Three great meetings today but the lure of Ascot will be meaning I wrap up warm and we set off to the great track.
More famous for flat racing and the Royal meeting it may be but Ascot is a great place to watch jump racing and there is always plenty of room for viewing so if you ever get the chance get down there and sample the fare.
It’s Betfair Ascot Chase day a race with a great heritage and the top brass from BetFair will be there to hand out the prizes. Love them or hate them they certainly have changed the punting landscape of this country and many others for ever. Although my own view is that I have to take issue with their assertion that they have made British racing more transparent. At the end of the day connections can now profit from knowing when their horses are going to not run too well shall we say by laying them. Logic tells me that has led to some skullduggery though lets not be naive as long as people have raced horses there has been the whiff of all not being what it seems. Some even claim the chariot race in Ben Hur was nobbled, anyway lets hope Betfair keep sponsoring great races like this.
I may be at Ascot but my Saturday special runs up at Haydock which itself stages a super card centred around the Grand National Trial. That looks very tricky so we are wading in on a real track specialist. It’s Trustan Times and he runs in the 2.20 3 mile hurdle. He has won here before and the vibes from super shrewdie Tim Easterby are that he is ready to go in again.
Take 5/2 from William Hill or Betvictor as I think he will be smashed into favouritism by racetime.
Have a great weekend and remember join my private service as we build towards Cheltenham this is usually one of the most profitable parts of my season!
Back next Saturday.
The Gambling Don