ELEGIAC (6.00) seems to be thriving on his racing, despite a busy season, and can make a winning return to handicap company at Chelmsford City this evening.

He posted a fourth to Mekong over course and distance back in August but has improved since for Mark Johnston. Elegiac split two smart sorts in Outbox and Aspetar in a Conditions Stakes at Newbury, stepping up again following a York success a fortnight earlier. 

YOUNG JOHN (7.00) won’t be much of a price but is a handicap snip. He goes unpenalised for a six lengths victory in an apprentices’ race at Newcastle three days ago, having scored with lots to spare at Leicester at the end of October. 

BIRDS OF PREY (3.15) is well treated in the Marathonbet November Handicap at Doncaster, especially if a recent wind operation has been a success. Paul Nicholls’ gelding has been off the track since August but enjoys a 13lb pull with well-fancied Buzz on their running at Kempton in May. Birds of Prey scored on soft and heavy for John Oxx in Ireland, so conditions should be fine. 

Royal Line was sent off favourite 12 months ago and returns from a 199-day absence for another crack. He dropped away disappointingly to finish seventh after hitting the front a furlong out and is higher in the ratings. The race was won by heavily-backed Saunter and the same colours are carried this year by Reshoun, given a nice break following a Haydock success in the mud 63 days ago. 

Charlie Appleby saddles Wolf Country with a big chance, while the William Haggas-trained three-year-old My Lord And Master ran a cracker over a shorter trip at York and has scope for more improvement. 

The Listed Wentworth Stakes looks wide open, with Librisa Breeze bidding to erase the memory of a poor run behind Sands Of Mali at Ascot on Champions’ Day.

Donjuan Triumphant finished an excellent third that day and is probably the form pick. Time will tell if his exposed stall 16 position is the place to be and LAUGH A MINUTE (2.05) is preferred. An improving three-year-old won the race 12 months ago and Roger Varian’s gelding was last seen finishing runner-up in a Group 3 at Deauville. He landed the big Sales race here last September. 

KING’S ODYSSEY (2.40) is interesting in the feature handicap chase at Aintree. Evan Williams’ gelding was placed regularly in higher grade last season, bowing out with his customary solid third to The Storyteller at the Cheltenham Festival in March. He has winning form on heavy so any rain will be welcomed by connections. 

Wincanton hosts its popular Badger Ales Trophy meeting and last year’s winner PRESENT MAN (3.35) can make another bold bid under regular rider Bryony Frost. Paul Nicholls’s top weight has 2lb more to carry but with some heavy showers forecast, the track could be riding very similar to 12 months ago (soft) when Present Man led or disputed throughout.

He doesn’t have the benefit of a prep race this year but goes well fresh. Nicholls also saddles well-touted El Bandit, but this one prefers a sound surface. The race has a nice each-way shape to it if all 16 runners stand their ground and it’s hard to see Present Man being out of the frame. 

Recommended bets 

  • Chelmsford City 6.00 – Elegiac (9-2, Racebets) 
  • Chelmsford City 7.00 – Young John (2-5, Racebets) 
  • Doncaster 2.05 – Laugh A Minute (11-4, Racebets) 
  • Doncaster 3.15 – Birds of Prey ew (10-1, Racebets) 
  • Aintree 2.40 – King’s Odyssey (13-2, Racebets) 
  • Wincanton 3.35 – Present Man ew (5-1, Racebets) 

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33 Comments
  1. elvis parsley 5 months ago

    Aintree
    12-25 minella awards evens (should be 4-7 ish for me)
    14-10 wholestone 9-4.

    Split bet 80/20,
    80 minella win 20 double, this is % not £.

    • elvis parsley 5 months ago

      Wincanton
      We have a dream 3-00 11-4 NAP
      Secret investor 2-25 13-8

      Kelso
      Jack devine 12-45 4-1
      Simone 3-05 3-1

      Aintree
      12-25 Minella awards evens
      1-00 Captain drake 3-1
      2-10 wholestone NB 9-4
      3-55 misty whisky 5-2

    • azzthewigan 5 months ago

      well done elvis

    • elvis parsley 5 months ago

      Minella easy 😀

  2. elvis parsley 5 months ago

    Are we using this thread or the other one that’s appeared ?
    Alan’s tips are spread on this one and just kelso on other so maybe here ?

