Ascot Clarence House Meeting & Haydock Weekend Card.
I am back! After a good month or so without any post or any tips I can only apologise for my behaviour, especially over a Christmas period that saw some cracking racing in particular Thistlecrack absolutely destroying Cue Card in the King George get in! So due to my lack of activity i’ll give my predictions for races at both Ascot and Haydock this weekend. (Bearing in mind im doing this on Thursday night so there maybe non runners etc..). Starting off at Ascot in the 12.40 it’s a Class 3 Juvenile Hurdle with ten set to go at this moment in time, and of that ten my fancy is the Paul Nicholls trained Dolos. Rated 136 he’s rated quite higher than the rest of these and with form of ‘3133’ I fancy him to be there or thereabouts, again because i’m doing this on Thursday there aren’t any prices up so he could be anything. Next up the 1.15 is another Class 3 however this time a Handicap Chase for the amateurs and my fancy in this is Colin’s Brother for Nigel Twiston-Davies, his two starts this season have seen him winning by both 5 lengths and 14 lengths and I don’t him stopping for anything here either, should be in the frame at least. Big race up next in the Grade 2 Mares Hurdle which I believe was won by Vroum Vroum Mag last year in very good fashion. Mullins sends Whiteout here this year in an attempt to emulate last years success, Whiteout trades at around 11/4 however her form is very hit and miss to say the least following her Punchestown success over Limini. Therefore I can’t really see pass the favourite Kotkikova, the Nicky Henderson trained mare heads the market at around 11/8 and is certainly the one to beat. Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle next and there’s a shed pile of runners down to go in this at the moment so my pick for this probably won’t even go but nevertheless my fancy is the Harry Fry trained Drumcliff, second in his last two starts he’s on a very handy mark which he could use to advantage to take this or at least get in the placings. Its the big one next, The Clarence House, headed by Willie Mullins’ Un De Sceaux at around 4/6, this race is really stressing me out as I love Un De Sceaux even if his jumping didn’t help my current grey hair issue in the Tingle Creek last time that being said I will still be backing him at a short price but there’s part of me that thinks Ar Mad might get the better of him here. I hope this isn’t the case, as like I said I will be on Un De Sceaux with probably a fairly large amount too. If something goes seriously wrong with the first two Top Gamble could be a good each way price at 14/1 with Davy Russell on board. The 3.35 Bet 365 Handicap Chase next is another one that I havent got a clue who’s going to go and who isn’t, Bristol De Mai is still down in this and is the favourite for the Peter Marsh at Haydock. But with me being the great guy that I am, i’ll choose a selection from whats here and i’m going with the Evan Williams trained On Tour. Some decent placings this term and looks well in on the weights to go well again, Paul Moloney on board. Over to Haydock now and i’ll go straight to the 1.30 as the first race has about 200 runners in it who are guaranteed to go. So in the 1.30, again I haven’t got any betting to go off so this one might be a daft price but I think it’s surely Le Prezien’s to lose if he goes in it, however it’s looking like Nicholls will be running Politolouge as Twiston Davies is down to ride him. He was very impressive when beating Rock The Kasbah at Ascot back in December and will be very hard to beat here. Next race the 2.05 the Grade 2 Supreme Trial, and is headed by top weight Elgin trading at around 15/8, he’s in great form and has every chance to go well again but my choice for this is the Harry Fry trained Neon Wolf, unbeaten in his first three starts and I fancy him to extent that, trades at around 7/2 with Noel Fehily on board. Champion Hurdle trial next and it looks by the betting a two horse race with L’ami Serge trading at 6/4 and The New One at 7/4. The New One has my backing to take this though, I think he’s better than all of these on his day. Irving could be a good price at 5/1 following his impressive Fighting Fifth victory. The Peter Marsh is next, and is headed by another Colin Tizzard prospect in Alary trading at around 100/30 he could give Colin another big race victory. However my fancy is a favourite of mine in Bristol De Mai, he will be go from the front i’d say and has never been out of the frame in his career. A very decent price at 4/1 and will have my full support to take this. Otago Trail is a good price at around 12/1 and got the better of Bristol De Mai last time out.