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Saturday Horse Racing Tips

Haydock passed an inspection this morning so we are set for attritional ground for the two showcase races there – the Champion Hurdle Trial and the Peter Marsh.

Unibet Champion Hurdle Trial Hurdle     

The New One bids for a fourth consecutive win in the Champion Hurdle Trial and we have unsuccessfully opposed him every time. Although he is ten years old now, his powers show no signs of diminishing and he is a worthy favourite here despite racing on ground that is far from ideal for him.

He has two worthy opponents against him today, however, and we think CHTIBELLO can finally take his crown. Dan Skelton’s seven year old wasn’t far behind The New One on his comeback and, crucially, he has won here on heavy ground before.

Chtibello (win)2.40 Haydock7/4Stan James, BetVictor


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Peter Marsh Handicap Chase     

The Peter Marsh will be a proper slog through the Merseyside mud and that should suit HAINAN who won in similar conditions here in November. That was over a longer trip, which is no bad thing as this will develop into a real stamina test.

Another of the market leaders, Tintern Theatre, is well respected, but he has to prove he can handle conditions, so the second selection was a toss-up between WALK IN THE MILL and Forest Des Aigles.

In the end, we have gone for the former as his trainer thinks this going could be just what he needs. He ran well at Ascot last time out and has the potential to improve for this stiffer test.

Forest Aigles is also improving fast and definitively handles the ground.

Paddy Power are offering 4 places for each-way bets on this race.

Hainan (ew)3.15 Haydock13/2Paddy Power
Walk In The Mill (ew)3.15 Haydock9/1Paddy Power


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Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle     

The other televised race at Haydock is the Rossington where all six novice hurdlers can be given a chance, but with course and distance form in the bag we think WATERLORD is very much the one to beat. His yard is in flying form and he made all here against some decent rivals on heavy ground last time out. Hopefully, he won’t get into a battle for the lead with his market rival, First Flow.

Keep an eye out too for the outsider, McGowans Pass, who can outrun his big odds. His trainer, Sandy Thompson, does well when pitching his best horses into graded or listed company.

Waterlord (win)2.05 Haydock9/4Bet365


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Royal Salute Whisky Clarence House Chase     

Down at Ascot, Un De Sceaux is the star attraction and he goes in the Clarence House at 3.35pm.

If there is a chink in his armour it may be that he is better over further than two miles nowadays and, with plenty of front runners in the race, the contest could be set up for the novice, BRAIN POWER.

Interestingly, he arguably ran his best race over hurdles here and a strong gallop looks to be just what he needs. He has a massive engine and if he is at his best he could give his top class rival something to think about.

Don’t rule out Speredek either as he could pick up a place at rewarding odds if any of his rivals underperform.

Brain Power (ew)3.35 Ascot6/1Stan James


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bet365 Handicap Chase     

There are three big absentees from the bet365 Handicap Chase and the race isn’t as attractive a betting heat as it looked overnight.

For those looking for an angle it might be worth backing the two outsiders each-way.

FORTUNATE GEORGE won well here two starts back before his jumping ruined his chance next time out. Leighton Aspell proved on Buywise last weekend that he is the man to get a horse into a decent rhythm over his obstacles and with Fortunate George’s stable in good form he could be overpriced.

MINELLA DADDY looked a decent recruit to chasing last year before being pulled up in a grade 1 contest at Kempton on Boxing Day.  He’s been off the track since, but ran two of his best races at this circuit prior to that Kempton flop and he is well handicapped if back to his best.

Fortunate George (ew)3.00 Ascot10/1Bet365
Minella Daddy (ew)3.00 Ascot11/1Bet365


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Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle     

The big betting heat at Ascot is probably now the handicap hurdle at 2.25pm and this can go the way of OXWICH BAY, who relished the step up in trip last time out, whilst for those looking to really knock one out of the park don’t underestimate the horse at the bottom of the weights, MONTYS AWARD.

He has a decent claimer on board and is bred to appreciate this trip. Back him with one of the bookies offering four places, including Paddy Power.

Oxwich Bay (ew)2.25 Ascot4/1Paddy Power
Montys Award (ew)2.25 Ascot66/1Paddy Power


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