Ed Quigley: A 16/1 tip for the Tommy Whittle, as well as a selection for the Mares' Chase at Cheltenham

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Ed Quigley tipped up Blazing Khal at 16/1 for the Albert Bartlett in last week's column, and fresh from an easy win at Cheltenham that star stayer has rocketed into outright favouritism. Now, he focuses on this weekend's action and also picks out a selection for the Mares' Chase at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival...

We should be graced by some quality action at Ascot over the course of Friday and Saturday, with a whole host of star names potentially in action, and some fascinating contests in store. Unusually, I am being rather non-committal in regards wagers at the Berkshire venue; there are horses with multiple engagements, connections being vague in regards to running plans, and the ground at present is quite testing, but could end up quicker. All in all, it is powder dry for now but will be keeping a close eye on proceedings. 

The Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase at Haydock is a bit of a head scratcher, but I think if POTTERS LEGEND lines up he has to be feared. Representing the in-form Lucy Wadham team, the 11-year-old missed his intended engagement at Cheltenham over the weekend with the ground deemed to be too quick, and I think that could be a blessing in disguise. He handles plenty of give underfoot, and conditions should be absolutely spot on for him on Saturday. Obviously, he holds no secrets from the handicapper, but is not weighted out of this by any stretch of the imagination. His last win came off a BHA rating of 133, and he is back down to that mark. His other two wins in handicaps both came off 130, so he ought to be in the mix from a handicapping perspective despite his advancing years. He also boasts very smart form at the track, with a win and a second from his two starts over C&D. One of those was an 11-length romp, and the other was when chasing home Royal Pagaille in last season's Peter Marsh. All in all, I think it is far from beyond the realms of possibility that he can roll back the years here.

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I was perusing more Cheltenham Festival markets yesterday, and I thought that GIN ON LIME was perhaps a bit overpriced at 14/1 to land the Mares' Chase. A winner of five of her eight starts over fences, this looks the logical target for her, she has some winning course experience (albeit fortuitous) and has plenty of chasing experience under her belt. As always, there are plenty of horses in and around her in the market who could end up elsewhere, and I maintain my viewpoint, as discussed previously, that I think Concertista, albeit impressive on Chase debut, would be better suited to an Arkle. Gin On Lime likes decent ground and I imagine, with her aforementioned experience under her belt, she will avoid the worst of the winter ground and come back for a spring campaign.

As for the remainder of ante-post book, it was a weekend of mixed fortunes with Sporting John running inexplicably poorly at Cheltenham on Friday, but My Drogo and Blazing Khal got the job done in good style, so dreams live on from that perspective! We have the potential to see I Am Maximus and Thomas Darby this week too, so the action continues thick and fast as we head into the Christmas period.

Advice:

  • Potters Legend, Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase, Haydock, Saturday, 1pt win 16/1 (generally)
  • Gin On Lime, Mares Chase, 2022 Cheltenham Festival, 14/1 (bet365)
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