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|Montagne D'Argent||9/1||Each Way - 3 Places
1.03 Gowran Park
|Bois Des Clamart||18/1||Each Way - 3 Places
1.03 Gowran Park
|Western Zara||6/1||Each Way - 6 Places
3.23 Gowran Park
Date of Tips: 20/11/2021
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (09:41 20/11/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
Thankfully, after what had been a fairly barren time of things during the week, today was a much better day and hopefully some punters kept the faith and had a winning day. Pink Legend was a lovely winner, while we were left to rue what might have been with Garry Clermont – who put in a calamitous blunder at the final hurdle to come up short by a half length. Tomorrow on the other hand looks tricky again, and even though there are more than enough races to go through – there doesn’t scream and shout like there are too many betting opportunities.
Racing from Gowran Park is where I’m going to be concentrating on, and starting off with the 1.03 race – which is a 2m4f handicap chase and has only attracted seven horses to the post for this race. Despite the slightly smaller field, this is full of quality and all seven in this have a decent chance. Both Ladbrokes and Coral are paying out 3 places for this seven runner field, which has tempted me into not only one, but two each way bets. I would be quite keen to take on the top two in the betting for reasons such as jumping and the weight they are both carrying and instead will be preferring the following two.
My main selection for the race would be Montagne D’Argent, who comes into this race with a brilliant record at Gowran Park to live up to. He landed a good 2m2f handicap chase here back in March, when beating Fan Des Blue by eight lengths. He is a few pounds worse off with that rival for that effort today, but is still receiving a sizable amount of weight and should be able to run well. He did fall on his final start of the season off this new mark, but that could be on account of a hard season, and he returns in a race where conditions should suit. At a price of 9/1 with the bookmakers who are paying out 3 places, he looks a good bet each way.
Perhaps it is the insanity in me taking over, but I am going to risk going to the well one last time on Bois Des Clamart in this race, who certainly requires more than a touch of faith to row in once again. Having won a beginners’ chase very well last year, it was around this time last year when he fell at four out when looking like going very close on handicap debut. His jumping has suffered since, and has lacked a lot of confidence and fluency, including when finishing last of 8 on his return at Galway. This more conventional track should suit him though and perhaps he may have needed that first start in a while. He continues to tumble down the weights and you feel the engine should be there to pounce on an opportunity some day. He is 18/1, and should be backed each way for 3 places.
The only other bet in the card comes in the concluding 3.23 race, which is a 2m4f handicap hurdle and looks a minefield of a race to figure out from the outset. 20 runner handicaps around Gowran may be tricky, but nothing quite sums up jumps racing like these types of races – so it would be remiss of me not to get stuck in. Despite being near the top of the betting, I am going to be sticking with Western Zara in this race, who quite possibly could be well ahead of a mark of 102 on this handicap bow for the Paul Nolan yard. She has a lack of experience for a race of this nature, but her maiden form reads well from last year and she brings a lot of unknown quality to this type of handicap. In truth, she could be well above this grade – and as a result, is worth risking that the conditions of the race may well be ferocious in comparison to what she has been used to. At a price of 6/1 with SkyBet, who offer 6 places, she should be backed each way.