There is quite a bit of horse racing this weekend over the sticks and on the All-Weather but let's be honest we will all be concentrating on Ascot around half-past-three for what is a proper race of the day.
At 3.35 Defi Du Seuil and Un De Sceaux, plus three others, face 2m1f for the Grade One Matchbook Clarence House Chase at Ascot. Most of you will remember the duo produced a spectacular finish when the Willie Mullins’ veteran came off second best behind Defi Du Seuil in the G.1 Tingle Creek at Sandown last month. There was only a neck in it at the line, and I can not tell you how gutted I was having tipped the Irish raider – my mate Mat on the winner stood next to me! The Bookies make it a two-horse race, as do I, and I am not deserting my old mate now as I fancy him to gain revenge especially with plenty of rain having been around this week. He has won this race three times, twice here and once when run at Cheltenham, so get ready for him to make it four! I have the 2-1 that has been available. Out of interest, the field is completed by Janika, Marracudja and Capeland,
As for the rest of Saturday I am concentrating on the All-weather action again at Lingfield Park and Chelmsford City. The boys at William Hill have chalked-up early or you can wait for BOG in the morning.
Down at Lingfield at 2.10 they face 6f Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost Handicap. Overnight jolly Electric Ladyland clearly likes it on the All-Weather. That said she steps-up up in trip here and I think she might set this up for a closer and can be taken on. Little Brown Trout arrives on the back of a career-best effort winning over track and trip at the end of December. Hollie Doyle rides again and I think the gelding is capable of making light of the 4lb rise in the weights. Get on at the 9-2.
Later the twilight meeting is at Chelmsford City and I fancy one in the 4.45 6f Bet toteplacepot At totesport.com All-Weather "Hands And Heels" Apprentice Handicap. Any reader who has been coming to the site for a few years will know of the old ‘Super 7’ system. Well, we have a qualifier for the system in this race in the shape of Deeds Not Words. A winner over track and trip last time the nine-year-old ticks all the boxes for the system and as a nice looking 7-2 is about is worth a speculative investment.
At 6.45 in Essex we have the 1m Bet toteswinger At totesport.com Handicap. Holiday Magic heads the market but though surely aint getting any better at nine the move the Lee Carter has obviously done him the world of good- form figures of 1,2,1 since the change of yard. I think he is better over slightly shorter than eight furlongs. At the other end of the spectrum, Brains is a relatively lightly raced four-year-old who won well over track and trip earlier this month. I would expect to see a similar front running make every yard a winning one attempt here. Holiday Magic might compete for the early lead but I think the 4yo will outstay the old boy. Get on at 11-4.