Looking for Ascot betting tips from the Clarence House Chase card? How about Haydock betting tips for Peter Marsh Chase day? You’ve come to the right place. See who our experts like the look of on another big Saturday of horse racing.
Ascot betting tips – Defi Du Seuil worth chancing in Clarence House Chase
The defending champ, Defi Du Seuil, bids to retain his crown in the feature 2m Grade 1 Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday (15:35). Although not his usual self on his last two starts, there are signs that the Philip Hobbs stable are hitting form.
The yard had a double at Newbury in midweek, while jockey Richard Johnson says Defi Du Seuil looks well at home. King George VI Chase runner-up Waiting Patiently has been supplemented for the Clarence House, but staying is his forte and he may not have the foot to win this.
Favourite and dual Tingle Creek winner Politologue heads the betting on merit, but doesn’t look value. Those at bigger prices, meanwhile, have question marks over them. Therefore, a chance is taken on Defi Du Seuil bouncing back and making a successful defence of his title. He is 9/2 with Unibet for consecutive Clarence House Chase successes.
Magic Of Light can complete Warfield hat-trick
In the Grade 2 Warfield Mares’ Hurdle over an extended 2m 7f (13:15), Magic Of Light looks value for a third successive win in the race. Trained in Ireland by Jessica Harrington, this dual-purpose daughter of Flemensfirth has been mixing it up over both sets of obstacles in style for some time.
Best known for chasing home Tiger Roll at massive odds of 66/1 in the 2019 Grand National at Aintee, Magic Of Light has also mopped up mares’ races like this. She won this easily enough in each of the last two seasons and again comes into Ascot off the back of Listed success over fences at Newbury.
While there is officially 4lb between Magic Of Light and favourite Roksana, that rival had a hard race when third in the Long Walk Hurdle over course and distance last time out. With Jonjo O’Neill junior now aboard for the first time, Magic Of Light looks the value and is 11/4 with Bet365 for her hat-trick.
Kateson an each-way play in Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle
Reigning champion jockey Brian Hughes has a rare trip down to Ascot for the ride on Waiting Patiently, but he also gets the leg up on Kateson in the extended 2m 3f Grade 3 Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle (13:50). Trained by Tom Lacey, who has been among the winners of late, cheekpieces helped this eight-year-old grey get back to winning ways last time out.
Although a 5lb rise for his nose success at Aintree looks steep, that does not tell the whole story. Kateson rallied superbly when headed jumping the last and got back up on the line. His third behind Champ in the 2018 Challow Hurdle at Newbury still reads very well.
Kateson also chased home one of last year’s most progressive National Hunt horses in Main Fact at Uttoxeter in March. With Hughes now taking the ride for the first time, he could be a bit of each-way value at 11/1 with Bet365 off a mark of 139.
Tritonic interesting on hurdles bow
Last among our Ascot betting tips is hurdles debutant Tritonic in the opener on the Clarence House Chase card. Many of the horse running in this 2m juvenile hurdle (12:40) are unraced over obstacles, but have Flat form to go on. Alan King’s charge has a rating of 99 in that sphere and placed in Listed company.
That came in the Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton on his second start of last year. Prior to that, Tritonic won two of four outings as a two-year-old and finished runner-up in the Golden Gates Handicap at Royal Ascot. He was also far from disgraced when sixth and pitched in against his elders in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury.
On the pick of his Flat form, then, Tritonic is a fascinating recruit to hurdles. King has a reputation for doing well with cross-code horses and juvenile hurdlers. On that basis, Tritonic could well be worth a wager at 5/4 with Betfred in this.
Haydock betting tips – Sam Brown the Peter Marsh Chase punt
In the feature Grade 2 Peter Marsh Chase over an extended 3m 1f (14:40), Sam Brown has the heavy ground he relishes – provided Haydock passes a further inspection on Saturday morning. One of two in the race trained by Anthony Honeyball, this nine-year-old loves the mud.
Connections were targeting races like the Ladbrokes Trophy with him earlier in the season but Sam Brown simply didn’t get the going he needs to be most effective. This nine-year-old by Black Sam Bellamy is unexposed as a stayer, but his three-length third behind Imperial Aura at Carlisle on reappearance reads well.
With the assessor giving recent Kempton scorer Royale Pagaille a savage 16lb rise, Sam Brown gets in off a workable mark of 152. With half the Peter Marsh Chase field running from out of the weights, this limited handicap can go to the in-form Honeyball. Sam Brown is 4/1 with Betfair to land the spoils.
Llandinabo Lad fancied for Rossington Main
In the Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle, a Grade 2 Supreme Trial for the Cheltenham Festival over almost 2m (13:30), Llandinabo Lad can resume winning ways now back at the site of his last win. Trainer Tom Symonds is having a fine season and this six-year-old by Malinas won a Listed contest here in November.
Llandinabo Lad burst a few bubbles that day and handled the softening surface. He has since run well in defeat when trying to concede a penalty to My Drogo in another Grade 2 Supreme Trial at Ascot last month.
This looks an easier race on paper for this level. Llandinabo Lad looks well worth another crack in such company, though, and may be capable of giving weight all-round. Connections mean business as Nico de Boinville now takes the ride. Llandinabo Lad is 2/1 with William Hill for a second Haydock win here.
Allart appeals in Altcar opener
In the 2m 4f Grade 2 Altcar Novices’ Chase which opens Peter Marsh Chase day (12:55), Allart can follow-up on a taking bow over fences. Trained by Nicky Henderson, this Ronnie Bartlett owned seven-year-old is lightly-raced and open to plenty of further progress.
He seemed to learn on his way round Ascot on reappearance. Allart was produced by Nico de Boinville to lead at the last and ran on well for a ready 2 3/4 lengths victory over Fiddlerontheroof in the Noel Novices’ Chase. Although penalised for that success, it was a stronger race than this one.
Allart beat a Betfair Hurdle winner in Pic D’Orhy by almost 30 lengths and can only get better for the experience of fences. He is the class horse in this after finishing a fine fifth in the Supreme last season. The odds say Allart can back-up his chasing debut with further success here.