Picks From The Paddock Best Bet – Friday 30th November

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RACING POST NAP

15:00 Newbury

The big race of the day sees a Grade 2 contest at Newbury get underway with the annual running of the Long Distance Hurdle. A massive trial for the Grade 1 Stayers Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Some of the main protagonists are set to do battle prior to March and it’s great to see Sam Spinner, Unowhatimeanharry and Wholestone lineup. Although it may be unfair on the other runners it’s hard to see past this trio and unless a less experienced runner is going to provide a shock the winner looks likely to be from the three at the head of the market. Former festival victor Unowhatimeanharry is clearly the classiest horse in the race but at the age of 10 seems to be on the decline and after finishing 3rd behind Wholestone on his seasonal reappearance it looks a difficult task for Harry Fry’s runner to reverse the recent result.

Sam Spinner is mightily consistent and has only finished outside of the top 3 once in his entire national hunt career. A fifth in last years Stayers Hurdle is far from a negative and he looks a major player. Sadly with a very big break off the track I’m not sure if he’s going to need this run and although he has gone well fresh in the past it looks like Wholestone is going to be the one to beat. A win over today’s rival Unowhatimeanharry showed that he’s progressed further over the summer and although he finished stone last in this race that year subsequent efforts has seen him leave that result way behind.

WHOLESTONE (WIN) – NAP

 

RACEBETS ALTERNATIVE BET

12:25 Southwell

A trio of course and distance winners are set to lineup in the third race on the card at Southwell and all have great chances of entering the winners enclosure once again.

Star Ascending absolutely adores it here at this venue with 5 wins and 6 places from 18 previous course starts. He returns to his beloved Southwell with 1lb less weight to carry than his last victory and is bound to be pushing our selection all the way.

The horse that gets the nod is a fellow course and distance victor as Epitaph aims to improve on his 4th placed effort earlier in the month. As with the aforementioned rival Star Ascending he’s got less weight to carry since his last victory and with trainer Mick Appleby in form he looks to have the tools to at least finish in the top three.

Of the remainder you can see Restive putting in a solid effort and after a layoff of over 7 years it’s worth noting that Landscape returns to the flat and a close look at the betting is going to be worthwhile with the ten year old veteran.

EPITAPH (E/W)

 

Southwell:

11:20 – Nuzha (E/W)

11:50 – Fuel Injection (WIN)

12:25 – Epitaph (E/W)*

13:00 – Corelli (WIN)

13:30 – Kommander Kirkup (E/W)

14:05 – Kupa River (E/W)

14:40 – Sultan Baybars (E/W)

15:50 – Sooqaan (E/W)

 

Doncaster:

12:00 – Nadaitak (E/W)

12:35 – Charmant (WIN)

13:10 – The Tangler Barry (E/W)

13:40 – Nightfly (E/W)

14:15 – Almost Gold (E/W)

14:50 – Travertine (E/W)

15:25 – Dhowin (E/W)

 

Newbury:

12:10 – Bright Forecast (E/W)

12:45 – Kupatana (WIN)

13:20 – Eclair D’Ainay (WIN)

13:50 – La Bague Au Roi (WIN)

14:25 – Willoughby Court (WIN)

15:00 – Wholestone (WIN) – NAP

15:35 – Aux Ptits Soin (E/W)

 

Limerick:

12:15 – Vinnwarr (E/W)

12:50 – Ilikedwayurthinkin (E/W)

13:25 – Linger (E/W)

13:55 – Cairnhill (WIN)

14:30 – Whatsinthecorner (WIN)

15:05 – The Ballyboys (E/W)

15:40 – Arion Sky (WIN)

 

Newcastle:

17:15 – Angels Acclaim (WIN)

17:45 – Bataar (WIN)

18:15 – Kenny The Captain (E/W)

18:45 – Ffiur (E/W)

19:15 – Tha’ir (E/W)

19:45 – Matterhorn (WIN)

20:15 – Indian Warrior (E/W)

20:45 – French (E/W)

 

Dundalk:
17:30 – King’s Vow (WIN)

18:00 – Yamato (E/W)

18:30 – Anythingyouwanttobe (E/W)

19:00 – Grandmaster Flash (E/W)

19:30 – Stormy Daniels (E/W)

20:00 – Kasbah (E/W)

20:30 – Chelkar (E/W)

21:00 – Brokopondo (E/W)

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