TRAINER Tom George is hoping Double Shuffle can hit prime gear within the Badger Ales Trophy Handicap Chase on Saturday.
Double Shuffle was a late withdrawal from the Charlie Corridor Chase as the bottom was unsuitable final weekend, ensuing within the seven-year-old being rerouted to Somerset.
“The bottom went improper for him up at Wetherby, which is why he did not run there,” stated George.
“He is in good type and we’re taking 3lb off, which is able to assist his trigger. Ciaran Gethings rides and I am trying ahead to a great run.”
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Neil Mulholland reports Southfield Royale and Pilgrims Bay in prime shape for their return to action.
He said: “Southfield Royale is fresh and well. Hopefully this trip will suit him better. I don’t think he stayed in the Scottish National.
Matt Chapman’s TV tips
1.25 Ascot – Order Of St George: ‘No doubt in my mind the best stayer in the business’ (add to your betslip)
2.00 Ascot – Caravaggio: ‘He’s top class when on song’ (add to your betslip)
2.40 Ascot – Coronet: ‘Will be held up off the pace and might just come past them late on’ (add to your betslip)
3.15 Ascot – Ribchester: ‘The best miler about and should take all the beating’ (add to your betslip)
3.50 Ascot – Cliffs Of Moher: ‘A horse who has a huge success in him at some stage’ (add to your betslip)
4.30 Ascot – GM Hopkins: ‘He goes on any ground and trained by the genius Johnny G’ (add to your betslip)
“Pilgrims Bay is in good form. It’s a nice race for him and I’m hoping he can do his best.”