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Matt Chapman: Are you ready to feel the Power at Ascot

There's top-class action on from Haydock and Ascot with plenty of Cheltenham Festival clues. Matt's all over it and has picked out his three best bets for Saturday

by Matt Chapman | November 22, 2013

Wow! What a weekend ahead for racing fans with a mini Gold Cup at Haydock and some stonking hardcore action at Ascot.

I am pumped and ready to put one over on Paddy Power again. You hear me Paddy? And while I have been riding camels this week – rest assured I won’t be tipping any. Yeeehaaa!

We have to start with the big chase on Saturday at Haydock (3pm) which features Gold Cup heroes Bobs Worth and Long Run as well as the talented Silviniaco Conti and the up and coming Dynaste. It’s one of the best races of the season.

Fitness will play a big part as we can only guess on that score, but I have a feeling SILVINIACO CONTI may be the one – and he won this last season.


Paul Nicholls can get one ready for this race – as he did with Kauto Star over and over again – and Silviniaco has the class to score again. He was unlucky to fall in the Gold Cup and was probably over the top on his final run at Aintree when third to First Lieutenant. In a fascinating renewal, he will do for me.

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At Ascot the Amlin Chase (2.05) is also a corker, and marks the return of Al Ferof who won the Paddy Power Gold Cup last season impressively – only then to suffer injury.

He might be ready and might outclass this field, but CAPTAIN CHRIS is a pretty decent chaser on a going day and will certainly make them all work hard as he stays this distance strong.


Later on the card, Willie Mullins’  Irish raider Annie Power (2.40) puts her unbeaten record on the line.  I knew earlier than most that she was going to run here as owner Rich Richi told me a couple of weeks ago.

This really is a hot heat, but if ANNIE POWER is as good as connections think, she will romp home against Zarkandar and Zaidpour who are proper rivals.

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Look everyone, this is an amazing weekend of racing. Really enjoy it and grasp the occasion – oh yes, and make sure Paddy suffers. You hear me Paddy? Suffer. Yeeehaaa!


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