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Charlie McCann’s Horse Racing Tips for Friday 18th November

The Questioner has all the answers at Ascot


Today’s card at Ascot is outstanding. It is much better than the modest six-race card at Cheltenham covered by terrestrial TV last Friday.

The ground is likely to be on the soft side of good for the first day of their two-day meeting. There is no rain forecast, however, for Friday or Saturday; let’s hope it is deemed suitable for the brilliant Champion Hurdle favourite Constitution Hill to take his chance tomorrow. Of course, it is.


12.55 Ascot - Thunder Rock

At the time of writing Bowtogreatness has been heavily backed for a race at Market Rasen on Thursday and it seems unlikely he will face the starter in the near 2m 3f handicap chase for novices.

Garry Clermont ran well enough in two chase starts two seasons ago, but connections did not persevere over fences and the cheekpieces that he wore in the spring are left off as he reverts to the larger obstacles on his reappearance. Jonjo O’Neill had a couple of winners earlier in the week, but he is not quite firing on all cylinders, and I think this rests between Solo and THUNDER ROCK with preference for the top-weight.

I’m not convinced it was much of a race that Solo won at Sandown on desperate ground earlier in the month, but he was visually very impressive and a 7lbs penalty may not prevent him following up. He must have had a hard race, however, given the meeting was abandoned shortly after the race and the vote goes to the Olly Murphy gelding.

Jockey Adrian Heskin persuaded connections to start his chasing career over the minimum trip and he ran out a ready winner at Uttoxeter, but he did leave the impression he would appreciate a step back up in distance. A 7lbs rise is no help but could only be expected and I cannot desert him after he did us such a favour in Staffordshire.

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Charlie McCann's Nap Of The Day

12.55pm Ascot

Olly Murphy's Thunder Rock can defy top weight

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At 13/8 a £10 bet would return £26.25

Ascot

November 18, 2022

12:55 pm GMT


2.05 Ascot - Foxboro (Each Way)

The 2m 5f handicap chase is a tremendous race and I appreciate it will be dismissed by many given all thirteen who face the starter hold realistic claims.

Do Your Job was backed as if defeat was out of the question in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree last month but didn’t jump with his normal fluency and was, ultimately, disappointing. That form was given a boost when Ga Law landed the Paddy Power last weekend, and the handicapper has dropped him a pound for the run. A must for the shortlist.

Revels Hill may need further but is best going right-handed. He and Bothwell Bridge made the shortlist but my two against the field and I am considering having a bit each way on both are FOXBORO (EW) and Your Darling with marginal preference for former.

Foxboro has not been out of the first three in five starts since being fitted with cheekpieces and he is only 4lbs higher than when scoring at Sandown back in the spring. He is best going right-handed, and Bryan Carver comes in for the ride. He gets the each way vote.

Your Darling was outstayed over a near 2m 7f trip at Newbury when last seen back in the spring but has been dropped 1lb in the weights despite leading over the last. I am surprised that he has not been out earlier as good ground clearly suits and he would have been the recommendation had soft not sneaked into the going description.

I can’t help but think he has missed winning opportunities this autumn, although I will be watching the opening chase and winning time very closely. If conditions are nearer good than good to soft, I will throw a few quid on the 7-y-old who is only 4lbs higher than when scoring at Huntingdon on his reappearance last year. He clearly goes well fresh, and I thought he looked a potential chasing star this time last year. He wore cheekpieces at Newbury, but the headgear is left off this afternoon.

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Charlie's Tip

2.05pm Ascot

Robert Walford's consistent Foxboro holds each way claims

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At 15/2 a £10 win bet would return £85

Ascot

November 18, 2022

2:05 pm GMT


2.40 Ascot - Step Back (Each Way)

As good a card as we have the valuable 3m chase is not as good a race as the Veterans’ Chase at Warwick midweek. One who was eligible for the Veterans’ Chase is STEP BACK (EW) and the final of that series at Sandown is likely to be a target for today’s each way selection who must go right-handed.

Step Back ran a tremendous race when fourth in the Bet365 Gold Cup over 3m 5f when last seen in the spring and was confirmed front-runner was clear for much of the race. He represents the small yard of Gold Cup winning trainer Mark Bradstock and is ridden by his 7lbs claimer daughter Lily.

He wore blinkers at Sandown and the headgear is left off today in favour of his usual cheekpieces. It is possible that he may not be ready first time out – was taken out of a race at Carlisle last month – but it isn’t the best 3m chase ever staged at the track although he won’t get a soft lead with Bobhopeornohope another confirmed frontrunner.

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Charlie's Tip

2.40pm Ascot

Step Back can make the frame for Mark & Lily Bradstock

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At 12/1 a £10 win bet would return £130

Ascot

November 18, 2022

2:40 pm GMT


3.15 Ascot - Get Back Get Back (Each Way)

Nicky Henderson has saddled the winner of the valuable 2m handicap hurdle three times in the last five years and French import Gipsy De Choisel heads the market for Seven Barrows. The 6-y-old jumped right when scoring at Warwick from a 6lbs lower mark and this course will suit. He has been put in at 7/2 and could easily be a blot on the handicap off his current mark of 130. He has the size to jump a fence.

Conditional Ben Bromley will be forced to put up overweight on GET BACK GET BACK (EW) but the pair combined to score readily at Kempton last week and he escapes a penalty for that conditional jockeys event. The each way recommendation had dropped to an attractive mark given he had not won for over two years, but I do feel Harry Fry has a number of well handicapped inmates this season and he has a number of good chances today.

The original plan with Get Back Get Back was to run at Warwick on Wednesday but connections have decided to wait for this more valuable prize.

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Charlie's Tip

3.15pm Ascot

Get Back Get Back can follow up last week's Kempton success

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At 6/1 a £10 win bet would return £70

Ascot

November 18, 2022

3:15 pm GMT


3.50 Ascot - The Questioner (Each Way) (Nap)

THE QUESTIONER may have bumped into a very well handicapped rival in Hoganville at Ayr last time when he went down by just a head with the third horse home nine lengths away. The ew recommendation has been raised 3lbs for the run which looks fair and, while I appreciate he is climbing the weights for not winning, I remain convinced he is well treated off his current mark.

There are any number of dangers with many of the top yards represented but as long as they go a decent gallop – why not make it himself if nobody else wishes to lead – then I will be disappointed if he doesn’t run a big race with his stamina guaranteed.

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Charlie McCann's Nap Of The Day

3.50pm Ascot

The Questioner should run a big race under Henry Brooke

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At 11/2 a £10 win bet would return £65

Ascot

November 18, 2022

3:50 pm GMT

* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.


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Charlie McCann

Charlie McCann is one of our resident horse racing experts on Freebets