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The Mandarin’s Saturday Selections from Wincanton, Doncaster, Aintree, Naas & Auteuil

Wincanton

60th Badger Beer Handicap Chase (Listed) 3.00
Some Chaos
Michael Scudamore’s ten year old jumped with gay abandon at Chepstow last month, forging clear of the field from four out and showing some pretty nimble jumping to land an easy win. That free running style should suit the galloping track here at Wincanton, and back on good ground he can enhance his solid reputation over fences

Unibet Elite Hurdle (Grade 2) 3.35
Sceau Royal (nap)
He’s a dual winner of this race, in 2016 and again last year, as well as grabbing the runners-up spot in 2019, so it’s horses for courses here, as Alan King’s dual code performer continues to prove his worth over timber. Good enough to feature in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the last three Cheltenham Festivals, the nine year old proved he’s still at the top of his game over hurdles when landing a Listed contest at Kempton last month, so arrives here race fit and has to be feared

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Doncaster

British EBF Gillies Fillies’ Stakes (Listed) 12.55
Bashrikova (nb)
Running in the famous Cheveley Park Stud silks, out of William Haggas’s Somerfield Lodge stables, there’s plenty of class about Bashrikova. She’s not disappointed so far, with a perfect three from three, and looks ready for a crack at some black type here. She should be suited by these conditions, and this track is less demanding than Newmarket where she had to work for her money last time out. Interesting

Virgin Bet Handicap 1.25
Tomfre
Ralph Beckett’s Cable Bay gelding won this race last year, and returns here after a solid effort at Leicester where he took the runners-up spot. The softer ground is just what he wants so he’s sure to be on the premises, and may well land this prize one more time

Virgin Bet Wentworth Stakes (Listed) 2.05
Tarhib
It will be fascinating to see if Tarhib can furnish her growing reputation with some black type here after winning in such impressive style at Yarmouth last time out. She’s run with credit on heavy ground (Newmarket) and comes from one of the top stables at Headquarters, William Haggas’s Somerfield Lodge base. Lots to like with Jim Crowley on the reins

Virgin Bet November Handicap 2.40
Global Storm
Out of Charlie Appleby’s all conquering Moulton Paddocks yard, Global Storm has plenty of form on ground with a bit of cut, and he makes some each way appeal in what is always a competitive handicap. He’s lining up from top weight here, but Adam Farragher’s 5lb claim offsets that to some degree. Solid place claims with conditions to suit

Aintree

Betway Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (National Course) 2.15
Spyglass Hill
Plenty of class about Henry de Bromhead’s eight year old, and although he can make the odd blunder may well take to these unique fences. There are no concerns over stamina for this test and Hugh Morgan’s 3lb claim helps, so he’s in the mix granted a clear round

Betway Hurdle 3.20
Wilde About Oscar
Four wins from six starts last season, and may well be one for the tracker this term from one of the best yards around. Plenty of early season form in the book and the Skeltons’ charge looks one of the more likely ones in a good contest

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Naas

BetVictor Fishery Lane Hurdle (Grade 3) 12.50
Quilixios
He looked something right out of the top drawer when winning his first four starts since the move over from France, including a demolition job in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, quickening clear with ease when Rachael Blackmore pressed the button. Excused his next run at Punchestown, when the stable was out of sorts, but runs well fresh and has to be high on the shortlist

Poplar Square Chase (Grade 3) 1.20
Andy Dufresne
A cracking renewal in store, where there will be plenty of support for Captain Guinness, but he’s prone to the odd mistake so Gordon Elliott’s Andy Dufresne gets the nod. He runs well fresh, will revel in these conditions and remains unexposed over fences. Plenty of positives with both trainer and jockey clocking up the winners

Auteuil

Grand Prix Automne Hurdle (Grade 1) 2.50
L’autonomie
Office favourite L’atonomie lines up once more on her home track. Francois Nicolle’s stable star knows her way around here blindfolded, and will plot her usual wide track down the back straight. She was third in this last year behind the ever present rivals, Galop Marin and Paul’s Saga, and now has Philip Hobbs’ Thyme Hill thrown into the mix. However, it will be a test of stamina on heavy ground, but she’s still improving as a six year old and can notch up yet another win around here

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