Horse racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

BANDSMAN (Market Rasen 12.55) had been placed in four bumpers before he was well supported for the switch to hurdles over 2m at Kempton last time. Rated 98 on the Flat, the Dan Skelton-trained five-year-old tried to make a move for home before two out, but the well-backed favourite Top Tug wore him down in the closing stages to score by four lengths. Nevertheless, this was an impressive first attempt in this sphere and he gets the stiffer test he looked in need of, taking on 10 rivals in the 2m2½f novices’ hurdle.

OLIVER’S HILL (Leicester 3.10) landed a Plumpton 2m3½f handicap chase off a mark of 100 in mid-October and would have finished runner-up off a 5lb higher mark, had he not fallen in next time up, again at Plumpton, in a race won by Dawnieriver. The Lawney Hill-trained seven-year-old may have had his confidence knocked, because he was a below-par third at Lingfield last time. However, he drops to a mark of 104 today and goes up in trip to 2m6½f for a handicap chase that lacks strength in depth and he may well bounce back.

LONDON PRIZE (Leicester 1.05), a half-brother to six winners on the Flat, won a Worcester bumper on his debut in June last year and was then put away, reappearing in April at Fontwell, when finishing second to the decent Alfredo. The Ian Williams-trained five-year-old won twice in Flat handicaps at Newbury (2m) and Nottingham (1m6f, off a mark of 75) in October before attempting hurdles for the first time at Down Royal early last month. He travelled well but did not find much at the business end when third to Bel Ami De Sivola over the 2m trip. Today’s novices’ hurdle looks a weaker event and he is entitled to improve for this second attempt.

FIRMDECISIONS (Chelmsford City 5.45) seeks a hat-trick of all-weather wins on this track, having scored twice by a head in decent 7f handicaps. He overcame a wide draw on both occasions and Dean Ivory’s representative won off a mark of 91 last year so still looks fairly treated off today’s rating of 87. He came from off the pace to win well on both occasions and while he attempts to win over a mile for the first time, he has had only one previous try over this trip before (he is 6-17 over 7f). The way he settles suggests he is worth another crack over this distance.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

LEICESTER: 1.05 London Prize, 1.35 Moss Street, 2.05 Thankyou Very Much, 2.35 Deja Bougg, 3.10 Oliver’s Hill (nb), 3.40 Levelling

MARKET RASEN: 12.20 Vincent’s Forever, 12.55 BANDSMAN (NAP), 1.25 Vent Nivernais, 1.55 Misfits, 2.25 Chic Theatre, 3.00 Fled Or Pled, 3.30 Marcus Antonius

WINCANTON (inspection 8am): 12.40 Midnight Cowboy, 1.15 Undisputed, 1.45 Cyclop, 2.15 Awesome Rosie, 2.45 Broome Lane, 3.20 Highbury High, 3.50 Cresswell Legend

CHELMSFORD CITY: 4.10 Magique Touch, 4.45 Five Star Frank, 5.15 Dutch Golden Age, 5.45 Firmdecisions, 6.15 Billy Bond, 6.45 Dukes Meadow, 7.15 Shan Dun Na Ngall, 7.45 Quite A Story

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WEEKEND BETTING GUIDE: FIVE TOP TIPS

Looking for tips and insight ahead of another massive sporting weekend? Well you are in luck…

Below, we analyse some of the biggest action – including the first El Clasico of the season and England’s final Autumn International.

As always, be sure to share your opinions with us over on the @MyClubBetting twitter page!

MAN CITY v CHELSEA

Saturday – 12:30

If recent games between Man City and Chelsea are anything to go by, then goals should be on the agenda this weekend.

In last season’s three meetings, the two sides netted on 12 occasions, with two or more goals being scored in each game.

The two sides have also been among the most prolific in the Premier League this season.

Man City and Chelsea have both scored 29 times during their 13 league games – only Liverpool have scored on more occasions during the campaign.

Much of this has been down to the success of Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero, who are currently the Premier League’s joint top scorers after netting on ten occasions each.

