The National Hunt season steps up one other sizeable gear on Saturday with prime class racing from Ascot, Wetherby and Down Royal on ITV. Tony Calvin goes by the televised races in his preview.
He says: “His seasonal reappearance form figures read 11411, and that fourth was a one-and-a-half length fourth in a Silver Trophy at Chepstow where Sam Spinner was just three-quarters-of-a-length ahead of him getting 9lb from the selection.”
It’s a busy day for Paul Nicholls at Ayr, Wetherby and Ascot, with yard stars Cyrname and Black Corton operating.
He says: “Black Corton is full of life as usual and I am hoping that the wind op he had in the summer might just tease a bit of improvement from him.”
There are wealthy pickings available at Wetherby on Saturday so Timeform pick their three finest bets for the cardboard on the West Yorkshire course…
“Ashtown Lad remains open to further progress and is taken to open his account at the third time of asking.”
It’s an enormous day for Gordon Elliott as he saddles no fewer than 18 runners on Down Royal’s excessive class card on Saturday, together with secure star Samcro and thrilling novice hurdler Ballyadam…
He says: “Samcro in very good form and everyone is very happy with him at home and he does tend to run well fresh so I’m hoping he will be right there at the finish. We’ll keep him to this sort of trip for the season.”
Timeform convey you their complete runner-by-runner information to Saturday’s Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby, which works off at 15:20, and pick their 1-2-3.
They say: “Cyrname sets a tall standard on his best form and is the one to beat…”
Betfair Ambassador Joseph O’Brien has one runner on Saturday earlier than a huge Sunday at Naas and Cork which incorporates loads of promising possibilities.
“Menagerie was touched off in a maiden at Cork last time and that represented a career-best effort from her. A repeat of that effort would put her in the mix here.”
He says: Naas, 15:40 on Sunday – Menagerie