Saturday, 25 November 2017

1.5 pts win LE ROCHER 9/1 ( available everywhere)
1.5 pts win NO HASSLE HOF 9/1 (at least eight firms,10's with two)
Betfair Stayers H'cap Hdle

Wheoever wins this will have to cope properly with authentic, heavy ground. Le Rocher's ran three times on heavy ground in this country and won all three. He will be spot on from his seasonal debut and the stable had a successful interest in this event when it was run over the fixed brush obstacles. Appeals as one who will give an excellent account today.

Dan Skelton has also won this event in its old disguise and No Hassle Hof is another who should cope with conditions. He has some interesting pieces of form under his belt from last season, won on his seasonal debut, and looks one who should go on progressing.

Lost - 3 pts

Sunday, 19 November 2017

3 pts win LONDON PRIZE 11/1 ( 4 firms inc Hills and PPower)
Greatwood Hurdle

Much improved on the flat this year so it was no surprise when he won at Wincanton in the style of one who is progressing in this sphere too. There are less concerns over the ground with him than most of the others as it was typical testing Sandown soft when he won the Imperial Cup and he has excellent prospects of  defying a 5 lb penalty today.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win BETTER GETALONG 14/1 (at least five firms inc Hills,PPower,Victor)
Supreme Trial Novices Hurdle

For a yard that does not overface its inmates, you would expect Nicky Richards to do better with his runners sent south than results show. However, no reason to be downbeat about this ones chances. He won two bumpers in heavy ground, took his place in the big bumper here ( the owner is not known as a big day out owner), and created a good impression when winning on his hurdling debut at Ayr. Has prospects of causing an upset here.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 18 November 2017

2 pts win TULLY EAST  8/1 ( at least 13 firms)
1 pt win GUITAR PETE 16/1 ( at least three quarters of all firms)
Victor Gold Cup H'cap Chase

Tully East appeals as the most likely winner of this. He put up a real tidy performance when winning here at the festival and although he has only had five outings over fences he never put a foot wrong that day .The 10 lb higher rating he races off today does not flatter him. Needless to say he is open to plenty of further improvement, will be spot on after a warm up over hurdles, and looks sure to go very close.

Guitar Pete does not have the profile of horses that win this event, lacking the customary good run in a big field handicap over fences at this venue,  but may be capable of pulling of a surprise. He  was a high class juvenile hurdler, winning the big Aintree race in that sphere after finishing third in the Triumph. Over fences, he has been running well since moving from Ireland to Nicky Richard's  yard in the Spring and his win at Wetherby last time promised plenty more success.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 11 November 2017

3 pts win LONDON PRIZE 9/2 ( at least five firms)
Elite Hurdle

It was genuinely soft underfoot  when  this  one  won the Imperial Cup and he looks sure to be a force in this off a 6 lb higher mark. He ran a cracker to be runner up in the Cesarewitch on his latest racecourse appearance and further improvement over hurdles looks very likely.

Won + 13.5 pts

3 pts win SAUNTER 10/1 (at least six firms)
November H'cap

Ian Williams can have a quick cross card double as Saunter is mighty interesting in this. The yard also had Reshoun in this at the four day stage. He too looked a live contender but has not taken his chance. Saunter shaped well on his only start for the yard when coming up against a potential Group class horse. He finished second with the rest well beaten off and should give a very good account of himself today.

Won + 30 pts

Saturday, 4 November 2017

2 pts win BRISTOL DE MAI 9/1 ( at least eight firms)
1 pt win VIEUX LION ROUGE 22/1 ( at least twelve firms)
Charlie Hall Chase

Bristol De Mai is a bit hit and miss but a repeat of his Peter Marsh form, where he showed he can produce optimum form when not being able to dominate, could be good enough to take this. Conditions are absolutely ideal for him.

Vieux Lion Rouge does not take much racing and goes best when fresh. They would not waste a run with him despite the Becher Chase being targeted again, and he could figure here.

Bristol De Mai Won  + 17 pts

3 pts win ELGIN  13/2 ( at least seven firms)
William Hill H'cap Hdle

Acquitted himself well against some useful novices last season and was not disgraced when seventh in the Supreme Novices. He will be better for his outing at Chepstow three weeks back,goes in the soft, and looks sure to give an excellent account of himself.

Won (deduction for NR) + 16.5pts