Ascot stages one of the best races of it’s kind run so far this season in the 2m Grade 2 Howden Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle at 2.20pm. We will provide a Horse Racing tip, preview and prediction for this fascinating contest, together with the earlier 2m 1f limited novices’ handicap chase at 1.45pm.
Over at Uttoxeter, our final Horse Racing tip of the day runs in the 2.35pm contest, a Class 5 novices’ handicap chase run over three miles.
Our Tip for the 1.45pm at Ascot:
The handicapper has raised the Venetia Williams-trained Brave Seasca 12lb for the gelding’s easy 10 length Warwick victory of last week. And carrying just a 7lb penalty, the mount of Gavin Sheehan looks sure to be sent off a warm favourite in an effort to follow up.
That two mile novices’ handicap chase may not have been the strongest of contests however. Taking on much better opposition here, the six-year-old is worth opposing with Thyme White from the powerful Ditcheat stable of Paul Nicholls.
Harry Cobden’s mount was highly tried over hurdles. Along with winning races at Musselburgh and Chepstow, the son of Anodin was not disgraced in some seriously competitive events, including Newbury’s Betfair Hurdle and the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Runner-up to fellow rival Amarillo Sky on his chasing debut at Wincanton last month, Thyme White should be much better suited by this less tactical affair and is fancied to overturn that length and a half defeat on 2lb better terms.
Our Tip for the 2.20pm at Ascot:
While there is little doubt that the JP McManus-owned Jonbon is one of the most exciting recruits to hurdling this season, the Nicky Henderson-trained gelding faces easily his stiffest test to date and at a very short price offers very little in the way of value.
Knappers Hill, Colonel Mustard and I Like To Move It have done nothing wrong since being sent over hurdles. But it is the mare Elle Est Belle who is fancied to give the warm favourite most to do in receipt of 2lb.
Dan Skelton’s charge was not far behind the very best Bumper horses of last season (third in Cheltenham’s Weatherbys Champion Bumper). And after looking badly in need of the run on her reappearance at Newbury last month, could not have been more impressive back at the Berkshire venue just over three weeks later when sprinting home by over eight lengths.
In what may prove to be a tactical affair, the mares’ finishing pace could prove crucial.
Our Tip for the 2.55pm at Ffos Las:
Several of the 14 runners for this 3m novices’ handicap chase will be making their debuts over the bigger obstacles and are probably best watched on this occasion, including the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Manintheshadows who has shown improved form over hurdles this season.
One horse who has plenty of chasing experience is the Venetia Williams-trained Jurys Out who will be having his seventh chase start. The mount of Charlie Deutsch has finished runner-up on two occasions, at Newton Abbot and Wincanton, either of which would be good enough to go close here.
The gelding started favourite for his most recent start at Chepstow back in February but pulled-up, the reason put forward for the below-par effort attributed to a subsequent bad scope.
The eight-year-old has gone well fresh in the past and with the stable in such good form, Jurys Out can finally open his account over fences.
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