Plenty of action for all Horse Racing fans on Saturday with a Derby and Oaks trials at Lingfield, one of the most competitive seven furlong handicaps of the season at Ascot and the first major handicap hurdle of the new national hunt season at Haydock Park.
We will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for Haydock’s Pertemps Network Swinton Handicap Hurdle at 3.10pm, Lingfield’s Group 3 Novibet Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes at 3.25pm and at Ascot, the tote+ Victoria Cup at 3.40pm.
Our Tip for the 3.10pm at Haydock:
Not the greatest renewal of this handicap hurdle, won in 2018 by subsequent Grade 1 winner Silver Streak. None of those horses towards the top of the weights make any great appeal, leaving several unexposed contenders at the foot of the handicap to fight out the finish.
The first two horses home in the Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle at Aintree’s Grand National meeting, Rowland Ward and Camprond, renew rivalry here. But both may struggle to confirm that form with the Olly Murphy-trained Copperless, who looked the most likely winner when falling at the second-last hurdle.
At a double-figure price however, it could pay to take a chance on Ballinsker, from the stable of Evan Williams. The mount of Adam Wedge, running off a mark of 126, finished a four length second to Milkwood on his first run of the season at Ffos Las.
That horse, following his impressive victory in last month’s Scottish Champion Hurdle, is now rated 150. Ballinsker’s other two starts over hurdles this season came in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham and Newbury’s Betfair Hurdle.
Not disgraced in either of those valuable contests, the six-year-old gelding makes plenty of each-way appeal with just 10st 4lb to carry.
Our Tip for the 3.25pm at Lingfield:
German raider Axana is interesting in this Group 3 race for fillies following the mares’ easy victory at Hoppegarten last month. While the Clive Cox-trained Isabella Giles was one of the leading juvenile fillies of last season and should have benefitted from her race behind Alcohol Free at Newbury on her reappearance last month.
However, Double Or Bubble created a big impression when running out the impressive winner of a 7f Newmarket handicap last month and the Chris Wall-trained daughter of Exceed And Excel is expected to take the step up in class within her stride.
The four-year-old is unbeaten in three starts since going down by three quarters of a length at York on her only run as juvenile in August 2019. The mount of Jack Mitchell is clearly a filly on the up and is fancied to make the transition into Group company.
Our Tip for the 3.40pm at Ascot:
A maximum field of 29 runners for this Heritage Handicap which can go to the Charlie Fellowes-trained Chiefofchiefs and Ascot straight course specialist Jamie Spencer.
The eight-year-old gelding is equally effective over both six and seven furlongs. Winner of last season’s Silver Wokingham at Royal Ascot over the former trip, the son of Royal Applause ran another fine race when fourth over today’s course and distance in the valuable Moet And Chandon International Stakes (Heritage Handicap) last July.
Chiefofchiefs made his reappearance in Doncaster’s Cammidge Trophy on the opening day of the Flat season, finishing fifth after getting no sort of a run. Off a 1lb lower mark than when running that fine race over course and distance last season, and coming from stall 15 in the middle of the field, Spencer can choose to make his challenge high or low and is fancied to cut his rivals down inside the final furlong.
In a race where the draw could have a say in the result, Fox Champion (drawn 2) and Raising Sand (drawn 26) are others to consider.
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