At Fishers Cross will bid to make it an enjoyable festive period for Rebecca Curtis, as he bids to get back to winning ways in the only Grade 1 of the day at Ascot’s Christmas Meeting.
Wessex Youth Trust Long Walk Hurdle (Grade 1)
Curtis’ 6-year-old is as short as 1/2 in places, however Bet365 are offering the best price of 4/7 for the big favourite.
Last time out, At Fishers Cross struggled with jumping throughout the race, before blundering two out which completely blew his chances. He finished fourth of the remaining four on that occasion, with Celestial Halo winning easily.
The latter is due to miss this race, therefore the market leader will only have to beat second place on the day, Reve De Sivola.
The Nick Williams trained second favourite won this race last year in much heavier conditions, which would suit again here although it does not look likely.
Salubrious is yet to prove himself at this level and Time For Rupert and Tweedledrum are expected to struggle.
The favourite will have champion jockey A P McCoy back on board, which could make all the difference in this one.
Ladbroke (Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle)
Barry Geraghty is aboard Rolling Star, who is joint 6/1 favourite with Chatterbox; both Nicky Henderson’s entries. The former is carrying a lot of weight, which could take its toll, however both have what it takes to run a big race.
City Slicker is a 9/1 shot with Bet Victor, which represent good value for money for the Mullins entry. A P McCoy is riding a rare race for Mullins, who has a very good chance in this.
Flaxen Flare, Willow’s Saviour and Ptit Zig all warrant respect for those wishing to place an each-way bet, which is a wise idea in this difficult contest.
Mappin & Webb Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed)
William Hill are offering the best price of 11/4 for Triolo D’Alene to follow up his Newbury win. He is 11lb heavier though and may find the soft ground tricky.
Venetia Williams saddles second favourite, Houblon Des Obeaux who won well on his reappearance at Newbury and ran a fair race in the Hennessy last time out. He is 11/4, whilst Nicholls’ Cedre Bleu can be backed at 4/1.
What A Warrior is the bottom weight and symbolises decent value at 12/1 for an in-form yard at present.
The first race on the card is another tricky one for punters, with a number of entries likely to run well. Forever Present and Brave Buck can both play a major part, as can Josies Orders and Sybarite.
Easter Day won easily at Newbury last time out and can improve for this step up in trip and potentially make it four consecutive wins for the yard in this race. He is the 11/8 favourite with Bet Victor, although O’Faolains Boy and Baby Mix cannot be ruled out.
Pendra faces his toughest challenge yet in the BGC Partners Handicap Chase and has a chance to make it 3-3 over fences. William Hill are offering the best price of 5/2 for the hat-trick, although Grey Gold and Lancetto will certainly not make it easy.
Another to watch out for is CAROLE’S SPIRIT in the 1:00 at Haydock. She has won two out of two over hurdles and is a leading contender at a tempting price of 15/8 with Bet Victor.
BET OF THE DAY:
Haydock – 1:00 CAROLE’S SPIRIT to win
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