Ascot betting tips
12.20 – Ascot Racecourse Supports Safer Gambling Week Novices’ Chase – 2m2f
An interesting three-runner event to start Ascot’s appealing Friday card and get our Ascot tips underway.
Nicky Henderson’s CHANTRY HOUSE was a classy novice hurdler last season and lost little caste in defeat when losing his unbeaten record when third in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. He’s expected to take high rank amongst the chasing division this season and will be hard to beat here.
Paul Nicholls’ PIC DORHY won a competitive renewal of the Betfair Hurdle last year and looked in need of the run when second on chasing debut. He will strip fitter here and looks a huge danger to the favourite.
UP THE STRAIGHT has a lot to find to trouble his two rivals but if neither of those perform to their best which is plausible, this six-year-old could knock out many tickets in the opener if he succeeds.
Selections: CHANTRY HOUSE, PIC D’ORHY, UP THE STRAIGHT
12.55 – Lexicon Recruitment ‘National Hunt’ Maiden Hurdle – 2m3f
DANNY KIRWAN wasn’t at his best on his return last month at Aintree but shaped well for a long way and his second in a Grade Two here in 2018 reads strong form and he simply can’t be written off just yet with more to come.
TIME FLIES BY was useful in bumpers and showed plenty of promise in a pair of Grade Two contests last winter. That experience would have done him the world of good and he’s a leading player on his return to action.
Selections: DANNY KIRWAN, TIME FLIES BY
13.30 – Play The Coral ‘Racing Super Series’ ‘Introductory’ Hurdle – 1m7f
Harry Fry’s METIER was a fair individual when trained on the flat and having undergone a wind operation, he made an excellent start to his hurdling career at Newton Abbot. Given the deep impression he made, this four-year-old has to go on the shortlist.
Perhaps AMARILLO SKY can improve on his eye-catching fourth at Newbury a fortnight ago. The first and second from that race look bright prospects so this four-year-old is open to significant improvement and looks a key contender.
Selections: METIER, AMARILLO SKY
14.05 – Coral Handicap Chase – 2m5f
RED RISK was a decent sort when trained in France and will relish the forecast conditions in this event. He won impressively on his penultimate outing and shaped well on his return to action last month. With that said, he’s expected to be in the firing line.
COUNT MERIBEL disappointed at Cheltenham when last seen but is well-treated off a mark of 142. His record fresh reads well with figures of 2, 1, 1, 2, which gives him an excellent chance in this race. His second behind Lostintranslation on his return last season was fantastic form and he will find this opposition much easier.
Selections: RED RISK, COUNT MERIBEL
14.40 – Coral ‘Fail To Finish’ Free Bet Handicap Hurdle – 1m7f
Nicky Henderson’s BUZZ was a classy performer on the flat and his recent third behind Sceau Royal and Ballyandy in the Welsh Champion Hurdle has worked out nicely with the winner scoring since and the runner-up finishing second in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham. Surprisingly, this six-year-old has only been put up 1Ib as a result and that makes him a standout choice.
Of the rest, the improving EN MEME TEMPS has to be respected and is worth considering at a bigger price.
Selections: BUZZ, EN MEME TEMPS
15.15 – Watch Racing Free Online At Coral Handicap Chase – 2m7f
The Venetia Williams-trained DIDERO VALLIS looks solid for each-way terms in the final leg of our Ascot predictions. He invariably needs his first run of the season but all ground comes alike to him and he’s more than capable of landing this event providing he’s fit enough. He’s 3Ib lower than when fifth in a Grade Three at the Cheltenham Festival, which makes him a well-handicapped proposition, especially now dropping down significantly in class since his second in the Grade Three Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase.
The same can apply to MR MULDOON, who has yet to finish outside the frame in all five starts under rules and has been impressive in winning the last two times. He has a course win under softer conditions, which stands him in good stead ahead of this assignment.
Selections: DIDERO VALLIS, MR MULDOON
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