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Ed Quigley: Weekend Watch Betting Tips - 18th February

Ed has three picks for Saturday’s racing from Ascot and Wincanton.

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It’s a big weekend for Antepost Armchair fans, and PIC D’ORHY has everything in his favour, and has every chance of dining at the top table. He arrives here in stunning form and looks to have everything in his favour, so all being well we have something to shout about in the Ascot Chase at 3.35 on Saturday!

The wider implications in regards to Shiskin and the remainder of his career will be huge - it’s a crossroads moment for the Nicky Henderson trained star.

1.20pm Ascot - Springwell Bay

Also at Ascot, I think there are reasons to be positive about SPRINGWELL BAY who looked the part when winning on hurdling debut at Carlisle last October, before finishing third at Cheltenham’s November meeting.

If you go back to his bumper win at Market Rasen, he really looked the part and remains an unexposed and exciting prospect. The run at Cheltenham in that Grade 2 was a stop-start tactical affair which didn’t suit him at all, and he has been given time to mature by Jonjo O’Neill. I wonder if he will have too many gears for Attacca and is my pick in this one.

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Ed Quigley's Weekend Watch Tips

1.20pm Ascot

Springwell Bay remains an unexposed and exciting prospect


At 4/1 a £10 bet would return £50


February 18, 2023

1:20 pm GMT

2.25pm Ascot - Sporting John (Each Way)

Top weight, and the unpredictable SPORTING JOHN (EW) could roll back the years in the wide-open looking Handicap Chase just shy of 3m. He is an enigmatic character, but let’s not forget he is a former Grade 1 winner over fences who is running off 147 in a Handicap Chase.

The Philip Hobbs team are in much better form than they have been for some time, and it’s worth noting that the eight-year-old has had wind surgery again. Last time he did, he returned and bolted up over hurdles. He won on his only previous start at the venue, and I wouldn’t be shocked if in-form jockey Tom O’Brien smuggled Sporting John into contention here.

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Ed Quigley's Weekend Watch Tips

2.25pm Ascot

Philip Hobbs' Sporting John could roll back the years


At 14/1 a £10 win bet would return £150


February 18, 2023

2:25 pm GMT

2.32pm Wincanton - Flic Ou Voyou

At Wincanton, Paul Nicholls and Bryony combine with FLIC OU VOYOU who has a scintillating record at Wincanton, winning three times from four visits - and the only defeat coming at the hands of Edwardstone back in 2019.

He seems fairly ground dependent and has a good record when fresh, so I think on spring ground Flic Ou Voyou can jump his rivals ragged.

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Ed Quigley's Weekend Watch Tips

2.32pm Wincanton

Paul Nicholls' Flic Ou Voyou has a superb record at Wincanton


At 5/4 a £10 bet would return £22.50


February 18, 2023

2:32 pm GMT

Saturday Advice

  • Springwell Bay, 1.20 Ascot, 1pt win 4/1 (Coral)
  • Sporting John, 2.25 Ascot, 0.5pt e/w 14/1 (William Hill)
  • Flic Ou Voyou, 2.32 Wincanton, 1pt win 5/4 (bet365)

Already Advised

  • Pic D’Orhy, 3.35 Ascot, 1pt win 5/2

* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.

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Edward Quigley

Edward Quigley

Ed Quigley joins us weekly to provide his weekend watch tips and his long-term antepost armchair Monday column.