Weekend Horse Racing Betting Tips
Tips provided by The Finishing Lines Andrew Halligan.
After a week 0f horse racing cancellations, we have our fingers crossed that we will see action tomorrow in Ireland & the UK. In Ireland, Gowran Park hosts their Red Mills trials day and over the Irish sea Ascot host the Grade 1 Ascot chase where Cyrname looking to enhance great course record. Haydock also hosts a quality card and are hopeful of racing going ahead.
With that said there is very little reason to preview the Grade 1 Ascot chase as it should be a Crymane winning with Ryanair darkhorse Riders OnThe Storm following him home.
Four of the six runners come here on the back of a win and on an upward curve. So, who will take the step forward and take this Grade 2 Novice Chase?
We have Sam Brown who has done nothing but improve after coming back from his long lay off and Copperhead is on the back of two good handicap wins, along with Two For Gold who won a Grade 2 at Warwick.
But I think this will go to the Nicky Hendeson trained Pym.
Pym was a course winner two starts ago before going on to win a 3m Novice Chase at Cheltenham back in December. Granted this might be a stepping stone a tilth at the Close Brothers Handicap on day one of the Cheltenham Festival, I still think he will be revved up enough to take this extremely competitive race.
Pym is best priced 3/1 with Ladbrokes.
This looks an ideal opportunity for The Worlds End to add to his Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle success at Ascot last time out. Granted that was not the strongest Grade 1 ever but this race looks a lot weaker.
He has to give everything in today’s field 6lb, but he should be well capable of doing so.
Co seconds favourites West Approach and Emitom have a lot to prove at the moment. West Approach is going back over hurdles after a below-par run in the Welsh National and Emitom has to put behind an extremely poor run on his comeback at Cheltenham.
So, with that said The Worlds End looks a standout bet.
The Worlds End is best priced 13/8 with Betfair.
If ever there was going to be a traditional slock in the mud a Haydock this is it. 3m4f over the chase track is going to test the steel of all runners and to me, there is two that stand out.
One being Peter Marsh winner Vintage Clouds and the other been 2018 winner Yala Enki.
Vintage Clouds ran away with the Peter Marsh last time out has got an 11lb hike in the weights for his troubles. But, with Vintage Clouds you know you will have a horse that will relish the ground and goes on the track, but I just think the 11lb might be enough to stop him following him up.
That brings me onto Yala Enki. A winner of this race back in 2018 when trained by Vineta Williams but now trained by Paul Nicholls, this mud lover is coming here on the back of two great runs. One is a fine 3rd in the Welsh National and a fine win at Taunton.
He comes here in great form and he is a huge player at 11/2.
Yala Enki is best priced 11/2 with Ladbrokes.
Outsider of The Day
Gowran Park 2.19
My outsider of the day Key Commander is coming here in fine form after taking a novice hurdle at Punchestown last time out in fine style.
He has been hit with an 8lb for that success but he has been improving steadily for his current trainer Eoin Doyle. He will handle the ground hand in this very open handicap I think there is some more improvement to come from Key Commander.
Key Commander is best priced 12/1 with Betfair.