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The Best Horse Racing Tips for Ascot & Haydock on Saturday

The feature race in the run up to Christmas is the Grade 1 Howden Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday in which Buzz is fancied to enhance his Stayers’ Hurdle claims with a victory over main market rival Thyme Hill.

However, for today’s Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions we will provide selections for the three main handicaps of the day, Ascot’s 3m Silver Cup at 3.00pm, the valuable 2m Betfair Exchange Trophy at 3.35pm. And over at Haydock Park, the extended 3m 1f Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase at 2.40pm.

Our Tip for the 2.40pm at Haydock:

Fourth when sent off favourite for the 2018 Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival, the Anthony Honeyball-trained Acey Milan has yet to show that level of form over both hurdles and fences.

The seven-year-old’s best run over the small obstacles came at today’s course in November 2019 when beating all bar winner Stoney Mountain in a valuable Grade 3 handicap hurdle.

This will be the Milan gelding’s sixth start over fences and while the mount of Rex Dingle has just the one victory to his name, that coming in an Aintree novices’ limited handicap chase last October, we have yet to see the best of the horse who looks to have his ideal conditions here and at a double-figure price makes plenty of each-way appeal.

Unlucky Ladbroke Trophy faller Remastered is an obvious danger, along with unexposed novice Buzz De Turcoing who won under similar conditions over hurdles on the course 12 months ago.

Our Tip for the 3.00pm at Ascot:

Starting this season on a mark of 156 following his runaway victory in last year’s Ladbrokes Trophy off a rating some 20lb lower, the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Cloth Cap, with his favoured forecast good ground, and having been dropped 4lb since running creditably in this season’s renewal of Newbury’s famous handicap, is fancied to get back to winning ways in this valuable handicap.

The mount of Jonjo O’Neill Jr made a brave attempt to once again make all of the running in the race he had totally dominated 12 months earlier. But with another 22lb to shoulder, the nine-year-old was never able to shake off his rivals, eventually weakening to finish an honourable sixth.

In what looks to be a much easier race, and with the son of Beneficial unlikely to be taken on for the early lead, it would be no surprise to see this talented staying chaser run his rivals ragged from the front. The big danger could be Belami Des Pictons from the in-form stable of Venetia Willaims, who should improve for last month’s Bangor run when fourth behind subsequent Becher Chase winner Snow Leopardess.

Our Tip for the 3.55pm at Ascot:

The last few weeks have proved a trying time for jockey Bryony Frost, one ray of sunshine for the talented rider being the victory of Greaneteen in Sandown’s Grade 1 Tingle Creek Chase earlier this month. One trainer who has given Frost plenty of support recently is Neil King and the pair team up here with Onemorefortheroad in this handicap hurdle worth almost £60k to the winner.

The improving performer, victorious in five of his last six starts, produced a career-best at Newbury last time when making all of the running to win a Listed contest that included last season’s Betfair Hurdle hero Soaring Glory. The six-year-old has been raised only 3lb for that comfortable victory and may still prove to be a step ahead of the handicapper off a mark of 136.

Cheltenham’s Greatwood Hurdle 1-3, West Cork and No Ordinary Joe, look the two main dangers in particular the latter who, on 4lb better terms and with that valuable experience under his belt, is feared most.

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