Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Cross to Park Himself in the Winners Enclosure at Ayr

Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Cross to Park Himself in the Winners Enclosure at Ayr

3.35 Ayr In recent years this has been a race for the outsider, so we make no apologies for leaving out some big names from our top six including Big River and Vintage Clouds having looked at all the known evidence. Form, weight, ratings and so many more things have been taken into consideration for this shortlist but despite the effort, the Scottish Grand National remains what it should be and that is frightfully competitive and tough to call. Whatever…

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Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Four Against the Field for Cracking Grand National Renewal

Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Four Against the Field for Cracking Grand National Renewal

5.15 Aintree This Saturday is that one special day of the year when old fashioned betting offices are crowded out as everyone from pros to pin-stickers place their bets on the £1million Grand National. A full field of 40 horses has of course been assembled for the 4m2½f, 30-fence spectacular and while a lot of old trends are increasingly being thrown out of the window, we’ve used all our cunning and knowledge to whittle this field down to 8 horses…

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Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Ballyhill Has the Skill in Topham Chase

Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Ballyhill Has the Skill in Topham Chase

4.05 Aintree The Grand National fences are put to use in this fiercely competitive 2m5f, 30-runner chase and we’ve painstakingly managed to reduce the field down to a solid final six. Some have quirks of course, but all are expected to be in the front rank and have attracted money this week with the selection remaining a fair price to land the £140,000 feature handicap on Ladies Day. Activial Tom George’s runner has a great profile for this race, for…

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Lincoln Handicap: Allez Auxerre!

Lincoln Handicap: Allez Auxerre!

3.35 Doncaster The Lincoln truly heralds the start of the British flat turf season and it has been the plan for a long time for our selection today. As usual this renewal is competitive though so we’ve whittled the field down to six, all of whom have great chances of running into the money. Auxerre Charlie Appleby is the epitome of a trainer who knows how to handle the excellent bloodstock that comes his way.  From training sprinters like Blue…

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Midlands Grand National Open Handicap Chase: Head Back to the Thatch at Uttoxeter

Midlands Grand National Open Handicap Chase: Head Back to the Thatch at Uttoxeter

3.35 Uttoxeter 20 runners go to post on Saturday for the 4 mile, 1½ furlong Midlands Grand National worth £150,000 and with 24 fences to jump on soft ground this is going to be a massive test for the maximum field. With £84,000 to the winner this race stands up as every bit as important to trainers of staying horses as this week’s Cheltenham Festival was and therefore it is a typically competitive heat.  We have picked our six against…

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Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle: Dallas the Lone Star in Closing Martin Pipe Hurdle

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle: Dallas the Lone Star in Closing Martin Pipe Hurdle

5.30 Cheltenham After the pros have all done their work for another year it’s down to the conditional jockeys to round off a fantastic Cheltenham Festival 2019 in the £70,000 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle. 24 runners will go hammer and tongs over 2½ miles in the lucky last, giving us all one last chance of a win and we have managed to carve this field up to leave this particular dirty dozen from which to choose. The selection is a…

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Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Magic Saint Up for the Cup

Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Magic Saint Up for the Cup

4.50 Cheltenham Our penultimate handicap betting bonanza for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival is this tremendous old two-mile handicap chase, won in the past by such names as Pearlyman and Edredon Bleu. There’s over £61,000 to the winner and millions up for grabs in bets around the country on this one, so once more we’ve chiselled the field down to a final six with our selection looking to add to his trainer’s good record in the race. Forest Bihan Brian Ellison…

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County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Crooks to Peak in County Hurdle

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Crooks to Peak in County Hurdle

2.10 Cheltenham The County Hurdle is another brutal Cheltenham handicap but our final six here are all capable of giving a good account of themselves and the selection looks potentially very well handicapped. Capitaine There is a train of thought that a left-handed track isn’t his ideal, but he has put up one big performance around Cheltenham before when fifth in a conditional jockey’s handicap hurdle last April. The ground seems to be drying ever so slightly now and that…

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Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase: Cheltenham Winner to Come Any Second Now

Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase: Cheltenham Winner to Come Any Second Now

5.30 Cheltenham A full field and the spectre of amateur riders up top make this race a difficult one to solve, but with some desperate for the test this event will provide we think this dozen are the ones to take against the field. JP McManus has a strong hand as usual, while Irish trainers are out in force looking to land a contest that can make or break the punters’ day on the penultimate day of the this year’s…

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Stable Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Azzerti a Strong Each-Way Call in Stable Plate

Stable Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Azzerti a Strong Each-Way Call in Stable Plate

4.10 Cheltenham This is a very fine prize with over £61,000 going to the winner and it has attracted the full field it deserves. Many of the big stables are represented with the field a mixtures of ages and backgrounds, and while we like the top weight in the Pertemps Final we feel this time a featherweight could be the one to be on and at a very good price too. Here’s our top six for the Stable Plate: Azzerti…

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