Ascot 03/04/2016 – Shotavodka favourite for Veterans’ Chase
The 4.20 at Ascot on Sunday is a handicap chase over three miles for horses aged ten years and upwards.
Shotavodka raised 12lbs for impressive Newbury win
David Pipe saddles the favourite in Shotavodka, a ten-year-old gelding by Alderbrook out of a Moscow Society mare.
The chestnut has won seven of his 31 races, most recently easing to an eleven length victory over Pete The Feat at Newbury. The handicapper has put him up 12lbs for that victory and the runner-up is entitled to finish a lot closer at Ascot. Shotavodka had previously finished a fair fourth to Saint Are goes for next week’s Aintree Grand National.
Pete The Feat is now twelve years old and has nine career wins to his credit. He has finished second in three of his last four starts. Prior to chasing home Shotavodka, Charlie Longsdon’s gelding had run well at Sandown behind Le Reve. Jamie Snowden is represented by Ardkilly Witness, a ten-year-old gelding by Witness Box. He was beaten by Jennys Surprise in the Grand Military Gold Cup last time out.
Opening Batsman represents in-form Fry at Ascot
Noel Fehily partners Opening Batsman for Harry Fry, the winner of seven of his 26 races. His biggest success came in the valuable Racing Plus Chase at Kempton in 2013. He won at Wincanton and Fontwell last year and ran a fine race when second to Theatre Guide in February. He was held up by Liam McKenna that day and made good late headway.
Mon Parrain carries top weight for Paul Nicholls. He ran better than his final placing suggests at the Cheltenham festival behind Cause Of Causes. He was up with the pace for a long way while Philip Hobbs saddles So Fine. He is a son of Definite Article with five wins from 28 races but only one of those was over fences. He finished 24 lengths behind Shotavodka at Newbury last month and it will be a surprise if he can turn the form around.
Creevytennant was pulled up in heavy ground at Sandown in January but won this race 12 months’ ago. He made all the running that day to win comfortably and also won on his only other appearance at Ascot. Grandads Horse was ahead of Shotavodka at Doncaster in February before finishing down the field at Cheltenham. He is also a previous course winner and will be ridden by Aidan Coleman.
Ascot Betting Tips 03/04/2016
4.20 Shotavodka @6.0 Ladbrokes
4.20 Opening Batsman @9.0 Ladbrokes
Each-way ¼ odds, 1,2,3