Tuesday 13th November 2018
There’s a few decent contests to be had this Tuesday in the National Hunt sphere and as I haven’t done a midweek preview in the last week or so I thought i’d get a couple out at Huntingdon and Hereford.
Huntingdon – (2.10) (Class 2) (Hurdle) (1m 7f)
The 2.10 at Huntingdon is a Class 2 affair that’s contested over a distance of a mile and seven furlongs and see’s the Ian Williams trained Banditry (7/4) head affairs following a spell on the level where he competed in some decent contests. He hasn’t been seen over hurdles since November of last year when well beaten at Cheltenham but he’s likely to play a much bigger role in this particular contest. Tom O’Brien will take the ride. Last year’s winner Unison (3/1) takes his place in the betting as the second favourite, his win last year came off a mark eleven pounds lower than today’s and looks to be up against on the weights. He is clear on ratings though and his class could well play a major role with Matt Griffiths doing the steering. One of the more unexposed sorts in the line up looks to be the Dan Skelton trained Embole (5/1), he was last seen when finishing third in a decent race at Ayr last season and if bringing that level of form to the table he’s a clear player here with Harry on board.
Mystic Sky (6/1) has been kept busy over the summer period for Lucy Wadham and ran her best race to date within Listed company the last day at Wetherby. Another step up is likely needed should she go close again here against the boys but she may well have a fitness edge over a few of these. Gary Moore sends Distingo (6/1) to take his chance here having won two of his four starts for the trainer so far, he was last seen when finding Grade 1 company at Aintree too hot to handle and this ease in Grade will likely help. Jamie is on board. Don Bersy (12/1) makes up the field for Tom Symonds, a decent hurdler on his day but refused to race when making his chase debut last time out back in May.
🥇1ST: BANDITRY (7/4)
🥈2ND: EMBOLE (5/1)
“Banditry looks to be on a manageable mark here and can put up a bold showing back over hurdles for Ian Williams. The unexposed Embole for the Skeltons can emerge as the chief danger.”
Hereford – (2.30) (Class 3) (Chase) (2m 8y)
Over to Hereford for my second race Preview of the day and the particular affair im having a look at is the 2.30 which is a chase ridden over a trip of slightly over two miles. The horse that currently heads the betting is the Paul Nicholls trained Brelan D’as (5/2) who has yet to get his head in front over the bigger obstacles but has won off this mark before over hurdles. He’s been down the field the last twice over fences in competitive large field handicaps at Cheltenham so this ease in grade and smaller field could well be what he needs. Barry Geraghty is on board. Jurby (11/4) is next up in the betting for Oliver Sherwood a bumper winner and hurdle winner who could well progress even further over fences for these top connections. He was last seen when winning at Towcester at April and he could well have a big say here with Leighton Aspell on board.
The Emma Lavelle trained Irish Prophecy (10/3) is set to take his place in the line up and despite not progressing as may of been expected from his debut win over hurdles he has had a wind operation since we last saw him and this could be the key to unlocking a bit more from him now tackling the bigger obstacles. Adam Wedge partners up with him. Going Gold (6/1) won over hurdles back in March and will be looking to transfer that form now over fences whereas Kings Monarch (8/1) of Kerry Lee will need to take a step up on the form we saw him in over hurdles. He does have the eye catching booking of Richard Johnson though. Another unexposed sort for Dan Skelton takes his place in the line up and that comes in the form of Amoola Gold (8/1) and Eureu Du Boulay (16/1) concludes the field for Richard Hobson.
🥇1ST: IRISH PROPHECY (10/3)
🥈2ND: BRELAN D’AS (5/2)
“A competitive affair of which a case can be made for most, Irish Prophecy could well be a different proposition over fences and can have a big say here whilst Brelan D’as should go well in easier company and can run a big one too.”