Ray Flanagan with Saturday Racing Selections
thought for the day: We will not find now until the Cheltenham.
I really fancied Soaring Glory for last weeks Betfair Hurdle but forgot to log in here. One that got away for the column.
A few speculative interests for today’s top handicap action which features Newcastle’s Eider Chase along with the contest formerly known as The Racing Post Chase at Kempton.
Kempton-3.35 Slate House and Cap Du Nord
Slate House is potentially the best handicapped beat in the race. He was unlucky not to win a big handicap previously at Cheltenham and his Kauto Star Novice chase success over the course and distance is arguably the best form on offer. Has lost his way a little more recently but may improve for December run at Wincanton which was his first outing after a wind operation.
Cap Du Nord has been progressive this term and nothing wrong with his effort in the SkyBet Chase at Doncaster, a competitive contest which was run at a good pace. Provided he maintains his form after a busy couple of months, he ought to be bang there again today.
Newcastle 3.15- The Eider Chase- Springfield Fox
A sneaking regard here for Springfield Fox who shaped like a stayer of some merit in the making last season, winning at both Chepstow and Kempton. Has not progressed after an initial good hurdles effort this campaign, but could be sharper for fitting of cheekpieces today and could get into a rhythm bowling along out in front. Sometimes I actually prefer to be on a prominent racer in these marathon distance chases.
Fairyhouse- 4.00- Ten Ten
Ten Ten was a promising sort in novice chase company last season and ran nicely on seasonal debut in the Brown Lad handicap hurdle at Naas last October. Has failed to deliver despite being well fancied in two big handicap chases since and interesting that connections revert to hurdles here. This is not that deep a race and if improving any on his effort in the Brown Lad he could surprise . The booking of top pilot Mark Walsh (pictured) is another good pointer for his chances.
1 pt win- Slate House-3.35 Kempton-9-1 P Power/bet 365
1 pt win- Cap Du Nord-3.35 Kempton-8-1 BoyleSports
1 pt ew- Springfield Fox-3.15 Newcastle- 10-1 SkyBet-5 places
1.5 pts ew- Ten Ten-4.00 Fairyhouse-8-1 P Power/BoyleSports- 4 places