WhichBookie racing analyst Andrew Blair White provides a preview and betting tips for races at Roscommon and Newton Abbot today.
|2020/21 Tote Ten To Follow Tips|
|Abacadabras||Clan Des Obeaux|
|Delta Work||Envoi Allen|
|Put The Kettle On||Shewearsitwell|
|Thyme Hill||Thyme White|
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The final deadline is 11am on Saturday November 14th, and so your horses will begin scoring points from Paddy Power Gold Cup day at Cheltenham onwards. Here are my early thoughts and 15 horses to consider for your final stable of 10.
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Update 13/11/2020: As always a lot has happened in the 10 days since we published the original draft 15 selections for this season’s Ten To Follow and after reviewing the latest form and injuries we have now selected the final Ten that we hope can give you a good run for your money over the next few months. From the original draft we have now dropped the following horses : Minella Indo, Topofthegame, Easy work, Defi du Seuil, Asterion Forlonge which leaves the WhichBookie/Will Smith Ten To Follow selections as :
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Many will have been disappointed with his seasonal debut, but fear not, he will be a force in all the best 2m hurdles, and pick up valuable points in the Irish Champion Hurdle and Champion Hurdle itself.
Given how much ground he conceded in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle last season by jumping markedly right, yet still finished fourth, he must have some engine. There are plenty of good pots over in Ireland on right-handed tracks that he could scoop up.
Clan Des Obeaux:
The two-time winner of the King George might not have it quite all his own way this year, after Cyrname’s romp in the Charlie Hall. But he still has the Betfair Chase, King George and Betway Bowl there as options.
Defi Du Seuil:
Not quite sure what it was that produced such a lifeless run in last season’s Champion Chase, but the Tingle Creek, Champion Chase and Melling Chase could all be at his mercy this time around.
After his Down Royal reappearance effort, he could go off an inflated price for the Savills Chase and Irish Gold Cup – races he won last year. He can show himself a much better horse than he did in last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup also.
Chasing home Envoi Allen will have left him as a forgotten horse for many, but he will win some nice races over fences, and presumably be kept apart from Envoi Allen, coming from the same stable of course.
While he won’t be the horse that wins you a monthly or overall prize by setting you aside from the masses, it could be a case of if you didn’t have him in, then you would be conceding a large head-start to many.
Despite coming from the same stable as likely Arkle winner Shishkin, Fusil Raffles has the option of going over further and he was sneakily very good on the clock when winning at Cheltenham in October.
Quite simply, a high-class winning machine – so while she might not contest that many bonus races, she will surely rack up the points for you.
Similar races apply for Henry De Bromhead’s star chaser as they do for Delta Work, and it’s probably a case of plumping for one of the pair. Minella Indo would look to have more improvement to come.
Put The Kettle On:
Last season’s Arkle winner can progress again, and while she would have bonus point races like the Champion Chase on her agenda, she could pick up a few points in mares’ chases and other open company Grade 1’s.
She will be prolific in mares’ novice hurdles over in Ireland, and also will have the option of open Grade 1 novice hurdles like the Royal Bond.
Looks set to be a leading player in the staying hurdle division, and was ready to run last weekend at Wetherby so could be about to start picking up points at this early stage of the season too.
A bit of a flyer here, but he was super impressive at Chepstow in his reappearance and could be a live contender for the Greatwood Hurdle and the Betfair Hurdle (now a bonus point race).
Ante-post favourite for the Ladbrokes Trophy, could pick up other bonus point races in the shape of the Cheltenham Gold Cup. While other races like the Cotswold Chase and Denman Chase will be suitable targets for him.
Many will be keen on the likes of Al Boum Photo, Epatante, Shishkin, Sire Du Berlais, Galvin, Easysland, Monkfish and one or two others – but they might not be seen all that often, and the transfer window can give you an opportunity to sub them in for their big days, should you so wish.