This looks a really enjoyable afternoons racing that will set us up perfectly for the Breeders Cup in the evening. If you haven’t read our piece on the Breeders Cup then check out the race by race guide and the great Racebets special offers. For now let’s see if we can put some money in the bank from the Channel 4 races at Doncaster, Aintree and Wincanton.
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– Doncaster 1:50, 3:35, Wincanton 2:10, 3:20 and Aintree 3:10pm GMT
1:50 DONCASTER Betfred “Supports Jack Berry House” Handicap Cl2 7f
There is a chance of a shower or two but it’s unlikely to have a great bearing on the going for racing, which means, oddly, for this time of year, we will be racing on genuinely quick ground. The ground won’t matter too much to the Fahey trained Right Touch and he looks the type to enjoy this close racing in a big field. His stable mate Withernsea is becoming an enigma. When he starts on terms with the rest he runs big races in these handicaps. God Willing might well need everything to drop right to get his head in front and it was only a matter of time before Bertiewhittle did the same, when winning at York – have we missed the boat with him? Charlie Appelby’s 3 year old Albernathy is the least exposed and looks capable of winning a race like this with the excellent Martin Lane on board and we will give another chance to Mount Tahan, well backed last time out at Ayr where he was struck in to and with that as his excuse we will back both these two.
1 unit e/w Albernathy | 1 unit e/w Mount Tahan
2:10 WINCANTON Stan James Elite Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) Cl1 1m7f65y
Some good horses have run in this race over the years. Irving, Purple Bay, Zarkandar and Celestial Halo have all won this and Melodic Rendezvous looks to make it two wins in the race. At 10 years of age and not taking to fences it’s a big ask on this quicker ground. Rayvin Black will take some beating from the front, particularly after a warm up run. Sceau Royal looked good when winning at Cheltenham for Alan King and would become the only four year old to have won this race in the last 10 years if he did. North Hill Harvey is fancied by connections to be a big player in 2016 and Zubayr is on the upgrade. It’s a fascinating race of its grade but we think they will all struggle to get past Rayvin Black and we love his honest front running way.
2 units win Rayvin Black
2:25 DONCASTER Betfred Mobile Wentworth Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 6f
This listed sprint is one where trainers would have thought they would be racing on much softer ground which would have brought Jack Dexter and one or two others well in to contention. Absolutely So ran his best race over this distance on this ground at Salisbury in a listed race and has to be considered. As does the excellent Growl who has developed all season and this looks more his trip and grade. His second to The Tin Man at Ascot was his best run to date. Mick Easterby’s Perfect Pasture put up a career best over 5f at Nottingham earlier in the week and this extra furlong shouldn’t be a problem. It’s quite a jump in company for Dawaa but the Mark Johnston three year old might just be up to it. It’s a pacy and competitive race but if he shows up in the form of his latest Ascot race they all have Growl to beat.
2 units e/w Growl
Beast of Burden reverts to hurdling for the very in form Rebecca Curtis yard. He is an imposing horse when you see him up close but there is a chance this trip is too short for him to be seen to best effect. He is interesting though and troubling in this race. Un Temp Pour Tout never wins as much as he should but wins when you don’t back him – worry!. Vyta Dou Roc is talented over fences but surely needs further and Zarkandar swops the Elite at Wincanton, where he has triumphed before for this race. It’s possible he needs further on this ground as well. So that leaves us with Mister Miyagi who will strip fitter for his Kempton run and over a trip that suits he will be too quick for this field
4 units win Mister Miyagi
3:00 DONCASTER Betfred TV EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Gillies Fillies´ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 1m2f60y
This fillies listed race has proved to be a very even contest between the age groups over the year and this years renewal looks no different. Lady of Camelot brings good listed form to the table but was less than impressive when last seen at Newbury, however that was softish ground and that might explain it. Maleficient Queen was found wanting at the top level last time out, no disgrace but does have a listed win to her credit. She has place claims. Of the three year olds Dubai Fashion seems to have the scope to improve but improve she must to win this and she looks to hold the best chance for the classic generation. We might be tempted to give a chance to Carnachy, who looked a lot better than this level earlier in the year and after “the break that refreshes” might just have it in her to lift this trophy.
1 unit e/w Lady of Camelot | 1 unit e/w Carnachy
3:10 AINTREE Betfred Lotto “£100K Cash Giveaway” Handicap Chase Cl2 2m3f200y
Any race that includes the enigmatic Mr Mole has questions over it straight away. Will he start, will he sulk, will he show is undoubted ability? We don’t know, they don’t know – who knows? Donald McCain’s horses are running well and Witness in Court is capable but perhaps there is one or two better here. Splash of Ginge will love this track and distance and showed a return to form first time out last run. Princeton Royale for Neil King looks to have a decent chance and it’s not beyond the realms of thought that Baileys Concerto, a course and distance winner, could do so again. It’s an
open contest but we like the form of the Nigel Twiston Davies horses currently and his able claimer Ryan Hatch so it’s his horse for us.
1 unit e/w Splash of Ginge
3:20 WINCANTON Badger Ales Trophy Handicap Chase (Listed Race) Cl1 3m1f30y
Don’t want to put you off but we had a chat around the office this morning and no one could remember ever backing the Badger Ales winner so we have set about changing that statistic. You need to have won at this course and that gets it down to five horses and you need to have won over this trip on quick ground and that means we have Carole’s Destrier, who is first time out this season and that sort of puts us off. Southfield Theatre who also makes his season debut but has won 4 times off a long break and that’s a good sign, Ziga Boy, who looks like he needs a couple of runs to get right. Present Man who looks a horse on the improve and will like everything about this race and finally Gentleman Jon for the all conquering Tizzards who won over this course and distance just 14 days ago. So now decision time. We are putting our faith in Pau Nichols to break the hoodoo.
1 unit e/w Southfield Theatre | 1 unit e/w Present Man
3:35 DONCASTER Betfred November Handicap Cl2 1m4f CH4
A very different renewal of this race from the norm, given the ground. Our short list looks like this Litigant, Cymro, Not So Sleepy, Prize Money and Buonarroti. Three year olds have a poor record in this race so we have put a line through Soldier In Action, only time will tell if that’s a mistake. Litigant wasn’t that far behind winners in Group 1 and Group 2 races, admittedly over a trip two furlongs further than this but he is the defending champion and has had little work this year and comes here as a fresh horse. The ground may however be against him over this shorter distance. If he has the speed he can defy top weight. This is Cymro’s trip and the ground is no problem. He might just be a little high in the weights though now. Hughie Morrison’s horses are in great form and Not So Sleepy ran well to finish behind What About Carlo at Newbury. He has a touch of class about him and his only try over this trip at Chester was inconclusive as he was fresh and pulled his chance away. Prize Money is the three year old who might change the trend. He has been off since finishing 2 lengths behind Ulysses at Goodwood, who races in America in the Breeders Cup. That might look a very good run in the context of this race. Finally Buonarroti sits at the base of the handicap for Declan Carroll, whose horses are running very well. He is interesting and should give a good account.
1 unit e/w Prize Money | 1 unit e/w Litigant