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Big Joe’s Tips for Ascot and Haydock

Big Joe’s Tips for Ascot and Haydock


Saturday Horse Racing Tips

This Saturday serves up some brilliant racing with the highlight being a potential cracker at Haydock in The Betfair Chase.

With such good racing I’ve decided to give a few more tips instead of just focusing on one race:


Ascot 2:05 – Charbel

Politologue is the favourite here and rightly so, the Paul Nicholls trained seven-year-old is a very impressive and improving chaser. His defeat of Min last year at Aintree over two and a half mile rates his best performance to date. He will take some beating here but he’s not infallible.

Charbel currently 6/1 is a very interesting contender. Kim Bailey’s charge has had an interesting time since he started chasing, but this season he seems to be getting his act together. He’s in form, receiving weight and most importantly race fit. If he is ever going to beat Politologue then this is his chance.


Ascot 2:40 – If the Cap Fits

This looks like another decent race. Laurina unfortunately will not be lining up but it still has plenty of decent contenders.

We Have A Dream is current favourite followed by If The Cap Fits. They are two talented horses that look hard to beat and will run their race on the forecast ground.

If The Cap Fits is the interesting one here. He missed a tilt at the Supreme last year through injury which was disappointing, but his bumper form is excellent and got franked again at the weekend by Lalor. His reappearance was very pleasing where he beat We Have A Dream. He jumped nimbly and travelled well so I’m hoping for a big big run here.


Haydock 3:00 – Might Bite

The highlight of the weekend is the Betfair Chase. If you’re a racing fan I’m sure you’ve read and watched a lot of previews but I’m going to look at the shape of the race.

The ground will be on the quick side so Bristol De Mai will struggle to reproduce last year’s heroics. I do think he will try though so a hectic pace is guaranteed from flag fall.

Gold Cup champion Native River is an awesome animal and has proven that forcing the pace suits him down to the ground. But for me, the one who will benefit from a burn out up the front is Might Bite. You know he’ll be sitting in behind, travelling and jumping just waiting to pounce. This flat track and good ground will play to his strengths and it’s hard to look beyond him. Sometimes the most obvious choice is the right one.

If you’re not interested in playing the prices, we wouldn’t put you off Clan Des Obeaux picking up the pieces of a race ran too quickly. He will be rode quietly and the fact that Paul Nicholls is willing to potentially ruin his handicap mark speaks volumes of what he thinks of him.



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