Favourite Higher Power out of November Handicap

James Fanshawe: "The horse wants cut in the ground"

PICTURE: Chris Bourchier Higher Power out of November Handicap By Alex Wiltshire and David Carr 12:20pM 3 NOV 2016

ANTE-POST favourite Higher Power was a notable absentee from the declarations for Saturday's Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster, with James Fanshawe citing the quick surface on Town Moor as the reason behind the progressive four-year-old's absence.

Higher Power was as short as 7-1 for the £80,000 showpiece after finishing in the placings in all five of his starts this season. After winning at Kempton in June he most recently suffered a narrow quarter-length defeat to John Gosden's Cape Cova, who takes over the mantle of favourite along with the William Haggas-trained Wrangler at 7-1.

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Fanshawe said: "I spoke to Roderick Duncan, the clerk of the course, this morning and he said the ground is good to firm. The horse wants cut in the ground and there is no rain forecast.

"I was really looking forward to running him but we have learned the hard way we cannot run him on quick ground."

A final field of 23 will battle it out, with last year's victor Litigant topping the weights for Joseph Tuite and is a 16-1 shot for a repeat win.

The official description at Doncaster on Thursday was good to firm, good in places.

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