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Robbie Power’s Weekend Horse Racing Tips & Ascot Chase Preview

BoyleSports Horse Racing Ambassador Robbie Power gives his weekend horse racing tips along with a preview of Saturday’s Ascot Chase.

1.50 pm Ascot – Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase (Grade 2)

The Reynoldstown used to always be a great trial for the RSA, not so much in recent years with its proximity just over three weeks away from Cheltenham. So for staying chasers it’s deemed nowadays to be a bit too close to the Cheltenham Festival. But still a competitive race.

Kilbeg King for Anthony Honeyball comes out in ratings as the highest rated. His run the last day in Kempton behind Il Est Francais was very, very good. He was only beaten 14 lengths by him.

And Apple Away for Lucinda Russell actually comes out best on ratings overall, getting the allowances. That was a good run the last day in Warwick when second to Grey Dawning and I think this slightly better ground in Ascot will suit Apple away. And my selection is slightly for Apple Away over Kilbeg King.

Tip: Apple Away @ 11/8

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3 pm Ascot (Premier Handicap)

There’s so many of these, so well exposed. How Threeunderthrufive hasn’t won one of these big handicaps before now, I’ll never know. He just seems to me to be a professional loser. Second on his last two starts. He’s got to shoulder 12 stone here, but he’s got the brilliant Harry Cobden in assistance doing the steering. So this looks as good a chance as he’s ever going to get to win a big handicap.

Iron Bridge obviously looks at this as a second preference. He’s going to Haydock bar, something going wrong up in Haydock.

But the one I’d keep an eye on is Revels Hill for Harry Fry and Jonathan Burke. That was last seen last April when he was third in the big handicap chase in Sandown at the end of the season handicap chase. He was third to Kitty’s Light in that. If Harry Fry has this lad’s trip fit enough to do himself justice, I don’t think he’d be far away.

You can pick so many holes in a lot of these. Victtorino had a very bad run the last day. Shan Blue, he’s a 10-year-old now and looks like he’s in his former years. So Revels Hill could be the one for me if stripping fit enough.

Tip: Revels Hill @ 13/2

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3.36 pm Ascot – Ascot Chase (Grade 1)

I think two horses here are trying to stamp their credentials for Cheltenham.

Pic D’Orhy obviously will have the Ryanair as the target of the Cheltenham Festival, was second to Banbridge the last day. Some would say possibly unlucky with that jump at the last. I thought Banbridge was getting the upper hand anyway, so that’ll be interesting.

But L’Homme Presse for me was very impressive in Lingfield on his comeback start. I’d like to think he’d improve nicely from that. There’s always a little concern about the bounce factor, first run back or second run back after a layoff. But I’d say Venetia Williams is very happy with him. He’s hoping to put in another good run to give himself a chance in the Gold Cup market.

So I would say it’s a head-to-head. Ahoy Senor has been very disappointing this season. His jumping almost seems to let him down. And Sail Away is not good enough.

So I’d imagine it is a head-to-head between L’Homme Presse and Pic D’Orhy And I would have to say preference for L’Homme Presse.

Tip: L’Homme Presse @ 8/11

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3.15 pm Haydock – Haydock Grand National Trial (Premier Handicap)

I think it’s a very interesting race and two horses for the Hemmings Racing, Iron Bridge and Famous Bridge, would be both very, very interesting for me. I thought they’d split them up and one would go to Ascot and one would go stay in Haydock but no, I think the two are coming here, this looks like they’re likely targets, they’re both potential Grand National horses.

Iron Bridge, we heard John just speaking earlier in the week about how he’d love to win another Grand National. He thinks Iron Bridge is his horse for that. I think he’s the one they all have to beat.

Yeah Man for Gavin Cromwell has been very unlucky this season not to win one of these big handicaps over in England. Gavin has been doing a great job picking out his races in England for these staying chasers. And Yeah Man I’d be very, very afraid of, I think he’s a big danger to the favourite, who looks like being Iron Bridge.

Throw in Emma Lavelle’s My Silver Lining up 5 pounds for a win in the big handicap chase in Warwick. Has a light weight on her back, only 10 stone 6 on her back and as I say only one up 5 pounds. They only won by a length last time out but there were 12 lengths back to the third so that was a good performance. She stays all day and I think My Silver Lining and Yeah Man will be the big dangers to Iron Bridge but I’m going to stick with the favourite Iron Bridge.

You don’t often hear John Joe talking up his horses too much. I think the Grand National is the big target for Iron Bridge.

Tip: Iron Bridge @ 11/2

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