On Saturday afternoon we have two smashing Betfred sponsored meetings at both Doncaster and Aintree, covering all angles for racing fans on Channel 4.
At Doncaster, the Betfred November Handicap over a mile and a half will see the end of the flat season and conditions are set to be much faster than recent years.
The John Gosden trained horse Cape Cova is well fancied and is likely to go off towards the top of the market. John Gosden is seeking his third win in our race in eight years and Cape Cova has obvious claims off the back of his previous course/distance win.
2015 winner ‘Litigant’ is coming back for more this year carrying the same weight. However conditions are very much different, as mentioned, but is one we are wary of. Wrangler for William Haggas is another horse that has been backed this week by our punters and is another I will be looking out for.
Across at our Aintree card, our feature race is the 3:10pm Betfred Lotto ‘100k Cash Giveaway’ Handicap Chase. A few of these horses are making their seasonal reappearance. However it is shaping up to be a competitive contest.
Previous Aintree winner Splash of Ginge for Nigel Twiston-Davies needs to go up in the handicap in order to make this year’s aim of competing in the Grand National and having finished fourth on his seasonal return at Chepstow a couple of weeks ago he could go well.
Some Buckle for Tom George and his newly appointed stable jockey Adrian Heskin could be a live threat too if taking part having previously been trained by Paul Nicholls. We will certainly look to take both horses on during a great day of racing!
Over the Atlantic it’s the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita with a shed load of British and European interest. Limato has won two Group 1s over shorter distances this year but Henry Candy has been adamant a two bend mile is well within his compass and I wouldn’t argue with him after seeing his French romp last month. Tepin is the star miler in America but got beat last time when odds on, so Limato looks the one to do the business.
Arc winner Found leads the Aidan O’Brien team as the Irish trainer takes aim at yet another Group 1 in what has been a remarkable season even by his lofty standards. Found won this race last year and was better than ever when winning the Arc. She surely has the beating of Flintshire and Ectot.