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Todays we have the Cheltenham November meeting, along with some AWC qualifiers at Lingfield & plenty of other National Hunt action away from Prestbury Park…
Although we drew a blank with our UK blog last Saturday, there were 4 winner’s & 2 places from the 7 Breeders Cup selections from Del Mar, with us all landing a winner each!
All 4 of us are here again today, so let’s get cracking…
Cheltenham – Good ( Good to Soft in Places )
Wetherby – Good to Soft
Lingfield – Standard
2.50 Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle Listed over 2m 7f 208y
Selection – Ballymillsy. 5 year old Gelding out of Lucarno and Brackenmoss. Has had 8 runs and has won twice. The wins have came at Warwick on the 15th February this year when beating Ballymagroarty Boy by 1 and 1/4 lengths with De Young Warrior a further 4 and 1/2 lengths adrift in 3rd. Won again last time out when beating Blackjack Kentucky by 7 and 1/2 lengths at Newton Abbot on the 10th October over 3m 2f and 105y. Looks the one to beat here and if handling the conditions should fare better than the 6th place finish on previous run here back in 2020. Biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Proschema from the Skelton yard.
Selection – Lady Excalibur – 4 Year old Filly out of Camelot and Market Forces. Has had 3 starts so far winning twice and placing 2nd once. The wins came at Stratford on 18th July this year when beating Luke San by 8 lengths and on latest start at Aintree on the 24th October when beating Last Of A Legend by 1 length. If handling the track should be hard to beat, biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Bonttay who has won last 2 starts for Fergal O’brien.
2.15 Paddy Power Gold Cup
Coole Cody was a game winner of this race last year, and followed up that effort with a solid 4th off 2lbs higher at the Festival. He warmed up for this with a 2nd over hurdles last time (4th has won here yesterday) and should arrive back to Prestbury Park with every chance of running well again.
Spiritofthegames has been a standing dish in these intermediate handicaps over the years and I cant leave him unbacked today. He’s now 4lbs lower than when 2nd in the race last year and should give you value for your bet. Both horses are currently double figure prices and with firms paying extra places, can feature in the money.
3.25 Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle
Good Time Jonny had been getting the hang of things in handicap hurdles, finishing 3rd and then winning last time out at Gowran Park over 2m 4f. The Irish raiders need plenty of respect when handed their UK handicap marks and will likely have something in hand if continuing in fine fettle. Makes plenty of appeal at the current each-way price.
2:50 – Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle (Listed) – Selection: Ballymillsy
Another competitive Handicap Hurdle for the punters to get their teeth stuck into. Ballymillsy looks the type to run a big race after a nice win at Newton Abbott last month. Sam & Nigel Twiston – Davies team up with this son of Lucarno who is still relatively unexposed after just 8 races. Ballymillsy is on the improve and bounced back from a fall at Warwick to win a Class 2 Handicap Hurdle at Newton Abbott pretty easily in the end. Good ground is okay for him and everything is set for a big run. Ballymillsy has won over further than today’s 3m trip, so I suspect he will be staying on strongly from the back of the last. Proschema has 11st 11lbs to carry but still rates as the main danger along with the improving Dragon Bones.
3:05 – Betway Golden Rose Stakes – Selection: Bahrain Pride (Each way)
A field full of quality sprinters has assembled to contest the 15th running of the listed Golden Rose Stakes. Having looked through the contenders it seems wide open and so I am going to side with Bahrain Pride at an each way price. Simon & Ed Crisford’s 3yo has returned from a year off with two solid performances when second at Kempton and Newmarket in Condition Stakes races. My selection will undoubtedly need to up his game to figure here but he is much less exposed than most of his rivals today having had just six races so far. If he can bring his A-game then I don’t think Bahrain Pride will be far away. Everything William Buick touches at the moment turns to gold and hopefully the same happens again. Draw, trip and surface all suit. Current price 11/1.
2.00 Handicap Chase – Class 3 – 4yo Plus – 2m 3f 85yds..
Cracking Destiny – Dubai Destination X Cracking Gale 8yo gelding.
1 win from 3 runs in 2021 with that win coming on August 19th at Stratford in a Class 2 Handicap Chase over 2m 3f 98yds by 1 & 1/2 lengths. He was dropped back in trip on October 3rd at Kelso in a Class 2 Handicap Chase over 2m 1f 14yds & finished 4th to Nuts Well.
The geldings last run was over C&D in a Class 1 Listed Handicap Chase on October 29th & finished 2nd of 10, missing out by 1 & 1/2 lengths. That run was from a mark of 134 & has only been raised to 135, while dropping in Class today… Likely to track the leaders…
3.10 Handicap Hurdle – Class 3 – 3yo Plus – 2m…
Champagne City – Tobougg X City of Angels 8yo gelding.
Has run 3 times since August 22nd when winning at Worcester in a 2m Class 3 Handicap Hurdle by 3 & 3/4 lengths. He was stepped up in trip at Fontwell to 2m 1f 162yds on October 1st in a Class 3 Handicap Hurdle but finished 4th of 5 runners.
His last run was on October 29th over C&D in this class when the gelding finished a 1 & 3/4 length runner up of 10… Likely to front run…
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