Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Robinsfirth to Enhance Grand National Claims

Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Robinsfirth to Enhance Grand National Claims

3.35 Haydock Given the flat track, where it sits in the calendar and even its geographical location this race really is the best trial for the Grand National right now and is therefore very well named! This year we may well see the winner of this race going right up to the head of the betting for Aintree all being well, with one horse standing out in this race despite its typically competitive look.  Here are six against the field…

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Betfair Hurdle (Grade 3): Al to Dance Away with Betfair Hurdle

Betfair Hurdle (Grade 3): Al to Dance Away with Betfair Hurdle

3.20 Ascot We face the possibility of big fields around the country in the coming days as trainers look to get their horses out before Cheltenham having missed last weekend, but in the case of the Betfair Hurdle we have a more bijoux set-up and that could prove to be lucrative for us. The protagonists in this field are tightly bunched overall but with one exception, and while his price isn’t exactly the steal of the century it still gives…

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SkyBet Handicap Chase: Willie the Boy in Great Yorkshire Chase

SkyBet Handicap Chase: Willie the Boy in Great Yorkshire Chase

3.30 Doncaster Otherwise known as the Great Yorkshire Chase, this valuable three-mile handicap is often abandoned or run in testing conditions but this year we have genuine good ground for the 11 runners to skip over.   Here are the top six in the race as we see it: Art Mauresque Paul Nicholls knows his way around these tough handicaps and in Art Mauresque he has a proper contender once again. He was well beaten behind Charbel twice over shorter…

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Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (Grade 2): Captain Redbeard to Capsize Opposition

Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (Grade 2): Captain Redbeard to Capsize Opposition

3.15 Haydock Just as it should be, this year’s renewal has a majority of its runners very close together when handicapped with conditions in mind, several of them within 2lbs of each other by our reckoning. With former favourite Valtor a late defector the price on our selection has contracted, but nonetheless we should still be able to grab some decent value in what is a competitive heat. It’ll be interesting to see former Grand National champ One For Arthur…

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Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle: Kloud To Make A Canary Out Of Lanzarote Rivals

Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle: Kloud To Make A Canary Out Of Lanzarote Rivals

2.40 Kempton Fifteen runners have been confirmed for the Lanzarote at Kempton and it looks a typically competitive affair. We’ve narrowed this one down to what we think are six key contenders, the selection certainly being a nice type going the right way. And The New Johnny Farrelly’s entrant has won just a soft ground novice hurdle to date but may be all the better for being in a bigger race, though he may attempt to lead them with the…

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Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3): He’s Not The Messiah, But He May Win The Welsh National!

Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3): He’s Not The Messiah, But He May Win The Welsh National!

2.50 Chepstow A race steeped in history, the Welsh Grand National has been on the go since 1895 and despite it not carrying quite the same level of prestige as the big one at Aintree, no mugs win this race. Horses of the calibre of Earth Summit, Bindaree, Silver Birch, Synchronised and Native River have won this event in recent times and whatever happens in this renewal we are bound to get Cheltenham and Aintree clues. Here are the best…

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Garrard Silver Cup Handicap Chase: Patrick’s Day At Ascot In Silver Cup

Garrard Silver Cup Handicap Chase: Patrick’s Day At Ascot In Silver Cup

3.oo Ascot We have another quality renewal of this race in which last year’s winner Gold Present will be a warm order, trained by the increasingly powerful Nicky Henderson and coming into this second time out after a wind operation. Race Card Main Contenders There are plenty in with chances though, many preferring this track over the likes of Cheltenham and many potentially loving this soft ground.  In any case, here are the best six in the race as we…

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Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (Grade 3): Frodon And On And On

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (Grade 3): Frodon And On And On

1.55 Cheltenham The highlight of day two of Cheltenham’s International meeting is the £130,000 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup or the December Golf Cup in old money, an enthralling two-and-a-half mile handicap chase. Winners in the recent past including Village Vic, Frodon and Gutar Pete have had a propensity to be carrying lower weights so we certainly can’t discount those at the bottom of the handicap, though the field is littered with runners in with a shout so narrowing this down…

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Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Mill To Grind Them Down In Becher

Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Mill To Grind Them Down In Becher

1.30 Aintree We could uncover some possible Grand National clues on Saturday as we welcome back the Becher Chase to Aintree. A quality field has been assembled for the 27th running of this race with last year’s winner Blaklion once again popular among punters in the run-up to the race and it’s easy to see why.  There may just be a very good one against him though, especially for each-way purposes. We’ve narrowed the field down to six we think…

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Ladbrokes Trophy Chase: Elegant To Escape Rivals’ Clutches In Ladbrokes Trophy

Ladbrokes Trophy Chase: Elegant To Escape Rivals’ Clutches In Ladbrokes Trophy

3.00 Newbury Those chasing the £142,000 first prize here look set to be hit with a proper test; 3m2f around Newbury in soft ground at this stage of the season will try out their limits and we’ve narrowed a competitive field down to six for you with an improving type taken to land the pot. Black Corton This will be a proper staying contest and I feel Black Corton is right in the middle when it comes to deciding whether…

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