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In fact, Aguero scored four times in his two league appearances against Chelsea last season, which including a sublime hat-trick at Stamford Bridge.

We fancy a scoring draw at the Etihad.

BEST BET: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE @ 6/10

ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA

Saturday – 14:30

England’s game against Argentina at the weekend became tougher than initially expected after an early red car. However, the Eddie Jones’ men were still able to shrug off their opponents and record a 13th straight victory.

Australia didn’t get such a positive result. The Wallabies suffered a narrow loss to Ireland last weekend, which was their first of the Autumn Internationals.

Having whitewashed the Wallabies in their summer tour of Australia, England will fancy their chances on Saturday.

That said, they won’t need reminding of Australia’s last visit to Twickenham.

Australia won 33-13 last October, knocking England out of the World Cup in the process.

Despite the Wallabies’ loss at the weekend, the two sides are going into Saturday’s game in good form and both will be wanting to end 2016 on a high.

While we see England’s unbeaten run continuing on Saturday, we see the 80 minutes being a lot tighter than many are expecting.

BEST BET: AUSTRALIA +9.5 POINTS @ 4/5

BARCELONA v REAL MADRID

Saturday – 15:15

The season’s first El Clasico is upon us, with Barcelona hosting their bitter rivals Real Madrid on Saturday afternoon.

Despite losing Gareth Bale to a serious injury, Real Madrid will be full of confidence ahead of this game. Los Blancos are leading the way in La Liga after an unbeaten start and are currently six points clear of Saturday’s opponents.

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Things aren’t exactly going to plan for Barcelona this season. Luis Enrique’s men have already lost two league games and looked frustrated during their disappointing draw at Real Sociedad last weekend.

Goals and dismissals have both become synonymous with recent El Clasico fixtures. In fact, Barcelona and Real Madrid have shared a staggering 24 goals and three red cards in their last six clashes.

It is also worth noting that the first half has ended with more than one goal in four of the those six ties.

Due to the kick-off time clashing with UK television laws, you won’t be able to watch this one live. However, you can expect plenty of action when tuning in for the highlights.

BEST BET: 1ST HALF GOALS – OVER 1.5 @ 11/10

WEST HAM v ARSENAL

Saturday – 17:30

West Ham were a thorn in Arsenal’s side last season. The Hammers took four points from their two league games against Gunners – scoring five times in the process.

Last season’s clash at Upton Park was among the most exciting in the entire 2015/16 campaign. After seeing his side fall 2-0 behind after 35 minutes, Andy Carroll took matters into his own hands. The big centre forward got an eight-minute hat-trick to put his side ahead, however, a Laurent Koscielny equaliser eventually gave Arsenal a share of the points.

Whenever West Ham host Arsenal, goals are a near certainty.

The sides have shared 27 goals during their last seven meetings in the East End, with every clash ending with more than two goals.

It is also worth noting that Arsenal have managed to score in all but one of their away games in the Premier League this season.

Everything points to goals at the London Stadium.

BEST BET: OVER 2.5 GOALS @ 4/6

EVERTON v MAN UNITED

Sunday – 16:00

Things aren’t going too well for Jose Mourinho at present. The Manchester United manager was sent to the stands during last week’s game against West Ham and has now overseen just five league victories since taking in the summer.

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The same can also be said for Ronald Koeman and Everton. Despite a strong start, the Toffees have slipped to seventh place after just one win in their last eight league games.

Everton are unbeaten at home this season, and while this may make for good reading, it is worth mentioning that they have only faced one of the current top ten at Goodison Park so far this season.

In fact, the Toffees have dropped points at home to Swansea and Crystal Palace, who currently occupy two of the bottom four positions on the Premier League table.

Manchester United beat Everton on all three of last season’s meetings between the clubs, including a convincing 3-0 win at Goodison Park.

We are going for an away win here.

