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Matt Chapman: There’s an Ascot and York smash-up of racing on Saturday, and I’ve got a 14/1 each-way steal for the King George

Top racing pundit Matt Chapman is back to smash up Paddy with his top tips from York and Ascot on a busy day of racing on the TV

by Matt Chapman | July 24, 2015

It’s a monster King George racing weekend once again on this blog, and after a quiet time of things last Saturday I’m pumped up and ready to attack Paddy once again. You hear me Paddy?

More on the King George later, but I want to start off at York with a 1 mile 2 furlong handicap at 1.45pm. Only a small field and the one to be on is the fast improving CHAIN OF DAISIES, who stays well and can go from close to the pace. Hard to beat for James Doyle and Henry Candy.

There’s another handicap over 7 furlongs at 2.20pm, and I like ALFRED HUTCHINSON each-way here. He’s at the limit of his handicap mark off 98, but although down the field last time he wasn’t beaten far in terms of distance. Will run a race and with Paddy Power paying money-back as a free bet on your single if you come second or third, he’s well worth a punt.

It’s the York Stakes, a Group 2, at 2.55pm, and despite giving weight away all round, class act CUSTOM CUT (9/4) should be good enough for Danny Tudhope and David O’Meara. The selection ran well against Arod last time at Epsom.

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Finally at York I’ve taken a peak at the hugely competitive Dash at 3.30pm. ALGAR LAD (10/1) is high in the weights off 101, but he won well at this track on his penultimate start and was far from disgraced at Ascot last time. Could well slip into the frame.

At Ascot let’s start with the Princess Margaret at 2.05pm. The one to back here is BESHARAH, who has done little wrong after two wins, finishing third to Acapulco at Royal Ascot and then just touched off at Newmarket by Illuminate. Obviously dramatically changing ground would be a worry. But I can’t worry about that at the time of writing!

Next up is a handicap over 1m at 2.40pm. Like Besharah, PICK YOUR CHOICE is trained by William Haggas and could be well in off a mark of 88. He runs for The Queen!


The International Stakes at 3.15pm over 7f is an annual cavalry charge, and the one I like is JALLOTA (20/1). He’s high in the handicap off 103, but ran well off that rating at Newmarket last time and won well prior at York. He should be in the mix for Charlie Hills.

Finally, it’s the King George at 3.50pm, and of course if Golden Horn turns up he will be hard to beat. However, I like the multiple Arc placed FLINTSHIRE (14/1) each-way for the master trainer Andre Fabre. He’s well drawn and hard to keep out the fame so have a decent each-way bet.

A cracking Saturday ahead. I’m hoping the rain doesn’t muck things up too much. I want some Yeeehaaas!

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