Local Dynasty and Mr Alan star among 34 entries for Virgin Bet November Handicap
34 entries have been received for the relocated Virgin Bet November Handicap run over 1m4½f and worth £70,000 which will now be run at Newcastle after Doncaster lost the fixture due to a waterlogged track.
Charlie Appleby has never won this race before, but that could change this week after he entered the classy Local Dynasty who has been gelded since his last run in July. This would be the son of Dubawi’s first try at this trip.
The George Boughey-trained Mr Alan was beaten a neck on Friday at Newmarket, and given he has only made three starts in 2023, he could make a quick reappearance in this race. Mustazeed has ran creditably in two starts since returning from a mid-season break and has been entered by Harry Eustace, but he has never tackled this trip before and is 0-5 on the All-Weather.
William Haggas won this 10 years ago with Conduct in 2013. His sole entrant in this year’s renewal of the Virgin Bet November Handicap is Laafi who bounced right back to form when winning at Newmarket from the front on Friday.
After his success at the Breeders’ Cup, Michael Appleby has entered the hat-trick seeking In The Breeze, and The Horse Watchers-owned Sonnerie Power.
Either side of the Virgin Bet November Handicap are a pair of £50,000 ‘Listed’ contests. The Virgin Bet Daily Extra Places Irish EBF Gillies Fillies' Stakes is scheduled to be run at 12:50pm and has attracted 18 entries. The 103-rated Godolphin inmate Veil Of Shadows is another potential runner on the card for Charlie Appleby, while Vera Verto could represent Irish trainer Gavin Cromwell.
16 entries have been received for the Virgin Bet Every Saturday Money Back Wentworth Stakes run over 6f. Significantly has been a model of consistency since joining the Julie Camacho and would be a major player if declared. Last year’s winning connections, Nick Bradley Racing, could be doubly represented courtesy of Glorious Angel and Sophia’s Starlight. Course and distance winner Sense Of Duty is another high-profile performer to have been entered at the five-day stage alongside the likes of Bielsa and former Group winner Brad The Brief.