Haydock betting tips: Black Key, Captain Redbeard and Mr Antolini appeal on Saturday

Horsebetting.com experts give their Haydock betting tips for November 24 which includes three best bets for the supporting card of Saturday’s Betfair Chase meeting. Black Key has some strong form in the book and rates the standout bet in the 2m Newton Novices’ Hurdle that gets proceedings underway. Captain Redbeard has a terrific record at the Merseyside venue and is our next best punt to further enhance it with victory in the 3m 1f handicap chase. Mr Antolini, meanwhile, shaped really well on seasonal reappearance, so makes plenty of each-way appeal in the extended 2m 2f handicap hurdle. Find out more about these horses in our in-depth preview with Haydock betting tips for November 24.

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Black Key the Newton Novices’ Hurdle bet

Black Key has some solid form in the book and looks worth a bet to make a winning debut for trainer Donald McCain in the Listed 2m Newton Novices’ Hurdle that gets proceedings underway on Betfair Chase day at Haydock on Saturday (12:10). Formerly trained in Ireland by Henry De Bromhead, this six-year-old has won two of his 13 starts over the obstacles and been placed on six occasions.

In the first of those successes at Listowel back in June, he responded well for pressure to beat Storm Rising by 1 1/4 lengths in a 16-runner maiden hurdle. The runner-up is a useful sort who has won four times since to be rated 137, so that gives the form a rock solid look.

Black Key then seemed unsuited by a slow early pace when third at Limerick, before resuming winnings ways at the Galway Festival when landing a competitive 20-runner handicap by seven lengths from Mill Quest. After tracking the leader, the son of Authorized took up the running three from home travelling strongly.

He was then ridden clear and stayed on strongly to register a comfortable success in the hands of Rachael Blackmore. Given that he was giving 3lb to the runner-up, who went on to land his next two starts, it was a taking display. Black Key now reverts to novice company and his official rating of 137 is the highest in the five-runner line up.

It puts him 1lb clear of main market rival Grand Sancy, who is less experienced and didn’t impress when landing the odds last time out. So, with the trip and ground ideal, Black Key looks decent value to land the spoils for his local handler. Thus he features as the main selection in our Haydock betting tips for November 24.

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Captain Redbeard taken to plunder the spoils

Captain Redbeard has a terrific record at the venue and looks to hold leading claims of further enhancing it in the 3m 1f Betfair Exchange Handicap Chase (15;35). The Stuart Coltherd trained eight-year-old has won twice and been placed three times in five starts at the track.

The last of those successes came in the Tommy Whittle Chase 13 months ago where he won easing down by seven lengths from Catamaran Du Seuil. Captain Redbeard then ran a blinder in defeat when second of 13 to The Dutchman in the Grade 2 Peter Marsh Chase over course and distance off a mark of 144.

After making a mistake at the ninth, he made good headway to chase the winner before the last and kept on doggedly on the run-in to be beaten 13 lengths. Captain Redbeard then took advantage of his reduced hurdles rating and resumed winning ways at Ayr, before unseating in the Grand National at Aintree on his final start of the campaign.

He is now able to race in this class 2 affair of a rating of 144, and that makes him look well-treated – especially on his run in the much more competitive Peter Marsh. Captain Redbeard also comes into the race following a pipe opener over hurdles when a promising and not knocked about third to Aspen Colorado.

That should have blown away the cobwebs and put him spot on for this. With regular pilot Sam Coltherd once again in the saddle and taking off a handy 5lb with his claim, Captain Redbeard looks to have plenty going for him in this and hence rates our next best bet of our Haydock betting tips for November 24 on a cracking seven-race card.

Mr Antolini makes plenty of each-way appeal

In the extended 2m 2f handicap hurdle earlier on the card (13:50), Mr Antolini makes plenty of each-way appeal. This eight-year-old has progressed at a rate of knots since joining trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies at the beginning of the year, winning twice and posting some solid efforts in defeat.

In the last of those successes, the gelding held on gamely under Jamie Bargary to beat Call Me Lord by a neck in the ultra-competitive 20-runner Grade 2 Imperial Cup over 2m at Sandown. It was a really gutsy display and the pair pulled nine lengths clear of the third home.

Call Me Lord, from whom Mr Antolini was receiving 22lb, went on to beat very smart staying hurdler Lil Rockerfeller by 16 lengths in a Grade 2 at the same venue next time up. The sixth home Silver Streak, who was rated just 3lb higher than the selection going into the race, has since landed the valuable Swinton Handicap here and the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las off a mark of 139.

That gives the form a rock solid look and Mr Antolini comes into the race following a highly-promising return to action when a fifth of 20 to first Assignment over 2m 5f at Cheltenham. After travelling well in mid-division, he made a couple of costly errors when mounting his challenge before weakening on the run-in to be beaten six lengths.

First Assignment, to whom he was giving 13lb, has since come out and bolted up at the same venue and is a red-hot favourite for the valuable Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle on this card. So, in hindsight, it was a bliding effort under joint-top weight of 11st 12lb and one which suggests Mr Antolini is potentially well-treated off his current mark of 138.

The drop back to 2m 2f also looks sure to suit and Bargary, who has won once and been placed once on him in two starts, is now back in the saddle. There is nothing not to like about Mr Antolini’s profile for this and that’s why he features as the each-way punt and completes our Haydock betting tips for November 24.

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