ITV Racing Tips for Haydock and Ascot on Saturday 25th November
The first of five races on ITV at Haydock is a 2m3f handicap hurdle.
I like PARK ANNONCIADE (7/2) here. He sneaks in at the bottom of the weights effectively carrying 10 stone with Ben Bromley’s 3lb claim taken into consideration. The five year-old has been steadily on an upward curve and comes into this off a career best victory last time out at Ayr. He shown a willing attitude that day to beat a solid yardstick in Ginger Mail and how strongly he ran through the line that day suggests this extra 2 furlong could bring out further improvement.
Four runners go to post for the Grade 2 1965 Chase at Ascot.
I fancy PIC D’ORHY (2/1) to overturn Shishkin here. A winner of four of his five starts last season, he had a stellar campaign. The one time he was beaten was over this course and distance by Shishkin. However, I expect the selection to be in rude form ahead of this seasonal return whilst Shishkin has bigger targets down the line. The fitting of cheekpieces is also a concern for me in regards to Shishkin and on a quick surface, I’m hoping Pic D’Orhy gets into a nice jumping rhythm from the front and puts any fitness concerns of Shishkin to the test.
Back to Haydock for the 1:50 and it is the Graduation Chase over an extended 2m5f.
It’s APPLE AWAY (2/1) for me here. She comes into her novice chase campaign on the back of a Grade 1 victory at Aintree back in April with all the right horses in behind her. A similar profile to Ahoy Senor in his novice hurdle season, she brings plenty of potential now tackling fences. She gets over a stone off the favourite here and she’s have to be capitalising if she is as good as connections think she is. Grey Dawning wasn’t the most natural chaser first time out and although he’s likely to improve, again, he has to give the selection weight.
The 2:05 from Ascot is the Grade 2 Coral Hurdle over the extended 2m3f trip.
It’s THEATRE GLORY (11/4) I like here. She’s at best on a quick surface which is exactly what she should be getting here at Ascot. She did finish behind favourite Goshen when last seen but she wasn’t beaten far and that was on soft ground. She also wasn’t disgraced on soft ground when sixth in the Grade 1 Mares Hurdle at the festival. That’s a solid piece of form. The last time we seen here on quicker ground was three starts back at Warwick and she absolutely bolted up there. I don’t think we’ve got to the bottom of her yet and I’d expect a bold effort under ideal conditions.
The 2:20 contest is a decent renewal of the stayers handicap hurdle over the extended 3m trip.
It’s CRAMBO (11/4) NB for me here. A promising six year-old who could prove to be better than a handicapper level performer. A lot of the time that’s what it takes to win this race and he has the ideal preparation when winning easily at Aintree on seasonal return. That Aintree race has always been a good pointer for this contest in the past and you’d like to think this step up to 3 miles will see Crambo in an even better light. I think he’s a worthy favourite here.
The feature comes up at 3:00, the Grade 1 Betfair Chase over the extended 3m1f.
It’s BRAVEMANSGAME (8/11) for me here. He’s the best horse in the race and is arguably the best chaser in the country. He comes here with a preparation run under his belt when narrowly touched off in the Charlie Hall Chase a few weeks back. The last flight blunder definitely cost him there but I have no doubt that run will have brought him on. Daryl Jacob is a solid alternative to regular jockey Harry Cobden and I’d be surprised if he doesn’t land this.
The third and final race from Ascot comes up at 3:15 and it is a trappy handicap chase over 2m1f.
It’s FRERE D’ARMES (5/1) NAP for me here. He made an eye-catching return this season when a drifter in the market in a similar race here at Ascot earlier this month. All of Dan Skelton’s have needed their first outing and my guess is this was the main aim for the early season. He’s effectively 7lb lower than that run with jockey Tristan Durrell taken 5lb off. He’s the best of at the weights on known form and he has decent form on a decent surface. If he jumps well early on, he’ll be in the frame at the very least.
The final race on ITV is a handicap chase over the same course and distance as the previous race.
It’s FAMOUS BRIDGE (3/1) for me here. Only 7 year-old I don’t think we’ve seen the best of this horse yet. He was an easy winner on both his last two starts last season at Wetherby and he’ll be ready to kick on this season. He has had a run already this season finishing a solid 4th at Ayr staying on well over 2m4f. That will have put him spot on for this and the extra distance looks a good move.
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