The Betfair Chase gets underway at Haydock on Saturday, whilst the November meeting at Ascot continues, so punters are in for a real treat.
Betfair Chase (Grade 1)
The reneweal of the Betfair Chase is lined up to be one of the best of all time, with last year’s Gold Cup winner BOBS WORTH the current market leader.
Last year’s winner of the race, Silviniaco Conti is 11/4 second favourite with William Hill and he is a big threat to the favourite after falling three out when in a good position in the Gold Cup.
Colin Tizzard’s Cue Card managed to hang on for third at Exeter last time where he was hugely disappointing considering last season’s form. He is 15/2 with Stan James and there is serious questions over his stamina.
Dynaste raced formidably on occasions last season and this race will test whether he has the potential to be a Gold Cup/King George horse. He is currently 7/1 with most leading firms, whilst the experienced Tidal Bay is 9/1.
Long Run was poor last time out at Wetherby and there are big questions as to whether he is still a serious contender this season, therefore this race is perfect for punters to make that decision.
The other two entries are Roi Du Mee and the Giant Bolster, who are both great horses in their own right. They complete a stunning line-up for the renewal of this fantastic event and are 20/1 and 40/1 respectively.
Betfair Cash Out ‘Fixed Brush’ Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
The other race to watch out for at Haydock is the one previous, The Betfair Cashout Handicap Hurdle. It is due to go off at 2.25, with 17 entries set to compete.
Two Rockers is the 7/1 favourite with Boylesports and has some potential. Another who has shown potential is Master Of The Sea, who along with the favourite had a very promising novice campaign.
Jockey Noel Fehily is aboard Gullinbursti, who won by 27 lengths on his reappearance this term. Paddy Power are offering 17/2, which is very tempting.
Others that show promise are Trustan Times at 9/1 and Crowning Jewel at 14/1, whilst Alfie Sherrin warrants some each-way respect.
Far West (12:45) and More Of That (1:50) are two more to look out for in what is sure to be a tricky and fantastic meeting.
Amlin 1965 Chase (Grade 2)
Over at Ascot, there are two main races of real talent as Paul Nicholls’ Al Ferof bids to beat Captain Chris and French Opera in the Amlin 1965 Chase.
Philip Hobbs’ 9-year-old took this last year in which was his first victory over a shorter distance, however Daryl Jacob’s favourite looks too good in this one.
Coral Hurdle (Registered As The Ascot Hurdle) (Grade 2)
Following that race is another Grade 2 of the highest level and Annie Power will bid to make it 8 from 8 for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh.
She ran superbly in her final start last term, when landing a Grade 1 at Punchestown in style. This is more than likely going to be her toughest test yet though, as she faces Zarkander.
Nicholls’ 6-year-old has 3 victories at the highest level and certainly cannot be ruled out of this one, so punters are in for a thriller.
Carraig Mor makes huge appeal in the first at Ascot, as do Upbeat Cobbler and Josses Hill later in the day.
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Haydock 3:00 – Bobs Worth to win
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