George Harrison‘s somewhat plagiaristic hit of 1970 leads us in to today’s televised races, comprising top class jumping action & the fag end of the Flat.
We start down in Zummerset at Wincanton, where the feature race at 1.50 is the 61st Badger Beer Handicap Chase, which has a field of 11.
Paul Nicholls supplies the first two in the betting with Frodon and Enrilo, but we oppose both of them with Lord Accord.
Neil Mulholland‘s 7-y-o came back to his sparkling bets last time out by running away with a competitive event at Cheltenham and is just 5lbs higher today. With ground conditions likely to suit, we think a follow up is on the cards and recommend a decent each way bet at 11-2.
We also suggest a more modest investment on Irish Prophecy from the Emma Lavelle yard. A course winner off a slightly higher mark a year ago and with a warm up under its belt, 10-1 looks very fair.
Coverage begins with the Richard Barber Memorial Mares’ Handicap Hurdle, which, in the absence of Lady Adare, can go to last year’s winner Wynn House.
First time out last season and the same today, off an identical mark as well, 7-2 looks the value.
The 1.15 sees the chasing debut of Mcfabulous, which is trading at 8-11 and is best watched.
The Elite Hurdle at 3.00 has been won by Sceau Royal for the past two years and the lovable 10-y-o is back for another go.
However, we hope it might meet its match this time in the shape of Knappers Hill. Paul Nicholls‘ 6-y-o showed improved form in taking a valuable Chepstow handicap on reappearance and, in receipt of 6lbs, looks the value bet at 2-1.
Aintree coverage begins with the Pertemps Qualifier at 1.01 with a field made up of chasers or hurdlers without a recent run so forgive us if we swerve.
No swerving the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase over the National fences at 2.11, in which we suggest win bets on Al Dancer (5-1) & Spiritofthegames (11-2).
AD is probably the best handicapped runner while Spirit was a fine 5th in the Topham last season over these obstacles.
The 4-runner Boylesports Hurdle is another anyone’s race, with none of the three principals having a recent run so enter the Spanish Archer.
Three races at not-very-sunny Donny complete the programme, commencing with the Wentworth Stakes at 12.50.
Heavy ground is a great leveller and, although Tarhib has a bit to find on official ratings, Willie‘s 4-y-o is a big improver and could prevail under Big Jim. Have a win bet at 9-2.
That man Haggas is to the fore again in the Listed Gillies Fillies’ Stakes at 1.30, with Sweet Believer a live contender after her second to the subsequent Group 1 winner Bayside Boy at Sandown.
We squeeze an each way bet here at 9-2.
Last but definitely not least is the traditional curtain down race, the November Handicap at 3.13, which has a short price jolly in Israr from the Gosdens‘ yard.
An easy winner over CD last time out, on similar ground, this 3-y-o is probably a worthy fav off 7lbs higher, but, for value, we prefer to advise an each way bet on another improving youngster, Mr Alan at a more artisan 11-1.
George Boughey’s charge won ‘hands and heels’ last time out and the 4lb hike may not be enough.
That’s it – don’t forget to have your each way bet on Flightline.
Lord Accord 1.50 Wincanton 1.5pts e/w @ 11-2 (4 places)
Irish Prophecy 1.50 Wincanton 1pt e/w @ 10-1 (4 places)
Wynn House 12.40 Wincanton 2pts win @ 7-2
Knappers Hill 3.00 Wincanton 2pts win 2-1
Al Dancer 2.11 Aintree 2pts win @ 5-1
Spiritofthegames 2.11 Aintree 1pt win @ 11-2
Tarhib 12.50 Doncaster 2pts win @ 9-2
Sweet Believer 1.30 Doncaster 1.5pts e/w @ 9-2 (4 places)
Mr Alan 3.13 Doncaster 1.5pts e/w @ 11-1 (6 places)