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The form of Threeunderthrufive is key to this race. He beat Does He Know and Doyen Breed on two separate occasions. Does He Know is the fresher horse after coming into this one on the back of a mid-season break. He kept on really well in his last run at Cheltenham in November. Corach Rambler was really disappointing last time out at Warwick but he’s an interesting horse. However, Does He Know is the one to beat. Kim Bailey and David Bass have a good record at Ascot too.
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Thomas Darby won really well two starts ago at Newbury and he probably didn’t perform to his best behind Champ at Ascot last time out. He’s a horse I don’t have a lot of faith in. Haydock is really testing when it’s heavy. The pace will likely be strong with Molly Ollys Wishes and Top Ville Ben at the front. I’m going to side with last year’s winner Third Wind. Hughie Morrison is working his way back into form and I liked Third Wind’s run in a Pertemps qualifier at Warwick in January. He got slightly outpaced but he stayed on well late on. He has to be produced late but given the shape of the race with the small field, Tom O’Brien can strike late on.
The class horse is Fiddlerontheroof for Colin Tizzard and Brendan Powell. He went through a sticky period when the Tizzard horses weren’t going well but his run in the Ladbrokes Trophy was very good. He has top weight but I love the way the team is going at the moment. He’s a worthy favourite and the one to beat. If you’re after an each-way punt, Cobolobo for Jonjo O’Neill makes a lot of sense. He ran really well at Ascot last month and he has Kevin Brogan on board taking 3lb off him. He could run a big race.
This is a cracking race and the rain will be key to the outcome. Bristol De Mai has an incredible record at Haydock but it’s hard to see him winning. I like the look of Enqarde. He was favourite to win this race last year but he didn’t jump as well as expected. His jumping may not be perfect yet but I like the way he’s going. If he gets the trip and handles the conditions, he could be a good value pick.
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I’m a big fan of Good Risk At All. He’s a progressive horse and he’s been running well. The same applies to Zacony Rebel for Toby Lawes. However, I’m most interested in Paul Nicholls’ Cap Du Mathan. He’s getting it together on the track and he won last time out at Taunton. He travelled really well and he’s gone up 9lbs in the handicap. It’s also worth mentioning Piccadilly Lilly. I’m interesting to see her run in this one after coming over from France.
This looks between the top two in Goshen and Adagio. It was great to see Goshen win at Sandown earlier this month but he still showed that tendency to hang right. He bossed this race last year and at the odds, I’m going to side with Adagio. He ran a great race at Cheltenham in November. His run in the Triumph was very good and he has 3lbs on Goshen.
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Fakir DOudairies is a horse I find hard to catch right and I’m happy to look elsewhere at the odds. Saint Calvados is a very interesting runner and he’s back down in trip which should suit. I like the profile of Mister Fisher. He’s getting it together. He won last time out at Kempton when beating Eldorado Allen. That form looks very good now after his win at Newbury. James Bowen is a big plus for me in these types of races. The pace will likely be strong and Mister Fisher comes here with the profile of an improving Nicky Henderson runner.
Saturday’s betting tips:
13:50 Ascot – Does He Know
14:05 Haydock – Third Wind
14:25 Ascot – Fiddlerontheroof & Cobolobo (each way)
14:40 Haydock – Enqarde
15:00 Ascot – Cap Du Mathan
15:20 Wincanton – Adagio
15:38 Ascot – Mister Fisher
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