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Grumeti backed to strike on his return to flat action at Ascot

| 08.05.2015

Saturday delivers a true feast of racing, with competitive handicap action on the flat as well as over the obstacles at Haydock.

And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got a couple of Classic trials on offer at Lingfield as the season continues at some pace.

We sat down to discuss three of the features this weekend in our latest racing podcast…

But with eight races shown live on Channel 4, what we want are winners, and more opportunities to trigger Ladbrokes’ Free Bet offer.*

So we’ve picked out a trio of horses that we think look overpriced and are backing to romp to success…

Dawn Commander – Haydock 13:45

Consistency has, on the whole, been key for this grey, with his failure to complete at Aintree at the National meeting the only time in the last six hurdles starts he has failed to make the frame.

Stuart Edmunds’ gelding was probably found out in Graded company on Merseyside, but has his sights lowered somewhat here.

While some in the field here will have stamina doubts, and others will have connections keeping their glances fixed on the weather, neither will be of any bother to this versatile sort.

He has escaped a rise in the weights after victory at Warwick two weeks ago and has plenty going in his favour here.

Grumeti – Ascot 14:00

He may not have raced on the level in over three years, but the fact remains that Alan King’s horse is a classy operative.

His chase career has been in and out, and it may be a wise move to bring him back to a discipline that he was so consistent in before.

The eight-year-old was the winner of this race back in 2013, and is only 1lb higher than when a nose second at Goodwood on his last flat start.

Stamina will be assured and any rain will bode no problem whatsoever for the Grade 1 winning hurdler.

In fact he has never been outside of the first three on his eight flat runs over at least 10f, so expect him to be there or thereabouts.

Rayvin Black – Haydock 15:25

Oliver Sherwood’s horse was a game second in the Imperial Cup at Sandown at the start of March, when just collared after a bold front-running display.

The trip probably found him out at Sandown last time, though he did well to finish seventh after attempting to duck out as they rounded the stable turn for the first time.

He can sometimes be keen, so a return to the bare 2m will suit and his jumping is usually assured.

His figures at that trip read 22162512, so expect this honest type to give you a run for your money, and with the stable in flying form it would be no shock whatsoever  if the six-year-old  were to deliver.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.