Betting Preview: ITV Racing Saturday 21st November
The jumps season continues this weekend on ITV with an excellent day of racing. The ITV cameras will be at Ascot and Haydock Park, with two Grade 2 races in store for horse racing fans. But, which horses should gamblers be keeping an eye on for the biggest races this weekend?
Betting on Ascot Races
14:05 The Chanelle Pharma Steeple Chase
The opening race of the day on ITV will be the Chanelle Pharma Steeple Chase. It will be run over a distance of two miles, and five furlongs and the race is open to horses aged four and older. There will be a small field for the race this year, but what it lacks in numbers, it makes up for in quality.
Imperial Aura will start as the favourite for the race for trainer Kim Bailey. The seven-year-old has been in excellent form over the past year, and that was evident at the Cheltenham Festival back in March, as he won the Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase. He was excellent once again on his first start this season, as he won the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase on the 1st November. That success shows staying power over this distance.
Black Corton and Reel Steel will be popular picks for this race, but neither have won in their last two starts. Real Steel’s last win came on the 19th January at Thurles, while Black Corton won last at Sandown in 2019.
Ascot 14:40 The Coral Hurdle Race
The second Grade 2 race in an hour on ITV will come in the form of the Coral Hurdle Race. The race will be run over two miles and three furlongs, and there will be a number of horses involved that will be competing for the biggest prizes this National Hunt season.
Goshen will be the favourite for the race for trainer Gary Moore. He was in excellent form this time 12 months ago, and was a heavy favourite for success in the JCB Triumph Hurdle. That same target could be the aim this season, but he will need to overcome some disappointing form. He unseated his rider in the JCB, before finishing sixth at Haydock and third at Goodwood in his most recent rides.
Call Me Lord is a horse that gets the attention for this race for trainer Nicky Henderson. He is typically a horse that starts the season in excellent form, and that was highlighted last season with a December win at Cheltenham in the Unibet International Hurdle. We expect him to improve on the fourth place that secured in the recent Williamhill.com Best Odds Guaranteed Hurdle.
Betting on Haydock Races
14:25 Betfair Exchange Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle
One of the biggest betting races of the day will be the Betfair Exchange Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle, which takes place at Haydock Park. This race will be run over three miles, and there are a number of horses that could be best placed to win this race.
Imperial Alcazar’s recent form sees him head the field, as he won his last race. However, that race came back in January in the British Stallion Studs Hurdle. Some gamblers will be put off by the fact that it hasn’t run in over ten months. Main Fact has been in outstanding form, as he has won his last eight. The most recent of those came at Nottingham in early November, so he will be one to keep an eye on.
The Jam Man, who has won his last two. He has always been a standout horse with huge potential, and his recent performance in the Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase could indicate that he is set to fulfil that potential this season. An each-way chance could be Kalashnikov, who was highly regarded 12 months ago. His early season form was excellent, as he placed on all three starts before Christmas.