Two hot meetings at Ascot and Haydock this Saturday give us plenty to get stuck into on the blog and some good chances to hit Paddy where it hurts most – in his pocket. You hear me Paddy?
Let’s start at Haydock with the Grade 2 novices’ hurdle over nearly 2m at 2.05pm. I was at Doncaster the other day when LE PREZIEN scored, and he left me in little doubt he could take a step up in class for the champion Paul Nicholls.
It’s the Grade 2 Champion Hurdle trial at Haydock at 2.40pm, and while he’s been a bit disappointing for some time now, THE NEW ONE really should take care of this lot for the Twiston-Davies team of Nigel and Sam.
Also at Haydock is the Grade 2 Peter Marsh Chase at 3.15pm, and the one to be on here each-way is FINGAL BAY (). He’s consistent in staying chases and ran well in the Hennessy this season. He’s solid in a race where many of the rivals to Philip Hobbs’ hope have question marks over them.
Over at Ascot there’s a Grade 3 handicap hurdle over an extended 2m3f at 2.25pm, and I’ll take a chance with VALUE AT RISK () each-way. Dan Skelton’s challenger has been hopeless over fences this season, but back over the smaller obstacles he should be able to show some form off a mark of 142.
The Grade 1 race of the day comes at Ascot at 3pm in the shape of the Clarence House Chase, and Un de Sceaux will be a warm order for Willie Mullins.
However, I’m sticking with the former champion SIRE DE GRUGY (), who has been right back to his best this season for Gary Moore.
Finally, there’s a near 2m6f handicap chase at Ascot at 3.35pm. I like the old boy REVE DE SIVOLA () should he run here rather than Haydock. He’s chucked in on his hurdling rating and hasn’t been hopeless over fences in the past for Nick Williams. Worth the chance if he runs.
So best of luck and let’s hope for some Yeeehaaas!