BANK on some Paul Nicholls wizardry with MAGIC SAINT. This French import ran rather well on his debut for the previous champion coach when runner-up in a commencement chase at Haydock on Betfair Chase day.
He would have solely been third if River Wylde had not fallen on the final but it surely was nonetheless a promising effort. Immediately’s floor shall be a lot softer and he’s acquired loads of type on a testing floor in France.
Janika is one other to make the change throughout the English Channel after exhibiting respectable type in France. He gained his final three races over there – throughout fences – and he must be revered.
It’s onerous to know precisely what to anticipate giving a good bit of weight away on his first run for Nicky Henderson however the potential is clear.
Film Legend has been constant this season. He’s come up towards some honest chasers since profitable over hurdles at Fakenham in October. This in-between journey would possibly simply swimsuit him.
Gardefort didn’t run too nicely on his return from greater than a yr off the observe final month. He’s acquired loads of respectable type within the guide and coach Venetia Williams has her group in cracking type now.
Hell’s Kitchen is nice on his day however he’s not the best to foretell. His coach Harry Fry additionally runs Overtown Specific. He gained first outing final season and he’s not badly handled on his finest type.
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IT ought to pay to Half together with your money within the JLT Hurdle. The bottom has come proper for mud-loving AGRAPART.
He beat sensible Wholestone within the Cleeve Hurdle final season and I preferred the way in which he battled on over an insufficient 2m4f on sooner going at Aintree on his return to motion.
Nick Williams’ hope has by no means beforehand proven his finest type after a break so there’s each likelihood he’ll take a giant step ahead.
My solely concern is that he hasn’t proven a lot on right-handed tracks however he hasn’t had many races going this fashion spherical in Britain.
Unowhatimeanharry was simply in entrance of Agrapart at Aintree. He appeared to be going downhill final season when he was solely third behind Sam Spinner on this race. Final month’s Newbury win was good however I reckon it is going to take extra to observe up at present.
Sam Spinner appeared to be struggling when he unseated Joe Colliver two from dwelling after getting badly hampered.
That was his first run of the season so he ought to enhance and he has acquired cheekpieces on for the primary time. It wouldn’t shock me if he lifted this prize once more.
Nicky Henderson has two fascinating runners in Name Me Lord and Soul Emotion. Each produced sensible type after arriving from France however neither has confirmed stamina for this journey.
DON’T hand over on THOMAS PATRICK. I used to be actually robust on him for the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury three weeks in the past however he simply didn’t get into any type of rhythm.
The best way he jumped on the way in which to profitable at Newbury and Aintree final season confirmed he’s a hell of rather a lot higher than his comeback run and I don’t suppose it will be clever to start out writing him off simply but.
If he can decide on the entrance finish he shall be onerous to cross.
Gold Current gained this race final yr earlier than pulling up on the Cheltenham Competition and within the Scottish Nationwide. His third behind Politologue over 2m5f at this observe final month was a cracking comeback.
I’m simply anxious in regards to the sticky floor as he appears at his finest on higher going. If a summer time wind operation has helped him with that respect he ought to go nicely.
Full Glass was positioned in scorching races in France. He departed as the competition was warming up at Haydock final month having made a good debut for Alan King at Ayr final season.
He has stamina to show however might be properly handled.
I fancied Benatar for the BetVictor Gold Cup however he was pulled out on the morning of the race gained by Gary Moore’s different runner Baron Alco. He as an alternative went to Ascot to complete fourth behind Politologue and he has scope to enhance. Whether or not it’s over 3m I’m not so positive.
The bottom appears to be like towards Favorito Buck’s and high weight Otago Path won’t have had time to recuperate from an excellent comeback from almost two years off the observe at Newcastle final month.
STICK with NIETZSCHE within the Betfair Change Hurdle. He completed in midfield on this race 12 months in the past however arrives in a lot better type this time.
There’s little doubt he had slipped to a pleasant weight regardless of being out the handicap when seeing off Silver Streak and Outdated Guard within the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham final month.
