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Carlisle 30/10/16

1.00 Two Taffs

1.35 Hainan e/w

2.10 Like A Diamond e/w

2.45 Belmount

3.15 Onefitzall

3.50 Bristol De Mai

4.20 Treshnish e/w


Each way options galore at Haydock


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May still have a post Cheltenham look to it in terms of quality but no complaints about field sizes at Haydock in particular on a day when a forecast storm threatens to be a key factor on going changes at all today’s racing.

Today’s selections :


Golden Chieftain can take veterans chase if in the mood

When Golden Chieftain won the Sussex National I commented that rider Brendan Powell had earned his fee. Out of the back and being niggled along for 2/3 of the way he looked anything but enthusiastic. Nevertheless he might still be that answer to the Veterans Chase at muddy Carlisle for the buoyant Tizzard stable.

Verko can make it a hat trick in the 2.40 despite a 10lb rise. Whilst Native  Optimist is worth an each way punt in what will be an attritional Pertemps qualifier.

The promising types Mango Cap (12.05) and Western Rules (1.05) should win their races albeit at short odds.

There’s some interesting novice/maiden hurdles at Southwell where Penn Lane (1.20) and Secret Door (2.55) are my picks.

Not A Bother Boy reverts to hurdles in the last but is still on a decent mark as he bids for a hat trick for Sue Smith.

Yesterday Straidnahanna was a shade disappointing in the Doncaster mud. However both Holly Bush Henry and Southfield Royale (below) look types to follow as the winter progresses. Champagne West ran an impressive race on his seasonal debut and could be a Ryanair type. Noel Fehily was at his best on Unowhatimeanharry who with Final nudge pulled well away from the rest. Annacotty never looked to be travelling.

Doubt we saw the Champion Hurdler winner yesterday in what looks a race lacking in a serious British challenger.

No More Heroes to stake his claim

No More Heroes can enhance his reputation as a serious festival contender by winning the grade 1 novice chase at Fairyhouse today (2.40). With Outlander, Monksland and Free Expression among his rivals this will be a serious test of his chasing credentials.
At Carlisle (2.20) trainer Nick Alexander pushed the boat out for Lake View Lad and having impressed on his bumper debut at Hexham can see of Virnon on his hurdling debut.

Yesterday Wakanda reinforced his legend status with me with a bold front running victory in the Rehearsal chase. Only 6 there is more to come from this gutsy and consistent Sue Smith stable star.

 Wakanda jumps the last ahead of Virak – photo AtTheRaces

Aloomomo was another impressive winner for the blog and won in a manner suggesting he could be aimed even higher.
Smad Place was an impressive winner of the Hennessy in attritional conditions that found some of his rivals out.

Haydock and Carlisle selections


All each way

2.00 Lackamon and Pinerolo

2.35 Gold Futures and Special Wells

3.10 Virak and Algernon Pazham

3.45 Tenor Nevernais and Future Gilded

4.20 Grove Silver


1.45 Bobs Lord Tara

2.20 Kilfegin Star

2.55 Top of the Glas

4.05 Son of Suzie

5.15 Forty Crown


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