Dynaste to rule in Betfair Chase

The Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday is a recognised trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Silviniaco Conti A field of nine are set to go to post for the Grade 1 feature including last year’s Gold Cup third and fourth, The Giant Bolster and Silviniaco Conti. Paul Nicholls had high hopes for Silviniaco Conti going into the festival meeting. He had been the decisive winner of the King George… Read More »

Jolly’s Cracked It to repeat Ascot victory

The 2.05 at Ascot on Friday is a novices’ hurdle for four-year-olds and upwards over two miles. Jolly’s Cracked It The race features a fascinating re-match between Jolly’s Cracked It and Clondaw Banker who finished first and second here on the opening day of the month. Jolly’s Cracked It is a five-year-old son of Astarabad out of a Rudimentary mare trained by Harry Fry. He looks certain to make a… Read More »

Puffin Billy to blow away Ascot rivals

Ascot stages a good quality National Hunt on Friday with six races starting at 1 o’clock. Puffin Billy The novice chase at 1.30 will be the second start over fences for the smart hurdler Puffin Billy, trained by Oliver Sherwood. The six-year-old gave a reasonably assured display of jumping when finishing third to Dunraven Storm on his chasing debut at Exeter last month. That was his first start in almost… Read More »

Confidence behind Tuscan Fire in Ballarat Cup

The last black-type race of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival 2014 is the $200,000 Listed Ballarat Cup over 2200m on Saturday. Spinderbella Robert Smerdon’s in-form mare Spinderbella is the uneasy favourite at around 5.0 after winning two of her last three races. The five-year-old is a daughter of Spinning World has won on both previous visits to Ballarat including a course and distance success on heavy ground last November. Her most recent victory came at… Read More »

Angelic Light to shine in Winterbottom Stakes

The $750,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes has attracted a field of thirteen top sprinters at Ascot on Saturday. Angelic Light The betting is headed by Angelic Light who has been mixing it with the very best this season. The Robbie Griffiths-trained mare has drawn ideally in barrier five and stands out on form. She returned from a lengthy absence to finish third in the Carlyon Stakes before upsetting Lankan Rupee… Read More »

Elite Belle the pick in Railway Stakes

The $1million Group 1 Railway Stakes is the highlight of Saturday’s racing in Australia. Perth’s richest race is held at Ascot Racecourse with the Mick Burles-trained The Cleaner heading the market. The Cleaner The gelding is a habitual front-runner and will be trying to gallop his rivals into the ground to secure a coveted first Group 1 success. Steven Arnold takes the ride on the top weight who finished a good third… Read More »

Baker to swoop late on Knight Owl

The 6.40 at Kempton on Thursday evening is a one mile handicap for three-year-olds and upwards with a field of twelve set to face the starter. Aqua Ardens George Baker’s Aqua Ardens is chasing a fifth consecutive victory after scoring three times at Epsom and once at Goodwood. All four victories came over seven furlongs, most recently accounting for Mime Dance by a nose in September. The handicapper has given… Read More »

Double Discount the value bet at Kempton

The 5.40 at Kempton on Thursday is a competitive mile and three furlong handicap for three-year-olds and upwards. Solidarity The warm favourite here is the Godolphin-owned gelding Solidarity, a son of Dubawi out of a Cape Cross mare. He carries a 6lbs penalty for winning at Wolverhampton last time where he had three and a half lengths to spare over Sbraase. Prior to that race he had finished fifth to another… Read More »