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|Mindsmadeup||14/1||Each Way - 4 Places
4.00 Down Royal
|Our Surprise||13/2||Each Way - 4 Places
|Regal Encore||12/1||Each Way - 5 Places
|Super Six||11/2||Each Way
Date of Tips: 30/10/2021
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (11:18 30/10/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
It was a decent day yesterday for followers of the page, with two nice winners at Uttoxeter followed by a massive priced place at Wetherby after Galahad Quest took an alarming drift before the off despite running very well. The good action comes thick and fast this weekend and again there are three major jumps meetings to try and dissect, but despite this, betting opportunities are few and far between in these types of races.
Starting off at Down Royal, where once again I just have the one selection. I would like to preface this article by saying that I am majorly in agreement with my colleague Will Smith, who fancies Eskylane in the handicap hurdle. However, a combination of a market plunge and being late to the party have ruled him out of me putting a bet on him. Instead my selection comes in the 4.00 race, which is a 3m handicap chase. Top weight, Mindsmadeup makes appeal in this race for the talented Matthew Smith. Having been campaigned over hurdles in recent months, he returns to a chase off a winning mark and could make his presence known in this sort of field. His summer form has been decent enough, with a close third at Galway the highlight. He won off this mark at Galway last year and that was on soft ground, so trip and ground should not be an issue. At a price of 14/1 with Paddy Power, who are paying four places, I’ll be backing him each way.
Moving to Wetherby, where again there is just the one selection from a fascinating card. That selection comes in the 3.40 race, with the Harry Fry trained Our Surprise. This horse let down his followers last time out with a poor comeback run, but there are still plenty of possibilities for this horse running in his first handicap off this type of mark. Stepping up in trip looks like it will suit this horse and Fry’s horses are in very good nick at the moment, and he recorded another double yesterday at Uttoxeter. With this in mind, Our Surprise could well be a lurker in this market and I would think that there might be money around for him throughout the day. In an open race, with William Hill paying four places, he should be backed at 13/2.
Ascot has also got an excellent card and it will be great to see good jumps racing back at this venue for the winter months. The feature race is the London Gold Cup at 3.20 and I can’t see past Ascot legend, Regal Encore, in this race. Anthony Honeyball’s charge has run this track so well over the last number of years and has been second and first in the last two editions of this race. He is now 13 years old though and time doesn’t wait for any man, or horse for that matter, but if showing the same enthusiasm around his beloved track – he is handicapped to perform well. He was a neck second to Captain Chaos back in February this year off a one pound higher mark, and might be taken to put in another big run. At a price of 12/1 with SkyBet, who are offering 5 places, he looks like a good each way bet.
The final selection of the day comes in the 3.55 at Ascot, which is a fascinating 2 mile novice hurdle and one of the most intriguing races of the day. Many eyes will be on the efforts of Shallwehaveonemore and Peking Rose – but I think the value in this contest is Super Six – who has drifted out to an each way price. Twiston-Davies has been in fine form in recent weeks, and his novice hurdlers look to be competitive, and this horse made a winning start to hurdles when dead heating up in Perth in the first few weeks of the season. That perhaps doesn’t look on paper to be too strong, but the horse he dead-heated with, It’s Good To Laugh, has bounded in since – so the form looks better than it looked at the time. He will have to seriously improve his jumping from that effort, but there is no reason why he can’t and the penalty may not be insurmountable. At a price of 11/2 with Bet365, he is a good each way bet also.