You know the jumps season is in full swing when the Paddy Power November meeting is on. The Paddy Power Gold Cup is the weekend’s biggest race with the winner scooping the £85,000 first prize. Uttoxeter, Wetherby and Punchestown also host jumps racing. Lingfield and Wolverhampton keep flat racing ticking over during the winter baron spell.
In the big race at Cheltenham, The Paddy Power Gold Cup I fancy 20-1 shot According To Pete. He has run 3 times on this course with form figures reading 2 3 and 5. He has a lot of things going for him today, a nice racing weight, trainer form and a very satisfactory flat run as a prep. At 20s he is an Each Way selection.
In the first at Prestbury Park (12:50), the Irish have a raider in Roseka. Trained by the ‘unknown’ Kevin O’Donnell, Roseka has run with credit every time he’s jumped a hurdle; winning twice and finishing second to the useful Golan Go. The latter of those wins coming at the expense of Chebona Bula who has since gone on to score. The favourite, under Mccoy, is worth taking on under a heavy weight. An Each Way certainty.
In the second race at Cheltenham, Weird Al runs for the flying stable of Evan Williams. This horse went into my notebook the last day he won at Warwick. He won very nicely in testing conditions beating Tisfreetodream and Midnight sail, both very decent horses. With his size and scope he was always going to make a better chaser and I really believe the sky’s the limit for this son of Accordion.
The fact that Noel Fehily goes to Uttoxeter and not Cheltenham is very much of interest to me. Fehily is one of the most underrated jockeys in England in my opinion. He has a great chance of racking up another winner on Cast Cada in 13:05. Cast Cada ran very well over the larger obstacles two weeks ago behind a decent horse of Oliver Sherwood’s. He had a very decent mark of 130 over hurdles and the fact that he goes chasing, we should expect more to come.
At Lingfield Penangdouble O One will take the world of beating in the 13:00 maiden. Running very green early on in a decent maiden he came home like the proverbial train. To be honest I can’t see this horse losing. GET ON!!
Later tonight at Wolverhampton Huroof goes for the still flying boys in blue, Godolphin. The two year daughter of Pivotal has run in two of the nicer maidens this year and run with great credit. Drawn well in 7 and after an 83 day break (which is sure to have let her strengthen and sharpen up) she should take all the beating.