BEST BET: MAN UNITED TO WIN @ 6/5

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Wednesday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

After Tuesday’s winning NAP, take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

TARA VIEW (Catterick 2.30) bids for a hat-trick, having easily won a Bangor bumper before following-up at odds-on on her hurdling debut at Ludlow 20 days ago. The Alan King-trained five-year-old did not have things her own way over the 2m trip, however, taking a while to get going in the maiden hurdle before getting on top in the closing stages. That trip was sharp enough for her and it was her first run since May, so she is entitled to come on for the run. She faces five rivals in an extended 2m3f novices’ hurdle today and she should get the decent ground she requires on a track that looks sure to suit.

BABENY BRIDGE (Ffos Las 1.50) is no sure thing in the 3m handicap hurdle, but the five-time point-top-point winner was having only his third start under Rules and his first for almost a year when headed by Deciding Moment at Worcester in May. The Nick Williams-trained seven-year-old makes his handicapping debut off a mark of 115 and he has gone well fresh in the past. Lizzie Kelly’s 5lb claim should help and the partnership may be a bit of value.

DLTRIPLESEVEN (Lingfield Park 3.40) won a modest staying handicap on the turf here in July and was not beaten far in two subsequent races at Bath off a revised mark of 59. The Richard Hughes-trained three-year-old gelded son of Dark Angel has not had too much experience on all-weather tracks, but appeared to handle Chelmsford City’s surface well when three-and-a-half lengths behind Regal Gift in a 1m5f Class 6 handicap just over a month ago. Well backed that day, he was held up and made decent progress but could not make up the ground in the closing stages. Up in trip to 1m7½f and taking on eight rivals today, any improvement can put him in the mix.

ENDLESS CHARM (Kempton Park 5.25) makes her debut in what promises, on paper, to be an informative 6f fillies’ maiden going forward. Charlie Appleby and Adam Kirby teams up to win this last year with Port Rosa and the same combination rely on this daughter of Dubawi, who is a sister to the 6f/7f juvenile winner Culturati, and half-sister to winners Valiant (1m2f), Whim (1m), Of Course Darling (1.6f AW) and Feng Shui (7f). She does not have a bad draw in stall 2 and the stable remains in good nick.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

CATTERICK: 12.30 Leading Score, 1.00 Danceintothelight, 1.30 Does It In Style, 2.00 Oscar O’scar, 2.30 TARA VIEW (NAP), 3.00 Work In Progress, 3.30 Sophie Olivia

FFOS LAS: 1.20 Lisheen Prince, 1.50 Babeny Bridge (nb), 2.20 Call The Cops, 2.50 In On The Act, 3.20 Twenty Eight Guns, 3.55 Petiville

LINGFIELD PARK: 12.10 Senses Of Dubai, 12.40 Russian Radiance, 1.10 Washington Blue, 1.40 Master The World, 2.10 Pastoral Music, 2.40 Isharah, 3.10 Valmina, 3.40 Dltripleseven

KEMPTON PARK: 4.25 Deer Song, 4.55 Memories Galore, 5.25 Endless Charm, 5.55 Ghaseedah, 6.25 Oceanus, 6.55 Red Cossack, 7.25 Fair Comment, 7.55 Oak Bluffs

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Tuesday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

After three winners in Monday’s Lucky 15 (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) including a successful NAP, take a look at our selections for the British meetings on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

MERCIAN PRINCE (Southwell 12.25) would probably be half the odds of what he is likely to go off at in the extended 2m4f handicap chase if trained by a ‘bigger-name’ trainer than Amy Murphy. The five-year-old made his British debut off a mark of 117 at Uttoxeter, having had plenty of previous experience in France, and was second to the well-handicapped Tiquer nine days ago. In a competitive 10-runner affair, it is worth chancing that he won’t ‘bounce’ and there will be improvement to come on a flat track that would suit his racing style.

