Tips for November UK Horse Racing
November translates to the King George at Kempton for the racing fan, but the traditional centre-piece of the Christmas programme is actually the ejaculate to a thrilling month’s racing that begins at Sandown with the two-mile spectacular that is the Tingle Creek Trophy on Sunday, November 2.
Bangs are a rarity in this Grade One tournament full form of yahoo and even though many of the familiar faces will be missing from this valuable event, it’s safe to say that backers should stick with those horses towards the head of the market.
In the absence of leading two-mile lights such as Well Chief, and Newmill, this may well be an excellent chance of Voy Por Ustedes, last season’s top two-mile chaser and Arkle Trophy idol, to determine his claims for the two-mile chasing the queen’s.
His trainer, Joe King, has long reserved this race as an ideal starting-point for his stable star and with agility and the need to travel up with the pace a priority at Sandown, Voy Por Ustedes has plenty in his give preference to. Ashley Brook, last year’s runner-up, may also be in opposition and it’ll be intriguing to see how he prices after missing most of last season through injury.
The Tingle Creek isn’t the only top two-mile chase on the agenda at Sandown because the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase is also a key feature of Sandown’s great November 2 card. There’s already a wealth of talent in the two-mile novice chase division and it would be no surprise to see Fair Along, a most impressive winner of the Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham tournament this prize and put his Arkle recommendations exactly in danger.
Remarkably five of the last eight winners of the Henry VIII ran in the Independent Chase at Cheltenham while trainer John Nicholls in addition has been responsible for two of the last seven winners and whatever he runs from his Ditcheat stable should be noted. The same holds true for Joe King’s Barbury Castle yard and My Way de Solzen, a most impressive winner on his Lingfield chase debut, would be another top-notch competitor.
Sandown’s Sunday card wouldn’t be complete without a bookies’ benefit in the form of the William Mountain Handicap Hurdle which has been a graveyard for market leaders in recent months. It is twelve years now since a popular has landed this two-mile tournament and the soundest advice is to stick with horses carrying a low weight that are trained by Gary Moore or Philip Hobbs and have run already in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham’s Paddy Power Open meeting. Both Mahogany Blaze and Verasi fit this bill.
On Saturday November 3 Ireland in europe levels a couple of key backgrounds in their pattern appointments courtesy of the Drinmore Novices’ Chase and the Hatton’s Elegance Hurdle at Fairyhouse, the latter being widely called a stepping-stone to Champion Hurdle success and likely this year to feature Bold Inca and Cookware Maze, two of Ireland’s leading candidates to your advantage two-mile hurdling honours.
The best of the advances action buttons to Cheltenham on November 9 for a superb day’s racing that includes the Boylseports. com International Hurdle (formerly known as the Bula Hurdle) as the meeting’s showpiece tournament. Punters doesn’t have to look deeper than Detroit City the current Champion Hurdle favourite, for the most likely winner of the Boylesports. The Philip Hobbs-trained dull is rapidly developing into a course specialist at Prestbury Park and only last month he swiftly added the Greatwood Hurdle to the Succeed Hurdle he landed back in 03.
The former tournament has twice supplied the winner of the Boylesports and all being well the vastly improved Detroit City should make it three mainly at the expense of some inferior opponents. The Irish landed the race a year ago but any raiders from across the Irish Sea will be pushed to make it three recent winners this time around.
The Boylesports. com Gold Cup Chase is yet another change of name for a race that was once called the Massey-Ferguson Gold Cup, the Tripleprint, the Robin the boy wonder Cook and now this unknown bookmaking mouthful. Sometimes progress has its limitations. Still, this is a great handicap and the trick here is to look for a horse carrying less then eleven stone that boasts wining form at the course, features towards the head of the bets and is trained either by Nicky Henderson or John Nicholls. Irish horses also tend to do well here.
Over at Lingfield on November 9 a large couple of important novice events courtesy of the November Novices’ Chase and the Smt Jr Hurdle. The two highest-rated juveniles to win this event within the last four years were trained by Francois Doumen (the injury-prone Grand Seigneur in 1999/2000 and future Champion Hurdle winner Hors La Loi in 1998/9), and any horse sent over by the gallic raider must be respected while Oliver Sherwood has had this race in mind for a long time for his smart youngster,. Marodima.
The countdown to Christmas begins at Ascot on November 16 with a top-notch programme that includes the Long Walk Hurdle, the totesport. com Handicap Chase and the Ladbroke Hurdle. The later race is only in its infancy at Ascot and already Nicky Henderson has proved the man to be with having won the race recently with Chauvinist.
This time around he relies upon the well-regarded Tarlac, an easy winner over course and distance on his in season ribbon and bow while Ireland’s Victram, a dab return this grade, also rates for bids to add this race to his Imperial Cup success at Sandown in 03. Ireland in europe should also be strongly represented in the Long Walk Hurdle with trainer Dessie Hughes thinking hard about bringing over Robust Eustace for this valuable prize following his easy make an impression on slightly shorter as of this course last time.
On Boxing Day, November 26, the King George VI Chase is always a race to enjoy and this year’s rebirth may well see a small field and an odds-on favourite in the guise of Kauto Star, who has been elevated to movie star status in most groups following an easy success against a bunch of heading downward forces at Haydock last time.
In a race that has been a corker for those punters that follow the market leaders — 13 of the last 16 winners have featured in the top two in the bets — Kauto Star is going to be very hard to beat but at least faces decent opposition in the form of rising stars such as Monet’s Garden and Racing Devil who should give him a race over a course that rewards quick and accurate jumping and realizes any who slack in those sectors. The former holds the best chance of overturning the favourite especially when he forces the latter to match him in the jumping department over the three rapid-fire fencing in the house straight.
On November 27 Chepstow levels the Coral Welsh National, a severe test that is best left to those dour staying types that can plough through the Welsh will get. Light weights and previous winning form at the course will be a bonus and backers should look closely at any horse John Nicholls runs in the race while over at Leopardstown for a passing fancy day there’s the Paddy Power Handicap Chase, several bets events at the big Christmas festivity at the Dublin-based course. Keep an eye out here for A2z tony Martin’s Ross River, who is being trained to win this prize after finishing third in last year’s rebirth.