It’s an epic Saturday of motion on Sky Sports activities Racing with a top-quality jumps card at Ascot earlier than we head to Santa Anita for a blockbuster Breeders’ Cup card.
3.45 Ascot – Monbeg Genius warms up for Newbury tilt
The Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase (3:45) has attracted a wonderful subject topped by present Coral Gold Cup antepost favorite Monbeg Genius, who goes for Jonjo O’Neill.
The seven-year-old is well-fancied for Newbury’s December 2 showpiece following his third to Grand Nationwide hero Corach Rambler and Punchestown Grade 1 winner Fastorslow at Cheltenham in March.
Kim Bailey once more sends one in all his steady stars to shoulder high weight in a handicap as Two For Gold shares that honour with Joe Tizzard’s Eldorado Allen.
Of the others, Beauport is price noting for the in-form Nigel Twiston-Davies staff, having regarded set to go shut at Aintree in April earlier than falling.
2.05 Ascot – Nicholls bids to bag one other large pot
Having received two of the final 4 renewals, Paul Nicholls returns to defend his title within the £100,000 Byrne Group Handicap Chase (2:05).
The Ditcheat-trained pair of Cap Du Mathan and Quel Destin do nevertheless look to have one thing to search out with the market principals right here, led by Harry Fry’s elegant eight-year-old Boothill, who received at Grade 2 stage final season and makes a primary begin since February.
Emma Lavelle’s string are in effective kind however Purple Rookie would wish a profession finest to be victorious right here whereas the fashionable First Move, who runs in a primary handicap since 2020, could possibly be one of the best of the opposition and can relish the doubtless testing floor.
Do not low cost Funambule Sivola both from the Venetia Williams yard, whose staff would possibly simply be coming into some kind.
9.50 Santa Anita – Robust European staff in Turf
The Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (9:50) is often one which the European runners declare and this yr might effectively be no totally different.
There’s any variety of intriguing runners from this facet of the Atlantic, none extra so than Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Auguste Rodin, though it is price noting that he has bombed out in two of three visits abroad.
King Of Metal would be the trip of Frankie Dettori after his win within the Champion Stakes at Ascot, whereas Mostahdaf has a glittering CV this yr together with the Juddmonte Worldwide and Prince of Wales’s Stakes.
Up To The Mark appears to be like one of the best of the house staff, though solely beating Grasp Of The Seas by a nostril final time in all probability will not be sufficient right here.