Malcolm Jefferson’s runners are always worth a second look when he sends one down from his Yorkshire base and one of his future stars, DOUBLE W’S (NAP) (best price 8/1)
, gets a chance add to the Norton handler’s fine record at Prestbury Park. Although the son of Fruits Of Love had to wait till his sixth race to finally break his duck over hurdles, he certainly wasn’t winning out of turn, as all of his other performances pointed towards his untapped potential. Indeed, one of his best efforts on paper came when he finished a creditable third to the well-handicapped A Hare Breath over this course back in November and given that he was still learning his trade at the time and what the winner has gone on to achieved, the run can be upgraded. Even though that display, along with quite a few others, have been over the minimum trip, he probably would have scored with quite a bit in hand but for virtually being brought to a standstill when tackling 2m 4f for the first time at Catterick three starts back and on the evidence of that performance, he shouldn’t have too many fears returning to that distance this afternoon. The fact that his canny handler was considering running his charge in the Scottish Champion Hurdle after his latest victory at Haydock points towards the regard he is held back at home and with a big field and strongly run race always likely to play inti his strengths, the likeable six-year-old makes plenty of appeal at his early quotes.