Longshot Ted: Tips for Ascot, Wincanton & Haydock, plus a 40/1 Festival fancy

Song For Someone has had a brilliant season so far.
Song For Someone has had a brilliant season so far.

In this week's column, Ed Quigley takes a look at the weekend action from Wincanton, Haydock and Ascot, as well as highlighting a 40/1 chance at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival...

There is top class action right, left and centre at the weekend and with the ground likely to be testing, those who relish in attritional conditions will be the key attribute once again. 

SONG FOR SOMEONE loves soft ground, and arrives on a four-timer. The Tom Symonds trained individual has gone from strength to strength this season, and looks fairly priced at 9/4 to land the Kingwell Hurdle. The winner of the International Hurdle at Cheltenham in December, he could take a lot of beating in these conditions. On paper, Goshen is his biggest danger, but has to try and recapture the sparkle which saw him light up racecourses last season. This is a crossroads moment in the career of the Gary Moore trained gelding.

Colin Tizzard appears to have his string rejuvenated, and THE BIG BREAKAWAY (NON-RUNNER) looks to have every opportunity to outclass his rivals in the Grade 2 Reynoldstown Chase at Ascot on Saturday. An emphatic winner on his Chase debut at Cheltenham in November, he flopped spectacularly at Exeter subsequently before running well when runner-up to Shan Blue in Grade 1 company at Kempton in December on a tight track which didn't look as though he was totally comfortable on. This more galloping track should suit him, and with the yard back in form, he can set himself up for a tilt at the Festival Novices' Chase.

Kingwell Hurdle
Song For Someone silk

Song For Someone

Reynoldstown Novices' Chase
The Big Breakaway silk

The Big Breakaway

Cheltenham Festival

In the Rendlesham Hurdle at Haydock, EMITOM is one of interest at 5/1 for the Warren Greatrex team. The winner of this contest 12 months ago, his novice chase career didn't really take off and now reverts back to hurdles. However, he is no back-number, and the seven-year-old should enjoy being back over the smaller obstacles. Conditions will suit and a recent wind operation should ensure he is tuned up for this. He wasn't beaten all that far in last season's Stayers' Hurdle when he had the likes of Summerville Boy and Paisley Park behind him, and he has unfinished business in this sphere.

It can be a case of once bitten, twice shy, but I am the forgiving type, and by the rather basic logic that i tipped COPPERHEAD to win this year's Gold Cup (which hasn't materialised), I am willing to give him one more go in handicap company. The Tizzard team have mooted that the Ultima Handicap Chase could be his target, and to be honest, there is nothing else he could run in as far as the Cheltenham Festival is concerned. He has clearly had his problems, and has been pulled-up on both starts this season, most recently in the Ladbrokes Trophy in November. The memory of him dismantling the field at Ascot last season still lives on in the memory, and he is worth one more roll of the dice at a massive price based on the potential he displayed this time last year.

Rendlesham Hurdle
Emitom silk


Ultima Handicap Chase
Copperhead silk



Song For Someone, Kingwell Hurdle, 1pt win 9/4 (generally)
The Big Breakaway, Reynoldstown Novices' Chase, 1pt win 2/1 (generally)
Emitom, Rendlesham Hurdle, 1pt win 5/1 (generally)
Copperhead, Ultima Handicap Chase, 1pt win 40/1 (Bet365)

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