We have another great weekend of racing ahead of us with big races at both Doncaster and Cheltenham.
Our betting expert looks at the cards and selects his standouts.
Is the December Novice’s Chase a two-horse race?
Sam Spinner and Windsor Avenue are set to go head-to-head at Doncaster this Saturday. Windsor Avenue’s trainer, Brian Ellison, has stated that his horse will relish the challenge of Doncaster more than Cheltenham or Ascot.
Windsor Avenue sits the second favourite at a price of 7/4. It’s a step up in trip for the seven-year-old as well as a step up in class, but having made a big impression with back-to-back wins over fences he’s in with a decent chance.
He’ll be up against favourite Sam Spinner 13/8 who is also two from two over hurdles. A former Grade 1 winning hurdler, the Jedd O’Keefe-trained favourite has already proved a winner over this trip and will be looking to add to his solid form. He looks a solid bet with grosvenorsport.com.
Can Pentland Hills continue form in reappearance?
Pentland Hills looks to continue his winning form in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham Saturday. The four-year-old made the switch from flat to the jumps after moving to Nicky Henderson’s yard and has made a flawless start to his career. He is currently favourite at 11/8 and with Nico De Boinville in the saddle and looks to be the one to beat. Henderson has also entered 4/1 shot Call Me Lord who was beaten at Ascot over hurdles last month.
Dan Skelton’s Ch’tibello looks to pick up from where he left off after a brilliant season, winning the County Hurdle at Cheltenham in March and finishing third behind Supasundae and Beveur D’Air at Aintree. He is a major contender and sits at 5/2.
However, I think the fine form will continue with Pentland Hills winning a close race at 11/8.
Back the favourite for the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup?
The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup will be run this weekend and will be the big betting draw of the weekend. Riders OnThe Storm heads the market at 4/1 after success on his debut for the Nigel Twiston-Davis stable at Aintree. However, since 1997, there has only been one winning favourite (Poquelin, 2010). Could Riders OnThe Storm be the horse to break the bookies joyous run?
Many punters have had their attention turned to Cepage who is priced at 6/1. He was beaten by Riders OnThe Storm by less than two lengths last time out at Aintree but will go into this race 5lbs better off. The fact he beat everyone apart from Frodon in last year’s Caspian Caviar Gold Cup is very attractive. He’s solid round the course and is always in the thick of things. Cepage’s trainer, Venetia Williams also knows what’s needed in this race, as her four runners since 2014 have finished 1322.
I think backing Cepage at 6/1 has fantastic value.
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