Matt Chapman: I’m backing Bally’ to rally at Uttoxeter on Saturday

Just because there's no Cheltenham doesn't mean there's no racing! Matt Chapman marks your TV racing card for Saturday's tellybox including Ballydine (3.35pm)...

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Wow! What a week it’s been and hopefully via PP News and some huge-priced winners you go to war against Paddy once again Saturday as the ITV show moves on.

I’ll be at Uttoxeter this weekend for more big-race action, and ITV also show three races from Kempton.

Let’s get straight to it, and the 1.50pm at Uttoxeter is a handicap hurdle for female riders over nearly 3m. This is very much a compressed handicap, and therefore there is every chance DIGER DAUDAIE can carry 11st 12lb to success for Abbie McCain. Charlie Longsdon’s hope ran well at Chepstow recently and seems to stay strong.


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Next at Uttoxeter is the 2.25pm, a handicap chase over 3m. LOUGH DERG FARMER got a win on the board at Carlisle lat time after many placed efforts for Sue Smith and has every chance of following up off 5lb higher in the handicap.

The 3.00pm at Uttoxeter is a handicap hurdle over 2m 4f. ACEY MILAN got a deserved success at Plumpton when last seen and I like this animal. He’s getting his act together for Anthony Honeyball and has Stayers’ Hurdle hero Aidan Coleman is on board.

And finally at Uttoxeter the big betting race, the Midlands Grand National over 4m 2f at 3.35pm. BALLYDINE has run really well in his last few efforts upped in trip, and while he’s never gone this far, he shapes like a stayer. He has an each-way chance for Charlie Longsdon against one or two sound stayers who are quite long in the tooth.

Meanwhile over at Kempton, there’s a novices’ handicap chase over 2m at 2.05pm. This is easier than the races ENVOYE SPECIAL has been in of late for Paul Nicholls and the stable is in great form. Has every chance.

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Next at Kempton is a handicap hurdle over 2m 5f at 2.40pm. TOWNSHEND ran a decent race under today’s rider at Wincanton in February and can have every chance of putting a win on the board is an open event for Nigel Twiston-Davies.

And finally at Kempton, the 3.15pm is a handicap chase over an extended 2m 4f. FORTH BRIDGE is super consistent without winning but this might be the big opportunity for Longsdon’s hope who is owned by The Queen. Deserves a success.

So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?

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What do you think?