This week’s Survivor features races from Cheltenham, Doncaster and Newbury.
Name your choice for the winner of each for the six selected Survivor races before the first begins, picking one or multiple lines for each race. Players who don’t select the winner are eliminated after each leg until there’s just one Survivor.
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Tote Survivor picks — Saturday 24 October
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Tote Survivor analysis
Race 1: Cheltenham 2.40
A daunting start in many ways for Survivor players, despite just four runners in this novices’ chase. Dan Skelton’s Not That Fuisse was a snug winner on his reappearance last month at Perth and should have excellent claims with improvement to come on a track where he has gone close before.
The standard though is set by Paul Nicholls’ Southfield Stone, runner-up in a Grade 2 race at Kempton in February behind Who Dares Wins. He has scope for further progress this season and, with Team Ditcheat in superb form, cannot be left out of calculations.
Selections: No 2 Not That Fuisse, No 3 Southfield Stone
Race 2: Doncaster 2.55
Wembley bids to give Aidan O’Brien his 10th win in the Group 1 Futurity Trophy Stakes and he joins Charlie Appleby’s One Ruler at the head of the betting. They both have claims but State Of Rest may foil them.
Joseph O’Brien’s colt was the meat in a Champagne Stakes sandwich here over 7f last month when Chindit and Albasheer flanked him, briefly denying him room.
Tom Marquand’s charge picked up and strode through to the line powerfully and should not be underestimated upped in distance for the St Leger-winning trainer/jockey combination.
Selections: No 8 State Of Rest
Race 3: Cheltenham 3.15
An 18-runner ensemble tackles the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle over three miles at Cheltenham, making it a scary puzzle for Survivor players. That said, Neville’s Cross and Lock’s Corner are progressing at a rate of knots and command strong respect from Tom Lacey and Jonjo O’Neill.
The former looks the more likely winner despite a 12lb hike for his easy Hereford success this month.
Of those at bigger prices, Story Of Friends is unexposed at this trip and in form, while his trainer David Pipe has made a shrewd call here in giving the mount to 7lb claimer Fergus Gillard. Story of Friends has the tools to get involved as well with further progress likely.
Selections: No 6 Lock’s Corner, No 9 Neville’s Cross, No 13 Story Of Friends
Race 4: Newbury 3.35
A debut winner at Ascot in August when well supported in the betting, Laneqash stepped up on that to be second in a Listed race at Doncaster last month, run down late by New Mandate under an inspired Frankie Dettori.
The winner and third home – One Ruler – have both landed group race wins at Newmarket since and this promising colt should follow suit now.
Selection: No 6 Laneqash
Race 5: Cheltenham 3.50
Frodon is the class act in this 3m 1f handicap chase but Bryony Frost’s ever-eager partner faces a tough challenge lumping a top weight of 11st 12lb around.
He has a fantastic record around here but so too does West Approach, who was second in this last year before deservedly landing a big pot at the November Meeting. West Approach is back on a nice mark, goes well fresh and should mount a late challenge.
The progressive Manofthemountain has won four of five races over fences, his only defeat coming when he unseated his rider at Taunton last November. He won at Bangor on his recent comeback and is well equipped for this admittedly tougher test.
Selections: No 2 West Approach, No 8 Manofthemountain
Race 6: Newbury 4.10
It’s perhaps a surprise to find a few of these ahead of Alounak in the betting. His Royal Ascot run this season would surely see him taking this. Ground conditions are just fine and he should go well.
Away He Goes did well enough in a French Group 3 on heavy ground in August and has since backed that up with a smooth handicap success at Doncaster. He has not yet reached his full potential and commands a crack at this prize.
Selections: No 2 Alounak, No 3 Away He Goes
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