Neil Morrice shares his best bets and tips for Saturday’s racing coming your way from Newbury, Doncaster, Newcastle and Wolverhampton on 26 November 2022.
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Race 1 No1 CAROLE’S PASS (Each Way)
Trainer: Amy Murphy – Jockey: Jack Quinlan
By Authorized out of a mare by Hernando, CAROLE’S PASS is bred to enjoy getting her toe into the ground but has shown she can handle anything from ‘good’ to ‘soft’. She has to give weight to her foes but can successfully defend a three-race unbeaten record at the main expense of hat-trick-seeking Lucia.
Race 3 No2 MISTER COFFEY (Each Way)
Trainer: Nicky Henderson – James Bowen
Demachine impressed on his return to the fray at Uttoxeter, while Java Point needs respecting if fit on his own seasonal return, but if MISTER COFFEY is ready after a seven-month break he should take away a sizeable cheque. The selection posted three near misses including in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival before disappointing in the Topham Tropham at Aintree, where he never looked happy following a sluggish start. Few horses can live with this horse on the home gallops, and his slick jumping should serve him well in a race where there will be no quarter taken or given.
Race 4 No5 WALKING ON AIR (Nap)
Trainer: Nicky Henderson – Jockey: James Bowen
Arguably the darkest horse at Henderson’s Seven Barrows stables, WALKING ON AIR is a fascinating proposition for a first run in a handicap. The five-year-old looked to have the world at his feet when scoring on his jumps debut at this course in January, but was considered too inexperienced for Cheltenham and failed to menace in a Grade 1 novice hurdle at Aintree. His trainer has adopted a patient approach with the gelding, that can start to pay off.
Race 6 CORAL GOLD CUP PREMIER HANDICAP CHASE
No10 OUR POWER (Each Way)
Trainer: Sam Thomas – Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
Newbury’s most famous jumps race looks wide open this year, with plenty of top-flight handicappers locking horns. It will be a surprise if there’s a Gold Cup prospect in the field, but OUR POWER sets a good standard on the back of a strong staying performance at Ascot, and has it him him to find further improvement for his in-form stable.
FIDDLERONTHEROOF finished second to Cloudy Glen in this 12 months ago and after being selectively campaigned ran well on his subsequent starts and also n his seasonal return in a Kempton handicap hurdle.
His stablemate LOSTINTRANSLATION may not be the force of old, but has at least been given a chance by the handicapper,and it would be no surprise to see him run into the money at a working man’s price.
Ultima Chase winner CORACH RAMBLER had a good blow after his comeback run behind Beauport at Carlisle and should improve in bundles for that, having been laid out for today’s contest.
Prediction: 1st OUR POWER, 2nd Fiddlerontheroof, 3rd Corach Rambler, 4th Lostintranslation
Race 7 No2 AMARILLO SKY
Trainer: Joe Tizzard – Jockey: Brendan Powell
The slick jumping of AMARILLO SKY served him well on his return at Cheltenham earlier in the month and having been out of his depth in his concluding outings last season he’s now found a calmer pond in which to fish. He’s competing off a 4lb higher mark, but should be up to the task awaiting him.
Race 1 No3 BLAME THE GAME
Trainer: Chris Gordon – Jockey: Caoilin Quinn
BLAME THE GAME has three successes from his last four starts to bring to the table, making him the safest option in this competitive long-distance handicap chase. The seven-year-old came home unchallenged on his return to fences at Fontwell and should cope with his revised mark.
Race 3 No3 TOUCHY FEELY (Nap)
Trainer: Nicky Henderson – Jockey: Paul O’Brien
Kayf Tara mare TOUCHY FEELY has troubled the judge on each of her three outings under Rules and is the type of individual that could appeal to professional bettors if going off north of evens in this mares’ novices’ hurdle. With her stable starting to get into gear she has a gilt-edged opportunity to open her account.
Race 5 No1 NOTHIN TO ASK
Trainer: Fergal O’Brien – Jockey: Liam Harrison
There was much to like about the way NOTHIN TO ASK got the job done on his debut over fences at Chepstow. The seven-year-old was handed an 8lb hike for his efforts, but having looked to have at least that amount in hand is in a good place to follow up.
Race 6 No3 SERGEANT WILSON (Nap)
Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies – Jockey: Daryl Jacob
SERGEANT WILSON fell on his first hurdles start but bounced back to trouble the judge in a warm-looking maiden hurdle at Chepstow. The form is working out, and if showing normal progression the four-year-old should be capable of taking the spoils.
Race 7 No4 DINGO DOLLAR (Each Way)
Trainer: Sandy Thomson – Jockey: Ryan Mania
All eyes will be on L’Homme Presse, who has been switched here after being scratched from his intended comeback race at Ascot last weekend. If turning out in the same form he left off last season the top weight will take plenty of beating, though one that could cause him problems is DINGO DOLLAR, who ran out a hugely impressive winner of a veterans’ chase at Aintree. The ten-year-old has done little wrong since joining this stable, and has good winning form at this track.
Race 1 No11 ZAAKARA (Nap)
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute – Jockey: George Rooke
Frankel filly Moving Colours has plenty going for him on nursery debut from a favourable draw, but could find ZAAKARA too hot to handle. The selection receives weight from all her foes, and though beating only one home in a four horse race at Pontefract wasn’t beaten far. She’s been handed a howler of a draw on the outer, but can overcome it.
Race 5 No1 CHAMBER CHOIR
Trainer: Oliver Greenall – Jockey: Ryan Sexton
CHAMBER CHOIR represents a small outfit but showed good form when running out of a top yard to chase home Aunt Violet at Yarmouth. She’s trained well on an all-weather surface at home, and from her berth against the rail should soon get into a handy position from which to strike in the home straight.
Race 6 No5 MILBANKE
Trainer: Ruth Carr – Jockey: James Sullivan
MILBANKE earned on his debut for this stable over course and distance and should have more to offer on what is only his fourth outing away from turf. He has a good position one off the rail and deserves to get back into the groove.
Place Accumulator Perm (Races 2-8)
7 x 2, 6 x 12, 4 x 1, 8 x 5, 3 x 6, 2 x 10, 2