WINNERS ARE MAKING A POINT: Daqman is your best bet. Two more yesterday means that he has scored every day for four days, with six winners, all odds against, 67-10, 9-2 and 7-2 among them and including two winning naps.
WON 7-2 AL AGAILA (Wednesday)
WON 13-8 POINT SUR (Wednesday)
WON 9-2 VESPASIAN (Tuesday)
WON 15-8 KORKER (Monday nap)
WON 2-1 RUBAUD (Sunday nap)
WON 67-10 LOS ANGELES (Sunday)
BIG CHASE TRACKS ARE BACK: Cheltenham is back tomorrow and Daqman previews the best races there on Saturday and the big one at Aintree on Sunday.
SPIRIT OF JUMPING RETURNS
⭕ 1.50 Cheltenham, Saturday (2m hurdle) Gary Moore’s Spirit d’Aunou has been around the big tracks – Kempton, Sandown, Chepstow – and won four hurdles in a row, climbing a stone in the ratings.
If he can win this, that leaves only Aintree. The Liverpool track is where his main rival on Saturday, Blueking D’Oroux ran a good second in the Spring to another four-time winner, Punctuation.
Blueking D’Oroux goes for a valuable handicap hurdle at Ascot just before Christmas, so he can win on Saturday and recover from it.
But Punctuation, a Fergal O’Brien six-year-old, is being saved for the Greatwood at the second Cheltenham November meeting in two weeks’ time.
⭕ 2.25 Cheltenham, Saturday (3m 1f handicap chase) Balthazar King and Frodon are among the winners of this chase, which last year went to Lord Accord.
Neil Mulholland’s eight-year-old hasn’t done much since, which accounts for his returning to a mark within a pound of his winning rating that day.
The weights will rise with the defection of Lucinda Russell’s Ultima and Grand National winner, Corach Rambler, who instead preps at Kelso in the Edinburgh Gin Chase (3m 2f) for the Newbury Gold Cup on December 2.
⭕ 2.00 Aintree, Sunday (Old Roan Chase, 2m 4f Grade 2) You know winter’s almost here when they line up for the Old Roan, which has created young stars for the season ahead with winners of the calibre of Allmankind (2021 aged 5) or Frodon (2018 aged 6).
But this year best of the youngest in a four-year-olds and older chase, worth almost £46k to the winner, is the seven-year-old Hitman (Paul Nicholls).
VINCENZO ANOTHER FOR SAM
⭕ 1.40 Carlisle, today (2m 4f novices hurdle) The unbeaten run of Glamorgan trainer Sam Thomas (3-3) has me straying into the Jumps arena today with no Flat turf meetings all day. But there’s also some sentiment in backing his five-year-old, Vincenzo.
Once upon a time, before the most popular meals in England were food banks, I dined out half a dozen times on Vincenzo’s sire, Doctor Dino; 14 places in 17 races, including seven wins.
Vincenzo, the first of three raiders for Thomas today, can get the better of the perpetually-placed Blue Ridge Hill. BETDAQ 4.6 taken
⭕ 3.30 Ludlow Paul Nicholls continues the preparation of Outlaw Peter for a decent handicap on top of the ground in the next few weeks, though he coped well enough with heavy the last day.
Above all he is a good jumper, who was impressive in back-to-back hurdles wins in the Spring.
STABLE CALLS HIM OUR FUTURE
⭕ 3.55 Carlisle (2m 4f novices chase) There was always going to be some risk attached to the next Sam Thomas runner. He is by No Risk At All out of a mare by Grey Risk.
In the end they called him Good Risk At All He spent a year in Graded hurdles, barring one run in a handicap at this time last year, when he won here at Carlisle. That was first run back since the Spring.
Back at Carlisle he’s now over fences first time in what may prove to be the match of the day but which Thomas views as very much as a starter, getting round in one piece.
The expected winner on stable form and on ability is Giovinco. Rarely does a trainer describe one in the stable as ‘our future,’ so Lucinda Russell must hold this unbeaten hurdler in very high regard.
I can’t have either Alaphilippe or Hometown Boy who, together, have been off the track 1,517 days or more than four years.
13.0 LILKIAN TO BOUNCE BACK
⭕ 4.50 Lingfield (6f handicap) LAYS LOGIC: Stone Of Destiny wins when he feels like it. He last felt like it 38 races ago, more than three years back in September 2020 for Andrew Balding.
This is his 15th race for Michael Appleby, who has had him tantalisingly second the last twice, beaten a neck at Doncaster and then a short-head at Redcar, after a long, long slide of two stone down the handicap since that win for Balding.
But those promising recent efforts were over 5f and 5.5f. Since May, 2018, his overall form at 6f is 04032000000000004440.
Newyorkstateofmind, Lilkian and Man On A Mission are all Lingfield CD winners with Lilkian 11 times an AW scorer (four times here) and a crazy offer to bounce back at 13.0 on Betdaq Betting Exchange.
1.40 Carlisle (win 12)
BET 3.25pts win VINCENZO
3.30 Ludlow (win 12, nap)
BET 7pts win OUTLAW PETER
3.55 Carlisle (win 12)
BET 10pts win GIOVINCO
4.50 Lingfield (win 12)
BET 1pt win and place LILKIAN
BET 2 x 2pts win doubles
OUTLAW PETER (3.30 Ludlow)
GIOVINCO and GOOD RISK AT ALL (3.55 Carlisle)
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