ANOTHER packed Saturday of racing is upon is and Alan has six selections including nifty hurdler Redicean who thrives on the all-weather.
REDICEAN has taken well to the all-weather and is fancied to continue Alan King’s hot streak in the Betway Casino Handicap at Lingfield. A smart hurdler, Redicean has notched back-to-back victories at Wolverhampton and Lingfield over today’s 1m 4f trip, paying the penalty with an 8lb rise for thumping Seafarer. He remains on the upgrade.
Nicky Henderson had well-touted Angels Breath entered for the Grade 2 Novices’ Hurdle but relies instead on MISTER FISHER. The five-year-old led two out before inflicting defeat on Rouge Vif and Thomas Darby at Kempton on Boxing Day.
BALLYMOY has a stiff task under top weight in the Matchbook Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle at Ascot but Nigel-Twiston Davies has always held his charge in high regard. Ballymoy has run up a sequence of five wins from six starts, his defeat coming over an inadequate two miles. He is expected to confirm his latest Haydock success from Better Getalong on 5lb worse terms.
SILVER STREAK can resume winning ways in The New One Unibet Hurdle at Haydock. He had almost four lengths in hand of fourth horse Mohaayed when scooping the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las back in October and is fancied to have the measure of that rival once again on 7lb worse terms. Silver Streak has gone on to finish second on two occasions at Cheltenham behind Nietzsche and Brain Power respectively.
BENATAR was good enough to fill the minor berth behind Shattered Love and Terrefort in last season’s JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham and Gary Moore has a terrific record at Ascot. Benator’s recent third to Valtor came over three miles and he will appreciate this return to 2m 5f having beat Finian’s Oscar over course and distance last December.
ROBINSFIRTH can follow in the hoofprints of stablemate The Dutchman 12 months ago by landing the Peter Marsh Chase for trainer Colin Tizzard. He has been off the track for more than a year since scooping a Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham but Tizzard rarely has them undercooked for these big prizes. Soft ground would be ideal. Top weight Valtor sprung a 33-1 surprise at Ascot last month but there was no fluke about the way he strode clear. A 12lb rise makes life more difficult but this ex-French chaser could still be on the upgrade.
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