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Saturday Racing Ascot Haydock Wincanton
Sat, Feb 16th, 2013

There is Grade 1 action and should be plenty of Cheltenham Festival and Grand National clues today on Channel 4.

The Ascot Chase takes top billing and is a useful pointer to the Ryanair Chase. In the eight renewals of the Ryanair run to date the winner has finished in the first three in the Ascot Chase. Last year Riverside Theatre won this race and then doubled up a month later. In 2009 Albertas Run finished second here while back in 2006 Fondmort also placed here before winning at Cheltenham. Finians Rainbow, Cue Card and Captain Chris look like the horses to focus on.

The Grade 2 Reynoldstown Novices' Chase was for many years a negative pointer to the 3 mile RSA Chase at the festival. When Alberatas Run doubled up in in 2008  he became the first horse to do so since Killiney in 1973 ending a sequence of sixteen consecutive Reynoldstown winners beaten in the RSA Chase. Last year's Reynoldstown winner, Invictus, missed the Festival through injury but the runner up, Bobs Worth landed the spoils. Rocky Creek looks the most likely runner to keep this new positive trend going at Cheltenham. 

Zarkandar and Raya Star look to have the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton between them. The race has highlighted two of the last six Stan James Champion Hurdle winners in Katchit (won) and Punjabi (third) and five in total since 1990 with Kribensis, Alderbrook and Hors La Loi III all following up.

Four Cheltenham Festival winners had their final prep at Haydock last term.

The Grade 2 Prestige Hurdle sponsored by Albert Bartlett has been agood pointer to the 3 mile novice hurdle at the festival. Brindisi Breeze doubled up last year and Moulin Riche was runner up before winning at Cheltenham in 2005. Three other placed horses at Haydock (Court In Motion, Itsa Legend and Kennel Hill) were also placed in the Albert Bartlett at the Festival.

Somewhat bizarrely last year Haydock Pertemps Final Qualifier threw out three 2012 Cheltenham Festival winners. Cape Tribulation finished fourth and went on to win the Pertemps final. Alfie Sherrin was fifth and who then won the JLT Specialty Chase. Sunnyhillboy finished  ninth and won the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase.

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2:05

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Sodexo Prestige Reynoldstown Novices´ Chase Grade 2 Cl1 3m

2:20

HAY

Betfred Mobile Lotto Hurdle (Registered As The Rendlesham Hurdle) Grade 2 Cl1 3m

2:40

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Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Chase Limited Handicap (Listed Race) Cl1 3m

2:55

HAY

Betfred Grand National Trial (Handicap Chase) Grade 3 Cl1 3m4f

3:15

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Betfair. Don´t Settle For Less Handicap Hurdle Cl2 2m3f110y

3:35

WCN

Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle Grade 2 Cl1 2m

3:50

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Betfair Ascot Chase Grade 1 Cl1 2m5f110y

 

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