Make mine a Double
Double Ross can spring a surprise for Nigel Twiston Davies in The Ladbroke at Ascot on Saturday according to Nick Grant.
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ASCOT: 12.55 De La Bech, 1.30 Solix, 2.00 Reve De Sivola, 2.35 Wyck Hill, 3.10 Double Ross, 3.40 Ulck Du Lin.
HAYDOCK: 12.10 Dormouse, 12.40 Majala, 1.10 She Ranks Me, 1.45 Yesyoucan, 2.15 Douglas Julian, 2.50 Kudu Country, 3.25 Ely Brown.
LINGFIELD: 12.20 PLUNDER (NAP), 12.50 Proventi, 1.20 Billy Red, 1.55 Mia's Boy, 2.25 Be Perfect, 3.00 Stand Guard, 3.35 Norfolk Sky.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.00 Hand In Glove, 1.35 Loyal Royal, 2.05 Fathsta, 2.40 Lady Malet, 3.15 Reflect, 3.50 Fourth Generation, 4.20 Lastkingofscotland.
DOUBLE: Reve De Sivola and Plunder
Double Ross can spring a surprise for Nigel Twiston Davies in The Ladbroke at Ascot on Saturday.
A real mud-lover, he was sent over fences at the beginning of the season but the six-year-old never really looked a natural in two starts over bigger obstacles.
Reverting to timber at Cheltenham's Paddy Power meeting in November, he absolutely hacked up in testing ground.
His ability to perform to his best in testing conditions will be a real boon for his backers this weekend as the ground at Ascot will be as bad as it ever gets there.
Double Ross failed to follow up under a 7lb penalty at Haydock the following week but he can be forgiven that because he could have still been feeling his Cheltenham exertions.
He has a career-high mark to defy but in similar conditions last season he was only two lengths behind Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Cinders And Ashes at level weights.
The Long Walk Hurdle has a wide-open look to it in the absence of Big Buck's - so much so that Smad Place, beaten 25 lengths by Tidal Bay on his reappearance at Wetherby, is the favourite.
With this in mind, it may just be worth taking a chance on the Nick Williams-trained Reve De Sivola, as long as he does not "bounce".
A Grade One winner in heavy ground as a novice, he really was top class and narrowly went down to Peddlers Cross in the 2010 Neptune at the Cheltenham Festival.
Reve De Sivola never quite hit those heights over fences but was third to Bensalem at the Festival in 2011 before being forced to take a year off.
Not surprisingly he looked rusty on his return at Newbury behind Big Buck's, but the handicapper raised him 6lb for his effort.
He may just handle the ground better than some of the others.
David Bridgwater's Wyck Hill can go close off a light weight in the Ascot Racecourse Silver Cup Handicap Chase.
A good winner at Wetherby on his return from a break, he has more improvement in him.
Plunder is an interesting contender for the Track Your Horses At attheraces.com Novice Stakes at Lingfield.
Kevin Ryan's juvenile won with plenty in hand on his only start to date, despite showing signs of greenness.
On paper this looks a hot little race, with Yarroom rated 90, but Plunder is in receipt of 5lb and looks pretty smart.
Mia's Boy may be nearly nine but he showed last time out the fire still burns.
Chris Dwyer's inmate looks well treated for the Happy Christmas From All At Lingfield Park Conditions Stakes.
The best bet at the newly-added meeting at Wolverhampton is Hand In Glove in the opening contest.
Robert Cowell's juvenile filly ran a superb race on her debut here last weekend to finish second and normal progress should make her difficult to beat in the Horse Racing Free Bets With bookmakers.co.uk Maiden Stakes.
Haydock will resemble a battlefield, but the Sue Smith-trained Douglas Julian will not be inconvenienced in the Blue Square Bet Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase.