Smooth travelling Litigant put in a fantastic performance to grab the November Handicap at Doncaster on Saturday.
This was Litigant’s second big handicap of the year, and the 10/1 shot proved far too classy for the opposition in this 1m 4f contest and trainer Joseph Tuite spoke in glowing terms afterwards.
Tuite said: “He won the Ebor after 400 days off, and we knew he could only improve.
“He came out of that race like a bear. Things didn’t go right for him last time at Ascot. But he has shown what a serious horse he is.”
You may likely see this talented seven-year-old sights highered next season.
Hayley Turner, Britain’s most successful female jockey, finally called time on a glittering career at Doncaster.
A 15-year career in the saddle produced 763 winners for the 32-year-old, who got a tremendous reception from the Doncaster Faithful.
“Maybe in a couple of months time it will hit me, I have quite a big hole to fill. I don’t think anything will compare to what I have been doing,” said Turner.
Cheltenham have a fantastic card this weekend. Saturday and Sunday both have some top quality cards to look forward to. The Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase the highlight on the Saturday.
The 1.50 Murphy Group Handicap Chase is a good starting point.
Paul Nicholls has a good record in these type of races, he has two in the race with Just A Par and Black Thunder, who I both believe have strong claims. Just A Par being the pick of the two.
He ran with plenty to spare when last seen in April, powering home to win a similar race of this nature and I think he has a fair chance on that particular form.
The Paddy Power Gold Cup at 2.25 is a very tough race to call. Most of the form goes back to last season and with horses still fresh it could well be worth picking two in the race.
Boondooma looked very stylish when winning at this course last month and with a run under his belt and course form to go with that, I can imagine he will have a big chance on the day.
The David Pipe-trained King’s Palace is my idea of the winner.
Last year’s favourite for the RSA chase was badly out of form on the day, but the fact he was favourite for that type of race must give him a good chance in this handicap.
I still feel connections are massively bullish over this six-year-old’s quality and I can see this being a stepping stone to bigger things.
I think 8/1 is excellent value in a tough contest.
You could argue that Sunday’s card is even better with Sprinter Sacre making his seasonal debut in the Shloer Chase, which for me is best watched.
The 2.40 Greatwood Hurdle is a race filled with some of the best hurdlers in the country. Devilment is getting better race by race and I think he deserves to be at the top of the market.
He is a sound jumper and has a fantastic cruising speed. Odds of around 9/1 should be well supported.
Cheltenham (1:50) Just A Par 6/1
Cheltenham (2:25) King’s Palace 8/1
Cheltenham (Sunday) (2:40) Devilment 9/1