the first bend, which led to George Baker having to travel wider than ideal.
Be that as it may, the manner in which he finished off his race – he was only beaten a length and a quarter by Veeraya – tends to suggest he is well worth a bash over a furlong further.
Quite lightly raced and with an attractive profile at this level, Consulting races in Essex off the same mark, with the appointment of Jamie Spencer certainly no bad thing in the At totepoolracing Win Tickets On Twitter Handicap
Trainer Karl Burke has always been a big fan of Parnassian, who can do the business in the 32Red.com Nursery Handicap at Southwell.
The young son of Elzaam looked sleek on his racecourse bow at Newcastle in August, winning by four and a half lengths, and duly doubled up at Carlisle.
He was then not beaten too far in a valuable sales event at the Curragh, after which he did not appear too happy with life over seven furlongs at Newmarket.
Parnassian reverts to six furlongs at Southwell – a distance at which he has done all of his winning – and is definitely capable of landing a blow at this grade.
Posted at xxxx BST on 09/11/16.
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