Sunday 3 November horse racing tips – O’Brien’s 6/5 chance can land first Prize at Naas
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Sunday’s UK and Irish race meetings.
The week ends as it began with a four-fixture schedule of UK and Irish horse racing meetings which sees afternoon jumps racing action from Huntingdon and Carlisle which includes Listed action on the racecard.
Meanwhile, in Ireland there are further fixtures going to post with flat racing from Naas, and jumps racing from Cork which features the Cork National and Grade Three action.
Huntingdon (jumps) – 12.05 – 4.05pm (8 races)
Naas (flat) – 12.20 – 4.20pm (8 races)
Carlisle (jumps) – 12.45 – 4.15pm (7 races)
Cork (jumps) – 1.00 – 4.30pm (7 races)
SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER NAP SELECTION
(12.35) RAFIOT (11/8, William Hill) was a winner in France prior to joining this yard, and the Elusive Quality gelding ran well on his hurdles debut at Kempton last month, finishing third behind Prefontaine although crossing the line the thick end of 15 lengths adrift.
That contest looked a potentially useful affair, and he is open to improvement following that first experience so every chance he could prove a different proposition now with the likelihood of improvement to come.
He could prove to be a useful acquisition in time, and if he can progress as hoped then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him firmly in the mix here.
(1.45) COTSWOLD WAY (8/1, William Hill) showed plenty of progression over hurdles last term, winning four times before contesting the Listed Lanzarote Hurdle where he wasn’t disgraced despite setting a strong pace in finishing eighth.
Philip Hobbs’ charge quickly bounced back to score at Taunton before crossing the line in fourth in a competitive Cheltenham contest in April behind Dashel Drasher, and the Stowaway gelding could make a bold bid switching to chasing.
Likely to progress further, he can make his mark in this discipline and if he can translate his useful hurdles form to this discipline then every chance he can make his presence felt here on his chase debut.
12.05 – Throckley
12.35 – Rafiot
1.10 – Mickey Buckman
1.45 – Cotswold Way
2.20 – Twotwothree
2.55 – Stephanie Sunshine
3.30 – Costante Via
4.05 – Our Nest Egg
(1.25) NOBEL PRIZE (6/5, Ladbrokes) stepped up on his debut behind Mogul to find only one too good next time out at Leopardstown, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can take another forward step to get off the mark at the third attempt.
The Galileo colt was beaten just under two lengths behind Celtic High King on that last outing, unable to hold off the winners’ effort having taken up the running inside the final quarter-mile.
The fourth horse home from that race has won since however to give the form a boost, and with the potential for further improvement to come he could open his account now.
(2.35) MOTHER VINCENT (6/1, Bet365) has won her last two outings, and Jim Bolger’s charge could be worth chancing to land her hat-trick with the potential for better still to come.
The Vocalised filly struck here in October, beating Vocal Duke, after which she stepped up under a penalty to beat Eastern Racer by a similar margin although dropped in trip and a return to this longer distance may help her to defy a further rise in the weights.
She could be worth siding with while continuing in form to do better still, and no surprise to see her firmly in the mix in this contest for all it is probably more competitive than she has been contesting in.
12.20 – Soul Seeker
12.50 – Empire State
1.25 – Nobel Prize
2.00 – Feminista
2.35 – Mother Vincent
3.10 – Halimi
3.45 – Riven Light
4.20 – Maria Christina
(1.20) This race has a decent pedigree, and DOMINATEUR (9/2, Ladbrokes) could prove the answer to what looks a tricky contest.
The Desir D’un Soir gelding makes his chase debut, but he is sure to have been well-schooled by the Grand National-winning trainer Oliver Sherwood, and he has the scope to develop into a very useful sort over the larger obstacles.
Never out of the first three last campaign, he rounded off his time with back-to-back successes at Lingfield and here when last seen out back in March where he beat Chambard by one length. He could take a forward step switching to fences now and while this is a tough first ask he could be worth chancing to get off the mark at the first attempt.
(3.05) CRIXUS’S ESCAPE (11/2, Coral) won twice over hurdles almost six months apart earlier in his career, and the Beneficial gelding showed steady improvement last term and got back on the scoresheet at Ayr back in January when beating Apache Jack.
Gina Bonas’ charge ran out a five lengths’ winner over the reopposing Eternally Yours on that occasion, although her task was made easier by the fall of a rival although he might have won in any case as he still looked to have something in the tank.
The six-year old returns to action here where he is 6lbs higher in the weights, but still relatively unexposed he could have more to offer so every chance he can make a winning reappearance.
12.45 – Faustinovick
1.20 – Dominateur
1.55 – Frightened Rabbit
2.30 – Lostintranslation
3.05 – Crixus’s Escape
3.40 – Bafana Blue
4.15 – Wee Goldie
(2.10) DOCTOR DUFFY (3/1, William Hill) ran well in defeat at Cheltenham last month, eventually finishing fourth behind Champagne Well but only beaten around two lengths, and the Craigsteel gelding can get back on the scoresheet here.
Charles Byrne’s charge wasn’t always foot-perfect in that outing, but he could be worth chancing to bounce back to winning form here having won at Navan the time before and he ought to continue to remain competitive despite conceding weight all round to this field.
(2.45) DALLAS DES PICTONS (7/2, Paddy Power) will have to jump better than he did on his chase debut at Gowran Park last month, but the Spanish Moon gelding was able to win nonetheless and could follow up here with the potential to improve in this discipline.
Gordon Elliott’s charge progressed well over hurdles last term, winning in starts at Punchestown and Leopardstown before being outbattled by Early Doors in the Martin Pipe Hurdle, eventually finishing just over one length runner-up.
Never a factor in the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle, beating only one home behind Champ, he returned from his subsequent summer break to beat Our Big Red by twenty lengths and he could build on that return here although he will need to brush up on his jumping. If he does so then every chance he can follow up and he ought to go close with a clear round.
1.00 – Tiger Voice
1.35 – Larquebuse
2.10 – Doctor Duffy
2.45 – Dallas Des Pictons
3.20 – The Red Menace
3.55 – Cash Me Outside
4.30 – Getaway Gorgeous