Some of the big guns re-appear on TV this weekend and while not all of them will be betting propositions they will affect ante-post markets.
I’m still trying to get over Buywise’s defeat in the Paddy Power last weekend, but I’m attempting to be strong!
So lots to get stuck into on the blog once again, as we try and take some cash off Paddy. You hear me Paddy?
Let’s start at Haydock today with the Brush Hurdle at 1.50pm, and I’m all over TOP NOTCH here, who is the only one in this field who could be top class. Lump on.
The Grade 3 handicap hurdle at 2.25pm looks tough. The one I want to be on is proven, fit stayer OUR KAEMPFER , who runs for Charlie Longsdon. There might be better horses in this race later in the season, but this is a great chance after a fine second at Aintree last time.
The big chase at Haydock is at 3pm and stick with previous winner SILVINIACO CONTI in this one. He ran adequately over hurdles just the other day, but is a much better chance and can beat off familiar rivals here for champion Paul Nicholls.
Finally at Haydock there’s a tricky staying chase at 3.35pm to work out. I’m with FIREBIRD FLYER who is probably not an improver but loves Haydock and stays strong. His stable of Evan Williams is in cracking form.
Ascot hosts some terrific races but it’s hard to find a betting angle. I of course expect VAUTOUR to land the Grade 2 Chase at 2.05pm. Willie Mullins’ hope was outstanding as a novice and should beat this lot if they think he’s a Gold Cup horse.
The Grade 2 Hurdle at 2.40pm really is at the mercy of ROCK ON RUBY The trip perfect and the opposition is far from amazing. He has to give weight away, but he’s a class act.
But the final Ascot TV race – the extended 2m chase at 3.15pm – is one of the hardest race on the box to work out. The one I like each-way is WORKBENCH , who annoyingly is up 4lb for a fine effort at Cheltenham last time.
His trainer Dan Skelton is going great, and this horse is in terrific form. So best of luck on a fascinating Saturday. I’m ready. Yeeehaaa!