Christmas is almost here, so we’re treating you to an early gift with some cracking horse racing tips for this weekend’s action.
Ascot headlines Saturday’s fixtures, so we’ve delved into the latest edition of the Racing Post Weekender and used some of their selections to price up a monster 7,559/1 acca.
Oliver Sherwood has his stable in fine order, which makes Got Away appeal for the Plymouth Gin Handicap Chase.
Sherwood holds Got Away in high regard and she ought to improve for her seasonal reappearance at Newbury last month. This two-mile, three-furlong trip on easy ground should be perfect and she is back on a workable mark.
A trip to Ascot didn’t work out for Orchardstown Cross last month but he can resume his progress here.
The eight-year-old’s hold-up style rarely works out at that course and he could never get competitive, but he had previously been in great form and completed a hat-trick when returning from a summer break at Exeter.
Jeremy Scott’s charge is still feasibly treated on that evidence and could have even more to offer stepping up to a new trip.
The fragile Give Me A Copper makes plenty of appeal in the Listed Dave Dawes Silver Cup Handicap Chase.
The nine-year-old has had only nine visits to the racecourse in Britain, with one issue after another plaguing him down the years, but his victory on his seasonal return bodes well as he is usually considered better for his first outing after a break.
The race looks sure to be run at a decent pace, with stablemate Black Corton likely to cut out the running, and he can pounce late.
Nicky Henderson moved to the top of the trainers’ standings last weekend and can capture a decent prize at Ascot on Saturday when French Crusader is fancied for the Betfair Exchange Trophy.
Henderson has won the race four times, so he knows full well what it takes, and in French Crusader he has a talented six-year-old who is open to improvement after just seven starts.
He has won three of those and should come on from a recent Newbury second to stablemate Epatante, who is being talked of as a possible Champion Hurdle contender, suggesting that is strong form.
The son of Kapgarde who smoothly at Newbury last year but missed the rest of the season after becoming tricky at home, although those issues are firmly in the past now.