Alan Thomson has a strong fancy in the Grand National Trial at Haydock today as well as picking out three contenders at Ascot.

Haydock 3.15

YALA ENKI (3.15) should give his running in the 3m 4f Unibet Grand National Trial on very testing ground at Haydock.

He was sent off favourite last year when trained by Venetia Williams but found the ground too quick when a one-paced sixth behind Robinsfirth.

Paul Nicholls has since taken over the reins and sent him out to score over this trip at Taunton last month following an excellent third in the Welsh Grand National.

Vintage Clouds runs the track well but is up 11lb for his seven lengths success here in the Peter Marsh Chase. Geronimo was close up in third and enjoys a 12lb swing in the weights.

Lord Du Mesnil has been a revelation at Haydock this season and although edging up the weights, he has to be considered along with consistent Elegant Escape (has had wind operation). Paddy Power are going four places each-way.

Ascot 2.35

VALTOR (2.35) has sound prospects in the staying handicap at Ascot. Nicky Henderson’s gelding will find this a shade easier than his last outing over 3m 4f at Taunton, running an excellent third to Yala Enki and Rock The Kasbah.

The 11-year-old scored at Ascot on soft ground a couple of seasons ago and may have most to fear from Anthony Honeyball’s duo Regal Encore, winner of this contest in 2018 and third last year on quicker ground, and in-form Jepeck.

Ascot 1.50

Honeyball saddles a leading fancy in the Sodexo Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase in SAM BROWN (1.50), a confirmed mudlark.

He had 15 lengths in hand of Dan Skelton’s Knight In Dubai at Haydock four weeks ago and can edge out Pym, an eight lengths winner at Cheltenham in mid-December.

Ascot 3.00

With some firms offering four places each-way (Paddy Power five) in the 15-runner handicap hurdle, David Pipe’s EDEN DU HOUX (3.00) is well worth an interest.

He beat a useful novice in Mario De Pail on the nod at Chepstow (heavy), with 24 lengths back to the third, and doesn’t appear over-burdened on10st 13lb.

Eden Du Houx was a smart bumper winner and the six-year-old looks the type to develop into a decent handicapper.

*Please note that today's meeting at Wincanton has been postponed due to the weather.

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  1. dazzman1979 10 months ago

    Bangalore 9:45 king creole 4/1 bet365

  2. 10 months ago

    Morning All. Family do today so early and just one bet


    13.50. .Sam Brown

    GL ALL

  3. 10 months ago

    Also away for a holiday on Monday so

    gl all

  4. Poppa 10 months ago

    Morning all

    Not sure all the racing will go ahead but if it does then I Fancy the following two horse today

    3.50 Hay Portrush Ted 7/2 NAP

    2.40 Hay Sir Psycho 11/10 NB

    2 singles and a double

    Gl all

    Be lucky

    • mint 10 months ago


      Thanks for Sir Psycho easy as you like.


  5. duncanpoundcake 10 months ago

    I intended to have a month off before Cheltenham but Deolali 5.30 Newcastle has put paid to that 20/80 GL

    • duncanpoundcake 9 months ago

      Happy Days,Unless something else comes up ,see you all in 3 weeks GL

    • cobretti 9 months ago

      Thanks for this Duncan

  6. azzthewigan 10 months ago

    vintage clouds 3.15 well done all winners yesterday

  7. elvis parsley 10 months ago

    Janika 3-35 ascot (without the favourite) 3-1 NAP

  8. mickmac 10 months ago

    The con man ascot 3.0. likes the going and distance no problem .

  9. Wildhorse 10 months ago

    Win / Haydock

    R. 4 – Yala Enki

    R. 6 – Ramses de T.

    Each & Way

    R, 4 – Myplaceatmidnight / Ascot

    R. 5 – Silva Eclipse / Haydock

  10. theplug 10 months ago

    eden du houx 9/2

  11. elvis parsley 10 months ago

    This sport is hard going at times.
    Please god Hope cyrname is ok

  12. Crawmeister 10 months ago

    Cyrname fine.
    Gunmaker 11/4 8.30 Newcastle

  13. Double Handful 9 months ago

    Intrest bet for this evening. Yankee bet 20p

    All newcastle
    7pm defence girl
    7.30 morooj
    8.00 kupa river
    8.30 gunmaker

    Also 10p 4 fold 84/1

  14. dazzman1979 9 months ago

    Well done Duncan pound cake superb tipping

    • duncanpoundcake 9 months ago

      Cheers Dazzman

  15. dazzman1979 9 months ago

    Newcastle 8:00 de bruyne horse 7/1 bet 365

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