Ante Post Horse Racing Tips for Cheltenham and Ascot
Ed Quigley tipped Blazing Khal 16/1 for Albert Bartlett in last week’s column, and coming off an easy win at Cheltenham, that star stayer turned into outright favoritism. Now he’s focusing on this weekend’s action and also selecting a selection for the Mares’ Chase at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival …
We should be honored with some quality action at Ascot over the course of Friday and Saturday, with a slew of star names potentially in action and fascinating contests in store. Exceptionally, I am rather elusive when it comes to betting on the Berkshire site; there are horses with multiple engagements, connections are vague when it comes to race plans, and the terrain is currently quite trying, but could end sooner. Overall, he’s dry at the moment, but he’ll be watching the proceedings closely.
The Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase at Haydock is a bit of a puzzle, but I think if LEGEND OF THE POTTERS lines up, it must be feared. Representing the in-form Lucy Wadham squad, the 11-year-old missed his planned engagement at Cheltenham over the weekend with the pitch deemed too quick, and I think that could be a blessing in disguise. He manages a lot of ground under his feet, and conditions should be absolutely perfect for him on Saturday. Obviously, he has no secrets from the handicapper, but is not hampered by any stretch of the imagination. His last victory came with a BHA rating of 133, and he returned to that mark. His other two handicap wins have both taken 130, so he should be in the mix from a handicapping standpoint despite his years of progress. He also displays very intelligent form on the track, with a win and a second in his two starts against C&D. One of those was an 11 length frolic, and the other was during the House Royal Mayhem pursuit in Peter Marsh last season. All in all, I think he’s far from beyond the possibilities that he could go back here.
I walked through other Cheltenham festival markets yesterday, and thought that GIN ON LIME was maybe a bit too expensive at 14/1 to land the Mares’ Chase. Winning five of her eight closing starts this seems the logical target for her, she has some winning (albeit fortuitous) course experience and a lot of hunting experience under her belt. As always, there are a lot of horses in and around her in the market that could end up elsewhere, and I maintain my point of view, as previously discussed, that I think Concertista, although impressive in Chase’s early days. , would be better suited to an Arkle. Gin On Lime loves decent terrain and I imagine with her aforementioned experience under her belt she will avoid the worst of winter terrains and return for a spring campaign.
As for the rest of the ante-post book, it was a weekend of mixed fortunes with Sporting John inexplicably performing poorly at Cheltenham on Friday, but My Drogo and Blazing Khal did the job in the right style, so the dreams come true. continue to live from this perspective! We also have the potential to see I Am Maximus and Thomas Darby this week, so the action continues quickly and nicely as Christmas time approaches.
- Potters Legend, Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase, Haydock, Saturday, 1 pt 16/1 win (typically)
- Gin On Lime, Mares Chase, 2022 Cheltenham Festival, 14/1 (bet365)