Horse Racing Tips | 19th November 2016
Racing tipster Graeme Johnston picks out his best bets from Saturday’s racing.
The Betfair Price Rush Hurdle has attracted a field of just six runners but it’s a very good quality field. Only two of these have run so far this season however three of the seasonal debutantes have won first time out on numerous occasions so there should be no excuses for anything in the field.
Paul Nichols has a strong hand here in Old Guard and Irving and ordinarily I would expect him to take this race however they come up against a top class hurdler today.
My Tent Or Yours is a real star and despite missing almost two years of action he came back to the track better than ever with solid efforts in three of the biggest hurdle races of the season.
He has a good record fresh and takes a marked drop in class today. Nicky Henderson will be keen to get him back in to a winning habit and I expect him to win this before going on to become the biggest threat to Ireland’s dominance of the Champion Hurdle.
The Coral Hurdle looks a good renewal and over 2 miles 3 furlongs sees a mixture of Champion Hurdle hopefuls and staying types come together. It’s an intriguing race but there is one horse in here that I really like this year.
Yanworth was a revelation last season taking the step up from bumper horse to top novice hurdler in his stride and only found Yorkhill too good for him in his five races.
He was an incredibly impressive winner of his trial race for the festival last season and I think the Ruby Walsh ride rather than the horse itself beat Yanworth at the festival.
He is a quick horse and when I watch him he shapes more like a 2 miler to me than a stayer and I think he will drop back in trip in the season.
Faugheen, Hardy Eustace and The New One all dropped back to become top class 2 mile hurdlers and I think Yanworth may follow this road.
Alan King says he has Yanworth fit and Barry Geraghty comes here rather than ride My Tent Or Yours and I expect him to be too good for his rivals here.
The Betfair Chase forms the first part of the million pound bonus and if whoever wins this can add the King George and the Gold Cup to it then they can join Kauto Star in equine immortality.
Coneygree makes his long awaited comeback here and this former Gold Cup winner is one of the best jumpers of a fence I’ve seen for a while.
He loves soft ground, stays well and he should enjoy conditions. However this is his first start for 12 months and to win a race of this quality from such a lay off would be a monumental effort. I’m reluctantly against him.
Cue Card may well have completed the treble last season but for a fall late on in the Gold Cup and he’s the favourite here.
He made his seasonal debut in the Charlie Hall and didn’t set the world alight that day. I fancied him there however he wasn’t fully fit and I expect a different Cue Card to show up today. He remains the horse to beat here and I think he will win this race.
Graeme Johnstone’s Best Bets
Haydock 13:50 – My Tent Or Yours
Ascot 14:40 – Yanworth
Haydock 15:00 – Cue Card