Cheltenham’s loss to the racing last Saturday is now Ascot’s gain with them being able to stage the Boylesports International Hurdle and add it to an already excellent card. Binocular (pictured) was antepost favourite to win at Cheltenham and with only four other runners tomorrow, including Katchit, he still looks to have a favourites chance of winning this for J.P.McManus.
The big betting race of the day is the Ladbroke Handicap Hurdle worth £150,000 run over 2 miles. J.P. McManus has a very strong hand in this with his two runners Aigle D’or and Belcantista. Belcantista has been very well backed in the antepost market this week. Aigle D’or has the services of Tony McCoy and could continue the winning run that Nicky Henderson has had with his Hurdlers. Ashkazar from the the David Pipe yard is another with strong credentials.
Nicky Henderson will probably have the favourite for the BGC Longwalk Hurdle worth £100,000 run over 3 miles one furlong in Punchestowns who was mighty impressive on his only run this season. Blazing Bailey would stand a great chance if he runs to his best form. Lough Derg won this race last year benefiting from an ill judged ride by the other jockeys in the race. Elusive Dream looks as though he will be suited by the distance after some good staying performances last season. At the odds he looks the one to take a chance with.
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