Saturday 23 November horse racing tips – King’s 11/4 chance can get off the mark at Huntingdon
Get Brian Healy's race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Saturday's UK and Irish horse racing meetings, including tips for Ascot and Haydock.
Six more UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Saturday where the feature race of the day comes from Haydock where it is Betfair Chase day at the Merseyside track where there is likely to be several potential Cheltenham Gold Cup contenders on show.
Meanwhile, Ascot’s Saturday racecard features both the Grade Two Christy1965 Chase and the Grade Two Coral Hurdle on a top-quality racecard at the Berkshire venue.
Further jumps racing on Saturday meanwhile comes from Huntingdon, and also Gowran Park in Ireland; while action on the all-weather comes from the meetings at Lingfield on polytrack in the afternoon, and also Wolverhampton in the evening on tapeta.
Gowran Park (jumps) – 11.50 – 3.20pm (7 races)
Huntingdon (jumps) – 11.55 – 3.25pm (7 races)
Haydock (jumps) – 12.05 – 3.40pm (7 races)
Lingfield (flat, aw) – 12.10 – 3.40pm (7 races)
Ascot (jumps) – 12.20 – 3.50pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 4.00 – 7.30pm (8 races)
BRIAN HEALY’S NAP OF THE DAY – SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER
2.15 Huntingdon – JABOTICABA (11/4, William Hill)
GOWRAN PARK TIPS
(12.25) EASYWORK (13/8, Coral) stepped up on a promising debut at Naas back in February to score in a first-time hood when returning from a break at Down Royal earlier in the month where he beat Ultima Thule by almost ten lengths in a bumper.
Gordon Elliott’s Network gelding now steps out over hurdles where he could find further improvement faced with obstacles, and he could be worth chancing to open his account at the first attempt in this sphere.
The booking of Davy Russell suggests connections will be hoping form a big effort, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him going well here where he can follow up his last-time win.
(1.00) CAYD BOY (4/1, Ladbrokes) has made a good impression on both his starts to date, winning a Limerick bumper back in March and then showing improvement back from seven months off the track to score over hurdles at Wexford on his debut over timber.
Elizabeth Doyle’s No Risk At All gelding had five lengths to spare at the line over Friary Rock, travelling well through the race before readily asserting to score comfortably, and with the potential for better still he looks worth keeping onside as a potentially smart prospect.
He can improve again with that experience under his belt, and no surprise to see him keep his unbeaten record intact.
11.50 – Dinard Rose
12.25 – Easywork
1.00 – Cayd Boy
1.35 – Wild Desire
2.10 – Getabird
2.45 – Laurina
3.15 – Kavanaghs Corner
(12.30) PERFECT PREDATOR (Evens, Unibet) showed ability in bumpers last term, winning at Taunton in February, and Alan King’s charge can go one better than his recent runner-up effort on his hurdles debut at Hereford earlier in the month.
The Passing Glance gelding was beaten just over four lengths behind Olly The Brave on that occasion, and he rates the one to beat on that performance.
With the potential to improve on the back of that first experience of hurdling, he can do better here and he looks to hold solid claims of opening his hurdles account now.
(2.15) JABOTICABA (11/4, William Hill) has hit the crossbar on each of his last two outings, and the Muhtathir gelding can get off the mark over fences at the third attempt returning from a break.
He had looked set to collect on his chase debut before making a bad mistake at the final fence to surrender the advantage and not recover; and he again lost all chance with another blunder at the final obstacle although he was held at the time.
Nevertheless, those two recent efforts arguably set the standard, and his current handicap rating looks workable so he could have more to offer as a chaser where he can open his account at the third attempt.
11.55 – Financial Conduct
12.30 – Perfect Predator
1.05 – Don Juan Du Gouet
1.40 – Queen’s Magic
2.15 – Jaboticaba
2.50 – Peter’s Portrait
3.25 – Faivoir
(12.40) BURTON’S WELL (3/1, William Hill) returned from the thick end of two years off the track to run out a ready winner over Killaro Boy at Aintree in October, and Venetia Williams’ charge could be worth siding with to follow up here having had almost one month to recover from those exertions.
The Well Chosen gelding doesn’t have many miles on the clock for a ten-year old, and he was a previous chase winner back in December 2016 at Uttoxeter although he had only four subsequent runs prior to his lengthy absence and subsequent winning return.
He has a 5lbs rise to contend with for this latest outing, but he could have more to offer despite his years given he hasn’t seen much racing throughout his career and if his reappeareance hasn’t taken anything out of him then he can build on the run to follow up.
(2.25) LISNAGAR OSCAR (15/2, Paddy Power) won the Grade Two Prestige Novices’ Hurdle over course and distance last term prior to posting solid runs in defeat at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals, and Rebecca Curtis’ charge could be worth chancing back over the smaller obstacles to resume winning ways returned to the scene of his latest success.
The Oscar gelding has had two chase starts this campaign, narrowly beaten on his return at Chepstow but going the wrong way when readily thrashed by almost twenty lengths next time at Stratford behind the impressive Black Op.
Perhaps the testing ground on that occasion wasn’t to his liking, and he could do better on this quicker surface where he returns to hurdles from what could prove a workable opening mark so it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him bouncing back here with a better effort.
