Top Tipster and Broadcaster, Ed Quigley has been in flying form and serves up his best bets for what should be a stunning weekend of action…
Ted’s bets for November 25 & 26
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Find the following picks for the races at Haydock, Punchestown and Ascot on Saturday.
Haydock 1.15 – Lac De Constance each-way
LAC DE CONSTANCE has been in the notebook for some time, and looks an each-way play in this Handicap Hurdle. The Dan Skelton trained 7-year-old made a bright start to life over fences last season then it all fell apart afterwards.
He is on somewhat of a retrieval mission now back over the smaller obstacles, in which off a mark of 136, he could easily get involved in this company. The recent run at Aintree was needed to blow away the cobwebs on his first start after a wind operation, and he should be a lot sharper for this assignment.
Trip and ground and a flat rack should be spot on, and it wouldn’t shock me if a revival was on the cards. Harry Skelton takes the ride and the combination can get in the mix here.
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Punchestown 1.23 – Sandor Clegane
This race is mesmerizingly good, with dual Stayers’ Hurdle winner and recent Cheltenham Novice Chase scorer Flooring Porter taking on some very smart prospects.
With ground likely to be on the testing side, I think this race could play to the strengths of the Paul Nolan trained SANDOR CLEGANE. Placed twice in Grade 1 company last season as a Novice Hurdler, he would have needed the run in his seasonal reappearance when on Chase debut at Fairyhouse earlier this month.
That was over an inadequate trip of 2m, and so he should be much happier in this scenario with confirmed stamina in the locker as he displayed in last season’s Albert Bartlett.
This race will probably leave a few lofty reputations in tatters in the aftermath, but I think Sandor Clegane can enhance his claims of climbing to the top of the Chasing ladder. Sean O’Keeffe takes the ride on the 6-year-old who has major claims.
Ascot 2.05 – Strong Leader
This is a bit of a muddling affair, where you can make a case for all 5 runners. I think the value lies with the Olly Murphy trained STRONG LEADER who can bounce back from a disappointing run last time out.
Sent off 3/1 joint-favourite for the Welsh Champion Hurdle, he was in top gear all the way in order to keep tabs with his rivals over the minimum trip, and was probably in need of the run on his first start of the campaign.
The salient point being the step up in trip, where he ventures up to 2m4f for the first time – a trip he looks like he has been crying out for.
If you go back to his runner-up effort over 2m in Grade 1 company at Aintree last season, he was nearer last than first as they turned into the home straight, but did all his best work inside the closing stages.
Although on ratings he has a bit to find, I think he can thrive now presented with a greater examination of stamina. Sean Bowen is in the saddle, and a big run could be on the cards.
Haydock 2.20 – Emitom each-way
EMITOM has a lot of back-class, and looks the each-way angle in a highly competitive event. The 9-year-old won the Rendlesham over C&D back in 2020 before the wheels gradually came off, but appears to have found a new lease of life with Alan King, and comes here on the back of a runner-up effort at Newbury off the same mark.
Flat tracks with a bit of cut in the ground look perfect for this individual who has a touch of class. Tom Cannon takes the ride, and off a mark of 127 the combination can get in the shake-up at the business end of proceedings. Emitom gets the each-way nod from me.
Haydock 3.00 – Bravemansgame
Drying ground is a massive fillip for the Paul Nicholls trained star BRAVEMANSGAME, who can make his class tell and land the Betfair Chase with new pilot Daryl Jacob on board.
Bravemansgame is a class act who won last season’s King George and finished runner-up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He may well have won on his seasonal reappearance at Wetherby in the Charlie Hall Chase but for a last-fence blunder which knocked the stuffing out of him on very testing ground.
This should be much more his bag, and conditions look to be coming in his favour – the opposite which would be the case for the defending champion Protektorat, and confirmed stayers Royal Pagaille and Corach Rambler, who would probably want this to turn into a real war of attrition.
Paul Nicholls’ representative can get back to winning ways here before heading back to Kempton to defend his crown.
Get ready for the races at Uttoxeter with the following picks.
Uttoxeter 1.05 – Step Above
Scottish raider STEP ABOVE looks to have major claims in this Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase over 3m. The step up in trip looks to be exactly what is required for the 6-year-old who shaped with plenty of potential on his first start over fences.
He probably needed the run first time out at Hexham after a 296-day absence, and so should be a lot more streetwise after his initial taste of the larger obstacles. Testing ground and being upped in distance should bring about the best of Lucinda Russell’s charge.
Eased to a mark of 118 I like his chances in this encounter. Derek Fox is in the saddle and a bold show can be expected here.
Uttoxeter 2.45 – Kitesurfer
Jamie Snowden has his string in scintillating form at present, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a lot more to come from this unexposed 4-year-old who has probably needed some time to acclimatise to new surroundings since leaving the Harry Whittington set-up.
I expect to see a much different individual this time around who should be much straighter for this assignment. Eased to an official mark of 111, there is a lot of upside to this rating, where the tongue-tie can bring about improvement as well as the benefits of the step up in trip to 2m4f.
Gavin Sheehan is riding at the peak of his powers, and he can get KITESURFER to bring his A-game to the table on slow ground which, judged on his French form, will be much more to his liking.
With the Lambourn yard going great-guns, I think we can see Kitesurfer up his game now.
Don’t forget that Ed will be back on Tuesday where he will be back with his wise wagers…
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