Seymour Biz runs the rule over 3 of Saturday’s top encounters…
The dying embers of the flat season splutter to a close this weekend after a pretty exiting summer, and so to Doncaster for the November Handicap. I first watched this race run as The Manchester November Handicap in the gloom at Castle Irwell, a horse called Henrys Choice won, I hardly saw a thing.
This race used to be a pretty high class contest years ago, now it is little more than an ordinary handicap, so if you can spot a horse with a bit of class, you are in with a chance. At the top of the handicap we have Top Tug, Alan King’s handicapper. He is on a career high mark after a good run at Leicester last week, when he was unable to peg back Dance The Dream, who went on to win like a good favourite. They reopppose in this race on Saturday and are sure to run big races. But the one I like is further down the handicap, Iain Jardine has sent down Sepal and has got her trained to the minute. I will be hoping for softer ground for her so those higher up the weights find the going a bit tougher. She has every chance.
Over at Wincanton it is one of their big days of the year, and a very knowledgable West Country crowd will be in attendance to cheer on their favouites. Oh, I wish I was going, I’m not, but some very good chasers are for the Badger Ales Trophy. I fancy the top weight here, Carole’s Destrier, who was pulled out last week presumably for this race. He will love softer ground and I’m hoping he will go well first time out this season. A couple higher in the market are Fox Appeal, who ran well at Chepstow under a big weight three weeks ago, and Henllan Harri who ran third at Worcester carrying 24lbs less than due here if he gets in.
Now up to Aintree and over the Mildmay fences.There is some nice prize money to be picked up here in a £75,000 race at 2.15. Bouvreuil ran seventh over this course and distance a fortnight ago against some very smart horses such as Smad place, Aso, Cloudy Dream and Gods Own. I think Paul Nicholls has had his eye on this race for a while. Main dangers are Virgilio and Master Dee, but I think Bouvreuil will have enough to see these off.
3.15 Doncaster: Sepal
3.35 Wincanton: Carole’s Destrier
2.15 Aintree: Bouvreuil