12.40 Ballinure e/w
1.15 Caid Du Berlais
1.50 Jonny Ogg, Dark Flame, Ravens Tower e/w
2.25 Ballyoptic e/w 50TF
3.00 Le Mercurey, Minella Dandy e/w
3.35 Stenrubin, Meet The Legend e/w
11.50 Pokura Du Lys
12.20 Buveur D’Air
12.55 Jenny’s Melody e/w
1.30 Whispering Harry e/w
2.05 Colin’s Sister 50TF, Tearsofclewbay 50TF
2.40 Yala Enka, De Vous A Moi e/w
3.15 Draytonian, Sharp Response e/w
1.15 Rigadin De Beauchene, Chase The Spud e/w
2.25 Yala Enki, Westeen Warrior e/w
3.00 Cue Card
3.35 Straidnahanna and De Vous A Moi e/w
12.55 Duelling Banjos and Potters Corner e/w
1.30 Miss Estela
2.05 Gods Own
3.15 Vaniteux and Some Buckle e/w
3.50 Silver Kayf e/w
12.35 Alexander The Grey e/w
1.05 The Organist
Young Dillon showed the benefit of cheekpieces to win the last at Fontwell yesterday under Sam Twiston Davies who has some promising rides there again today.
1.50 Desert Sensation e/w
2.20 More Bucks
2.55 Zarib NAP
3.30 Mercers Court
4.05 Affaire D’Honneur
5.15 Tinted Rose
And on the flat …
Redcar 3.15 Rainbow Mist e/w
Redcar 3.50 Perfect Picture e/w
Ascot 3.40 Heavens Guest e/w
Readers won’t be surprised that I’m not planning to desert my favourite Wakanda as he embarks to plunder Ascot’s Silver cup on a rare excursion down south by his trainer Sue Smith.
Winner of the Rehearsal Chase 4 weeks ago he is still on the upgrade and is a gutsy front runner who might just repel all challengers for his biggest pay day yet.
The Young Master was my Hennessy tip and could well make amends here whilst Virak will have his backers to get revenge on Wakanda for their last meeting.
Elsewhere Voix D”Eau is my nap in the Graduation Chase and Hurricane Hollow looks on a handy mark for each way backers in the Ladbroke where Rayvin Black is worth an interest too.
Cloudy Too could make it a memorable day for Sue Smith by taking the Tommy Whittle at Haydock in what looks a sub standard renewal.
Today’s selections :
The impressive way Cue Card repelled all challenges at Wetherby 3 weeks ago suggests he can thwart Silviniaco Conti’s bid for a 3rd Betfair Chase at Haydock today. Conti recovered from a lack lustre Gold Cup run to win by a head from Ballynagour at Aintree but that doesn’t make him an odds on chance here.
Elsewhere at Haydock Gunner Fifteen and Staidnahanna look sound bets whilst Lucinda Russell’s No Deal can maintain the stables good record in staying events at this course.
At Ascot all eyes will be on the exciting Vautour.
Relentless Dreamer can finally fulfil his early promise and Desert Queen could leave his previous runs behind at a good price if settling.
An excellent 7 runner field for the Charlie Hall at Wetherby today, a race I previewed here earlier in the week. Dynaste and Cue Card are my two against the field with the former a hopeful rather than confident tip.
A very good supporting card where the novice chase sees Zeroshadesofgrey make his debut over fences and will be tested by both Southfield Royale and Beg To Differ.
No fewer than 7 of my 50 to follow run today including 3 in the highly competitive 3 mile handicap chase at Ascot. Le Reve is a favourite of mine and is just preferred to Virak and Present View today.