Ascot and Haydock provide the televised action today, with the return to action of Might Bite and Politologue the eagerly awaited main events.
Nicky Henderson‘s Might Bite contests the Betfair Chase at 3.00 at Haddock and is even money to reverse the finish of last season’s Gold Cup with Native River. The vibes emanating from Seven Barrows couldn’t be more positive and we don’t expect Might Bite to be beaten, not today and not for the season, which should take in the King George and then the Gold Cup, earning The Knot Again Partnership a paltry million quid bonus in the process.
The one to follow Might Bite home may well be the outsider and youngster of the party Clan Des Obeaux, which has 10 lengths to find on the favourite from Aintree in April, but was returning from a splint problem then and could be a different kettle of tuna this afternoon.
We recommend a win bet on Mighty and a reverse forecast with Clan.
Politologue reappears in the Christy 1965 Chase at 2.05 at Ascot and is a top price 5-4 to give weight and a beating to its five opponents.
Best in on official figures is the 10-y-o Hammersley Lake, unconsidered in the betting at 16-1 and we expect an improved showing from Gary Moore‘s Benatar, the youngest horse in the field at a sprightly six. Add to that the presence of the talented but often unlucky Charbel and the ‘wind opped’ Gold Present and this six runner affair has the look of a no bet contest.
The time to get involved in this race was a few days ago, when the presence of a heavyweight Irish contingent, none of which have turned up, gave the race an attractive each way shape. Our Members are on Benatar e/w (3 places) at around 7-1, which is looking hopeful.
Other televised races of interest include the Haydock 1.50, the Betfair Best Odds On ITV Races Handicap Hurdle which has a field of 11. We make this a two horse race, however, and recommend a win bet on Mr Antolini at 9-2 and an each way investment on Garo De Juilley at a tasty 12-1.
35 minutes later, First Assignment attempts to complete the hat-trick in the Betfair Exchange Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle and anyone who saw our selection marmalise the field at Cheltenham last Saturday will not want to bet against it. Officially 8lbs ahead of the game, we won’t bet against it, we’ll back it at 13-8.
The Gerard Bertrand Hurst Park Handicap Chase (3.15 Ascot), worth over £78 grand to the winner is typically competitive, but we suggest an interest in two of the runners. Paul Nicholls runs three, including the favourite Cyrname, but we have a hunch San Benedeto will turn out the best of his bunch and recommend an each way bet at 9-1.
Also we fail to understand why One For Billy is out with the washing at 16-1, so we’ll have a bash at that as well.
As usual, there now follows the Summary, but, as an enhancement, we have included a suggested stake, not as a rigid plan but to indicate the strength of the bet in relation to the price of the horse.
Well, it makes sense to us.
Might Bite 3.00 Haydock 8pts win @ evens
Might Bite/Clan Des Obeaux ½ pt reverse forecast
Mr Antolini 1.50 Haydock 2pts win @ 9-2
Garo De Juilley 1.50 Haydock 1pt e/w @ 12-1
First Assignment 2.25 Haydock 6pts win @ 13-8
San Benedeto 3.15 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 9-1
One For Billy 3.15 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 16-1