TEMPLEGATE has been in good form this week and has some confident bets lined up on a busy Saturday.
Read on below to find out who he thinks will land the spoils in all the UK action.
POLITOLOGUE (3.35 Ascot, nap)
Paul Nicholls’ admirable chaser pulled off a slight surprise when beating hotpot Defi Du Seuil in the Champion Chase last March but showed that was no fluke when taking the Tingle Creek at Sandown by an impressive seven lengths.
He goes on soft ground and loves this trip. He has winning form at Ascot, which doesn’t suit all horses, and it will take a big effort to stop him.
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YALA ENKI (2.10 Taunton, nb)
He won this slog last year and can follow up under Bryony Frost. She was on board in the Welsh National last time where Paul Nicholls’ stayer hit the places for the third year running.
He likes to keep things simple from the front and would be giving weight away all round if this was a handicap. He came here after Chepstow 12 months ago so the shortish gap between races shouldn’t be a problem.
ROKSANA (1.15 Ascot, treble)
She ran a cracker when third in the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle here last month.
She was right in the mix with Paisley Park and Thyme Hill until the dying yards. Testing ground is ideal and the opposition looks a lot softer today.
Two good wins last time and form of last run working out well.
1.05 Tactical Manoeuvre
Won this race last year and off similar mark today.
Had plenty in hand when winning here last time out.
2.10 Yala Enki (nb)
Proper stayer who won this race last season.
2.45 Amour De Nuit
Ran a cracker in the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton last time.
3.25 Broke Away
Showed some promise at Leicester last time and dropping in weights.
4.00 Agent Valdez
Taking a drop in class after running at Cheltenham last time.
4.30 Groovy Kind
Capable of much better than we saw on debut latest.
Classy stayer on the Flat and should make a good hurdler.
1.15 Roksana (treble)
Close third in Long Walk Hurdle latest and down in grade.
1.50 Paddys Motorbike
Hardly put a foot wrong over hurdles and can go close again.
2.25 De Forgotten One
Had 13 lengths in hand when scoring at Catterick last time out.
3.00 Espoir De Guye
Won well on last run over this course and distance.
3.35 POLITOLOGUE (NAP)
Improving with age and can land another Grade 1 success.
Taking fair drop in class after Grade 2 second at Sandown latest.
Looked a potential superstar when winning Ascot Grade 2 on chase debut latest.
1.30 Minella Drama
Had plenty in hand when winning in the mud at Bangor last time.
Much improved effort when going down in a tight finish here latest.
2.40 Smooth Stepper
Won the Grand National Trial here in Feb and only 4lb higher now.
3.15 Buveur D’Air
Dual Champion Hurdler who should be too classy despite break.
3.50 Black Pirate
Good start to chasing career when third at Newcastle last time out.
4.20 Nefyn Point
Solid second off this mark at Carlisle latest and ground suits.
4.05 Great Esteem
Had plenty in hand when winning over this trip at Kempton.
4.40 Heathertown Matron
Close third at Wolves latest and looks on fair mark.
5.10 Your Choice
Good fourth at Lingfield despite meeting traffic problems.
Beaten in a tight finish in similar race to this at Wolves latest.
Ran on well into third on debut despite running green.
6.40 Bringing Glory
Showed promise when fourth on handicap debut and down 2lb.
Has winning form in stronger races than this and should run well.
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