As long as the weather holds out, punters are in store for the best day of racing in recent weeks this Saturday. There are four quality meetings set to go ahead in England, as well as a fine card of racing over in Punchestown.
williamhill.com Levy Board Tolworth Hurdle (Grade 1 Novices’ Hurdle)
The Grade 1, Tolworth Hurdle is sure to be one of the best races of the day and is the feature race on the Kempton Park Chase Day card.
THE LIQUIDATOR is the slight 5/2 favourite for the race, with Willie Mullins’ Upazo just behind in the betting at 10/3 with Stan James.
David Pipe’s 6-year-old has won four of his last five starts, including a Grade 1. bumper at Punchestown last season and a Grade 2, 15 length win at Cheltenham in November.
Garde La Victoire is 6/1 with Bet Victor, although he could not match the speed of Ballyalton at Cheltenham. Josses Hill is best price 11/2 with Paddy Power and may be the biggest rival to the favourites. Nicky Henderson’s 6-year-old made a good start over hurdles at Newbury and should run well.
williamhill.com Chase (Listed)
Multiple King George VIth runner, Captain Chris is the 2/1 favourite for the listed, williamhill.com Chase, with Willie Mullins Twinlight currently 11/4 with Stan James.
Champion Court was unseated in the King George in December, however he finished ahead of Captain Chris and Ghizao in November. That was on much better ground though and today’s favourite can reverse that result here.
Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)
Willie Mullins enters Rathvinden in the only Grade 2 at Warwick. The three-time victor won a 2m race at Cork, however his talent is unknown when compared to these. Killala Quay represents decent value at 5/1 with Ladbrokes after winning well at this Grade last time.
Another who symbolises good value is Masters Hill, who was the only horse to put any kind of pressure on King’s Palace at Cheltenham in December.
Betfred Classic Chase (Grade 3 Handicap)
The following race is the Grade 3, Betfred Classic Chase which is sure to be a tricky one for punters. The wide open contest is headed by Vesper Bell, who is currently 11/2 with Coral.
Shotgun Paddy, Loch Ba and Hey Big Spender warrant respect, however Rebecca Curtis’ Boyfromnowhere is the pick of this very large field. He is unexposed but won well in a 3m4f race at Fontwell and is in good shape for this.
Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle (Grade 2)
The final, main race of the day comes from Ireland. The Grade 2, Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown is likely to be a decent race, with one standout horse.
Vautour is currently 1/3 with Paddy Power after a decent win at Navan. He is from the same sire as the quality Sir Des Champs and comes from a mare who won 20 races in France, adding to the reasons why success looks very likely here.
The only real challengers are Mr Fiftyone and Western Boy, who will both need to improve massively to compete with the hot favourite.
BET OF THE DAY: THE LIQUIDATOR to win at 5/2
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