Three good meetings for us this afternoon from Ascot, Haydock and Wincanton. Channel 4 show races from all three venues. Ascot going is soft, heavy at Haydock and a combination of the two at Wincanton.
Two races to look at this afternoon, both at Ascot. Continued rain forecast this afternoon which will soften the ground even further. Plenty of prize money on offer and a few here will be having their final run before decisions are made regarding Cheltenham participation.
1.50 Ascot Sodexo Reynoldstown Novices´ Chase (Grade 2)
Drumacoo returned after over a year off to win unchallenged at Huntingdon on his first start for Ben Pauling. But that form is difficult to evaluate and could be a vulnerable favourite.
Onenightinvienna is a strong stayer. He had every chance on latest start, but just seemed to hang fire on the run-in. First time cheek-pieces can help.
Vyta Du Roc can improve for the step up in trip.
Minella Roc has been a major disappointment over fences to date, but is worth keeping an eye on regards the future.
Vyta Du Roc 10/3
3.35 Ascot Betfair Ascot Chase (Grade 1)
An open affair, with more questions than answers – both Silviniaco Conti and Dynaste having a bit to prove.
Nicky Henderson has two entries here, Ma Filleule and Triolo D’Alene. The latter impressed on his return at Kempton after being away for a year. Expected to go well, although better ground would have been preferable.
Silviniaco Conti 4/1
Triolo D’Alene 9/2
Royal Regatta 13/2
Our good run of form continued yesterday with a 7/4 winner and another successful lay of a well touted favourite. That makes it four profitable bets from the four bets only advised this week.
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