Long Run and Master Minded top the cast for Saturday
Only a week after the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham, another top quality weekend of horse racing lies in wait with Long Run the star attraction in the Betfair Chase at Haydock.
There are six televised races in total and some fine prices for punters to take advantage of.
Ascot 14:10 – Somersby @ 2/1
Master Minded is set to go off favourite, but is certainly a risky proposition given the disappointment of his seasonal reappearance.
Somersby has often fallen just short in the hottest company, but is worth another chance given the ease of his recent victory at Kempton, beating the useful Aiteen Thirtythree in the process.
Haydock 14:30 – Robinson Collonges @ 5/1
Robinson Collonges lost his way over fences last season, but showed signs of discovering some form over hurdles at Chepstow last month.
He is back to a reasonable mark now and will find these brush fences more to his liking than the full larger obstacles.
Ascot 14:45 – King Of The Night @ 9/2
Oscar Whiskey’s form when finishing third in last season’s Champion Hurdle is tough to oppose, but it is hard not to be impressed with the ease of King Of The Night’s two victories already this season off big weights.
He is getting 8lb off Oscar Whiskey at Ascot and this may be too much for the favourite to overcome.
Haydock 15:05 – Long Run @ 4/6
There may be doubts about Long Run’s fitness on his seasonal reappearance, but he should still have enough class to win the Betfair Chase.
Ascot 15:20 – Torpichen @ 6/1
Many of the runners in the field previously took part in the Byrne Group Handicap Chase at Ascot last month, with Anquetta coming out on top on that occasion.
However, Torpichen is now far better off at the weights and if his jumping holds up late on, he should pose a serious threat.
Haydock 15:40 – Mostly Bob @ 6/1
Both the good ground and the 3m looks ideal for Mostly Bob and he can triumph in an encounter where many of the horses may be in need of the run.