The stage is set for our Tipstars' Battle and all five of our competitors have selected their NAP and Next Best selections across an exciting day of racing.
"However, the most appealing factor for the son of Diamond Boy is his current handicap rating of 142, which is 7lbs below last winning mark."
We've delighted to kick start our Tipstars' Battle with an array of selections across the flats and jumps. Izzy Phillips has gone straight in with a 4pt selection, while Jazz Sohanta has found a 20/1 each-way she likes over at Newmarket. Read what all five have tipped up below.
Chris Loader, @Luckyloader15
Grand Sancy has won twice at this meeting including in last year's Grade 2 Novice Chase. The seven-year-old gelding has a great record fresh and should have conditions in his favour. However, the most appealing factor for the son of Diamond Boy is his current handicap rating of 142, which is 7lbs below last winning mark. This race looks a good opportunity for him to resume winning ways and he looks like he could get the race run to suit.
Willie Mullins has been the answer to this race in recent years landing this prize in 2018, 2019 & 2020. This year the Irish Champion Trainer has an arsenal of six bullets to fire, but I think Burning Victory is the one that appeals most. The 2020 Triumph Hurdle winner has been lightly raced this season and she has collected two comfortable successes in France looking to have plenty in hand. Furthermore she looks to be on a workable mark and is versatile ground wise, and has the positive jockey booking of William Buick for the ride.
Izzy Phillips, @TheRacingMoment
There's no rocket science for this selection. Allmankind had a scorching run of form last season with an impressive trio of wins only coming to an end to the imperious Shishkin at Cheltenham in March. Albeit Allmankind was 4th and no contention with the winner but he ran a strong race before hitting the last. He's currently 2/1 which is a great price to take his season opener at Chepstow. He may be carrying a fair amount of weight to some of the other contenders but should make light work of this.
Grand Sancy is the choice of stable jockey Harry Cobden (over Dolos) carrying only 10st 10lbs and is previously a course and distance winner...in October too! This might just be the right race at the right time for him. At the time of writing, Paul Nicholls is operating at a 50% strike rate in the past 14 days and there's a lot to like about this one.
Jazz Sohanta, @Inahoofbeat1
Ever Given has had a busy campaign and is heading back to York, the venue of his big sales prize win back in August. This will be the colts 8th run this year, but he has handled his races remarkably well, and Tom Dascombe's plan to pitch him at Listed level towards the end of the season has come to fruition. His form has been consistently boosted, and Harrow, who narrowly beat him last time out, recently ran a credible 3rd in a Group 3. He is a robust horse, with one of his four wins on soft ground and it looks an excellent opportunity to add black type to his CV.
Next Best: 14:55 Newmarket - Go Bears Go - 20/1 1pt E/W
Sticking with the two-year-olds, my next selection is Go Bears Go in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. He has been a model of consistency, including in group races and in the Middle Park a fortnight ago. Despite looking like he would be swallowed up with a furlong to go, he showed his usual fighting attitude and stayed on strongly to finish a respectable 4th. This run showed he handled the uphill finish, he's versatile ground-wise, and I expect him to go close again at a big price.
Michael Willoughby, @RacingWillo
My NAP of the weekend will be coming from the Zetland Stakes where I will be banking on Hafit for Charlie Appleby.
Hafit went straight in my tracker after his debut win, its been a formline thats worked out really well. The 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th have all come out and won.
He was stepped up to listed company afterwards and was a short price to continue his progression. A few may have been disappointed with him losing but I think the winner looks smart and has since been given a mark of 107.
Hafit lacked for a bit of speed against Triple Time so this step up to 1m2f should really suit.
My NB for this weekend comes from the big handicap at York and I've landed on Commanche Falls for Michael Dods.
He's had a very productive season, starting the year off a mark of 84 and just five starts later winning the Stewards Cup off 101. He has since gone on to run a good race in the Ayr Gold Cup and i'm hopeful this return to a softer surface can see him reach the heights of his Goodwood run.
I think it's worth noting that Dakota Gold was jocked up for this race on Wednesday for the same connections but they have opted to run his stablemate instead.
Dan Overall, @Overandclear
Orbys Legend beat a very useful and more experienced type on his hurdling debut following an impressive debut in a bumper (form has worked out well). His only defeat over hurdles came in a hot race in deep ground which wouldn't have suited, but he bounced back at Sandown and looks progressive.
He's shown a good attitude thus far and the step up in trip looks likely to suit. Philip Hobbs has won this race three times since 2005 and he often aims a nice type at this prize, while the yard has been back amongst the winners of late.
A winner at this meeting last season, The Mighty Don would have gone very close to winning on his last start barring a late, race-ending mistake. He goes well fresh and he looks like he'll get his ideal conditions here; a strongly run three-miles on good ground.
This is only his second start in a handicap chase and he remains on a workable mark. Many of his rivals are either out of form or on a career high mark and his jumping, excluding that late error last time out, seems to have significantly improved from his early days as a chaser.
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