Racing preview for Friday, November 13

Horse racing
Horse racing

Tuco shed his maiden tag at Thirsk in August and is of plenty of interest as he switches to the all-weather in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Lingfield.

Jamie Osborne’s three-year-old was placed on each of his first four outings but finally made it fifth-time lucky when triumphing by a neck at the North Yorkshire venue as an odds-on favourite.

While he made hard work of it, he still kept finding a little extra under pressure with that willing attitude perhaps boding well for the handicap sphere.

He is off a mark of 85 which is certainly not an easy task, but Tuco can rise to the challenge.

Godolphin can have a good afternoon with both Yodelling and Emirates Comfort primed to strike for Charlie Appleby and Saeed bin Suroor respectively.

Yodelling was twice a winner last year but has failed to really hit her stride this term after heading out to Dubai in the winter.

She remains a filly with some ability, though, and can start to sparkle again returned to Polytrack in the 32Red.com / British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap.

Emirates Comfort is a likely type in the Coral Maiden Stakes following a couple of placed runs so far.

He’s A Dreamer scan strike gold in the 32Red Maiden Stakes at Wolverhampton.

All eyes will be on More Of That as he begins his career over fences in the Steel Plate And Sections Novices’ Chase on the first day of the Open meeting at Cheltenham.

Jonjo O’Neill’s charge enjoyed a meteoric rise through the hurdles ranks in the 2013/14 season, winning each of his four starts culminating in World Hurdle victory at the 2014 Festival at this track.

His unexpected defeat of Annie Power marked him as the outstanding stayer of the campaign, but he did not get to wear that crown for too long as he could finish only third in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury last November.

That was to be his only run of the campaign but connections have been upbeat ahead of his return and O’Neill has previously made no secret of the fact he expects More Of That to be even better over fences.

Clearly his lengthy absence is far from positive but his hurdles mark of 167 makes him a force to be reckoned with.

Penglai Pavilion can make it four wins in as many starts in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle .

John Ferguson’s runners have not been firing in quite so regularly in recent days but this five-year-old is a class act having finished fifth behind Treve in the 2013 Arc.

He has shown plenty of scope for hurdling too, supplementing wins at Hexham and Stratford with an impressive showing at this track last month.

Penglai Pavilion is facing tougher company but has seemingly made a smooth transition to the National Hunt game and is likely to be a leading player come March.

Saint Are ran a cracker to finish second in last year’s Grand National and that experience should stand him in good stead in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase.

Glacial Rock is the pick in the Open Meeting Betting At 188Bet Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase at Hexham.

Selections:

Cheltenham: 1.05 Minella Present, 1.40 More Of That, 2.15 Penglai Pavilion, 2.40 Saint Are, 3.25 Smart Talk, 4.00 Perfect Candidate.

Dundalk: 6.05 Calm Bay, 6.35 In The Air, 7.05 Zulu Alpha, 7.35 Holy Water, 8.05 Pour Deux, 8.35 Artistic Integrity, 9.05 Facade.

Hexham: 12.40 Cornborough, 1.15 Glacial Rock, 1.50 Rivabodiva, 2.25 Castlelawn, 3.00 Bracing, 3.35 Egret.

Lingfield: 11.50 Al Khafji, 12.20 Summer Chorus, 12.55 Emirates Comfort, 1.30 Yodelling, 2.05 TUCO (NAP), 2.40 Dougan, 3.15 State Of The Union, 3.50 Smile That Smile.

Wolverhampton: 4.15 Presto Boy, 4.45 Virile, 5.15 Smart DJ, 5.45 The Burnham Mare, 6.20 He’s A Dreamer, 6.50 Stadius, 7.20 Cabal, 7.50 Zarliman.

Double: Tuco and Penglai Pavilion.