Horse Racing Tips | 5th November 2016

Racing tipster Graeme Johnston picks out his best bets from Saturday’s racing.

1:35 Wincanton

The Wincanton Rising Star novice chase is a 2 and a half mile Grade 2 and is likely to throw up plenty of future winners here. This looks a strong race but there is one in here I cannot wait to see over fences.

Aux Ptits Soins has only had five career starts, only two of which were in the UK where he has ran at the last two Cheltenham festivals.

He won a Coral Cup before finishing 5th to Thistlecrack in the World Hurdle last year. He’s been difficult to train however his future lies over the bigger obstacles.

He was meant to go novice chasing last season however that was scrapped after he met a set back in the autumn. Paul Nichols is very excited about him and he has always seen him as a chaser.

He’s talking on rivals with chase experience and is returning from an absence however I am very excited about him this year and I plan to back him here.

2:10 Wincanton

The Elite Hurdle is a Grade 2 handicap hurdle over 2 miles and the market is dominated by young unexposed hurdlers. The three at the head of the betting all look to have big futures however one went into a lot of notebooks last time out.

Sceau Royal was a good juvenile hurdler last season winning three times in good style before it rather fell apart in Grade 1 races at Cheltenham and Aintree.

He was well fancied for the Triumph Hurdle however like many of Alan King’s horses he never performed to his capabilities.

He returned at Cheltenham two weeks ago and travelled supremely well throughout in a decent 4 year olds hurdle before winning well.

He looked a cut above them that day and received quotes for the Champion Hurdle afterwards. Now it’s premature to think he will trouble Faugheen or Annie Power however I think he is a very good horse. He has excuses for his spring form and despite the short odds he may just be a too good  for his rivals here.

2:35 Down Royal

The JNwine.com Champion Chase is a cracking little race and has attracted some top staying chasers. This is a fantastic renewal and an early season treat for National Hunt fans.

Silviniaco Conte is the star of the show and this dual King George winner makes his seasonal debut here. He never hit the heights expected of him last year and normally needs the race on his return. I really like him however this will be a tough introduction.

The one I like here is the Henry De Bromhead trained Valseur Lido. He flirted with Grade 1 victory last season but couldn’t quite add to his novice victory at the top level.

This is his first start for his yard since his move from Willie Mullins and I suspect he will be primed for this. He runs well fresh and the stable is going well, I’m backing him to take Ireland’s first big staying chase of the season.

Graeme Johnston’s Best Bets

1:35 Wincanton – Aux Ptits Soins

2:10 Wincanton – Sceau Royal

2:35 Down Royal – Valseur Lido