A goodly mixture of Flat and Jumping action on our screens today, with the meeting at Doncaster bringing the curtain down on the Covid dominated season.
The Betfair November Handicap at 3.15 is the most valuable race on the card and has a field of 23 due to go to post.
With generous place terms available, we have selected two darts to throw at this, starting with Eagle Court from the David O’Meara yard.
This 3-y-o has won its last two handicaps, both over 10 furlongs and has never been stronger than at the finish, suggesting that today’s step up to 12 will eke out even more improvement. We take Eagle Court to fly higher than, er, an eagle and recommend an each way bet at 10-1.
Our other selection is the slightly fragile Sam Cooke, trained by Ralph Beckett, which was our selection when last seen being nutted by a nose at Ascot at the end of July. We don’t think esteemed trainer would run this 4-y-o unless it was fighting fit, so, at 11-2, another each way bash is suggested.
First race on the box is the Betfair Wentworth Stakes, a Listed affair over 6f and in this we take another David O’Meara to do the biz, name of Gulliver.
Tempted to say this horse travels well, but decided against it, so what we will say is that this 6-y-o ran away with a fierce York handicap last time out off a mark of 102, which would put it in with every chance of taking the step up in class in its lengthy stride. At 7-1, this could be the value each way bet.
Third and final race from Donny is the Betfair Fillies Stakes at 2.15 and in this we go for the potential class act in Anna Nerium.
Already a Listed winner this season and a Group 3 winner last year, Richard Hannon‘s 5-y-o powered through the field at Newmarket last time out to be second to the big improver Angel Power in a Group 3. That is almost certainly the best form on offer and, with trip and ground to suit, this lady warrants an each way punt at 9-2.
Jumps fans are catered for by coverage from the meetings at Wincanton and Aintree and we start with the Richard Barber Memorial Mares Handicap Hurdle at 1.50 from the West Country course.
Worthy favourite for this is the NJH trained Sunrise Ruby, an easy winner of both starts in Novice hurdles this season, both over today’s trip. An opening mark of 128 may be a gift, so an each way bet at 9-2 is recommended.
The Rising Stars Novices’ Chase at 2.25 has only 3 runners, with the Paul Nicholls’ trained Grand Sancy installed the 4-5 jolly.
However, we’ll take this one on with the 4-y-o Ga Law trained by Jamie Snowdon. Unbeaten in two chases thus far and getting a stone from the fav, 2-1 looks a fair price for this pussy, so let’s get on.
(“why ‘pussy’?” “’Pussy Galore – geddit?”)
Moving swiftly on to the Badger Beers Silver Trophy Handicap Chase at 3.35, this is a race traditionally farmed by Paul Nicholls, who has 3 representatives all high up in the betting order.
However, our selection is Just A Sting, trained by Harry Fry. This 8-y-o finished 4th in the race last year on reappearance and has been prepared for another go this year. With the stable in much better form than a year ago, this rates the value bet at a more than acceptable 8-1.
Just the one race comes from Aintree and that is the William Hill Hurdle at 2.40 and we’re gonna leave this one to Somerville Boy, Tom George and Jonathan Burke.
This 8-y-o’s defeat of Roksana over this trip back in January reads very well in the context of this race and 5-2 is a fair price.
Now then, where’s my Joe Biden rosette?
Eagle Court 3.15 Doncaster 1.5pts e/w @ 10-1 (7 places Skybet)
Sam Cooke 3.15 Doncaster 1.5pts e/w @ 11-2 (7 places Skybet)
Gulliver 1.30 Doncaster 1pt e/w @ 7-1 (4 places)
Anna Nerium 2.05 Doncaster 2pts e/w @ 9-2 (4 places)
Sunrise Ruby 1.50 Wincanton 1.5pts e/w @ 9-2 (4 places)
Ga Law 2.25 Wincanton 3pts win @ 2-1
Just A Sting 3.35 Wincanton 1.5pts e/w @ 8-1 (5 places Skybet)
Somerville Boy 2.40 Aintree 2pts win @ 5-2