Horse racing tips: Frank’s 6 best bets at Haydock, Ascot & Gowran Park on Saturday

Frank was speaking on the latest edition of our From the Horse's Mouth podcast.




I’m all against Epatante for the Champion Hurdle, and if she’s favourite, something could come out of the woodwork and that could be CILAOS EMERY.

If he wins well here he’ll be supplemented for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, particularly after Willie Mullins lost Klassical Dream.

His chase form is very solid. He definitely improved for chasing, if he can replicate that improvement over hurdles he’ll be very hard to beat.

And if he wins this one, he’ll be my favourite to win the Champion Hurdle as well.

13.50 – ASCOT

I’ve been dead keen on SAM BROWN since he made his chase debut at Lingfield and won by 22 lengths.

The ground at Ascot is perfect for him, and I’ll be shocked if come the off he’s not the favourite.

I’m concerned about the ground for Pym and Copperhead as well.

I’d be very surprised if Sam Brown got beat here and I just hope he gets a bit of ease with the ground at Cheltenham because if he does he’ll be a big player there.

In fact, I’ll make Sam Brown my best bet of the whole weekend!

14.05 – HAYDOCK

I’m willing to take a chance on DONNA’S DIAMOND here.

He won this race two years ago and has been off ever since running in this one 12 months ago, where he was beaten by four to six lengths by Shades of Midnight.

That was on good ground, but this horse just wants a bog – and he’s going to get it!

I think he could be 20/1-plus and I’d be willing to have a few quid on him because there’s a fair bit of doubt about the others.

The World’s End will probably go off as favourite, but I’d be worried doesn’t really want it.

Clyne doesn’t win enough, Emitom has been poor of late and West Approach is a horse I just don’t like at all.

So I fancy Donna’s Diamond to repeat the form of two years back in conditions which will suit.


Chris’s Dream was very impressive up at Navan back in November.

I’d just be worried about him on this trip and think he might get done for a bit of speed by Real Steel.

Real Steel has definitely improved a little bit this year. I just think this is his trip and he’s improving and he’s only seven.

I think he’s the one to beat.


15.35 – ASCOT

CYRNAME will be hard to beat – but I’d just be a bit worried that the run with Altior when beating him at Ascot in November and what a big, exhausting effort that was.

I was disappointed with him at Kempton on Boxing Day when beaten by Clan Des Obeaux, he never seemed to travel.

But he is brilliant at Ascot and should be OK.

If anyone is to give him a run I think it will be Riders onthe Storm.

I’m not sure he can beat him, but his form is stacking up and he’s been impressive at Ascot before.

16.25 – HAYDOCK

I think RAMSES DE TEILLEE will go well.

I think it’s significant they skipped the Grand National trial earlier on the card to go here.

So I’d say they’re aiming him for the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham.

I think it’s significant they skipped the Grand National trial earlier on the card to go in this one instead.

So I’d say they’re aiming him for the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham.

I know others think he’ll win this race quite easily and I’m not going to go against that.

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What do you think?