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There is plenty of excitement in store as the flat season has wound down in many parts of the world but is just picking up its pace over in the far east as Hong Kong and Japan are all set to host some big races in the next couple of weeks. One of the most prominent is definitely the Hong Kong Cup with plenty of international superstars lining up to tackle this race.
Penhill is the other horse trading around that same price tag and he’s also fresh off a victory, this one at Haydock in an eerily similar race to the one that Argus scored in - a Class 2 handicap paying 12k. He was held up on the day and emerged with an excellent turn of foot to conquer the rest of the field.
Unlike Argus, Penhill doesn’t boast the prior score over Doncaster but the Luca Cumani-trained gelding has a much lengthier career and it appears as though they have him relatively sorted out. He’s not really won a handicap at this purse...
There is plenty of interesting options available for punters in one of the last big handicaps of the year as we have the November Handicap unfolding at Doncaster at the weekend. The ante post markets have just been released following the final declaration stage and it looks like it could wind up being a real duel between a pair of talented contenders according to the market right now.
He’s been known to score on debut in previous years and then fall back into a tougher vein of form but you can bank on him to make a statement here with the punters seeming quite confident in his abilities. You’ll find Boondooma priced at a general 10/1 with most major bookmakers right now.
Monetaire is a 10/1 shout here and will be looking to make this a victorious seasonal debut with Tom Scudamore in the irons here. You’ll probably remember Monetaire from his second place finish at Cheltenham last year in one of the undercard Grade 3...
We’ve got the National Hunt season starting to get into full swing but are still a few weeks away from a lot of the big graded contests that we usually see at the beginning of the campaign. There is a lot to like about the way that things are shaping up this year in the National Hunt and you can bank on some contenders being able to make big statements in these opening few contests.
Found has been running as a bit of a bridesmaid all year with just one or two actual victories but plenty of second place finishes in relatively prominent races. Look for him to be a powerful exotics selection but those looking to genuinely beat Golden Horn should look towards the local runners - not the other European imports.
The one to watch looks to be The Pizza Man who spawns a series of uncreative newspaper headlines every time he wins a race. Based at Arlington Park in Chicago he was able to get the better of a very accomplished field and triumph by a...
This year’s iteration of the Breeders’ Cup Turf - one of the top three feature events of the whole weekend one would have to say - is looking like a really excellent renewal and you can bank on plenty of action and excitement as we have the unique circumstance of an Arc De Triomphe winner coming stateside to do battle since Sakhee was defeated by Tiznow back in 2001 at Belmont Park.
In recent years we have had smaller fields in this race and that’s usually translated into significant odds-on favourites to take the contest but this year we have a bit of a shoot-out developing between Foundation and O’Brien’s charge Deauville. Trading at just a shade lower than Foundation at a 5/2 margin, Deauville has loomed as the pick of the others and was just three-quarters of a length behind Foundation in his only career loss so far.
As we are now entering the tail end of the 2015 flat racing season, attention is turning to the last big Group 1 of the year - which always sets a tone for the following year’s classic season. There is a lot to like about the way that the 2015 Racing Post Trophy is shaping up and we have a slightly larger field than normal in the mix here with ten different runners.
It’s that key victory back at Royal Ascot that makes Gleneagles such a serious contender for this contest since Solow has already proven he can tangle with pretty much any horse in the world at the mile distance. While he is not opting for the Breeders’ Cup, Solow brings a wealth of experience and simply remains bang in form even after a lengthy season of competition this year.