Horse Racing tips: Timeform’s best bets at Ascot on Saturday

The boffins take us through the entire Ascot card on Saturday.

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Saturday Ascot tips:

12:20 – Scarface
12:55 – Arizona Cardinal
13:30 – Glimpse Of Gala
14:05 – L’Homme Presse
14:40 – Constitution Hill
15:15 – So Scottish
15:50 – Thames Water

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

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12:20 – Scarface

SCARFACE finished runner-up on his first couple of outings over hurdles last season, including in a 19-furlong novice here in February when he made the useful Skytastic dig deep. That form sets the standard here and Scarface, who made the most of a good opportunity on his return at Plumpton last month, appeals as the one to beat.

12:55 – Arizona Cardinal

Irish point winner ARIZONA CARDINAL improved on his hurdles form when making a successful chasing debut at Bangor last month, jumping soundly in the main on his way to a neck success. Arizona Cardinal, who was making his first start since undergoing a breathing operation, idled close home and there could be more to come from him in this sphere. He’s 7 lb out of the handicap here so effectively has a 12 lb higher mark to cope with, but Finn Lambert takes off a handy 7 lb.

13:30 – Glimpse Of Gala

GLIMPSE OF GALA enjoyed a productive campaign last term, winning on three occasions, and she has shaped with encouragement on both starts this season. She was third over a sharper test than ideal at Warwick on her reappearance and stepped up on that when runner-up at Aintree last month, catching the eye with how powerfully she finished to get to within three-quarters of a length of the winner. She looks a major player back against her own sex here.

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14:05 –  L’Homme Presse

L’HOMME PRESSE developed into a high-class chaser last season, winning his first five starts over fences, notably the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. He wasn’t at his best when a distant third behind Ahoy Senor at Aintree, but it’s easy enough to overlook that effort – it came on faster ground than ideal and at a time when the stable’s runners were struggling – and he is better judged on his previous form. This looks a nice opportunity for L’Homme Presse to make a winning return to action.

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14:40 – Constitution Hill

CONSTITUTION HILL created a huge impression last season, winning all three starts, including the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle by 22 lengths from stablemate Jonbon. That performance earned Constitution Hill a Timeform rating of 177p, the highest the company has ever awarded to a novice hurdler, passing the benchmark of 176 set by Golden Cygnet in 1978. Only six hurdlers of any experience have achieved a higher Timeform rating than Constitution Hill and he’s a hugely exciting prospect who is destined for top honours this season.

15:15 – So Scottish

SO SCOTTISH looked a smart prospect when landing a maiden hurdle in good style at Kilbeggan in September and he backed up that positive impression when making a successful start over fences at Tipperary last month. So Scottish completed the hat-trick in a novice chase at Carlisle last time, winning with much more than the margin of half a length might suggest after the runner-up grabbed first run in a steadily-run race. So Scottish remains open to further improvement over fences and looks a big player on his handicap chase debut, with promising 5 lb claimer Michael O’Sullivan in the saddle.

15:50 – Thames Water

THAMES WATER, a €90,000 purchase as a three-year-old, makes appeal on paper as he’s a brother to a couple of winners, including Minella Melody who was placed in a Grade 2 mares’ bumper and won a Grade 3 novice hurdle. Thames Water also has the advantage of making his debut with trainer Paul Nicholls in fine form.

Saturday Ascot tips:

12:20 – Scarface
12:55 – Arizona Cardinal
13:30 – Glimpse Of Gala
14:05 – L’Homme Presse
14:40 – Constitution Hill
15:15 – So Scottish
15:50 – Thames Water

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

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