That type is absolutely robust so a 6lbs rise shouldn’t be sufficient to cease him following up with proficient claiming jockey Danny McMenamin within the saddle once more.
Fiesole is fascinating. Olly Murphy gained this race final yr with a horse making his debut for his Warwickshire secure and he has one other Irish import having his first begin for him.
Lightning might strike twice however I’m simply anxious the bottom is likely to be too testing for this Flat-bred six-year-old.
Jolly’s Cracked It has to shoulder high weight after final month’s course and distance defeat of Chatez after almost two years off the observe.
He’s now increased within the weights than when he dead-heated on this race three years in the past and it is a massive ask from a career-high handicap score. His love of Ascot at the least offers him some type of likelihood of hitting the body.
Western Ryder ran a blinder when third behind Mind Energy within the Worldwide Hurdle at Cheltenham final week.
He’d earlier been fifth behind Nietzsche within the Greatwood on floor sooner than superb and he does look to wish additional lately.
Alan King’s Fidux would’ve most well-liked higher floor however stablemate Lisp appears to be bettering.
He was narrowly forward of Mont Des Avaloirs when runner-up at Newbury three weeks in the past and this type of big-field handicap ought to swimsuit him.
TOP weight shouldn’t cease CHTI BALKO. He appears to be like more likely to get a simple time of it out in entrance and he ought to make it pay on his favoured mushy floor.
There’s been nothing mistaken along with his two efforts this season they usually got here on a a lot sooner floor.
His handicap win at this observe on at the present time final season got here on heavy floor so at present’s situations ought to assist him rather a lot.
Ballymoy is the large hazard. He’s the one different one of many 5 runners to have already raced this season. He gained nicely at Chepstow on his return after which completed an excellent fourth behind International Citizen at Newbury three weeks in the past.
There’s room for enchancment in his leaping and that simply suggestions the stability in Chti Balko’s favour.
Seemorelights was a promising novice a few years in the past. He’s been off the observe an excellent whereas having missed final season and will become involved if able to go.
Nicky Richards has his group in good type so it’s value maintaining a tally of Higher Getalong. He’s twice gained following a break and mushy floor holds no fears for him.
Templegate’s picks for the ITV races
- 1.50 Ascot – Magic Saint NAP
- 2.05 Haydock – Chti Balko
- 2.25 Ascot – Agrapart
- 2.40 Haydock – Testify
- three.00 Ascot – Thomas Patrick
- three.35 Ascot – Nietzsche
PLENTY of proof factors to TESTIFY.
He gained twice at this course on heavy floor final season and he’s positive to be a lot sharper for his first run since a summer time respiration operation at Newcastle three weeks in the past.
There’s a practice of thought that means horses are finest on their second begin after wind surgical procedure in order that’s a giant constructive.
It’s onerous to argue he’s notably nicely weighted however his course type offers him an excellent likelihood.
Sharp Response was nicely in entrance of Testify at Newcastle however he got here into that race with a number of runs behind him already this season.
I feel it will likely be a unique story at present particularly as Sharp Response has completed most of his profitable on higher floor.
Kimberlite Sweet is an apparent risk. He seemed good on his return to motion at Ayr and the handicapper might simply have been harsher on him.
Duel At Daybreak chased dwelling the likes of Sizing Tennessee and Ms Parfois final season.
That entitles him to loads of respect however he’s finest watched on his first run since pulling up within the 4m Nationwide Hunt Chase on the Cheltenham Competition.
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12.40 Annie Mc
1.50 Magic Saint (nap)
2.25 Agrapart (treble)
3.00 Thomas Patrick
11.50 Fin And Game
12.25 Whatswrongwithyou (nb)
1.00 Meep Meep
2.05 Chti Balko
3.15 Theo’s Charm
12.35 Rockies Spirit
1.10 Red Bond
1.45 Pride’s Gold
2.15 Big Country
11.40 Bindo D’Olivate
12.10 Absolutely Dylan
12.45 Buster Valentine
1.20 Gold Opera
1.55 Eternally Yours
2.30 The Dubai Way