    • Mr Fixit 5 months ago

      One is Kelso – one is the others. I’ve changed the headings to make it easier.

  3. stevie 5 months ago

    Crazy having two threads. It’s how tips are missed. Anyways. I’m off to Doncaster tomorrow if amyone can pick a winner or two in what looks like an absolute minefield.

    Thanks in advance guys.

    • Mr Fixit 5 months ago

      Not crazy at all – sensible in fact.

    • stevie 5 months ago

      It’s my opinion. When a regular top guy on here like elves isn’t sure either that confirmed it for me.

  4. de niro 5 months ago

    November 11 points down

    Wincanton
    15-00 Verdana Blue 11/4 2 point win
    15-35 El Bandit 11/2 3 point win

    Doncaster 12-55 Chatham House 5/2 2 point win

    Also 1 point win treble.

    Good luck everyone today 😀

  5. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    dazzling dan 12.20 buster thomas 1.15 hear no evil 1.35 unowhatimeanharry 2.10 hells kitchen 2.40 well done all winners yesterday

    • spurs55 5 months ago

      great start azz
      bol

    • azzthewigan 5 months ago

      cheers spur55

  6. double carpet 5 months ago

    De Name Escapes Me 6/1 2.50 naas

    Mark Walsh would have had choice of JP’s runners and has won this race the last 3 times he’s ridden in it.

    BOL

    • spurs55 5 months ago

      nice one thanks very much

    • uncle pom 5 months ago

      Excellent mate 👏

    • Gidza32 5 months ago

      double carpet that was magic mate .bless you.

    • azzthewigan 5 months ago

      well done dc cheers

    • double carpet 5 months ago

      Try again

      Cheers guys 👍
      Near time !!

  7. uncle pom 5 months ago

    November +8.3 pts

    Aintree
    13:35 abolitionist 11/8 1pt win

    Wincanton
    13:50 if you say run 13/8 2pt win

    Naas
    13:05 mister adjudicator 9/4 2pt win

    15:25 Bacardys 6/4 1pt win

    • spurs55 5 months ago

      great picks uncle pom

      bol on the last one

      cheers

    • uncle pom 5 months ago

      Yea here’s hoping 🤞

    • azzthewigan 5 months ago

      well done pom

  8. uncle pom 5 months ago

    Good luck today all 👍🍻

  9. elvis parsley 5 months ago

    Wholestone brings in my 80/20 double 😀

    Well done Pom, azz etc.
    Had a few beers here at aintree so apolgies if my spelling is awry

    • uncle pom 5 months ago

      Well done mate 👍

  10. double carpet 5 months ago

    Test

    • getinthere 5 months ago

      Nice one dc

  11. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    well done alan

  12. database 5 months ago

    Bryony 😍

  13. uncle pom 5 months ago

    Well done everyone another good day on thread.

    Small profit for me but a profits a profit
    November +9.8

  14. Gidza32 5 months ago

    Alan is on fire today. Two more to go.On another note hope Mr Humble will deliver tomorrow as promised

    • elvis parsley 5 months ago

      2-20 sandown on Sunday has 4 decent horses going.
      Elegant escape, terrefort, coo star sivola, and Thomas Patrick.
      All 4 are entered in the Ladbroke trophy at Newbury I think in a few weeks time and today’s winner will carry a 4lb penalty into that race.
      Normally it’s tough knowing which horses are here just before a blowout before taking on bigger races.
      This 4lb penalty puts another spanner in the works.
      Could be a race none want desperately to win.
      Not a tip but it wouldn’t surprise me if the front running Thomas Patrick led all the way (9-2)

      Anyone have any thoughts on this ??

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