Author: Will Smith
Published: 09:38 25/10/2014
In addition to the 8/1 already secured about Conquisto for Aintree’s Old Roan Chase, there are a number of other horses that have caught my eye today.
Staying at Aintree, in the opener at 2.00 Cool Macavity could run a big race at 10/1 with BetVictor, with conditions to suit. He won a Punchestown handicap hurdle back in April off the back of a break, and as he comes here fresh from his summer sabbatical, he could well outrun those odds for Nicky Henderson, who excels with this type of classy handicapper.
While over the Severn Bridge at Chepstow’s traditional Silver Trophy meeting, there is some fascinating racing. Sausalito Sunrise is a horse who could well take high rank amongst this season’s novice chasers, and must surely go close in the 2.25, but at 11/8 he’s not my kind of bet.
The Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at 3.35 has a strong favourite in Nicky Henderson’s JP McManus-owned ex-French Son Du Berlais, who could well win easily, but at 6/1 generally it could pay to have an each-way investment on Rebecca Curtis’ Relentless Dreamer.
He won a division of a modest novices’ hurdle at Chepstow’s meeting two weeks ago in seriously impressive fashion. Slick over his hurdles, he won in a time much quicker than the other division despite seemingly being run at a slower earlier tempo. Relentless Dreamer looked as if there was much more to come.
While in the feature Silver Trophy, I am keen to take on another JP McManus-owned horse in Regal Encore. Seemingly an eternal talking horse, he just might not be as well handicapped as everyone thinks. Though his stable is in much better form this season, so he is a worthy market leader.
Emma Lavelle has her string in rude health, a feature of this time of year, and her Closing Ceremony – brother her stable stalwart Highland Lodge – could well have been forgotten at 14/1 generally. His form first time up at this meeting last year was well franked by Kaki De La Pree as the season went on. And his subsequent run at Kempton has been advertised by four future handicap winners being in behind.
Aintree 2.00 – Cool Macavity (ew) – 10/1 (BetVictor)
Chepstow 3.35 – Relentless Dreamer (ew) – 6/1 (generally)
Chepstow 4.10 – Closing Ceremony (ew) – 14/1 (generally)