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Saturday Horse Racing Tips

Emotions are set to run high as one of the races of the season so far, the Betfair Ascot Chase, plays out at the Berkshire circuit this afternoon.

Betfair Ascot Chase     

A win for either the legend that is Cue Card, or WAITING PATIENTLY, whose previous trainer was laid to rest yesterday, would surely bring the house down and we think there is a good chance that the young pretender can come out on top here.

Waiting Patiently has his preferred underfoot conditions and he oozed class when winning a listed race at Kempton last time out. He looks ready for this further step up in class and he can justify the faith the late Malcolm Jefferson always had in him.

Cue Card is a tempting price to end his incredible career on a high, but of the outsiders we narrowly prefer FRODON for the in form Bryony Frost. He romped home at Cheltenham last time out and is in the form of his life. He too has earned a crack at a Grade 1 and, as with Waiting Patiently, the ground is in his favour.

Waiting Patiently (win)3.35 Ascot 9/4Bet365
Frodon (ew) 3.35 Ascot 12/1Bet365

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Sodexo Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase     

The riders of our two selections in the day’s big race, Frost and Brian Hughes, clash again in the Grade 2 earlier on the card – the Reynoldstown.

We think Hughes has the edge again here as MOUNT MEWS can improve on his second start over three miles. He was given a cagey ride last time out in an effort to preserve his stamina and a more forceful effort from the saddle this afternoon can see him beat a couple of better fancied rivals.

 Mount Mews (win) 1.50 Ascot9/2Stan James

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Ascot Spring Garden Show Handicap Hurdle     

Two handicaps complete the line up from Ascot on ITV4.

Dieg Man could be anything in the hurdle at 3.00pm, but another recruit from France, LE PATRIOTE, looks better value for Richard Newland, who has his yard in good form.

VIVAS looks overpriced too if he can handle the ground.

Le Patriote (ew)3.00 Ascot 11/2Stan James
Vivas (ew)3.00 Ascot20/1Bet365

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Keltbray Swinley Chase     

It has been a tough winter for Venetia Williams so far, but TENOR NIVERNAIS won the handicap chase last year by an incredible 30 lengths and he has the same handicap mark today. If he is in anything like the same form as 12 months ago he’ll take some beating and he could add to stellar day for Brian Hughes.

The other one to back is REGAL ENCORE who also loves it around here. He pulled up last time out, but he is notoriously inconsistent and could easily bounce back to form today. He is worth chancing at a big price and will head to Aintree for another crack at the Grand National if showing enough sparkle today.

Despite just six runners, Betfair are offering 3 places for each-way bets on this race.

Tenor Nivernais (ew)2.25 Ascot 11/2Betfair
Regal Encore (ew)2.25 Ascot 8/1Betfair

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Betfred Grand National Trial Handicap Chase     

There is a more obvious trial for the world’s greatest steeplechase at Haydock this afternoon, where the ground is barely raceable. That will make the three and a half mile trip of the Betfred Grand National Trial a real stamina test and that should play to the strengths of SILSOL who loves it around here. He is still very well treated over fences based on his best form over hurdles and his fifth in the Welsh National suggested he is going the right way now over the larger obstacles.

Wild West Wind looks the big danger, but his price has gone this morning so instead take a chance on MYSTEREE, who was disappointing in the Cheptow showpiece over Christmas, but who had looked a stayer to follow last season, especially when the ground is like it is here.

Silsol (ew) 3.15 Haydock 8/1Bet365
Mysteree (ew)3.15 Haydock10/1Bet365

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Betfred Rendlesham Hurdle     

Earlier on the card is the Rendlesham where the 2m 7f trip will also take plenty of getting.

Agrapat won well at Cheltenham last time out and is a rightful favourite based on that form, but there is a suspicion he could be vulnerable today and is worth taking on at such a short price.

Last year’s winner, Zarkandar, is reportedly working well at home, and he and BOITE look the dangers. We’d suggest backing the Nicholls runner to cover a larger bet on Boite who seemed to have benefited hugely from a wind operation when winning in style at Taunton last time out. He stayed well on the flat and has always looked worth a try at this trip.

Boite (ew) 2.05 Haydock9/2Betfair

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