Ah, finally a weekend for the punters. Or so we think, at least. Flicking through the cards this weekend, it’s extremely hard to gravitate away from the favourites in the races that catch the eye. So, this is not the weekend you get rich but a healthy profit is still to be made.
13.50 Ascot olbg.com Mares’ Hurdle
Even with the extra 4lbs over all rivals, it’s hard not to like LA BAGUE AU ROI at 11/10. She is the highest rated and rightly so, having won her last three in classy style. The danger is Dusky Legend who was giving her weight last time out and is no slouch. Midnight Tune arrives in great form and cannot be ruled out if the selection does not fire. Don’t forget to take advantage of Skybet’s Money Back If Second offer for this race.
14.15 Taunton Bathwick Tyres Seniors’ Handicap Hurdle
Whilst the Taunton card doesn’t attract the attention like Ascot and Haydock this weekend, we have a senior’s race that attracts an entry for Paul Nicholl’s IRVING. He is weighted less than his last win in a handicap, get the benefit of an excellent jockey in Bryony Frost (as well as her 5lb claim) and generally just runs in better company than this so 2/1 is a fair price. Monbeg Legend has lots of 1s in the form column but doesn’t do much winning in winter. Kings Lad hasn’t raced for nearly 2 years and this is surely a prep run for Cold March who is a chaser.
14.40 Haydock Bathwick Tyres Seniors’ Handicap Hurdle
With only four entries, it seems the class and experience of THE NEW ONE has scared off the rest of the potential field. He has won five times at Haydock in good company and relishes a small field so 11/10 looks about right. 6 lbs lighter, Ch’tibello is the main danger but he was beaten easily by the selection at Cheltenham. Clyne shouldn’t trouble the seasoned campaigner and it would be a real shock to see Unison in the frame.
15.15 Haydock Peter Marsh Handicap Chase
A real tough one to dissect but finally some value on offer. Rock The Kasbah is the likely market favourite with the champion jockey on board and is best after a break. Hainan looks a peach of a price at 7/1; 7 lbs lower than Rock The Kasbah and fully proved last time out that a hard slog is his game. If on top form, which we haven’t seen for a while, this shouts YALA ENKI and a price of 8/1 with 4 places on offer with Skybet is not to be ignored. Tintern Theatre is another weighted well but only seems to win with Sam Twiston-Davies on board.
15.35 Ascot Royal Salute Whisky Clarence House Chase
Brain Power was staying on nicely last time out at Sandown before unseating his rider but it was tough to suggest firmly that he would have won that day. He comes up against a tougher opponent here in UN DE SCEAUX. One of the quickest horses in training and rightly priced at 4/7. However, if you use this special link (and be quick as it won’t last) then you can get Evens which is simply a terrific price. On top form, the only danger in this race is the inclusion of fences between the start and the finish. The remainder three horses are good but simply not the same calibre.