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Alan Kelly’s Horse Racing Tips for Friday 18th November

Horse Racing tips for the jump meetings at Ascot, Chepstow & Catterick on Friday

Good to soft ground is forecast for all three jump meetings on Friday afternoon. With the possibility of rain in many areas over the next few days, hopefully, conditions up and down the country should continue to ease as the jump season gets into full swing.

On a decent afternoon of national hunt action, we have tips for the cards at Ascot, Chepstow and Catterick.

1.55pm Catterick - Masked Crusader (Nap of the Day)

Donald McCain’s dual hurdle winner looks the type to make up into a decent chaser and connections could not have found a better opportunity for the son of Masked Marvel to make his debut over the bigger obstacles.

1.55pm Catterick - Masked Crusader (Nap of the Day)

Following a promising second at Carlisle on his debut for the Donald McCain stable back in February, the promising Masked Crusader went on to win his only other two starts of the season, the first at the Cumbrian racecourse and the second at Kelso.

On the latter occasion, the grey son of Masked Marvel made hard work of landing odds of 1/14, but the mount of Brian Hughes is better judged on his previous victory when beating subsequent three-time winner Parisencore by 31 lengths.

The six-year-old looks the type to make up into a decent chaser, and following a wind op during the summer, the selection could easily prove much better than his five rivals in this novices’ handicap chase off an opening mark of 120. The Jamie Snowden stable is going well at the moment, and his Midnight Centurion can follow Masked Crusader home.

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Alan's Nap of the Day

1.55pm Catterick

Masked Crusader is the one they all have to beat for Donald McCain


At Evens a £10 bet would return £20


November 18, 2022

1:55 pm BST

2.40pm Ascot - Kapga De Lilly

The Venetia Williams stable tends to come into their own around this time of the year, the Aramstone outfit having a decent record at this meeting. While the stable’s Kapga De Lily is hard to fancy on her final two runs of last season, the mare has a good record fresh (won first time out for the last two seasons) and off a mark 10lb higher than when winning this race 12 months ago, has an excellent chance of recording back-to-back renewals.

The daughter of Kapgarde is 7 from 12 over fences, handles most types of ground and is better over this kind of trip ( four of five chase defeats came over distances of less than three miles). With only 8lb covering nine of the ten runners, this is a tightly-knit handicap in which top weight Bobhopeornohope and course specialist Regal Encore can give Kapga De Lily most to do.

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Alan's Tip

2.40pm Ascot

Kapga De Lilly can take this for trainer Venetia Williams


At 11/2 a £10 bet would return £65


November 18, 2022

2:40 pm BST

3.15pm Ascot - Onemorefortheroad (Next Best)

Herbiers landed a bit of a gamble when winning comfortably at Newbury earlier in the month and should be competitive once again off a 6lb higher mark. The Philip Hobbs-trained Monviel was last seen when finishing a respectable eighth in Sandown’s Imperial Cup back in March. But it is the horse who was four places ahead on Tom O’Brien’s mount at the Esher track who makes the most appeal, Onemorefortheroad from the Neil King stable.

Jack Quinlans’ mount actually meets Monviel on 1lb better terms here despite finishing almost five lengths in front of that horse, as well as having the advantage of an outing this season when running well until lack of condition told in the closing stages at Aintree last month.

The ultra-consistent gelding is 5 from 12 over hurdles and ran well when narrowly beaten in Ascot’s valuable Betfair Exchange Trophy and the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr. The handicapper has been far from harsh on the son of Yourgunnabelucky, who is running off a mark only 8lb higher than at the beginning of last season.

Onemorefortheroad looks to have a decent handicap hurdle within him over the next few months and, from a rating of 135, is fancied to open his account for the season.

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Alan's Next Best

3.15pm Ascot

Onemorefortheroad looks a solid bet under Jack Quinlan


At 7/2 a £10 bet would return £45


November 18, 2022

3:15 pm BST

3.30pm Chepstow - Method Madness (Longshot)

Backed as if defeat was out of the question at Ludlow last month, the Alastair Ralph-trained Method Madness failed to justify that confidence in finishing last of the six runners, beaten some 31 lengths. That poor effort was put down to the good to firm ground, understandable as the seven-year-old was having his first start for 283 days after sustaining an injury following the gelding’s previous run in January.

The mount of Jonathan Burke achieved a mark of 124 after winning impressively at Ludlow in February of last year on heavy ground. So any easing in the current good to soft conditions at the Welsh racecourse will be to the advantage of the son of Sans Frontieres.

Now running off a rating of 110, Method Madness is worth another chance with conditions more suitable and from a stable in fair form. The big danger is Tom Lacey’s Operation Manna, who is totally unexposed on just his third run over hurdles and on the gelding’s handicap debut.

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Alan's Longshot

3.30pm Chepstow

Method Madness looks overpriced with conditions to suit


At 12/1 a £10 bet would return £130


November 18, 2022

3:30 pm GMT

* Odds correct at the time of writing but subject to change.

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