Betfair Chase Day | Go away no Stone unturned

Chepstow Jumps Opener

Final weekend, the Cheltenham November Assembly dominated our screens however there’s no time to relaxation because the motion comes thick and quick at the moment of the season with the Betfair Chase taking centre stage. 

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Alongside that, Punchestown hosts two Grade 1 races with the Morgiana and John Durkan in addition to an fascinating card at Ascot. 

So, at once, listed here are the principle fancies for Saturday. 


12:05 Haydock – Primoz @ 4/1 with William Hill – 1pt Win 

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Beginning with Haydock, the highest three are dominating the marketplace for the opening contest of the day, although it’s the outsider of the three, Primoz, that I’m siding with. 

The Lucinda Russell-trained five-year-old made all at Ayr beneath Stephen Mulqueen, but regardless of his obvious keenness, he quickened up properly from the entrance to win by 5 lengths. 

✨Derby Sale, Constantly The Greatest✨

Primoz was vastly spectacular to win the Novices Hurdle @ayrracecourse for @lucindavrussell

Bought by @orchardstownStd for €45,000 to @o_paurick. Additionally bought at NNH Sale by Oliver Loughlin to @SeanGrassick

— Tattersalls Eire (@Tattersalls_ie) November 4, 2023

Visually, he seemed spectacular and on type, he beat I Love My Baie, an eight-and-a-half-length Perth maiden hurdle winner, Florida Goals, the Grade 2 Mares’ Bumper winner at Aintree, and Indeevar Blue, an thrilling horse for Olly Murphy. 

It’s a tricky race and lots can enhance for his or her first run of the season, however Primoz has the scope to do the identical and he’s a well-regarded horse at house. 


12:40 Haydock – Actual Stone @ 5/2 with BetVictor – 2pt Win 

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The next race at Haydock is an fascinating two-mile handicap chase, and in a day the place Dan Skelton might land Grade 1 success with Protektorat, the crew have a superb probability of beginning properly with Actual Stone. 

This bettering eight-year-old is riddled with skill and has simply 10-11 to lumber round a testing Haydock whereas his nearest market rival, Cheddleton, has 12-2 on his again. 

Actual Stone already has a chase victory beneath his belt having received on the third time of asking at Ffos Las, a race that has seen the second, One other Crick, enhance six kilos and the third, Mongol Emperor, enhance three kilos. 

Drama! Actual Stone is first previous the publish for the Skeltons at @FfosLasRC, regardless of leaping left throughout runner-up One other Crick two out!

A Stewards’ Enquiry to observe…

— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) January 23, 2023

Though these numbers aren’t staggering, it reveals he ran in a superb race off a excessive racing weight of 11-12 on smooth floor towards two winners-in-waiting. 

Talking of fine type, he went to Uttoxeter on his subsequent begin and bumped into Blackjack Magic, this season’s Badger Beer Handicap Chase winner, over two-and-a-half miles and even had Make Me A Believer again in third, a horse who received properly on seasonal reappearance earlier this month. 

With race health on his aspect because of a reputable fourth to Djelo and Grasp Chewy at Aintree in a contest that had omitted fences, he ought to go properly for Dan and Harry Skelton. 


2:05 Ascot – Theatre Glory @ 2/1 with BetVictor – 1pt Win 

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Transferring over to Ascot, the Grade 2 Coral Hurdle seems like an open contest this yr with Theatre Glory making her seasonal reappearance. 

The six-year-old by Fame And Glory progressed properly final season to attain a Listed hurdle at Warwick by 11 lengths earlier than her creditable sixth within the Grade 1 Mares’ Hurdle on the Cheltenham Pageant. 

Too stylish!

Theatre Glory cruises house within the Virgin Wager Greatest Odds Each day Warwick Mares’ Hurdle @WarwickRaces to provide @sevenbarrows back-to-back victories within the Listed contest.

Subsequent cease @CheltenhamRaces!

— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 11, 2023

Following that run, she completed a superb third to Knappers Hill within the Grade 2 Choose Hurdle at Sandown with Goshen, who reopposes at this time, in second. 

Gary Moore’s loveable seven-year-old gave away 9 kilos in weight that day and the identical will happen at this time, although he tends to return on for his first run of the season whereas Theatre Glory can run properly when recent. 

With the Nicky Henderson yard in red-hot type – 11 winners from his final 31 runners – now seems like a superb time to catch this progressive mare on an necessary day for Seven Barrows. 


2:40 Ascot – Lassue @ 3/1 with William Hill – 1pt Win 

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Lastly, rounding off this week’s Greatest Of Bets piece is a elaborate from Ascot as Lassue seems a standout guess within the three-mile mares’ handicap hurdle. 

Fergal O’Brien’s seven-year-old returned to the monitor after a 629-day break to attain at Chepstow final month beneath Jack Hogan, beating Fortuna Ligna who reopposes at this time. 

Lassue wins after 629 days off the monitor

— Fergal O’Brien Racing (@FOBRacing) October 31, 2023

That was a tidy run off such an extended break on her first begin at three miles, so she is a confirmed stayer over this journey. 

Moreover, her first outing of the season was her handicap debut off a mark of 110 and with simply 4 further kilos at this time, it’s cheap to say she might nonetheless be well-handicapped. 

With floor on her aspect, Lassue is an apparent play and with Fergal O’Brien hoping for fulfillment at Haydock within the large handicap of the day, Ravenswell Frarm may very well be on for a memorable across-the-card double. 

Author: Patrick Thomas