4,990/1 Racing Post Weekender Acca!

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Our horse racing tips are aplenty this weekend as the jumps season kicks into gear as Cheltenham and Aintree return for the first time this season.

The action comes thick and fast throughout Saturday and Sunday, so Luke Parkinson has taken a look through the latest edition of the Racing Post Weekender and picked out a mega acca at 4,990/1.

There are picks over jumps at both Cheltenham and Aintree, as well as some fun on the Flat at Doncaster and Newbury.


Young Rascal (2:20 Newbury – Saturday)

Aaron Ashley

William Haggas’s Young Rascal has lost his way a little, but a gelding operation and a return to Newbury for the Group Three Victoria Club Stakes on Saturday could spark a revival.

Young Rascal is three from four at the Berkshire track, which includes success in a Group Three here as a three-year-old, and a dead heat triumph with year’s likely favourite Morando off these terms last year.

Soft ground will only aid his changes and a 175-day break is no concern as he goes particularly well fresh.


Quel Destin (2:35 Cheltenham – Saturday)

Andrew King

If Quel Destin turns up in the Masterson Holidays at Prestbury Park on Saturday, the hint should be taken as he is another horse owned by the sponsors of the race.

He had a nice pipe-opener on the Flat at Bath the other day which will have done him plenty of good and he travelled like the best horse before finishing a decent third.


Captain Tommy (3:45 Cheltenham – Saturday)

Stuart Redding

Captain Tommy looked a good recruit for Harry Whittington last year, winning at Fontwell and Wincanton before another smart effort over hurdles at Perth in April, when he split Go Another One and Get Out Of The Gate who have both gone on to further success over fences.

He has not been overburdened for his handicap debut and looks capable of further success over fences.


Tarboosh (4:00 Doncaster – Saturday)

Norman Chorley

Tarboosh is enjoying another fine autumn for Paul Midgley and can win the valuable five-furlong handicap at Doncaster on Saturday for the second successive season.

The six-year-old was a ready winner at the Musselburgh last time out and will be tough to beat at the weekend now he is back to his best.


Kalashnikov (3:00 Aintree – Sunday)

Aaron Ashley 

Amy Murphy’s stable star Kalashnikov has a faultless record fresh and looks the one they all have to beat on his seasonal return in the Virgin Bet Monet’s Garden Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase at Aintree, the scene of his greatest triumph.

The six-year-old proved himself an above-average two-miler but it was his first run over further, in the Devenish Manifesto Novices’ Chase over 2m4f on testing ground at the Grand National meeting, that he announced himself as truly top-class.

Kalashnikov relished the step up in trip and improved for going left-handed, beating La Bague Au Roi by a length-and-a-quarter, to claim a first success at Grade One level.

The six-year-old is not only proven over course and distance, but he was a winner on his racecourse debut, and both runs subsequently following a layoff of 200 days or more have resulted in success.

A mark of 155 doesn’t look anywhere near beyond him, with bigger targets surely to come as the season progresses.

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