Storm Brendan continues to cause chaos across Britain and Ireland, with gusts of over 80mph damaging buildings, and significant rainfall resulting in racecourses such as Wincanton and Plumpton abandoning their scheduled meetings.
Fortunately, all currently looks well in regard to this weekend’s action, with the Grade 1 Clarence House Chase at Ascot supported by a cracking meeting at Haydock, where there are no fewer than four Grade 2 races on the card – all of which will be covered by our free horse racing tips.
With Saturday’s jumps meetings at Ascot, Haydock, Taunton and Navan all currently having heavy in their going descriptions, our man Joe Eccles has identified a selection from each that should thrive under conditions – which when combined produces a 129/1 accumulator – read his views below.
Graceful Legend – 1.15 Ascot
The mare Graceful Legend stayed on best under attritional ground conditions to land a Class 2 handicap chase at Bangor on her penultimate outing.
Ben Case’s nine-year-old would have won by further there had she not got in tight at the final fence, and her jockey Kielan Woods reported afterwards that she “really did like that ground”.
Seven-pound claimer Charlie Case now takes over for the Matchbook Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase at Ascot on Saturday, and he has already shown his capabilities in the saddle having given Kilbrew Boy a fine ride to score at Wincanton last month.
Cherif De L’isle – 2.30 Navan
The strapping grey Cherif De L’isle has shown promise in both starts since joining these connections, shaping as though this slightly less demanding stamina test would suit when third over 2m6f here last time out.
He has ground conditions in his favour for Saturday’s RacingTV FREE For A Month Handicap Hurdle, and the bang-in form Davy Russell now takes over.
With Cherif De L’isle looking slightly green when hitting the front latest, the addition of first-time cheekpieces also looks capable of unlocking some improvement.
Yala Enki – 2.50 Taunton
A stellar field of staying chasers’ line-up for Saturday’s Weatherbys Portman Cup Chase – which is the feature race on Taunton’s card.
Arriving into this contest on the back of an excellent third-place finish in last month’s Welsh Grand National – where he was attempting to concede weight to all bar one of his rivals – Yala Enki rates as the one to beat.
Trainer Paul Nicholls currently has his string in flying form, and Bryony Frost’s mount has at least four pounds in hand on these rivals on official ratings, so should be difficult to stop at a venue where his yard is operating at a 26% strike-rate.
Billingsley – 3.45 Haydock
The Alastair Ralph-trained Billingsley got back in the winner’s enclosure at Hereford latest, bringing his record on heavy ground to an impressive 3-5.
This eight-year-old son of Millenary has been pushed up five pounds for that success, but he remains open to improvement over the larger obstacles, and with conditions in his favour once again, should put up another bold showing in Haydock’s Cheltenham Preview Here In March Handicap Chase.