Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.
THE BAY OAK (Sedgefield 12.40) won a maiden point-to-point in March and made his seasonal a Rules debut for Dan Skelton’s yard in a 2m4f novices’ hurdle here two weeks ago, when chasing home the well-supported Le Breuil. The seven-year-old was guilty of hanging a bit on the final circuits and then ducking left when his rider gave him a reminder, but while comprehensively held, he was still 12 lengths ahead of the more experienced Mondlicht, who subsequently followed up at Musselburgh. This conditional novices’ hurdle over the same course and distance won’t take a lot of winning and the selection will have come on a bit for that first outing for seven months.
MINELLA ON LINE (Lingfield Park 3.10) landed a 2m3½f handicap chase at Plumpton last week on his seasonal and stable debut for Oliver Sherwood. That was off a near eight-month break and the drop in trip appeared to suit him better than when campaigned almost exclusively over 3m or more last term. He did make a couple of jumping errors but kept galloping in between fences and was a comfortable winner. If his jumping improves, he should build on this, as he looks fairly treated at the weights at present. He takes on five rivals in an intermediate handicap chase and may be able to defy the 7lb penalty.
BIG SIGH (Southwell 2.25) made his debut in what is usually a decent 7f Newmarket maiden two months ago and was not well supported. The son of Raven’s Pass finished seventh to the well-regarded Time Zone and the form was franked somewhat by the third, Red Label, who subsequently won at Leicester. Thought steadied at the start and held up in touch, he did not have the pace to go with them and weakened inside the final 1f. Chris Wall is not usually noted for his juvenile winners – he has had just one this season – but this one showed enough ability to think he could win a maiden and 7f looks his trip for now.
FORECAST (Lingfield Park 1.30) has his own ideas about the game, but Martin Keighley appears to have found the key to the four-year-old, judging by his recent Hereford novices’ hurdle win. The four-year-old was equipped with a first-time tongue strap and travelled easily before getting on top after the last in the 2m3½f event, beating Jennys Day by half a length. He was put under pressure to get up but wandered about a bit and he is no certainty to follow up in the 2m novices’ hurdle. However, his rivals have enough flaws of their own and victory will have done no harm to his confidence.
LINGFIELD PARK: 1.00 Notre Ami, 1.30 Forecast, 2.05 Allchilledout, 2.35 La Paimpolaise, 3.10 Minella On Line (nb), 3.45 Martha Mccandles
SEDGEFIELD: 12.10 Sky Full Of Stars, 12.40 THE BAY OAK (NAP), 1.10 Waiting Patiently, 1.40 Fiddler’s Flight, 2.15 Four Mile Beach, 2.45 Nortonthorpelegend, 3.20 Codeshare
SOUTHWELL (abandoned after 7.30am inspection): 11.50 Mr Potter, 12.20 Sir Geoffrey, 12.50 High Command, 1.20 Limerick Lord, 1.50 Happy Hollow, 2.25 Big Sigh, 2.55 Chevalier du Lac, 3.30 Shah Of Armaan
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