There is something for everyone today with an excellent mixed card at Haydock, top flat action at Ascot, Classic trials at Lingfield and the Kentucky Derby in the States.
Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle
The first big races of the jumps season are the feature events at the Merseyside track and champion trainer Paul Nicholls has a strong hand in the Swinton Hurdle.
You can make a case for all three of his runners and at least one will surely make the frame. Our preference matches that of stable jockey Sam Twiston-Davies, as we believe ALL YOURS could prove the best of the trio. He has a Grade 1 to his name already and will relish these conditions. He comes here a fresh horse too.
All Set To Go is improving fast and will be a threat off his low weight, but the other one we like is GWAFA.
We tipped him at Aintree last time out when he contested a Grade 1 and we really fancied him to run a big race at a huge price that day. Interestingly, he was quite well supported before the off, but he came to grief at the fourth and bids for compensation here. The form of his yard is a worry, but he could be well ahead of the handicapper and is worth chancing.
Of the rest, look out for Nuts Well, who could go under the radar here given his unfashionable connections. The worry for him is the ground and he might need further on this surface.
|All Yours (ew)||2.15 Haydock||14/1||Bet365, Betfair|
|Gwafa (ew)||2.15 Haydock||7/1||Bet365, Betfair|
Pertemps Network Long Distance Handicap Hurdle
The Long Distance Handicap Hurdle is the day’s other big jumps race and top weight BROTHER TEDD looks a solid bet now upped in trip. He loves this better ground and ran well at the Cheltenham Festival last time out when seventh in the Coral Cup.
Del Arca looks a danger. He has yet to prove he stays this trip, but he has looked in need of it on his last two starts and was an eye catcher when fourth last time out in a competitive handicap hurdle on the last day of the season at Sandown.
However, his wins to runs record isn’t very persuasive, so at a bigger price take a chance on the bottom weight, GENERAL MAHLER. He has improved through the season as he has stepped up in trip and connections have always felt as though good ground would really suit him.
|Brother Tedd (ew)||3.20 Haydock||10/1||Bet365, Betfair|
|General Mahler (ew)||3.20 Haydock||16/1||Paddy Power|
The day’s big flat handicap is the Victoria Cup at Ascot, for which all bookmakers are offering 5 places for each-way bets.
The ground will be pretty lively here and that should suit the Godolphin pair of FLASH FIRE and HOLD TIGHT. Helpfully, they are drawn on opposite sides, so if you back them both you should cover any draw bias.
There are dangers aplenty. Squats steps up in trip, Dinkum Diamond’s yard is going well and Mutawathea is interesting back on turf.
However, the other one to back is GRAND INQUISITOR.
Sir Michael Stoute has had a great start to the new flat campaign and this horse has to have quick ground. Given that, he ran well on soft on his re-appearance and that should have put him spot on for this.
Of those at bigger prices look out for The Warrior, who will be having his second start for Amanda Perrett today. He was running in good company in Ireland last season and shaped encouragingly on his UK debut a month ago.
|Grand Inquisitor (ew)||4.15 Ascot||10/1||Bet365, Stan James|
|Flash Fire (ew)||4.15 Ascot||28/1||Stan James|
|Hold Tight (ew)||4.15 Ascot||14/1||Bet365, Stan James|