Badger Beer Chase | Unbelievable day for Sam – The Prime Three

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Immediately is a monster day for racing with the Badger Beer Chase highlighting Wincanton within the UK and the Grade 1 Ladbrokes Champion Chase drawing consideration at Down Royal in Northern Eire.

Respect the daring shout, although that’s a bizarre method of spelling Conflated.

— Ash Symonds Journalism (@ASymondsJourno) November 11, 2023

The usual for this weekly collection is for 3 alternatives from three races, nevertheless, there’s a change right now.

Two horses are high of my record for the Badger Beer Chase, and I don’t need to go away both out, so I’ll break up the stakes and embody them each.

So, let’s dive in.


12:40 Wincanton – Meatloaf @ 1/1 with BetVictor – 3pt Win

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Since 2013, Paul Nicholls has gained seven renewals of the EBF Stallions “Nationwide Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle and Meatloaf might present quantity eight for the Ditcheat-based yard.

The four-year-old by Physician Dino was extremely tried in bumpers final season, successful two and ending second in a single.

his two bumper victories, the primary occurred at Wincanton with a formidable two-and-three-quarter size success, a race that noticed each the second and fourth win their respective maiden hurdles this season.

Meatloaf was an actual useless ringer for the love of @NichollsOlive within the first division of the @wincantonraces bumper 🏇

The two-1f was a bat out of hell from the outset and nearly took the phrases out of @Catters61’s mouth, such was his authority on the line.@PFNicholls

— Racing TV (@RacingTV) April 16, 2023

The second success was on his remaining begin of final season again on the similar monitor when he beat Traditional King by one-and-a-half lengths, a horse who bolted up by 10 lengths in a Wincanton maiden hurdle final month.

Immediately’s mushy floor ought to go well with nicely and having completed forward of Dancing In Brazil, considered one of right now’s rivals, at Cheltenham on New 12 months’s Day, right now seems to be like an ideal begin to his hurdling profession..


2:25 Wincanton – Ballygrifincottage @ 18/1 with William Hill – 0.5pt EW

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Coming into the Badger Beer, solely two horses have had a run this season and people occur to be Courtland and Ballygrifincottage.

With the previous being a horse with an unappealing profile for a check like this, I’m glad to depart him and aspect with the latter as a substitute.

Dan Skelton’s eight-year-old has skilled simply three spins over fences below guidelines to this point in his profession, considered one of which was a facile 11-length success on mushy floor at Haydock in a superb time.

Now then ….

Ballygrifincottage – fourth in final season’s Albert Bartlett – was immaculate on his fencing bow in an enchanting Jewson St Helens Novices’ Chase @haydockraces 👀

A sure Royale Pagaille gained this two years in the past …@DSkeltonRacing | @harryskelton89

— Racing TV (@RacingTV) November 30, 2022

Due to this spectacular debut, he went off a well-backed 4/5 on his second begin over fences within the Grade 2 Towton Novices’ Chase at Wetherby, a race gained by the now 142-rated Metropolis Chief.

Regardless of his worth, he upset and pulled up after the fifteenth, although a post-race vet examination revealed he had bled from the nostril.

One other pulled-up effort over hurdles completed his season on a downer, a stark distinction from one yr prior having concluded his 2021-22 marketing campaign with a superb fourth within the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

Skelton has made it no secret this season that loads of his horses will come on for his or her opening run of the marketing campaign, one thing that ought to happen for Ballygrifincottage after his acceptable reappearance at Newton Abbot in October.

Off a mark of simply 140, he needs to be well-handicapped primarily based on how extremely regarded he’s inside Lodge Hill and with the cheekpieces utilized on his second begin after a wind-op, all issues appear to recommend that right now has been a long-term plan.


2:25 Wincanton – Sam Brown @ 8/1 Common – 1pt Win

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Though Ballygrifincottage is an fascinating big-priced contender, there isn’t a getting away from the enticing nature of Sam Brown in a race like this off a workable mark of 152.

As we noticed with Frodon final yr, high-rated horses can win staying handicap chases like this and it seems to be as if Anthony Honeyball’s 11-year-old might be well-handicapped on outdated kind.

👏 An excellent efficiency from Sam Brown who powers to victory for @AidanColeman & @AJHoneyball at @AintreeRaces to document his third win over fences

Outcomes & free replays ➡

— Racing TV (@RacingTV) April 9, 2022

13 months in the past, the gelding by Black Sam Bellamy completed an excellent third within the Grade 2 Charlie Corridor Chase to Bravemansgame, a subsequent Gold Cup runner-up, on his first run of the season.

Following that run, connections fancied him to win the Grade 2 Many Clouds Chase on his subsequent begin (based on Honeyball once I spoke to him on the Punchestown Pageant) however he upset in a time the place the yard was barely out of shape.

Quick-forward to the Punchestown Pageant in April, he had a beginning worth of 9/1 for the Palmerstown Home Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase and appeared just like the winner earlier than his fall on the second-last fence.

That’s determined for Sam Brown, appeared to have the race wrapped up there.

Hope he’s okay after his fall.

— Ash Symonds Journalism (@ASymondsJourno) April 29, 2023

Up simply two kilos for that effort, he might be harmful off 152 if he’s absolutely up for the duty on his seasonal debut and at 8/1, I’m prepared to take the possibility that he’s as a win-only proposition.


2:45 Aintree – Unbelievable Woman @ 11/2 with William Hill – 1pt EW

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Listeners of the Solely Fools Love Horses Twitter House on Sunday or YouTube video on Wednesday will know that Unbelievable Woman is a horse I’ve had pencilled in for the Grand Sefton for a number of weeks.

The eight-year-old mare has proven a superb stage of enchancment since her first victory over fences at Warwick in January 2022 over two-and-a-half miles.

This regular rise by means of the handicap noticed her pitched into the Grade 2 Pendil Novices’ Chase two begins later when third behind Pic D’Orhy – now rated 162 – and the next Grade 1-winning Millers Financial institution.

Final season continued on the identical trajectory as she bolted up over three miles to beat Zambella earlier than a superb second over the Grand Nationwide fences within the Topham in April and a promising third behind Hewick within the Grade 2 Oaksey Chase.

💪 Invoice Baxter – the galloping gray!

He lands the Randox Helps Race Towards Dementia Topham Handicap Chase for @wgreatrexracing & @samtwiston

— Racing TV (@RacingTV) April 14, 2023

Though she obtained weight on her final begin, attending to inside eight lengths of Hewick, a horse who ran very nicely within the Gold Cup earlier than falling, is nice kind and even the second, First Move, franked the shape because of his second within the Byre Group Handicap Chase final week.

This yr’s Grand Sefton has apparently been the plan for some time and with coach Nicky Henderson pondering of Grand Nationwide glory later down the road, a win right now would begin off Unbelievable Woman’s season in a great way.

Author: Patrick Thomas