Where to watch racing this weekend

November 27, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Even as the flat and jump racing seasons come to an end, there’s still plenty of action for punters to look forward to.

In fact, there are a grand total of 15 stellar meetings to take place this week between Tuesday and Friday, with events as far as Taunton in the south and Ayr in the North of Scotland. There’s also a clear focus on jump meetings this week, as some of the UK’s best runners and trainers compete for prizes.

So, where exactly should you look to watch racing this weekend? Let’s take a look at the best meetings:

Sedgefield, Tuesday 28th November

Sedgefield in Durham plays host to six intriguing races on Tuesday, with good to soft conditions expected to challenge even the most experienced of runners.

The standout race here is the Betfred ‘Home Of Goals Galore’ Chase, which is a Novices Limited Handicap class 3 contest with a prize fund just shy of £10,000. 10 runners will compete in this race, with the winner set to walk away with around £6,498.

This is likely to be a keenly-contested race, with at least three horses in with a serious chance of winning. Firstly, we have Neil Mulholland’s five year old foal Chirico Vallis, who managed to win impressively last time out at Southwell. This victory was achieved in the same good-to-soft conditions that we can expect at Sedgefield, although admittedly the field was small and the one mile, seven furlong course at Southwell is considerably shorter.

Next up is the Donald McCain-trained Derintoher Yank, who has has placed in each of his last three races over the hurdles during the last six weeks. The six year old foal came second at Carlisle last time out, while he managed to win over a similar distance in good-to-soft conditions at Bangor in October.

He’ll probably start as the deserved favourite here, although Cracking Find will also enter the race in excellent form having won at Newcastle over two miles and 75 yards last week. Trained by Mrs. S J Smith, this six year old foal is one to watch and certainly has the pedigree to last the distance.

Kempton Park, Wednesday 29th November

We head to Kempton Park on Wednesday, for an evening event that will host seven flat races at one of the UK’s most iconic locations.

This includes the Class 1, 32Red Wild Flower Stakes, which has an available prize fund of around £40,000 and a total winners’ prize of £22,684. 16 runners will compete in this race, over a relatively short course of one mile and three furlongs.

The initial favourite here is William Haggas’ four year old foal Daphne, whose managed to win three of his last four outings. This run included a superb victory over a similar length at Lingfield last time out, when he emerged from a competitive field of 13 at a price of 7/2. Daphne also won over the flat at Newbury in September, and certainly enters the race in imperious form.

Ralph Beckett’s four year old foal Mountain Bell could well stand in Daphne’s way, however, having placed in the top four of every race has competed his debut. This included an impressive win over the flat at Chester in September, and a a credible second place finish at Newbury in good-to-soft conditions in October. A consistent and talented performer, he represents an excellent each-way bet and could well compete for the win.

For those in search of an outside bet, David Elsworth’s Master The World may be worth a flutter. This six year old fold stunned fans with a surprise win as a 10/1 shot at Lingfield last time out, after a run of poor results dating back to August. He also won over a similar length at Goodwood in the summer, and despite obvious inconsistencies has the potential to challenge here.

Taunton, Thursday 30th November

In the south of England, Taunton will host six jump races on Thursday as November draws to a dramatic close.

The pick of these is the Bet totequadpot At Chase, which is a class three race that offers a winners’ cheque of £10,128. 13 runners will compete here, although there are a couple of standout runners that are set to dominate.

The overwhelming favourite here is Paul Nicholls six-year-old foal Ridgeway Flyer, who enters the race in imperious form having won on his last four outings (two hurdles and two steeplechases). The last of these came at Taunton last week, while he also recorded an extremely impressive steeplechase victory at Plumpton in October. The only issue is that this foal is likely to be odds-on with the bookies, so may not offer huge value even if he does romp home.

David Pipe’s Ramses De Teillee may offer a little more value, while this five-year-old gelding also enters the race in excellent form. He was certainly impressive when winning at Chepstow over a similar distance at the end of last week, as he vanquished an experience field of 12 from a starting price of 5/1. He also finished second at the same venue in good-to-soft conditions at the end of October, and has placed in each of his last four races.

Lovely Job is another key contender here, with this seven-year gelding having failed to finish outside the top two in four outings in 2017. These included steeplechase wins over more than three miles at Uttoxeter and Hexham, along with two second-place finishes at Market Rasen and Aintree last time out. This Fergal O’Brien trained runner certainly has the stamina and the consistency to challenge her, and once again would probably represent an outstanding each-way bet this time around.

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