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The second day of the November Racing Weekend features several high-class contests with a brace of Grade Two races headlining the card along with the typically-competitive Coral Hurst Park Handicap Chase.
A small but select field will go to post in the Grade 2 Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase with all four runners having shown high-class form. Imperial Aura rates as the one with the most potential having won the novices’ handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival and the Colin Parker at Carlisle on his reappearance and he should have plenty of improvement to come this season for Kim Bailey.
Itchy Feet won the Grade 1 Scilly Isles at Sandown as a novice before unseating in the Marsh Chase at the Festival. He was an encouraging third on his reappearance in the Old Roan and can be expected to improve for that. Black Corton is another with Grade 1 winning novice form from his earlier days and shouldn’t be underestimated at a track where he always seems to run well.
Real Steel is the most intriguing runner though having his first outing for Paul Nicholls. He was a dual Grade 2 winner over this trip when with Willie Mullins in Ireland and ran a huge race to finish sixth in the Gold Cup when not quite getting home. Back down in trip he is expected to take all the beating.
There are only three runners for the Grade 2 Coral Hurdle but it will be a tight betting heat with just 1lbs separating the trio on official ratings. Former Cheltenham Festival winner Laurina gets the mares allowance and her fourth in the 2019 Champion Hurdle is the strongest piece of form available. She largely disappointed last season when mixing it over fences and hurdles for Willie Mullins but is the one that retains the most potential and it will be intriguing to see if new trainer Paul Nicholls can get her back to her best.
Song For Someone landed the Kingwell on his final start last season but has done all his winning over two miles so this extended trip is a question mark. Call Me Lord was second in this race last year and provided he strips fitter his reappearance at Aintree could prove the biggest threat to Laurina.
The big betting race of the day is the Coral Hurst Park Handicap Chase which is a high class renewal headed by the 159-rated Magic Saint. He reappears quickly after winning at Cheltenham last weekend and is up 7lbs for that effort but the drop in trip suited him well and he could still take some pegging back here. Capeland turned this race into a procession last year when winning by 12-lengths and would be a threat if back to that form while Amoola Gold won here in October and could have more improvement to come.
The fast-improving First Flow might be the answer though. He was highly thought of as a novice hurdler before recording four victories and three seconds in his first season over fences and he could yet prove better than his mark of 148. Abbey Magic is the unknown quantity, making the trip over from Ireland for Henry De Bromhead with Bryony Frost taking the ride.
Elsewhere on the card, Southfield Harvest brings the most potential to the opening Coral “Fail To Finish” Free Bet Novices’ Hurdle and should be too strong for Shang Tang who has been consistent without winning. Hold That Thought looks the one with the most potential in the Play The Coral "Racing Super Series" Novices' Limited Handicap Chase having chased home a subsequent winner at Lingfield.
Away from Ascot, the first British Grade One of the 2020/21 Jumps season takes place at Haydock in the shape of the Betfair Chase. Last year’s winner Lostintranslation takes on two-time winner Bristol De Mai while dual King George winner Clan Des Obeaux in a cracking renewal.
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