After 40/1 and 25/1 winners in recent weekends, renowned Tipster and Broadcaster Ed Quigley aka ‘Longshot Ted’ serves up his best bets for what should be a cracking weekend of action…
Ted’s bets for November 11 & 12
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Find the following picks for the races at Aintree, Kelso, Down Royal and Wincanton on Friday.
Aintree 1.00 – Giovinco
There aren’t many more exciting staying novice-chase prospects around than GIOVINCO, who was unbeaten over Hurdles last season, and then unshipped his rider after a blunder on his chase debut at Carlisle a fortnight ago.
Until that mishap, he had jumped soundly, and can make amends here with underfoot conditions which should pose no issue. His win in a Listed event at Perth over Hurdles last season was dazzling, and he can see off his rivals here with a clear round.
Into a Handicap off a mark of 143, I like his claims, and he can get the job done for the Lucinda Russell team who should be set for a big weekend.
Aintree 2.10 – Lively Citizen each-way
Testing ground won’t be an issue for LIVELY CITIZEN who got the job done at Perth on Chase debut last time out, and with a 4lb rise looking more than fair, he can follow up here at the Liverpool venue.
Even though his win last time out was on a sound surface, He has plenty of good Hurdling form on Soft ground, so he looks better equipped to cope with conditions than some of those tackling this uner big weight burdens.
David Jeffreys sends his mount on the long journey from his Worcestershire base and it can prove a fruitful trip with the Kielan Woods taking the ride on the 8-year-old.
Kelso 2.15 – De Legislator
I think DE LEGISLATOR has the propensity to be well-handicapped off a mark of 115 on Chase debut.
This former winning pointer won his first two starts over Hurdles last season in smart fashion, before being far from disgraced in the Grade 2 Prestige Novices at Haydock.
He was put away for the season after that, and now reappears over the larger obstacles with the potential of being a well treated individual.
Trip and ground should be fine for the 6-year-old who represents the Derek Fox and Lucinda Russell team. The son of Shirocco has course and distance winning form and is the one to beat.
Down Royal 2.20 – Gerri Colombe
To put it simply, I think GERRI COLOMBE will outclass his rivals. He has to concede race-fitness to his three rivals, as the 7-year-old makes his first start of the season against horses that have already had a run, but that aside, I think he will have too much up his sleeve against some aging rivals.
Gerri Colombe has won eight of his nine starts under rules, with his ony defeat coming when beaten a short-head by The Real Whacker in the Grade 1 Brown Advisory at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.
After that, he put in a stunning performance to swat aside his rivals at Aintree, and this improving youngster looks to have the tools required to now mix it in the big league.
This looks like the ideal starting point and it would be no surprise that if by the time we get to the Cheltenham Festival next March, he is one of the protagonists in the line-up.
Jack Kennedy is back on board, and I like the claims of Gerri Colombe here.
Wincanton 2.25 – Ballygrifincottage each-way
The wheels have come off in recent times for BALLYGRIFINCOTTAGE, but the 8-year-old has the raw ability to figure here if he has come on for his recent run at Newton Abbot.
Fourth in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett as a Novice Hurdler, he made a sensational start to life over fences last season when absolutely bolting up at Haydock.
Things haven’t gone to plan since, struggling with physical ailments and a wind-issue as his trainer Dan Skelton has expressed. If over those issues after a wind-operation, tere can’t be that many horses in the line-up with the potential to be well-handicapped like he is.
On the whole, it is a fairly exposed bunch and he could easily make waves off 140. Cheek Pieces go on for the first time in addition to the tongue-tie, and if things click he will be a danger to all in this company.
Lorcan Williams takes the ride, and the combination gets the each-way nod from me.
Get ready for the races at Sandown with the following picks.
Sandown 2.15 – Jetronic
French import JETRONIC ran with a lot of zest for a long way on stable debut at Cheltenham recently, finishing runner-up to a well-regarded sort, and off 133 in Handicap company could have too much for his rivals in this assignment.
Harry Cobden and Paul Nicholls team up with this unexposed 4-year-old who put in an excellent round of jumping at Prestbury Park a fortnight ago, and that should hold him in good stead here, where his bold style of jumping can pose lots of questions of his rivals, especially around the Esher venue and the railway fences in which many races are won and lost.
He should have more to offer and a bit of cut in the ground should suit him perfectly. He can get the job done here onto bigger and better things for the Ditcheat team.
Sandown 3.25 – Elegant Escape each-way
I am prepared to give old-timer ELEGANT ESCAPE a roll of the dice in this veteran’s event. The 11-year-old was a class act in his pomp, being placed in Grade 1 company as well as winning the Welsh Grand National.
He didn’t show much of his old spark during the last campaign which is worrying, but by the same token the flipside is that he has now plummeted down the weights.
It is perhaps a pointer that they haven’t retired him and decided to ctrack on, and this former course and distance winner runs off 125 here which makes him look too well treated to ignore.
Underfoot conditions should be fine, and with the majestic Harry Cobden on board, it wouldn’t be a shock if Joe Tizzard’s runner rolled back the years to reclaim former glories.
Ed will be back on Tuesday with his next installment of Ted’s Bets as he looks to seek out more winners…
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