A big weekend of racing action lies ahead! Racing pundit Sam Boswell is here to preview all of the action.
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Jonbon To Tackle The Railway Fences
Much has been made about the price bookmakers make Jonbon to claim the Arkle in March. In truth whilst I can understand the frustration of ante post players, ask yourself what price you would want to be laying about Nicky Henderson’s new superstar?
Impressive last year over hurdles, chasing has seen excitement levels notched upwards after a stunning debut at Warwick. He has just three rivals to deal with today and based on the first chase start he is expected to run out an easy winner once again.
"I loved it."
Ruby & @_Davy_Russel_ dissect Jonbon's sparkling debut at @WarwickRaces yesterday, with the pair also giving Monmiral plenty of credit
Watch #RoadToCheltenham at 9pm on Racing TV this evening @paddypower pic.twitter.com/d8VvgY85Mr
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) November 17, 2022
Facile Vega Finally Goes Flying
After a few false starts we finally get to see the Champion Bumper winner Facile Vega going jumping. Willie Mullins has not hidden his excitement at sending this unbeaten bumper horse hurdling and he has been well supported to claim the Supreme Novice in March.
For my money I wouldn’t be getting involved ante post with a horse who could easily go up in trip and has a trainer who isn’t scared to think outside the box. He probably won’t be a price to back on Saturday but make sure you tune in to see if the hype train goes up another notch and consider using our length the odds tool to find a bit of value if your keen to back him to win.
👀 Facile Vega has been declared to make his debut over hurdles in the 2m Maiden Hurdle at @Fairyhouse on Saturday…pic.twitter.com/HhkHeSfB0d
— Sporting Life Racing (@SportingLife) December 1, 2022
Fingers Crossed For the Fab Five In The Tingle Creek
The Tingle Creek really is a race I just love and have been lucky enough to attend on multiple occasions. The 2016 renewal below was one of my personal favourites, let’s hope the going is sufficient to allow both Arkle winner Edwardstone and multiple grade one winner Shishkin to run.
Whilst that pair demand respect I would have concerns about backing them first time out compared to Greaneteen who will be fine on the ground and has had the benefit of a run already this season. At the prices Gentleman De Mee is certainly also of interest. I can see him at least making the frame and offering punters each way plays at his current double figure price. He was unlucky on his first run of the season unseating in a dramatic race. He for me could be worth a small play in the Tingle Creek.
🥊 Un De Sceaux vs Sire De Grugy
🏆 2016, @Betfair Tingle Creek
One of the great Tingle Creek duels between two champion two-mile chasers #RTVFlashback pic.twitter.com/0g9ai2GSKt
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) December 2, 2022
Many Clouds Remembered With Ahoy Out To Make Amends
The Many Clouds at Aintree gives us a chance to reflect upon one of my favourite horses and a National Hunt hero. The former Grand National winner really was a brave horse who summed up the heart and desire shown by top staying chasers.
The renewal of the race this year in his name looks very interesting as Ahoy Senior seeks a bit of redemption from a flat reappearance in the Charlie Hall. It would be great to see him back to his best and we make him the 6/5 favourite to show vast improvement and claim this grade two on route to hopefully a tilt at the Gold Cup in March.
Was Many Clouds your favourite Grand National winner? 💚💛pic.twitter.com/dgMe9lYFS9
— Aintree Racecourse (@AintreeRaces) March 29, 2022
Fillies Juvenile At Aintree An Interesting Affair
I think one of the more intriguing races of the weekend is the Filles Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree. It looks a race filled with plenty of potential and some very interesting contenders. Paul Nicholls runs Dixon Cove who is the market leader, the manner of the debut run for his new trainer at Hereford suggested we could have seen a very nice Filly.
This race is far from all about one horse, Isaline De Candou is a French based runner who has the services of champion jockey Brian Hughes whilst Gordon Elliott sends two over from Ireland. I was impressed by BetVictor ambassador Jamie Snowden’s Obessedwithyou on debut and would fancy chancing her each way to at least place here, this is definitely a race to have the notebook out for.
Tidy! French recruit Dixon Cove wins with ease on stable debut for @PFNicholls, and looks a nice prospect for the team under @CobdenHarry at @HerefordRaces… pic.twitter.com/PMOjEyj2BK
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) November 8, 2022