Bombadier British Hopped Amber Beer November Handicap Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting November 9

Passion seeking Glory in November Handicap

Horse Racing Tips

The curtain comes down on the UK’s 2017 Turf Flat season with the traditional closer, the November Handicap. The day also used to mark the final throes of the jockeys’ and trainers’ championships but they now conclude with Champions’ Day at Ascot in October. Run over 1m4f at Doncaster, the November Handicap attracts a bumper entry and a maximum 23 could face the starter again this year if the weather permits.
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There has been an awful lot of rain in the last few days and the going, already soft, is now described as heavy. Last month’s big race, the Futurity, had to be transferred to Newcastle and officials have been closely monitoring the weather. It’s unusual for Doncaster to lose fixtures to waterlogging as the course is built on a sandy soil base – another string to the bow of climate change campaigners, perhaps?

November Handicap History and Trends

The November Handicap can be trace its roots back to 1876. It used to be known as the Manchester November Handicap back then as it was first run at New Barns, Manchester. It was moved to Irwell in Salford in 1902 and was staged at Pontefract during the Second World War but returned to Irwell in 1946 until the track was closed in 1963. The race was transferred to Doncaster in 1964 and has been there ever since, adopting its current shortened title in 1976.

    • Only two three-year-olds have won since 2007 with the last two renewals going to four-year-olds.
    • Most recent winners have been rated between 89 and 99 but Litigant won off a mark of 106 in 2016 and Royal Line won off 105 last year.
    • Only one of the last eight winners has started at bigger odds than 10/1.
    • It’s unusual for a winner to have had more than seven runs in the season.
    • Most recent winners had won over 1m2f or further.

Sleepy aiming to go one better

Not So Sleepy was second 12 months ago but only a head in front of Reshoun with Birds Of Prey a neck further behind in fourth – Everything For You and Eddystone Rock were both unplaced. Hughie Morrison’s runner, who hasn’t done a lot wrong again this year, is actually better off at the weights with those behind so Betfred’s 11/1 may be a little on the generous side.

As well as Reshoun and Everything For You, Ian Williams also runs Speed Company and Western Duke. The trainer won the November Handicap in 2017 with Saunter and Speed Company may prove the pick of his quartet this year. The six-year-old has been very consistent on the Flat this season and was always travelling strongly when successful on soft ground over hurdles at Chepstow last month. The 25/1 with Paddy Power looks much too big, especially with four places to aim at for each-way punters.

Deja (11/2 with Ladbrokes) is the favourite having won four of his five career starts but a victory on Polytrack in July might not be the ideal preparation for a slog through the mud. Collide (a best 7/1 with Ladbrokes) has the champion apprentice Cieren Fallon on board and has run in some hot handicaps this year. He won twice on soft going last season so can’t be ignored. Chester winner Diocletian stays further, acts on soft ground, has won here in the past and is a best 12/1, the same odds as the tough Alright Sunshine, who has won seven of his 11 career starts.

Indianapolis (a general 25/1) ploughed through testing conditions to beat three rivals at Leicester but it’s just possible that the three-year-old PASSION FOR GLORY is still a step ahead of the handicapper.

The Godolphin colt didn’t make his racecourse debut in July but has already won twice, including at Doncaster last month. It was heavy ground on that occasion and he is still very unexposed over 1m4f having only raced over the trip once before when hampered at Newmarket. Though raised 4lb, he can confirm running with Dark Lochnagar and record his biggest victory to date.

November Handicap Current Best Odds

Deja 11/2, Collide 7/1, Not So Sleepy and Passion And Glory 11/1, Diocletian, Alright Sunshine, Reshoun and Melburnian 12/1, Scarlet Dragon and Birds Of Prey 16/1, Dark Lochnagar and Jukebox Jive 20/1, Indianapolis, Speed Company, Everything For You and Francis Xavier 25/1, Eddystone Rock, Jabbaar and Garbanzo 40/1, Lunar Jet 50/1
(Odds correct at 3.45pm November 7)

Passion And Glory to Win November Handicap