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Saturday Horse Racing Tips

November 9th, 2013

There are some huge fields to get stuck into at Doncaster today as the Yorkshire track brings the curtain down on another memorable flat season.

Betfred November Handicap

The feature race is the November Handicap, where stamina is going to be key thanks to the very soft ground. Perhaps not surprisingly we had quite a long initial shortlist for the race and it included Twelve Strings (who will be staying on when others have cried enough), Highland Castle (who is quirky but has a big race in him off this mark) and Conduct (who could be a blot on the handicap but is unproven over the trip) but preference is for Shrewd, Swnymor and Aiken.

Shrewd has two wins on soft and one on heavy to his name and yet he has been running well all season on quicker surfaces. He was unlucky when badly hampered in a valuable 3yo Handicap at Ascot two starts back and could easily gain compensation here now he returns to his preferred underfoot conditions.

Swnymor is another mud lover and he was a useful juvenile over hurdles last season. He has since switched stables to Rebecca Curtis and that can only be a positive given the progress her yard has made in recent seasons. He had a pipe opener over hurdles recently and if that has blown away the cobwebs he should run a massive race here.

We can’t resist including Aiken as well just in case he bounces back to form. He has been running in Group races for some time now so should find this assignment much easier despite top weight. He has a similar profile, in that regard, to Harris Tweed who ran away with a big handicap under similar circumstances earlier in the year.

Shrewd (ew) 3.35 Doncaster 16/1 Bet365
Swnymor (ew) 3.35 Doncaster 25/1 Bet365
Aiken (ew) 3.35 Doncaster

Betfred Fun And Friendly Handicap

Levitate is the other horse to back on Town Moor as everything - ground, track, trip - look ideal. He is also in the form of his life and John Quinn had a big winner over hurdles at Wetherby a week ago.

Levitate (ew) 1.50 Doncaster 6/1 Bet365

Badger Ales Trophy

The big race over jumps is the Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton, where the ground is set to be much better than elsewhere around the country. That will suit Standing Ovation, who is on a four timer and a course and distance winner to boot, but he has been steadily rising in the weights and may get found out today.

At the other end of the handicap, Poungach has had this as his target for some time and Paul Nicholls and Sam Twiston-Davies combined to fine effect last weekend. If his jumping holds up he could prove to be the class horse in the race and conditions look ideal for him.

Of those at bigger prices, Masters Hill is thoroughly unexposed and could be anything, but at massive odds we would suggest a small each-way interest in Owen Glendower. This race can often be run at a breakneck pace and hopefully Timmy Murphy will settle this horse out the back and look to pick up the pieces in the straight. He had some decent form for Nicky Henderson a few seasons back and Sophie Leech is starting to get a tune out of him. He would, though, need the rain to stay away.

Poungach (ew) 2.40 Wincanton 6/1
Owen Glendower (ew) 2.40 Wincanton

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