Yes, the World Cup is offering us a feast of football but the jumps racing on Saturday has plenty of top name horses on show. Let’s pick out some of the highlights you won’t want to miss.
Constitution Hill Take Two
Anyone who followed the action at Ascot knows how disappointing it was that Constitution Hill was a non-runner alongside a whole host of others. That said we are going to get some Fighting Fifth at Newcastle as a result with the Champion Hurdle favourite set to do battle with his stablemate Epatante who will be in receipt of 7lbs. It should offer a better test than the race last weekend we were likely to see and finally we can watch the Supreme winner in open company.
We go again!
Constitution Hill has been declared for the @BetfairRacing Fighting Fifth at @NewcastleRaces, facing four rivals including stablemate Epatante 🤩 pic.twitter.com/5XAmpHQeM1
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) November 24, 2022
Constitution Hill to win1/4
Epatante to win4/1
Coral Gold Cup Perhaps Lacks A Star But Offers Racing Fans A Strong Betting Heat
I don’t think the Coral Gold Cup has a standout star this year but it at least will offer a double digit field and looks a good betting heat. For me I really was keen on Remastered righting the wrong of 12 months ago when he came down traveling so well four out. The ground however concerns me for his chances, with that in mind I am going to chance my arm on backing the only Irish raider in the field Busselton from Joseph O’Brien, he is nice and fit having run thought the Summer, the surface poses no issues and I think he can go well at a price some may want to chance each way. No five-year-old has won the race since 1957 but I won’t let that stat put me off the Kerry National winner.
Busselton (@JosephOBrien2 and @JJjslevin) wins the @GuinnessIreland Kerry National at @ListowelRaces with the horses and jockeys who came down at the final fence unscathed. Our thoughts are with Rock Road, who was pulled up mid-race. pic.twitter.com/WvlPIuEB4y
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) September 21, 2022
Busselton to win15/2
Sir Peter O’Sullevan Remembered Once Again
The press room at Newbury houses a framed version of Sir Peter O’Sullevan’s silks proudly upon the walls and the legendry voice of racing to many is remember once again with the annual race in his name. Kapcorse last year’s winner ran in those same silks and is again in the race this year, he is only up 6lb for that win last year and I think this lightly raced individual will have had this event as his target once again. It is very sporting of owner JP McManus to ensure Sir Peter’s silks are seen annually in this event and I think Kapcorse can make it back-to-back wins.
Kapcorse takes the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase…
In Sir Peter O'Sullevan's colours no less 🟨⬛
📱 https://t.co/n1wgfqSBnz pic.twitter.com/lD5ymSVAp4
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) November 27, 2021
Kapcorse to win4/1
Walking On Air Hopefully Gives Us That Feeling
One of my more confident bets for the weekend will be Walking On Air to give Nicky Henderson a win at his local track. Henderson has won this race twice in the last two years one of those coming with Champ. I think Walking On Air could end up a Stayers’ Hurdle horse this season and have already got involved ante post at 33/1 – I expect him to make a winning return this weekend before stepping into better company next time out.
🗣 "What he did at Newbury was very impressive."
Is Walking On Air a contender for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle? Rachel Candelora & @thebedfordfox discuss this exciting hurdler pic.twitter.com/0BuNBKnoKK
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 23, 2022
Walking On Air to win11/4
Gowran Beginners Chase A Must Watch
If you only watch one race from Ireland this weekend the 12.00 at Gowran could hold plenty of Festival clues. It won’t be a race I will be having a bet in but could have big implications for markets later in the season. This is just another example of the strength of Irish racing when you have Journey With Me v Minella Cocooner v Classic Getaway on their seasonal returns. Compare that to the home based novice chasers and you can see the issue at we have in the UK trying to beat Irish runners at the Festival in March.
A great start to the #DublinRacingFestival for @dan2231 and @WillieMullinsNH as Minella Cocooner lands the opener in some style 🥇pic.twitter.com/bt8IdUOfnM
— Horse Racing Ireland (@HRIRacing) February 5, 2022