12.05 – Thebannerkingrebel
12.40 – Burtons Well
1.15 – Midnight Shadow
1.50 – Honest Vic
2.25 – Lisnagar Oscar
3.00 – Lostintranslation
3.40 – Know The Score
(1.55) SO BELOVED (5/2, Ladbrokes) has gone a long time between winning drinks, but David O’Meara’s charge could be worth chancing as the Dansili gelding takes another slight ease in grade.
Winless since the 2016 Spring Trophy at Haydock, he has kept good company throughout his career and while invariably he’s found a couple too good he can usually be relied upon to run his race. His latest outing saw him finish runner-up behind Alrajaa over this course and distance, and he may be worth siding with stepping into a Class 3 contest.
A past course winner, he has the ability to exploit this mark if in the mood, and the easier grade could help him to get back to winning ways and end his lengthy losing streak.
(3.05) The draw hasn’t been altogether favourable to THEGREATESTSHOWMAN’s (7/1, William Hill) chances, but Amy Murphy’s charge can remain competitive nonetheless and the Equiano gelding can get back on the scoresheet.
A dual-winner over the summer, scoring on turf at Yarmouth and on the Chelmsford polytrack, he has been acquitting himself well in defeat in four subsequent runs which includes finding only one too good at Kempton latest behind Total Commitment.
He was beaten less than two lengths in that last run, and with only a 1lb rise in the weights to contend with here he could be worth siding with to get back on the winning trail despite her high berth.
12.10 – Saikung
12.45 – Jim ‘N’ Tomic
1.20 – Garth Rockett
1.55 – So Beloved
2.30 – Dancin Inthestreet
3.05 – Thegreatestshowman
3.35 – Shifting Gold
(12.55) PYM (7/2, Coral) won two of his five starts over hurdles last term, and Nicky Henderson’s charge made a very encouraging start over fences when finding only one too good at Huntingdon earlier in the month behind Deyrann de Carjac.
The Stowaway gelding was beaten just over three lengths on that first occasion, but he looked to take well enough to the larger obstacles and he should prove sharper for that reappearance.
The step up in trip is likely to suit also, so with the potential to find improvement over the longer distance and with a run under his belt then he is chanced to go one better here.
(2.40) If The Cap Fits won this race twelve months ago, coming from out of the clouds to score having looked beaten turning in; but he had had the benefit of a run prior to that success and the Milan gelding doesn’t have that luxury here.
However, ROKSANA (11/4, William Hill) does arrive here on the back of an earlier outing, and Dan Skelton’s charge can gain revenge on her defeat behind the defending champion when the pair clashed at Aintree back in April over three miles where Harry Fry’s charge came out on top.
The Dubai Destination mare won the Grade One Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last term, although she benefited from the fall of Benie Des Dieux having looked booked for the runner-up berth.
She made a very pleasing return to action when just denied by the rallying Top Notch two weeks ago at Aintree, and likely to be sharper now she could take plenty of beating now if building on that outing.
With race-fitness on her side as well as receiving 7lbs from the reigning champion she could take full advantage here to get back on the scoresheet.
12.20 – Valtor
12.55 – Pym
1.30 – Jubilympics
2.05 – Altior
2.40 – Roksana
3.20 – Capeland
3.50 – Skatman
(5.10) QAARAAT (5/1, William Hill) appears to have hit a decent seam of form in his last couple of outings, finishing third at Southwell in October before ending his losing streak at Newcastle latest where the Acclamation gelding beat Be Proud by a short-head.
Anthony Brittain’s charge was a turf winner off a mark of 69, as well as been rated 79 at his best so he remains well-treated on the pick of his best form having been raised only 2lbs for that last success so he could be worth siding with again to follow up here.
(7.40) CHOOKIE DUNEDIN (9/2, Bet365) ended a 14-run losing streak when scoring by a head at this venue last month, and Keith Dalgleish’s charge can follow up here.
The step up to seven furlongs on the tapeta appeared to suit the Epaulette gelding well, and he scored a shade readily under this rider. That form has been boosted since with the runner-up scoring next time, while the sixth has also registered a subsequet win.
The handicapper has only pushed him up 2lbs which leaves him well-treated on his old form, and if he can reproduce his latest winning performance then he could go in again in what looks a decent contest for the grade.
4.10 – Krazy Paving
4.40 – Clap Your Hands
5.10 – Qaaraat
5.40 – Khaloosy
6.10 – Danny Ocean
6.40 – Indomeneo
7.10 – Mistress Nellie
7.40 – Chookie Dunedin
BRIAN HEALY’S BEST BETS FOR SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER
12.25 Gowran Park – EASYWORK (13/8, Coral)
12.30 Huntingdon – PERFECT PREDATOR (Evens, Unibet)
12.40 Haydock – BURTON’S WELL (3/1, William Hill)
12.55 Ascot – PYM (7/2, Coral)
1.00 Gowran Park – CAYD BOY (4/1, Ladbrokes)
1.55 Lingfield – SO BELOVED (5/2, Ladbrokes)
2.15 Haydock – JABOTICABA (11/4, William Hill)
2.25 Haydock – LISNAGAR OSCAR (15/2, Paddy Power)
2.40 Ascot – ROKSANA (11/4, William Hill)
3.05 Lingfield – THEGREATESTSHOWMAN’s (7/1, William Hill)
5.10 Wolverhampton – QAARAAT (5/1, William Hill)
7.40 Wolverhampton – CHOOKIE DUNEDIN (9/2, Bet365)