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My NH Selections


Having gone through the cards there really is nothing that I'm that interested in betting on today. I have been busy watching and betting especially at Cheltenham and Punchestown over the weekend. The Cheltenham November meeting is one of my favourite meetings and it was another 3 days of really good racing.

Prior to the meeting I had been reading an article produced by Racing TV where they identified 5 horses that they felt had very strong chances of winning over the 3 day meeting https://www.racingtv.com/news/five-horses-to-look-out-for-at-the-november-meeting-at-cheltenham-this-week The five they featured were EASYSLAND, HELL RED, SLATE HOUSE,DEFI DU SEUIL and ELLE EST BELLE

I had a good look at these selections and these were my thoughts and what I decided on the following:

EASYLAND – Should win if reproducing the effort from the Cheltenham Festival but the price was too restrictive and Tiger Roll could be anything. No Bet.

HELL RED – The visual of his win was impressive but the speed figures produced simply didn’t look as impressive and at a short price I thought he was one to take on. I was more of the opinion that Duffle Coat would win this. The speed figures were good and he has some decent form and that was my bet in the race. I’m pleased to say that the trip over from Ireland was worth it as it was a winning bet.

SLATE HOUSE – Looking in full control and the most likely winner of the race in the previous year. He then failed to deliver when stepped up and the Tizzard yard haven’t been on song. I thought Al Dancer had very good chance of winning this at a decent price and would certainly get in the top five which was what the E/W was paying. He finished 3rd which paid out but I don’t think he could have won the race he was beaten by better horses on the day.

DEFI DU SEUIL – This was one of my banker bets going into the Cheltenham festival last year for obvious reason. Unfortunately, he under performed and finished out of the frame. PUT THE KETTLE ON had won the Arkle and also had very good Cheltenham form and a huge mares allowance for me at the prices I thought it was a reasonable bet and thankfully she won, I believe DEFI DU SEUIL blew his chances when ballooning the first fence and landing funny on one of his front legs. He was pulled up before the last.

ELLE EST BELLE – This was the one that I was really interested in having seen her win her bumper in the style of a really good one. The speed figures backed up my thoughts. She finished deadheat 1st but if you watched the race and saw the photo finish you will be of the same opinion that really she just got touched off and thankfully the poor lighting meant I made a bit of money.

Ones for the Notebook
I was very taken with a few performances this weekend. I was made to sweat with PUT THE KETTLE ON thankfully she won and I got paid out. Paul Nichols horse DUC DES GENIEVRES ran a huge race and based on that performance he is going to be up to winning some top class races this year.

I also really liked the performance of THE BIG BREAKAWAY in his debut Chase race. His jumping was very good and he looked like he has a very good engine and will certainly be winning more 3M Chase races.

Both Ramses De Teillee and Yala Enki need a mention as I thought they both ran fantastic races jump well and battling right to the line.I can see them picking up a few wins this season based on the performance.

I was impressed with Eldorado Allen winning performance especially as he was carrying my money. I must admit I was sweating a bit as GUMBALL was running a huge race until tipping up at the last and he has gone into my tracker.

COOLE CODY put in a fantastic performance leading from the start to the finish. I was waiting throughout for him to blow up and tail off but full credit to him he ran his heart out and won. He is straight into the tracker as a horse with battling qualities and a huge heart.I also liked the way that Kauto Riko finished up the hill in the Paddy Power Gold Cup

I have to mention Ishkhara Lady she ran a blinder and in my opinion actually did enough to win the race. Thankfully the stewards bottle it due to bad light. She should be winning again soon.

Protektorat was impressive and has gone into the tracker as he should be winning Novice Chases.

At Punchestown I was impressed with Pencilfulloflead who looks to be a progressive Novice Chaser, He jumped really well beating Latest Exhibition in a Grade 2 race.

Asterion Forlonge another who looked impressive although he did make a bit of a hash of two out and ended up on his nose. He gathered himself and went on to win comfortably and looks to have a bright future over fences.


The racing isn't the greatest tomorrow but I do believe we have 4 selections that have good chances of winning their respective races.

Warwick 12:20 - Twominutes Turkish is a 5 year old gelding by Mahler who is trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Tom Cannon. He ran a good race in his bumper at Newbury finishing 5th on good ground and then didn't do so well at Huntingdon on soft. LTO he won a Maiden Hurdle over 2 Miles at Fakenham on good ground in impressive fashion. He won by 15 lengths and up until the last his hurdling was very good, he had a bit of a blip at the last but recovered well and won eased down. I do think that Cadzand is a big danger though. I might even do a little reverse forecast as it is going to be tight between them.

Warwick 12:20 - Twominutes Turkish 1pt win bet @ 15/8

Warwick 13:30 - The Glancing Queen is a 6 year old mare by Jeremy. She has some very good bumper form having finished 5th in the 2019 Cheltenham Champion Bumper. That form is always form that I follow as it generally throws up plenty of winners for the following season. She then went to Aintree and won the Grade 2 mares bumper race. The next time we saw her was back at Cheltenham in the 2020 Champion Bumper race where she finished 8th. This is an unusual route and I'm assuming injury was the reason they decided to hit the restart button again. I thought she ran another very good race in finishing 8th especially as this was coming off the back of a big lay off. She has finally got her day in a mares novice and she has every chance of developing into a high class novice hurdler. I certainly believe she is with the right trainer in Alan King and I'm hoping this will be Tom Cannon's second winner of the day. She has the class and the speed to win this and although it's her seasonal debut you have to believe she will be good enough to take this.

Warwick 13:30 - The Glancing Queen 1pt win bet @ 4/5

Ffos Las - 12:30 - Nada To Prada - she is a 5 year old mare by Kayf Tara who is trained by Michael Scudamore and ridden by Brendan Powell. She had won her point to point and then went on to win her bumper race at Exeter. She then made her hurdles debut at Hexham where she went off as favourite and finished 2nd losing by 4 lengths to On The Wild Side for Dr Richard Newland. The pair of them pulled 11 lengths clear of the 3rd placed horse. Throughout the race she travelled strongly and was foot perfect at the hurdles and was just tapped for a bit of speed off the last hurdle. She will have come on for that run and I can see her winning this race.

Ffos Las - 12:30 - Nada To Prada 1pt win bet @ 4/5

Ffos Las - 13:05 - Don Herbager - is a 6 year old gelding by Saddler Maker. He is trained by Venetia Williams and ridden by Charlie Deutsch. It is at this time of year once the mud starts to fly that Venetia Williams horse's generally start to fire. He is very lightly raced and is a much better Chaser than he was a hurdler. He ran 8 days ago at Lingfield in a 3 mile Chase on soft where he finished a very close second Hang Tough from Jonjo O'Neill's yard. Don Herbager travelled strongly throughout the race and jump well, I honestly thought he was going to be the winner coming over the last but he lost it on the run up to the line. That race should have blown away the cob webs and he should be spot on for today. His speed rating was good for the class, he is dropping slight in distance and compensation awaits.

Ffos Las - 13:05 - Don Herbager 1pt win bet @ 10/3