Saturday Top Tips – Best Bets On November 20
Horse Racing Tips on Saturday, November 20
There are five meetings taking place this Saturday with Graded jumps action from Ascot and Haydock. As well as racing from Huntingdon, Lingfield and Wolverhampton. Our expert has provided a selection of best bets to follow across the cards.
Iconic Queen (12:35 Lingfield)
The fillies handicap over 1mile looks like a competitive event with a number holding a chance. However, there could be a lot more to come from ICONIC QUEEN who was unlucky when last seen and is now down to a fair mark of 78.
Ralph Beckett’s three-year-old has been tried at a higher level ever since her two-year-old campaign. After comfortably winning at Chester, connections decided to enter her in a Class 2 Handicap at Newmarket in September 2020 where she ran well to finish fifth. After a failed attempt at Listed level last season, Iconic Queen returned for her three-year-old campaign.
Her most recent start at Chelmsford can be overlooked as she lost all chance at the start after her rider removed her hood too late. Despite that, Iconic Queen was only beaten just over three lengths at the line and would have finished a lot closer if things went her way.
Dashel Drasher (14:05 ascot)
Jeremy Scott’s Grade 1 winning stable star DASHEL DRASHER makes his reappearance at the Berkshire course on Saturday where he is a perfect 4 from 4. He was last seen winning in February when claiming Grade 1 honours in the Betfair Ascot Chase, seeing off a late challenge from Paul Nichols’ Master Tommytucker.
The Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase promises to be a fascinating watch as Dashel Drasher faces some stiff competition in the form of 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup third Lostintransaltion and seven-time Grade 1 winner Defi Du Seuil of Philp Hobbs who both will fancy their chances on the pick of their form.
Despite conceding weight to the rest of the field, Dashel Drasher has far less to prove in terms of his well-being and recent form than his market rivals and the ten-year-old can add a Grade 2 victory to his already impressive CV.
Heart Of A Lion (14:33 Huntingdon)
This looks like a straight match between the Neil Mulholland trained Rookie Trainer and Alan King’s HEART OF A LION, with a preference for the six-year-old in receipt of 12lbs from his rival.
Alan King’s charge had shown glimpses of promise in his hurdle runs earlier in the year but the switch to the larger obstacles recently at Ludlow seemed to have improved Heart Of A Lion significantly. The six-year-old jumped well in the main that day and stayed on strongly to be well on top at the line.
Although now up 6lb for that latest success, Heart Of A Lion looks the type to go on improving now his attention has turned to chasing and Alan King will be confident of a follow-up victory now stepped back up in trip.
A Plus Tard (15:00 Haydock)
The feature race this Weekend is the Grade 1 Betfair Chase where a strong field of eight looks set to line up. Nigel Twiton-davies will be confident of another stout staying performance from Bristol De Mai who looks to win this race for a remarkable 4th time. However, the field will have to go some to lower the colours of A PLUS TARD for Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore.
Two starts back The Irish raider provided a terrific finish to the Grade 1 Savills Chase over 3miles at Leopardstown when getting up close home to defeat Kemboy of Willie Mullins. Soon after, connections eyed up The Cheltenham Gold Cup as the next target, and the seven-year-old ran a mighty race to finish second behind stablemate Minella Indo.
A Plus Tard is the highest rated of these and with forecast ground set to be to his liking, he has a clear chance at the weights and should be too much for this field to handle.