Fingers crossed the racing can beat the cold snap, as we have a plethora of top-class action to get stuck into. Ed Quigley serves up his best bets for the weekend as Newbury’s Coral Gold Cup takes centre stage.
Ted’s bets for Saturday, December 02:
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- Newbury 12.30 – Quel Destin e/w – bet with bet365
- Newbury 1.40 – Jet Powered – bet with talkSPORT BET
- Newbury 2.15 – Bad e/w – bet with BetMGM
- Newbury 2.50 – Datsalrightgino e/w – bet with BetMGM
Newbury 12.30 – Quel Destin e/w
This is a muddling affair,so I am looking for an each-way play, and the Paul Nicholls trained QUEL DESTIN fits the bill. It has been a little bit of a stop-start career for the 8-year-old who has been a little bit frustrating at times, and disappointed on his comeback when well beaten at Ascot last month.
However, he was taken off his feet over 2m, and probably needed the outing in any case on his seasonal reappearance and first start after wind surgery. He should have stripped a lot fitter for that run, and steps back up in trip to 2m6f on a flat track, which should be a lot more suitable.
Eased to a mark of 132, the gelding is starting to look well treated, and if the first-time blinkers have the desired effect then he could easily get in the mix here. Underfoot conditions should be spot on for him, and a bold show can be expected from the Paul Nicholls representative with Harry Cobden in the saddle.
Newbury 1.40 – Jet Powered
JET POWERED promised a lot last season, but after bolting up on the bridle at this venue on stable debut, he ran a stinker on Soft ground when sent off 2/7f back at this track and that was that for the season after a small issue surfaced.
With a clean bill of health, this 350,000gns purchase can kick on here now delving into the handicap ranks for the first time off a mark of 131. The step in trip to this extended 2m4f looks as though it should suit, and this unexposed sort should have a lot more to offer in this company.
The prospect of a much sounder surface for this assignment compared to last time out is also a big tick in the box, and I think this 6-year-old can resume winning ways. James Bowen is in the saddle for the Nicky Henderson team, and the combination can get the job done here.
Newbury 2.15 – Bad e/w
This is an intriguing encounter, with plenty of unexposed types in here. However, BAD has threatened to run a big race for sometime, and eased to a mark of 120 and into relatively calmer waters compared to the spring Festivals, I think he can get involved at the business end of proceedings.
This former winner in France shaped with plenty of encouragement at Ascot when third on the comeback trail last month, and should come on a bundle for that outing. This 4-year-old has got 2lb back from the accessor, and looks the type who can progress this season.
Ben Jones is in the plate for the Ben Pauling team, and all being well, BAD can do the opposite of his name and produce a big run here. He is my each-way play in what should be a fascinating race.
Newbury 2.50 – Datsalrightgino e/w
I would be keen on the chances of the Jamie Snowden trained DATSALIGHTGINO as an each-way proposition. On the face of it, it was an underwhelming comeback run in the Old Roan Chase, but that race turned into a farce, in which 6 fences were omitted due to low sun, and where he clearly was in need of the run.
Rain softened ground wouldn’t have played to his strengths as he trailed home in eighth. As a second-season Novice, he has the right profile for the race, and has shaped as though a proper test of stamina will be much more to his liking these days.
Off a mark of 148, and with ground much more to his liking here, I think he can run a huge race as an unexposed stayer for the Jamie Snowden team who really have hit a purple patch. Tom Cannon is due to take the ride on this lightly-raced 7-year-old who can get involved at juicy odds.
Ted’s Bets for Sunday, December 03:
- Fairyhouse 1.25 – An Tobar – bet with Spreadex
- Fairyhouse 2.00 – Letsbeclearaboutit – bet with talkSPORT BET
Fairyhouse 1.25 – An Tobar
We saw the belated debut under rules of AN TOBAR over course and distance last month, but it was worth waiting for, as the 6-year-old romped to success in sparkling fashion.
Always highly regarded by connections, he was forced to sit out last season with a setback, but there is every chance that he can make up for lost time this season. Rachael Blackmore and Henry de Bromhead team up for this assignment on an individual who won’t mind underfoot conditions riding on the testing side.
This has the makings of a cracking encounter with Encanto Bruno and Farren Glory in the line-up, and it is often a race that is not only exciting in it’s own right, but highly informative in regards to the future, with the likes of Hurricane Fly, Envoi Allen and this year’s Supreme Novice Hurdle winner Marine Nationale.
An Tobar can add his name to the roll of honour for the Waterford handler.
Fairyhouse 2.00 – Letsbeclearaboutit
LETSBECLEARABOUTIT has jumped like a stag in both Chase starts to date, and can enhance his credentials by taking the Grade 1 Drinmore Novice Chase for the Gavin Cromwell team.
This intermediate trip appears to really suit, and for a horse who showed a smart level of form over Hurdles last season, he looks to be thriving now tackling the larger obstacles. He waltzed to success in a Grade 3 at Cork last time out on Soft ground, jumping and travelling with real zest before putting the race to bed in a common canter.
He is late to the chasing game at the age of 8, but he seems to be a quick learner and can pass his toughest test to date. Keith Donoghue is on board the Flemensfirth gelding and I would be surprised if the dup win this and further down the line end up in the Turners’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival with serious pretentions of getting in the winning enclosure.
Don’t forget Ed will be back on Tuesday as he provides his best bets on the cards…
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