POISONED BERRY (Lingfield 1.40), who won a bumper in August, had been well beaten in two subsequent hurdles before scooting in at Exeter 19 days ago. The David Pipe-trained four-year-old beat a field of mares who had limited experience, yet the manner in which she did so was eye-opening. Pipe appears to have found her another good opportunity, taking on eight rivals in a 2m mares’ novices’ hurdle and while she gives 6lb to her rivals, David Nonan’s 3lb claim offsets that a tad. With the soft ground in her favour, improvement is anticipated.

ALSACIENNE (Newcastle 3.20) would not be the best horse in the yard of Sir Mark Prescott, but she looks capable of sticking it to her rivals in the 2m all-weather handicap. A 1m4f winner off a mark of 62 at Wolverhampton in September, she was upped to 2m off a 7lb higher mark here next time and was beaten by an improver in Always Summer. Again made favourite for a similar race here 15 days ago off a mark of 70, she held every chance before going down to Cavalieri. She remains unexposed over this trip and there should be a little more to come off the same mark.

JACK BEAR (Southwell 2.30) was a 79-rated animal on the Flat, having previously won off a mark of 64 on his seasonal debut at Nottingham in June, and he has shown a little promise in one completed maiden hurdle, travelling well for a long way before finishing a tame third (beaten 19 lengths) by Graasten at Plumpton last month. That track may not have suited the son of Joe Bear and while the jury is still out that he will see out a trip of 2m or more, it is early days in this code and he may represent value against the likely favourite Sumkindofking in the maiden hurdle.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

LINGFIELD PARK: 1.10 Skeleton Bob, 1.40 Poisoned Berry (nb), 2.10 Fields Of Glory, 2.40 Third Act, 3.10 As De Fer, 3.40 Scooter Boy

NEWCASTLE: 1.20 Pattie, 1.50 Rapid Rise, 2.20 Bollihope, 2.50 Polar Forest, 3.20 Alsacienne, 3.50 Alice Thornton, 4.20 Beverley Bullet, 4.50 Mr Potter

SOUTHWELL: 12.25 MERCIAN PRINCE (NAP), 12.55 Fly Home Harry, 1.25 Minella Aris, 2.00 Young Lou, 2.30 Jack Bear, 3.00 Lucky Thirteen, 3.30 Al Shahir

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Monday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Monday, November 28, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

RIVER FROST (Plumpton 12.55) appeared to be a winner-in-waiting following a very pleasing hurdles debut third over 2m at Huntingdon earlier this month and looks the one to beat in the 2m novices’ hurdle, the first of a typically low-key card at the West Sussex track. The Alan King-trained four-year-old had won over 1m5f on the all-weather in France and was purchased by top owner J.P. McManus. He got warm beforehand and made a couple of early errors, but he travelled very well and while he probably will be seen to better effect over further, he is worth a look today over what may be an inadequate trip.

CRIMSON LAKE (Newcastle 1.20) appears to be going the right way, judged by her first two starts, and may be good enough to land division one of the 1m fillies’ maiden that kicks off an interesting eight-race all-weather card. The sister to Taking Libertys, who won her first two starts as a juvenile, was pretty green on her debt at Lingfield in September, when fourth to Unforgettable Filly (who was third in a Group 3 at Newmarket the following month). The David Simcock-trained daughter of Makfi may have improved a little for that run when third to Icepire over 7f at Salisbury in what looked a fair 7f fillies’ maiden last time. She takes on eight rivals and goes up in trip today, in a race that does not appear to have great strength in depth and she should go well.

WATER WAGTAIL (Plumpton 3.00) looks potentially well handicapped now and may be able to end a run of nine without a win in the extended 3m1½f handicap chase. Emma Lavelle has a strike-rate of 20% or more with bumper, hurdle and chase winners so far this season and one more winner will equal last season’s tally of winners with five months of the campaign remaining. Water Wagtail won off a mark of 101 at Wincanton in April 2014 and the nine-year-old has shown his wellbeing with a couple of decent efforts in defeat of marks of 96 on his last two runs. He drops another 1lb today and if he is near the form which saw him make plenty of the running when third to Yanmare are Warwick, he should be in the reckoning when it matters.

