Huntingdon Race Preview, 03/11/19

Huntingdon
Sunday November 3rd

* = Shortlist or Alternative: ** = Selection

Huntingdon 1.45
2m3f189y novices’ chase Class 3
Going: Good – 10 runners

Deyrann De Carjac
131 with me over hurdles, has shaped as though 2m6f to 3m would be ideal. Winning chasing debut at Cartmel in May, mistake 1st, ran down 2 out to left when going best, not hard ridden straight to beat William Of Orange. Jumping needs to improve but a contender under the penalty
Erick Le Rouge
131 with me over hurdles. Sound round of jumping at Uttoxeter on October 6th, winning anyway when Rocco (winner at Stratford on Thursday) fell at the last and beating Not That Fuisse (ran well at Cheltenham recently) a length. Chance under the penalty
Whatmore
142 with me over hurdles, but a bit to work on over fences judged on his solo at Market Rasen in May, jumped left and was often slow and flat-backed, left clear 4 out (may be significant that all his hurdles wins were at left-handed tracks)
Boldmere
Something to find on hurdles ratings: best effort over hurdles when  winning novice at Market Rasen on February 5th, made all, ridden home turn, the better jump last and driven out to beat Garrettstown. Not sure he’ll win this but could take a Class 3 handicap down the line
Cotswold Way**
Keen-going front runner won four over hurdles last season including in handicaps at Leicester in December (on his toes at the start, went on, keen hold, raced with ears pricked, clear, not so far ahead approaching turn out of back straight, shaken up 3 out, was headed approaching 2 out, pushed along, kept on, about half a length down 2 out, put under pressure, rallied and led approaching last, led a length last, driven out, stayed on well, drew clear of Hillcrest Fire) and Taunton in April from Capitaine. Only 4th to Dashel Drasher at Cheltenham last start but was dropped out last, which didn’t suit him. Chance on chasing debut
El Presente
Not out since May 2018: only win in novice hurdle at Huntingdon on good: last run at Market Rasen 4th to Souriyan, the 2m7f trip possibly stretching him, needed riding into several hurdles, up with the pace till ridden and faded going to the second last, picked up again run-in and not quite get 3rd. Probably one to watch after 541 days off
Eskendash
Exposed hurdler who tends to travel strongly through his races then finds less than nil when asked. His trainer Pam Sly last sent out a chase debut-winner in October 2017, and additionally he’s not bred to stay this new longer trip
Pym*
Made up into a fair novice/handicap hurdler last season, winning novices at Chepstow and Kempton, in the latter mistake 4th, further ground to chase leader home turn, sent on straightening, niggled along, went left under a ride, stayed on under pressure between last 2, 1st 2 clear, was challenged last, the better jump, ridden out, stayed on well till not hard driven last 75 yards and runner-up closed on him, but not really in danger of defeat, beat The Cashel Man a neck, actually shaping as though he’d be effective over 3m. Only 11th in Martin Pipe C/Js Hurdle at Cheltenham, Didn’t look a chasing type when viewed in the paddock in February 2018 but he isn’t the smallest either
Third Wind
Won the EBF Final at Sandown in March, staying on well in the straight to join One For Rosie close home and lead on the post; also won novice hurdles at Plumpton and Taunton. His trainer Hughie Morrison doesn’t have many novice chasers, but boasts one winner and two runners-up from nine chase debutants since 2006
Zubayr
Useful hurdler, not as good as he used to be but won at Southwell in June and good 3rd to Chapmanshype at Fontwell in October although fading late, chased leader 3 out, niggled along, mistake 2 out, ridden, was going on when headed last, put under strong pressure, faded run-in and lost 2nd close home. Connections have left it late to start a chasing career and reportedly not a chasing type in appearance

Selection: COTSWOLD WAY – Alternative: Pym

Huntingdon 2.20
Macer Gifford Handicap Chase Class 4 0-115
2m104y – Going: Good – 10 runners

Eyesopenwideawake
Only form when 6th at Kempton last November behind Tommy Silver, making a lot of the running, ridden into some fences and weakening once headed. Deteriorating but not out of it off 115
Defi Sacre*
Hasn’t lived up to promise in novice hurdles since coming from France (chase winner there), 3rd at Doncaster in January behind Diamond Gait probably the best,  niggled along approaching 3 out, hard driven approaching 2 out, one pace approaching last, kept on run-in. Looks big enough for fences on TV pictures
Tikkinthebox
Ready winner at Warwick in September, led when ridden into 9th and 10th, moved comfortably home turn, pushed along passing omitted 2 out, pricked ears going to last, driven out, stayed on well to maintain clear lead. Tailed off over hurdles last time. Chance on the Warwick run
Go West Young Man
Specialises in coming there, then finding nothing off the bit. Ran okay at Ludlow last time; now blinkered first time – trainer Laura Morgan yet to have a winner in first time blinkers, but this one won in a first-time visor for the yard
Rock On Rocky
Front-runner, not the force of old but showed a bit at Uttoxeter last time, led 2nd, moved comfortably when joined approaching 8th, swallowed up turning out of back straight, niggled along off home turn, still a chance 4 out, pushed along, kept on, still a chance when mistake 3 out, driven, no extra approaching 2 out, no more behind Truckers Highway. Drops in grade
Twotwothree*
First win last time out at Bangor on October 2nd, produced to challenge going best approaching 2 out, pushed clear approaching last, not hard ridden to maintain clear lead, readily with something in hand. That was a 0-105 and needs more in this 0-115
Vue Cavaliere*
Over 2m4f lasted to the third last at Huntingdon last time, chased leader, ridden into 3rd and 9th, steadied into 10th, nudged along going to 13th, in close to 14th, niggled along, ridden into 3 out, pushed along bend turning out of back straight, ridden and weakened home turn behind Rebel Royal. Yet to race over the minimum trip for current connections, interesting now he does
Amber Gambler
Seems to be deteriorating markedly: no form over the minimum trip
Royal Act
No wins away from Taunton: survived a sometimes horrendous round of jumping to win there in March. Probably needed reappearance: wears a visor for the first time – his trainer’s last such runner won
Jackthejourneyman
Has won this before and arguably should have won it last year, leading from the 7th and clear 2 out and the last only to curl up on the run-in and get swallowed up. Only start since, didn’t run badly at Market Rasen in August. Wears blinkers, but he’s never placed in that headgear

Shortlist: Defi Sacre, Twotwothree, Vue Cavaliere

Also on this card
The juvenile hurdle at 12:35 looks decidedly ordinary (yes, that text is cut-pasted from my ‘stock-phrases’ file, including the race time), and if one of the Flat-recruits – the 80-rated Silkstone – can jump, he can make a successful start over timber.

The novice hurdle at 1:10 is more interesting. I rated Hurricane Harvey 101 in bumpers and he should do well here – Do Wanna Know is an interesting Rules-debutant, placed in his only point and sold for £50,000 at the Cheltenham Sales in February.

The progressing Jimmi Chew has a chance of landing the hattrick in the closing 3m1f handicap hurdle at 4:05. He was a course and distance winner last time, following up victory at Uttoxeter, where he went on three out and kept it up right to the line to beat Simply Lucky, the pair clear from the second last – the latter is in division one of this race at 3:30 and a good run from him there will be encouraging for Jimmi Chew’s chances. Our Nest Egg, who ran his best since joining current connections at Hexham last time, could chase Jimmi Chew home.

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