Wednesday 22 November 2017


Wayne Bailey

1.30 Oaksey NH Challenge

Nina Carberry can get backers off to a good start on board Tofino Bay at 10/1. He was below par at Navan last time but he's expected to stay the extra distance this afternoon.

2.05 Neptune Novices Hurdle

Willie Mullins' Pont Alexandre looks a fantastic prospect and at 6/4, the Grade One winner can follow up his latest impressive victory at Leopardstown.

2.40 RSA Chase

Despite the fact that Ruby Walsh has abandoned Boston Bob in favour of Unioniste, Boston Bob looks a stayer in the making and should be able to grind them down on the soft ground.

3.20 Queen Mother Chase

No need for a bet here. Sit back and enjoy seeing the majestic Sprinter Sacre become racing's latest superstar.

4.0 Coral Cup

A big-field handicap where stakes should be kept to a minimum. Black Thunder gets a token each-way vote at 20/1. He won a couple of novice hurdles last term and could have more to come before the handicapper catches up.

4.40 Fred Winter

Some readers may remember Zamdy Man winning on the Flat at Newmarket last summer. He's still learning the ropes as a hurdler but he's got plenty of scope for improvement and can be backed each-way at 20/1.

5.15 Champion Bumper

With seven wins since the race was established in 1992, Willie Mullins' entries demand attention. But Tony Martin's Golantilla looked exceptionally good when storming home to win a bumper at Cork recently and the fact that Barry Connell paid €375,000 for the gelding says a lot. Early odds of 8/1 seem generous.

Irish Independent

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