Sunday 10 November horse racing tips – Honeyball’s 11/8 chance can strike at Ffos Las
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Sunday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.
The week ends with a scheduled trio of fixtures which takes in afternoon action over the sticks from Ffos Las and Sandown where there is Listed action on the card; while Navan in Ireland completes Sunday’s threesome with a racecard which includes the Grade Two Lismullen Hurdle and Fortria Chase.
Navan (jumps) – 12.05 – 3.50pm (8 races)
Sandown (jumps) – 12.45 – 4.00pm (7 races)
Ffos Las (jumps) – 12.55 – 4.10pm (7 races)
SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER NAP SELECTION
(2.10) A PLUS TARD (6/4, William Hill) was hugely progressive last term, winning two of his four starts which included a wide-margin win in the Listed Close Brothers’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, and Henry De Bromhead’s charge can make a winning return to action here.
Also a winner over the reopposing Duc Des Genievres – who later won the Arkle – he finished runner-up in a Grade Three in between those successes, and he rounded off last campaign with a creditable third behind Delta Work when stepped up to three miles to contest the Punchestown Champion Novice Chase.
The Kapgarde possibly failed to see out the longer trip that day, but he looked one with a big engine and plenty of natural speed so should have little issue stepping out here over the minimum trip where he can make a winning return to action in a race where he gets weight all round from his rivals.
(2.45) FIGHTFORTHEROSES (7/1, William Hill) was a flat winner when trained by Aidan O’Brien last year, and the Galileo gelding has proven to be a progressive sort thus far since being switched to hurdling.
Now with Joseph O’Brien, he has made the frame in each of his last three outings, latterly finding only only Rip Rocks Paddy Ok too strong at Cork in July where he sported first-time cheekpieces. That race has since thrown up a couple of subsequent winners so the form could prove decent.
Switching to the handicap ranks now, he could prove to be fairly weighted from an initial 115 opening rating and with the scope for improvement to come based on his useful form on the level then he could take another forward step here to get off the mark now.
12.05 – Bay Ambition
12.35 – Abacadabras
1.05 – Apple’s Jade
1.35 – Andy Dufresne
2.10 – A Plus Tard
2.45 – Fightfortheroses
3.15 – Melon
3.50 – Fakir D’alene
(1.15) CHAMPAGNE COURT (9/2, William Hill) produced a series of solid results last term over hurdles, including winning at Lingfield on his debut over obstacles, and Jeremy Scott’s charge found only one too good on his reappearance in the recent Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow behind Flash The Steel.
The Court Cave gelding now switches to chasing, and that outing should have brought him on considerably as he steps out now over the larger obstacles where he has the size and scope to make his mark in this discipline having placed between the flags for Roisin Hickey prior to joining this yard.
Likely to improve for that return, he is bred to make a chaser and hails from a Grand National-winning family so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him going well now his attentions are switched to this discipline where he can get off the mark at the first attempt.
(1.50) PROTEKTORAT (11/10, Ladbrokes) was set some stiff tasks over hurdles last term,but the Saint Des Saints gelding may have benefitted from an interim wind surgery and Dan Skelton’s charge can go close here on his return to action.
Placed in a Listed hurdle in France, he contested both the Finesse Hurdle and Adonis Hurdle last term, cutting little ice in either, but it was perhaps a measure of how well-regarded he is by connections that he was pitched into some strong contests.
This looks much more suitable on his return, and he sports a first-time hood as well for his return so every chance he can muster a bold bid here to get off the mark for his yard which continues its’ good start to the campaign.
(3.30) LE REVE (6/1, William Hill) isn’t the force he once was, but he found some resurgence last term to win twice which included the Surrey National and the Grand Military Gold Cup before posting a solid fourth at Kelso in his hat-trick bid where the quicker ground might have been against him.
Lucy Wadham’s Milan gelding wasn’t disgraced behind Talkischeap when last seen out in the Bet365 Gold Cup, eventually finishing eighth, and this is an easier assignment on his reappearance at a venue where he has won four times over course and distance from seven outings.
A winner from 144 in his prime, he can contest here from just 132 while he has a good 5lbs claimer in the plate who can further ease his burden at the weights. He has also gone well fresh in the past, and he could post a big effort here on his reappearance.
12.45 – Laxey
1.15 – Champagne Court
1.50 – Protektorat
2.25 – Santini
2.55 – Totterdown
3.30 – Le Reve
4.00 – Frenchy Du Large
(1.25) PRUDHOMME (4/7, Coral) showed race-by-race progress in bumpers, getting off the mark at the third attempt when scoring over this course and distance, and Nick Williams’ charge took another forward step when scoring on his hurdles debut at Uttoxeter last month on his return from a break.
The Martaline gelding beat Thor De Cerisy by just over one length, scoring a shade readily, and he could be hard to beat here if replicating that effort despite having to concede 6lbs to this field of rivals, while he remains open to further improvement and capable of better.
He looked a promising prospect last time out, and every chance he can strike again here enroute to better things.
(2.35) Plumpton bumper-winner HIDEAWAY VIC (11/8, Bet365) has shaped well on both starts over hurdles, finishing a solid third behind the exciting Emitom on his debut over timber at this venue in November and then going one place better when chasing home The Captains Inn at Uttoxeter next time.
Anthony Honeyball’s Stowaway gelding sets the standard on those runs, and he is open to further improvement over timber where he could prove a tough nut to crack if finding further progress following his break.
He had a subsequent winner in arrears when last seen out, and with his yard in decent form of late he can make his presence felt on his reappearance to get off the mark here.
12.55 – Lac Sacre
1.25 – Prudhomme
2.00 – Johanos
2.35 – Hideaway Vic
3.05 – Pobbles Bay
3.40 – Le Coeur Net
4.10 – On The Quiet