Today's Horse Racing Tips: Corton can strike for Nicholls

Racing tips for Saturday at Ascot and Wetherby.
Racing tips for Saturday at Ascot and Wetherby.

There are six bets for today’s racing at Ascot and Wetherby.

Ascot Tips

13:20 – 2m3f Ascot Underwriting Novices’ Limited handicap Chase (Class 3)

This novices’ chase can go to the Paul Nicholls-trained DR SANDERSON (1 point win bet at 11/2), who made a winning seasonal reappearance at Plumpton 12 days ago. He comfortably pulled 8.5-lengths clear of the second with a further 22-lengths back to the rest. He was the highest rated of these runners over hurdles, and with further improvement expected, he can defy top weight.  Dorking Boy, second on his chase debut at Exeter recently, is next best.

15:40 – 3m Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

Bryony Frost guided Frodon to a brilliant victory last Saturday and she teams up with another one of her favourites today. The admirable BLACK CORTON (NAP – 1 point win bet at 6/1) has won 14 times with eight of those successes coming under Frost. He goes well at Ascot, is proven over the trip and has ground conditions in his favour. He tends to run well first time out and has had a wind operation since his last run.

Although he’s likely to be using this as a stepping stone to targets later in the season, specifically the Grand National, I’m also having a small covering bet on WALK IN THE MILL (0.5 point win bet at 40/1), who is a strong stayer and jumps well.  He is a course and distance winner and could outrun his odds.

13:20 Ascot
Dr Sanderson silk

Dr Sanderson

-
15:40 Ascot
Black Corton silk

Black Corton

lost
15:40 Ascot
Walk In The Mill silk

Walk In The Mill

lost

Wetherby Tips

13:35 – 2m3½f bet365 Handicap Chase (Class 3)

THOMAS TODD (0.5 point win bet at 8/1) enjoyed an excellent 2019/20 campaign, recording form figures of 1231 to take his record over fences to three wins and four placed efforts from just eight starts. He is at his best when fresh and has won his last three races when returning from a break of 50 days or more.

A chance is also taken on BOLLIN ACE (0.5 point win bet at 11/1), who returned from a long absence to be placed in all three starts earlier this year. Tim Easterby’s nine-year-old is really consistent over fences having finished in the first three in seven of his nine starts. Six of those placed efforts have come at this course and he should appreciate the underfoot conditions.

15:20 – 3m bet365 Charlie Hall Chase (Grade 2)

It is a stunning line up for this year’s renewal. Definitely Red, Vinndication and Cyrname are all fascinating contenders, but slight preference is for the unbeaten chaser SAM SPINNER (1 point win bet at 15/2). This Grade 1 winning hurdler took his record to 3-3 over fences with an impressive success at Doncaster when last seen. His two previous wins had come at this course, including over today’s distance. He will clearly have to be at his best today but has conditions to suit and is open to plenty of improvement.

13:35 Wetherby
Thomas Todd silk

Thomas Todd

lost
13:35 Wetherby
Bollin Ace silk

Bollin Ace

Fell
15:20 Wetherby
Sam Spinner silk

Sam Spinner

Pulled Up
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