Friday, December 04, 2015

Long distance information

Briefly, some each-way selections for some of tomorrow's long distance races...

Saint Are rates the each-way wager in the Becher Chase (1.40 Aintree). Tom George's charge was third in this last year before going on to finish second in the Grand National behind Many Clouds. Sixth in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham three weeks ago, he should strip fitter here and is a 9/1 chance with most layers at the time of writing.

Carole's Destrier looks to have an obvious chance in the London National (Sandown 3.35). His fifth behind Drop Out Joe in the Badger Ales Trophy last time caught my eye and, unfortunately, everyone else's too! He's currently priced up 7/1 favourite; further rain wouldn't help the cause.

Over at Chepstow I'm tempted to take the chance on Victors Serenade in the Welsh National Trial (2.30). His form figures make for grim reading but in a recent Weekender stable tour interview handler Anthony Honeyball said:

"He ran four shockers last season after winning a decent handicap chase at Chepstow and that showed us that he needs to be fresh these days following his bad injury."

Given those awful form figures, the layers don't appear to be taking too many chances quoting prices between 11/2 and 8/1; I was looking for 10/1 or bigger.

On the same card in the following race (Chepstow 3.05) Venetia Williams' Elenika is certainly worth a second look. After a break of more than 18 months off the track, the grey ran a fine race from the front before tiring and coming to grief at the last at Wetherby three weeks ago. This five runner event will be run on a course that suits the gelding's style of racing - 4/1 is on offer.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

A respectable effort from Saint Are (8/1) but on the second circuit he struggled to keep tabs on the leading group. He completed in seventh, the race going to 20/1 chance Highland Lodge on his first run for Jimmy Moffatt.

Better luck in the London National as selection Carole's Destrier (5/1) made steady headway on the second circuit to take it up after the last and beat Summery Justice (33/1) three quarters of a length.

Victors Serenade (9/1) should have been fresh enough on his first run since April but he decided to throw in one of his howlers instead - he finished seventh, some 64 lengths behind winner Tour Des Champs (7/2jf) in the Welsh National Trial.

That said, Elenika certainly proved worth a second look in Chepstow's 3.05. Venetia Williams' charge came to challenge 13/8 favourite Murrayana two out where the jolly fell leaving the grey to collect the spoils in his own time at odds of 5/1.