Who To Follow At Ascot On Saturday - 20/11/21

Ascot - November 20 2021
Ascot 14:40
Jamie Moore


Jamie Moore
Gary Moore
Age: 5
Weight: 11-6
OR: 157
Days: 204

The Grade Two Coral Hurdle is a quality event every season and this year's renewal looks no different, with that in mind we are selecting the superstar Goshen.

An enigma of a horse to say the least. Goshen ascended the ranks of the juveniles last season only to break hearts, accumulators and place-pots alike with his final flight mistake in the Triumph Hurdle. 

Gary Moore’s five year old has a stiff task on his hands giving away 7lb to the girls in the field.

A couple of spins on the flat saw him come sixth of six and third of seven, bitterly disappointing for one with such a lofty reputation.

He then slipped further in expectations when trailing home last in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham in December. The bubble looked burst. 

But, a 70 day break Goshen returned at Wincanton in late February in the Kingwell hurdle and bounced back to form in style.

A 22 length procession saw him blitz the field and come home at a canter, with the deep ground playing to his strengths.

Well backed for the Champion Hurdle after that, everything went wrong for him on the day pulling Jamie Moore nearly off the track and ultimately costing him any chance and he then went to the Punchestown festival and again disappointed.

Overall, Goshen is a horse with immense talent and if getting him on a going day over this longer trip, he could bounce back to form in a big way.


Trainer to follow - Paul Nicholls

Paul Nicholls has started the season off in fine fashion and at Ascot on Saturday can add to his tally with some nice chances across the card.

In the first race of the day he sends Flemenstide out for his hurdles debut having been a smart horse in bumpers but always bought to be better over obstacles.

He will be looking to land a quick-fire double in the second event of the day with Jeremy Pass who made a lovely chase debut at Chepstow.

Other nice runners for the yard include Master Tommytucker in the 1965 Christy Chase and Diego Du Charmil, who both have each way chances.

Nicholls, as ever is in fine form of late running at a 30% strike rate for the last two weeks, landing 13 winners from his 44 runners.

Jockey To Follow - Sam Twiston-Davies

Sam Twiston-Davies has been riding to a high level this season already surpassing 50 winners for the season and on Saturday he has some big chances.

His best chance of the afternoon comes from Before Midnight in the two mile handicap chase, taking on some rivals he has already beaten this season.

Other big shouts for the experienced rider includes Master Tommytucker in the 1965 Christy Chase, Guard Your Dreams in the Coral Hurdle and Jazz King in the opener.