Horse Racing Tips: Matt Chapman’s best bets for Saturday’s ITV Racing

Matt Chapman fancies Shishkin to romp home in the 14:55 at Sandown.

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Matt Chapman’s Saturday Tips

Aintree 13:30 – AHOY SENOR
Sandown 13:45 – JONBON
Aintree 14:05 – DE RASHER COUNTER [Each-Way]
Sandown 14:20 – HERMES BOY [Each-Way]
Aintree 14:40 – RIDERS ONTHE STORM
Sandown 14:55 – SHISHKIN
Aintree 15:15 – HARBOUR LAKE
Sandown 15:30 – DEISE ABA [Each-Way]

*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.

Aintree 13:30 – AHOY SENOR

ITV Saturday gets under way here with a Grade 2 chase over 3m1f. A hard race to bet in with both Ahoy Señor and Chantry House running shockers when last seen. Back at the scene of his big win last term, though, I have to stick with AHOY SENOR despite his flop at Wetherby first time this season. Last term the Lucinda Russell-trained stable star was huge in the Grade 1 Mildmay Novices’ Chase at this track so hopefully he can get back to that form.

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Sandown 13:45 – JONBON

ITV are also at Sandown Saturday for this Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase over nearly 2m. Some decent horses in here, but it’s quite clear that if JONBON runs like he did at Warwick last time he’ll be impossible to beat at short odds for Aidan Coleman and Nicky Henderson.

Aintree 14:05 – DE RASHER COUNTER [Each-Way]

Now a handicap chase over 3m2f over the Grand National fences. I’ll have a few quid eachway here on DE RASHER COUNTER for Tom Bellamy and Emma Lavelle. The former Ladbrokes Trophy Chase winner at Newbury is now a very well handicapped horse, and he was far from disgraced at Warwick last time when staying on well. He has some experience over these big fences and hopefully can at least hit the frame.

Sandown 14:20 – HERMES BOY [Each-Way]

A handicap hurdle over 2m. Love Envoi is the one to beat but I will risk and eachway play here with HERMES BOY for Jane Williams and David Noonan. My hope was a fine fifth over further at Worcester last time in a big field and prior to that over this trip was a fair third at Chepstow. He hung right that day so this track should help.

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Aintree 14:40 – RIDERS ONTHE STORM

A handicap chase over 2m4f. RIDERS ONTHE STORM is still a well handicapped horse and will be hard to stop for Brian Hughes and Richard Hobson. I put this boy up as a horse to follow this jumps season on Attheraces and was delighted when he won first time out over course and distance at 16-1. The former Grade 1 winner has only gone up 2lb for that success and the form could not have worked out better with both the second and third winning huge races. Hard to beat if in the same form as on October 23.

Sandown 14:55 – SHISHKIN

The feature Grade 1 Tingle Creek Chase over nearly 2m. If SHISHKIN runs I have no doubt he’s the best horse in this race and will take all the beating for Nicky Henderson and Nico de Boinville. The star two mile chaser and hurdler was pulled up when last seen in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March but he was found to have a major issue that day which hopefully has been sorted out. At his best he would eat this lot.

Aintree 15:15 – HARBOUR LAKE

A handicap hurdle over 2m4f. HARBOUR LAKE looked in need of this trip when third at Cheltenham last time over 2m and he should have at least place chances. Trained by Alan King and ridden by Tom Bellamy, my hope was a good winner over this distance two runs ago at Market Rasen and can still improve.

Sandown 15:30 – DEISE ABA [Each-Way]

A handicap chase over 3m5f. DEISE ABA has been to Sandown many times and has never run a bad race at this track. It won’t be easy to deny Revels Hill in this race, but I’ll back DEISE ABA eachway even is he is only about 4-1. If he goes shorter than that then it will be win only for Tom O’Brien and the master trainer Philip Hobbs.

Matt Chapman’s Saturday Tips

Aintree 13:30 – AHOY SENOR
Sandown 13:45 – JONBON
Aintree 14:05 – DE RASHER COUNTER [Each-Way]
Sandown 14:20 – HERMES BOY [Each-Way]
Aintree 14:40 – RIDERS ONTHE STORM
Sandown 14:55 – SHISHKIN
Aintree 15:15 – HARBOUR LAKE
Sandown 15:30 – DEISE ABA [Each-Way]

*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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