COILLTE LASS (Ludlow 1.10) looks the obvious one in the extended 2m5f novices’ hurdle. The Paul Nicholls-trained five-year-old won a mares’ maiden hurdle at Hereford early last month, having previously scored in a good-ground Irish mares’ point-to-point. She will appreciate softer ground and probably needs further than this trip, despite having scored over it, but that Hereford run was given a boost when the third home, Braventara, subsequently scored by 20 lengths at Warwick.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

LUDLOW: 1.10 Coillte Lass, 1.40 Muckle Row, 2.10 Agincourt Reef, 2.40 Roadie Joe, 3.10 L Frank Baum, 3.40 Highway Star

NEWCASTLE: 1.20 Crimson Lake (nb), 1.50 Dubai Dunes, 2.20 Pirate Look, 2.50 Lexi’s Boy, 3.20 Sennockian Song, 3.50 Savannah Beau, 4.20 Dubai One, 4.50 Horsforth

PLUMPTON: 12.55 RIVER FROST (NAP), 1.25 Top Notch, 2.00 Theatre Goer, 2.30 Straits Of Messina, 3.00 Water Wagtail, 3.30 If The Cap Fits

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Sunday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Sunday, November 27, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

DERINTOHER YANK (Carlisle 1.25) looks the most obvious NAP material on a quiet Sunday. The Donald McCain-trained five-year-old bids for a hat-trick, having made all the running to take a 2m4f novices’ hurdle by 14 lengths here just under three weeks ago. He jumped well and settled well last time under a penalty, and although he has to give 10lb to his six rivals, he looks a smart prospect and appears to love this track.

CAULFIELD’S VENTURE (Leicester 1.00) may be able to take the 2m6½f Veterans’ Handicap Chase, which kicks off an interesting six-race card. Jump racing enjoys arguably more loyal popular support than Flat racing for many reasons, not least because the protagonists are familiar, returning year upon year, unlike the fleeting association with the equine participants in other code, who are often in the breeding sheds before we learn how to correctly pronounce their names. Veteran’s races are one of the sport’s great innovations, elongating the careers of so many old friends. Caulfield’s Venture, trained by Emma Lavelle, won an all-aged handicap chase at Exeter 25 days ago off a mark of 127 and while he runs off 134 today, his main rival, Forgotten Gold, was well held in a similar veterans’ race at Aintree on his seasonal bow.

CATCHTHEMOONLIGHT (Leicester 2.40) broke a 19-race duck when winning a 2m handicap hurdle with a ton in hand at Exeter earlier this month off a mark of 86. Sent off a hot-favourite for a follow-up attempt at Uttoxeter eight days later, she unseated her rider at the fifth before the race had warmed up. Now on a mark of 94, the Lucinda Russell-trained eight-year-old takes a step up in class but gets plenty of weight from her eight rivals and is entitled to go well again in the 2m4½f mares’ handicap hurdle.

LAKE VIEW LAD (Carlisle 12.50) was only beaten once in four runs over hurdles – and that was in a Grade 2 at Kelso. The Nick Alexander-trained six-year-old made a promising start to his chasing career when beaten a length and a half by Pistol Park in a 2m½f novices’ race at Newcastle two weeks ago, jumping well. He was upsides the winner at the last and gave the well-backed favourite a fright. That run will have brought him on and while he lines up in a really decent six-runner 2m novices’ chase this afternoon, normal progress should see him bang there when it matters.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

CARLISLE: 12.20 Quietly, 12.50 Lake View Lad, 1.25 DERINTOHER YANK (NAP), 1.55 Kalane, 2.30 Big Thunder, 3.00 Deep Resolve, 3.30 Turtle Cask

LEICESTER: 1.00 Caulfield’s Venture (nb), 1.35 Trapper Peak, 2.05 Westendorf, 2.40 Catchthemoonlight, 3.10 Larkhall, 3.40 Satanic Beat

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Saturday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

With both our NAP and Next-Best selections winning on Friday, take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

