Horse Racing Tips: Matt Chapman’s top picks for ITV’s Saturday Racing

Matt Chapman fancies Ahoy Senor in the featured Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby (15:35).

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Ascot: 13:30 – Sumarrive

ITV Saturday gets under way here with a limited novices’ handicap chase over 2m3f. Such is the crazy system that all of these are judged on hurdle ratings and of course they might be totally wide of the mark as far as chasing is concerned. Gowel Road has chasing experience but didn’t jump that well on debut. Goshen doesn’t look like a chaser but might be! I’ll chance SAMARRIVE for Paul Nicholls and Lorcan Williams. He ended last season with a tidy success at Sundown and stays well. He always looked like a chaser. Let’s hope he is.

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Wetherby 13.50 – Macavity [each-way]

Here’s a novices’ hurdle over an extended 2m3f.I was at Uttoxeter when Prairie Wolf made his hurdling debut and he was far from disgraced. He has every chance but at big prices I’m happy to have a few quid eachway on MACAVITY for Adrian Heskin and Jedd O’Keeffe. The point-to-pointer won a bumper at Aintree in May and this sort of distance should be ideal. Have an eachway bet and hope!

Ascot: 14:05 – Broomfield Burg [each-way]

Now a handicap hurdle over nearly 2m. I’ve always liked BROOMFIELD BURG and will chance him eachway for Nicky Henderson and James Bowen. A fine sixth behind Langer Dan at Aintree in April; over hurdles, my hope also ran a decent third last time behind Knappers Hill at Chepstow. Must have claims here for a place at least.

Wetherby 14.25 – Molly Olly Wishes

A Listed mares’ hurdle over 2m. MOLLY OLLY WISHES is a little legend in these types off races and should be too good for Martello Sky. The Harry Skelton runner won this last year from Miranda and can double up under Dan Skelton. The selection is a terrier and has a great attitude.

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Ascot: 14:40 – Diego Du Charmil [each-way]

This is a handicap chase over 2m1f.I like the look of DIEGO DU CHARMIL as an eachway wager here for young Freddie Gingell and Paul Nicholls. My selection runs this track well and was in against a bunch of these last November at this track.Freddie takes off 10lb which means Diego runs off 134 which is a right good mark for a horse who has been in the 150s.

Wetherby 15.00 – THREEUNDERTHRUFIVE

The Grade 2 West Yorkshire Hurdle over 3m featuring some Stayers’ Hurdle possibles. There’s no doubt an in-form Sporting John is the one to beat but I’ll chance the former Albert Bartlett Hurdle sixth THREEUNDERTHRUFIVE for Adrian Heskin and Paul Nicholls. My hope went chasing last season and was last seen in sixth behind L’Homme Presse. He might go from the front here and could be hard to peg back.

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Ascot: 15:15 – Mister Malarky

Another handicap chase this time over 3m. Another competitive race. It’s not often MISTER MALARKY runs badly at this track and he’s not badly handicapped off 147 for Richard Bandey. David Bass will keep pushing away and provided he’s fit for a return he should play a part as a place player.

Wetherby: 15.35 – Ahoy Senor

The big one of the day in the Grade 2 Charlie Hall Chase over 3m. If they all turn up a cracking renewal. My gut feeling is AHOY SENOR is a better horse than Bravemansgame but of course no one knows which one will be most ready for this. Lucinda Russell’s star has something magical about him and he was really good at Aintree last season. The ground should be perfect as well. So fingers crossed.

Matt Chapman’s Saturday Selections

Ascot 13.30 – Sumarrive
Wetherby 13.50 – Macavity [Each-Way]
Ascot 14.05 – Broomfield Burg [Each-Way]
Wetherby 14.25 – Molly Olly Wishes
Ascot 14.40 – Diego Du Charmil [Each-Way]
Wetherby 15.00 – Threeunderthrufive
Ascot 15.15 – Mister Malarky
Wetherby: 15.35 – Ahoy Senor

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