It feels a bit like the calm before the Cheltenham storm today, despite five meetings up and down the country. The real action kicks off tomorrow, and it can’t come quick enough!
Today first though, and meetings from Clonmel, Market Rasen, Sedgefield and Taunton over obstacles while Chelmsford is your all-weather flat meeting.
Money Talk continues to highlight the Betfair Sportsbook big-money moves to keep you in the loop. This section highlights market moves between 1:00 am and 9:00 am.
14:02 Taunton – Heronord – 7/1 into 5/1
14:32 Taunton – Nine Nine Nine – 11/1 into 7/1
19:30 Chelmsford – Endured 11/4 into 5/2
20:00 Chelmsford – Marie Paradis 13/2 into 9/2
The market says LAY!
Which horse is the Betfair Sportsbook market suggesting to Lay?
20:00 Chelmsford – Laurentia 11/4 OUT 10/3
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The Betfair Sportsbook is paying extra places today!
In the opening contest the 12:30 at Market Rasen, useful 104 rated flat recruit Raymond Tusk 1.910/11 will make his hurdling debut for Alan King.
He takes up plenty of the market, but it may be worth a second look at Kinondo Kwetu 13.012/1 for trainer Sam England who has a 100% strike rate with hurdlers at this venue.
Sam England also runs 101100/1 shot Tanora in the 13:05 Limagrain UK EBF Mares’ “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle and Near Kettering 5.04/1 in the 15:15 at Market Rasen.
Trainer Nicky Henderson has a 30% strike rate at Market Rasen. Today he saddles two runners; 13:05 Indian Glory 7.06/1 and 13:40 Casablanca Mix 3.7511/4.
Jockey James Bowen has a 50% strike rate when riding for trainer Nicky Martin, and today they partner with Steady Away 6.05/1 in the 15:15 Molson Coors Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen.
At Taunton, Mrs Jane Williams is zero for 15 and will look for her first winner with Honneur D’Ajonc 1.910/11 in the 13:30 Newton King Estate Agents Novices’ Hurdle.
The most successful trainer at Taunton today is Paul Nicholls with a 29% strike rate, and he will look to land the 14:32 Jonathan Quinn Lockdown Quizzes Thank You Maiden Hurdle for the fourth year running with Huelgoat 2.26/5.
At Chelmsford, jockey Silvestre De Sousa has a 40% strike rate when riding for trainer Mick Channon. Today they partner with Petal Power 5.04/1 at 17:00.
Horses for courses
This section highlights horses that have won twice or more at today’s tracks and could be in with a chance today.
12:37 Sedgefield – A Different Kind – Has won here twice (100%)
13:12 Sedgefield – Mah Mate Bob – Has won here three times (60%)
14:17 Sedgefield – Cash Again – Has won here twice (29%)
19:00 Chelmsford – Tropics – Has won here five times (33%)
Weighted to go well
“Weighted to go well” highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.
13:12 Sedgefield – Raecius Felix – Has won off 117 runs off 107
13:12 Sedgefield – Muroor – Has won off 95 runs off 82
13:12 Sedgefield – River Frost – Has won off 125 runs off 112
15:05 Taunton – Young Turk – Has won off 120 runs off 99
20:00 Chelmsford – Laurentia – Has won off 60 runs off 49
This section highlights a trainer, owner or jockey who is in excellent current form and their runners or rides for the day.
Trainer Jack Barber has sent out three winners from six runners in the last 14 days. Today he saddles Electric Annie 17.016/1 in the 15:35 at Taunton.
Today’s furthest traveller is trainer Harry Fry with Momella 7.513/2 in the 13:40 at Market Rasen. He has made the 256 mile journey.
Race of the day
Easily the most attractive race of the day today is the 14:25 Clonmel Oil Chase at Clonmel, which sees the return to action for impressive Aintree Grade 1 winner Fakir D’oudairies. He will face three top-class rivals and no horse rated lower than 159 means we have an excellent race to look forward to.
Fakir D’oudairies saddles a seven-pound penalty which puts him top of the pile, and he must give away two and seven pounds to his rivals.
He also has to concede race fitness to all three, although his first time out record will give backers plenty of confidence and today’s trip looks to be his optimum despite connections clearly wanting to try him over three miles again at some point.
His last run right-handed was an emphatic win at Fairyhouse by 22 lengths, and with that only one of three starts over today’s trip, and Allaho the only horse to beat him at this distance, he looks the right favourite.
He has been well-found by the market and looks an obvious choice to make a winning start to the season.
Easy Game favours a sounder surface, so he will need the ground to dry out. Still, he also has an excellent record at this distance when completing, including a career-best on his penultimate start at Listowel.
He was travelling smoothly before being hampered by his stablemate, today’s rival and eventual winner Royal Rendezvous at Gowran Park last time, but the latter was stronger in the betting on that occasion.
He is only seven years old, and he could easily still have more to offer, so he must be feared.
Hardline is the only course scorer in the field, and his half a length defeat to Royal Rendezvous at Gowran Park may mean he has been underestimated by the market here.
He is a former Grade 1 winner as a Novice, and he is entitled to improve for his Gowran Park second, which was his first run for a year.
He comes out best at the weights in receipt of seven pounds from today’s favourite and five from the remainder, and it’s very feasible that he reverses the form on these terms with Royal Rendezvous.
He is another big player here in a very competitive heat.
Timeform out to play the Easy Game at Clonmel
Timeform offer up their NAP. NB and each way shout at Clonmel.
Read Timeform tips here.
The full focus of the column tomorrow will be on the first of three days at Cheltenham as the November meeting kicks into gear.
This meeting tends to offer plenty of Cheltenham Festival clues and some top-class action, so cancel any weekend plans!
Punchestown this weekend also is not to be missed, and there is plenty to be positive about in the coming days – no, I don’t want to talk about Coconut Splash yesterday!
Until tomorrow, be lucky!
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