BLAKLION (Newbury 3.10) can take a standard renewal of the Hennessy Gold Cup. Last year’s Grade 1 RSA Chase winner has had just the one run this season, when coming home a tired fourth in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby, having travelled very well throughout much of the 3m event. While not the biggest, the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained seven-year-old is a scopey individual, who can go long or short at his fences. He also handles soft ground although, as he showed at Cheltenham, he would doubtless appreciate decent jumping ground. It is not always easy for novices’ to find their feet in their second season, but Blaklion is arguably one of the better young staying chasers we have seen in recent times. While he will need to find plenty of improvement to become Gold Cup standard, he is fairly treated off a mark of 154 for this historic 3m2f handicap and is entitled to come on for his first run of the campaign.

APPLE’S JADE (Newcastle 2.55) was as short as 8/1 for the Champion Hurdle before running second to Rashaan in a Grade 2 at Down Royal on her seasonal debut earlier this month. After it, she could be backed at 20/1. Runner-up in the Triumph Hurdle, she took the Grade 1 4-Y-O Anniversary Hurdle at Aintree and the Grade 1 Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown to end last season. There is no doubt she is a high-class mare. However, she looked in need of further on her seasonal debut and even if the Gordon Elliott-trained four-year-old should win a decent renewal of the extended 2m Fighting Fifth Hurdle this afternoon – the mares’ allowance of 7lb gives her every hope of doing just that – she may well be a better ante-post bet for the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

BRISTOL DE MAI (Newcastle 3.30) was one of last season’s top 2m4f novice chasers, winning both a Grade 2 at Haydock and the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown. The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained five-year-old was not beaten far by Black Hercules in the Grade 1 JLT Novices’ Chase the Cheltenham Festival before signing off in April with a tame second in an Ayr Grade 2 when sent off the odds-on favourite. The feeling is he may have just been a little over the top at that stage. While beaten on his seasonal debut by Seeyouatmidnight, again at odds-on, in a 2m4f Listed intermediate chase at Carlisle, it would be foolish to write him off and he may well have needed the run. He steps up in trip to 2m7f for the Listed Rehearsal Handicap Chase and looks the pick of the nine runners, if bouncing back to form.

MAHLERDRAMATIC (Doncaster 12.15) took a couple of bumpers last autumn, galloping his rivals into submission at Market Rasen and, under a penalty (offset by his rider’s claim), at Aintree. He showed plenty of tactical speed in landing the modest race at Aintree last November, so will doubtless be suited by further than the 2m½f he gets today on his hurdling bow. Brian Ellison’s string is in great heart at present and while he is entitled to come on for this first run in 385 days, the six-year-old has been found a decent starting point for his hurdling career, taking on four rivals.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

NEWBURY: 12.20 Dusky Legend, 12.55 Bigbadjohn, 1.30 Generous Ransom, 2.05 Gibralfaro, 2.40 Ozzie The Oscar, 3.10 BLAKLION (NAP), 3.45 Roman Flight

NEWCASTLE: 12.05 Elgin, 12.35 Nietzsche, 1.10 Revocation, 1.45 Spirit Of Kayf, 2.20 Seldom Inn, 2.55 Apple’s Jade (nb), 3.30 Bristol De Mai

DONCASTER: 12.15 Mahlerdramatic, 12.45 Mister Don, 1.20 Banjo Girl, 1.55 Fionn Mac Cul, 2.30 Unison, 3.05 Paddys Runner, 3.40 Irish Prophecy

BANGOR-ON-DEE: 12.00 Supreme Asset, 12.30 Potters Legend, 1.05 Benzel, 1.40 Mahler Lad, 2.15 Drumcliff, 2.50 Nordic Nymph, 3.25 Keeper Hill

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.15 Atlanta Belle, 5.45 Doctor Bartolo, 6.15 Kensstone, 6.45 Ertidaad, 7.15 God Willing, 7.45 Burcan, 8.15 Mary Le Bow, 8.45 Whitchurch

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