November Handicap Preview – Saturday 10th November
Last updated: November 9, 2018 by Leon Marshal
The turf flat season comes to an end at Doncaster on Saturday where the feature race is the £70,000 November Handicap at 3.15. Town Moor also hosts the season’s first major handicap in the Lincoln and the November Handicap attracts plenty of betting interest.
Open Eagle (2014) was the only winning favourite in the past 22 years but there have been plenty of well-backed winners. John Gosden has won the race a record five times, most recently with 8-1 chance Zuider Zee in 2011. Conduct started at the same price for William Haggas in 2013 while there was also been plenty of money for Prize Money (2016) and Saunter (2017).
Co-favourites for November Handicap
Bookmakers have been struggling to establish a clear favourite this year with Buzz, Now Children and Royal Line all originally quoted at 10-1. Trainer Hughie Morrison went agonisingly close in the Melbourne Cup with Marmelo on Tuesday and will be hoping for better luck with Buzz.
The four-year-old grey gelding caught the well-backed Mountain Angel in the final stride when scoring at Newbury in September. That was over a mile and a quarter on soft ground and he has already won at this distance. He has been raised a further 5lbs but goes well fresh and this looks an ideal race for him.
Anything saddled by John Gosden in this race is worth a second look and Royal Line is an interesting contender. He has not raced since winning an Epsom handicap in April but is now 10lbs higher in the weights. He started favourite for this race last year off a 9lbs lower mark when finishing seventh after leading at the furlong marker.
Adam Kirby rides Now Children for Clive Cox, a four-year-old colt by Dragon Pulse. He finished second to Temple Church at Newbury in September before going one better at Goodwood in soft ground. He overcame trouble in running to power four and a half lengths clear of Wolf Country and is 6lbs higher on Saturday. Temple Church has been beaten a total of 49 lengths in two subsequent starts.
My Lord And Master back up in distance
William Haggas saddles My Lord And Master, three times a runner-up this season. The three-year-old was beaten a head by Crossed Baton in the Blue Riband Derby Trial at Epsom in April. He was then beaten by the classy Rostropovich at Chester. A defeat in France followed and he was over seven lengths behind Buzz at Newbury next time. The colt was probably in need of the run that day following an absence of 118 days.
My Lord And Master gave a much better account of himself at York next time when narrowly beaten by Aquarium. Daniel Tudhope takes over the reins from young Cieren Fallon and a bold run is anticipated.
Erik The Red finished runner-up to Prize Money in the corresponding race in 2016. He is a course winner over ten furlongs and probably would not want the going too soft. He was a couple of lengths behind My Lord And Master last time out and is 10lbs better off on Saturday.
Saunter landed a bit of a gamble last year for Ian Williams and he is represented by Reshoun, Baydar and Restorer this time. Reshoun bounced back to form when easily beating Never Surrender at Haydock in heavy ground over a mile and three-quarters. If the going comes up soft, he could make light of a 4lbs rise in the handicap. Stable companion Restorer just edged out Hochfeld by a nose at Leicester last time. That was his first victory at this trip and he has gone up just 1lb as a result.
Baydar has not won since completing a four-timer in 2016 when trained by Hugo Palmer. He has slid down the handicap by more than a stone since and ran his best race for some time when second over two miles at York last month. He will wear blinkers for the first time on Saturday.
November Handicap Betting Tips
My Lord And Master @11-1 William Hill
Each-way ¼ odds, 1,2,3,4
The November Handicap is due off at 3.15 at Doncaster on Saturday 10th November and will be televised live on ITV4.