I hope you lumped on my nap Main Sequence at the Breeders’ Cup last weekend. I’m back from the States and looking forward to last day of the Flat turf season and gearing up for the jumps including the huge Paddy Power Open meeting at Cheltenham next weekend.
I’m excited Paddy. You hear me? Incidentally on that score Paddy and I have plenty of video surprises for you coming up so keep posted on Twitter!
What we need now is some cash to spend at Cheltenham – so let’s try and get some this weekend.
The last big Flat race of the season is at Doncaster where Paddy’s paying the first five home in the November Handicap. With the ground very much on the soft side – stamina and ability to handle the going is key.
I like David Lanigan’s PLUTOCRACY (3.35pm) who has plenty of mile and a half form but who is not proven on soft. However, I think he’s bred to love it being out of a Bering mare. He’s well handicapped off 92 having not been beaten far off that rating in his last two starts and top Irish jock Pat Smullen takes the ride.
I am going to have a few quid on Ralph Beckett’s MELROSE ABBEY (3pm) in the Listed 1m 2f fillies’ race. It’s an open contest but she loves a testing surface and stays very strongly. She’s lightly raced and open to more improvement. The last run was not great, but I don’t think she stayed the 1m 6f trip.
The Listed Wentworth Stakes over 6f at the same track features our old pal JACK DEXTER (2.25pm). He loves juice and often runs well in this at this time of year. He’s got every chance to run huge once again with Tropics a danger.
Over jumps the juicy stuff is at Wincanton and all eyes will be on the Elite Hurdle which sees old boy Rock on Ruby back in action under top weight.
This looks at the mercy of crack novice IRVING who flopped at Cheltenham but is much better than that. Getting nearly a stone from ‘Ruby’ he has a great chance.
Finally, the Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton is competitive with a huge field going to post. I’m going with STANDING OVATION who is 11lbs higher when landing the event 12 months ago – but had a nice pipe-opener when second at Cheltenham 21 days ago. He should be spot on for this event once again. Yeeehaaa!
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