Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (Grade 2): Venture a Prime Punt in Peter Marsh Chase

Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (Grade 2): Venture a Prime Punt in Peter Marsh Chase

2.40 Haydock Things are tight this year in the £75,000 Peter Marsh Chase, there not being much between at least eight of these 10 runners on our private ratings. Brian Ellison’s Definitly Red only just misses out on our six-horse shortlist but is certainly not out of it, showing just how difficult a job it has been to separate these runners.  That said, the selection is backed with some confidence with plenty going in his favour. Here’s a synopsis of…

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Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race): Burrows to Have the Edge in Lanzarote Hurdle

Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race): Burrows to Have the Edge in Lanzarote Hurdle

2.40 Kempton At £45,000 this is only the second most valuable race on Kempton’s Saturday card after the fascinating Grade 2 Silviniaco Conti Chase, however as a very competitive handicap it remains the big betting race of the day for sure. We’ve used what tools we have available to narrow this race down to a six-horse shortlist, with the selection looking very fair value for money indeed. Burrows Edge Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old should be fit after having had a spin…

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Paddy Power Handicap Chase (Fairlawne Chase – Grade 3): Ex Patriot Far Too Big in Fairlawne

Paddy Power Handicap Chase (Fairlawne Chase – Grade 3): Ex Patriot Far Too Big in Fairlawne

2.00 Cheltenham We’re looking to get 2020 off to the best possible start with a win in the Fairlawne Chase, as it was once known, and with just twelve of them declared this time our job has in theory been made easier than it should have been. Still, we needed to whittle the field down as we do and we’ve come up with what we think are better half of the declared runners, all six of the below runners standing…

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Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Arthur’s a Punter’s Gift In Welsh National

Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Arthur’s a Punter’s Gift In Welsh National

2.50 Chepstow Given its twenty-two fences, 3¾ miles and a whole load of closely handicapped runners, the Welsh Grand National takes a great deal of winning and that is as true for punters as it is for owners, trainers and jockeys. This £150,000 spectacular is one of the genuine highlights of Christmas racing and while we could have probably genuinely pinpointed at least a dozen horses who would have had a theoretical winning chance at the earlier declaration stages, we’ve…

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Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed Race): Back Jerry in Ascot’s Silver Cup

Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed Race): Back Jerry in Ascot’s Silver Cup

3.00 Ascot Just ten are due to go to post for this year’s Silver Cup, all of them at a glance holding some sort of each-way chance in the race.  Given big weights, the need for a different track layout or ground and a lack of improvement however we’ve managed to lose five of them leaving a shortlist of five for the £100,000 contest. The ground is set to be heavy at Ascot meaning this will take some getting, but…

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Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Skelton’s in Pole Position to Land Saturday Feature

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Skelton’s in Pole Position to Land Saturday Feature

1.55 Cheltenham This year’s renewal is a typically competitive race, but a few have great profiles and some are well-handicapped, leading us to our six-runner shortlist:  Brelan D’As Having been rerouted from his intended two-mile target after racing was cancelled on the Friday, Brelan D’As ran a blinder over this 2½-mile trip when second in the BetVictor Gold Cup last month and it seems he’s found his niche. However, as good as he was that day and with potential further…

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Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3): We’re Sweet on Candy in the Becher Chase

Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3): We’re Sweet on Candy in the Becher Chase

1.30 Aintree The Becher Chase, run over the Grand National fences of course, is one of the country’s favourite staying handicap chases and with 18 runners declared this year’s renewal looks like being a real cracker. Naturally this is competitive, however we’ve whittled the field down to what we think are the six standouts in the field with the selection looking to have a bit of weight in hand. Ballydine With just seven chases under his belt so far, there…

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Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (Grade 3): OK Corral to Shoot Down Ladbrokes Trophy Rivals

Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (Grade 3): OK Corral to Shoot Down Ladbrokes Trophy Rivals

3.00 Newbury This is a fiercely competitive renewal and as such, we have managed to get the field down to no less than seven good contenders. Furthermore, we’ve taken the calculated risk of not including such well-fancied runners as Mister Malarky, Cabaret Queen and On The Blindside but we are confident the below lucky 7 are the ones to concentrate on. Brave Eagle Nicky Henderson has such an enviable hand in this race, but Brave Eagle is not the one…

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Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Curtis and Hughes to Take the Oscar at Haydock

Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Curtis and Hughes to Take the Oscar at Haydock

2.25 Haydock A cracking renewal of this staying hurdle is on the cards with a full field of 17 declared, but we’ve whittled the field down to the following six who should all go well. Ask Ben Not from one of the major yards and not having raced since he was down the field in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Festival in March, Ask Ben won’t necessarily be one who is on many people’s lips. Graeme McPherson’s charge…

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Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): A Bridge Too Far for Benny’s Opposition

Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): A Bridge Too Far for Benny’s Opposition

3.00 Cheltenham If one of the higher rated horses in this line up can claim victory, then quotes will be shortened for the Champion Hurdle back around Cheltenham in four months’ time. However, with the ground the way it is the handicap system comes into full effect and that has been reflected in the betting which has proven to be wide open.  This is our dirty half-dozen with the ultimate selection set to go off at a nice price. Benny’s…

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