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There are nine races on Channel 4 this Saturday afternoon and Man On The Spot has a preview for each of them.
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13.55 Doncaster William Hill Spring Mile (Handicap) (Str)
Four-year-olds have an excellent record in this contest though not many will have spotted last year's winner Norse Blues at 50/1. Sandown winner Gaul Wood has decent claims as he handles soft ground and so does Educate, who ended last season with a double but is 8lb higher today. He beat Nameitwhatyoulike before the latter also rattled up a couple of wins and Mick Easterby's charge is another with underfoot conditions to suit. Newmarket winner Ocean Tempest has the beating of Satanic Beat on collateral form but hasn't raced since July so a speculative vote goes to one with more recent form in HAAF A SIXPENCE. He clipped heels and unseated on his only previous start on Turf but has won three of his six outings on Polytrack and there should be more to come from Ralph Beckett's charge. Of the older horses, Garde Cotiere has come in for support despite finishing last on his only start since 2010 but the progressive Myboyalfie makes more appeal having won five times last year and Yojimbo also has a shout.
14.05 Haydock BetVictor National 6 Places Tim Molony Handicap Chase
Handy Andy is an obvious candidate in this opener as he stayed on stoutly to win a decent novices' handicap over 3m at Newbury in December. He's 8lb higher now, however, and is taking on more experienced chasers today. Rhum won over 3m2f at Wincanton in January and should play a part while Jurisdiction won over even further at Sedgefield and warrants a second look along with the mare Posh Bird, who stays forever, and Circus of Dreams. MONSIEUR CADOU is probably high enough in the weights now but is another with stamina in abundance and he scored over course and distance in the autumn before finishing third at Lingfield off his new mark. He gets a tentative vote as Abnaki is still chasing a first victory over fences yet gets little respite from the handicapper and Captain Americo generally finds at least one too good.
14.20 Kempton 6 Places Eachway Grand National At BetVictor Magnolia Stakes (Listed)
Robin Hoods Bay followed up a double at Lingfield with a terrific effort in the Winter Derby at the same track a fortnight ago when second to Farraaj. He beat Cai Shen and Tinshu in the process and collateral form with the winner has him closely matched with today's rival Genzy. Burano has been racing at Meydan without success and was well beaten in a Group 2 behind Marco Botti's Jakkalberry last time. The Newmarket trainer runs MARCRET in this, who was having his first outing since September when below par at Lingfield last month. Last year's Group 3 Huxley Stakes winner will be much straighter today and is fancied to reverse latest running with Miblish and land this.
14.40 Haydock BetVictor Are 6 Places On The National Handicap Hurdle (Jockey Club Grassroots Hurdle Series Final)
Hada Men landed a real gamble for Brian Ellison in this last year and the in-form Norton handler runs five this time around. The market should be monitored closely again but Capellanus looks particularly interesting having won a jumpers' bumper at Wolverhampton in January and run well on the Polytrack since. McCoy rides Sandown second Leader Of The Gang for David Pipe while Paul Nicholls runs December's Taunton winner Landscape and Softsong, Roman Flight and Flaming Charmer also enter the equation. Cloudy Bob got off the mark at Warwick last month but Coverholder's winning run came to an end at Carlisle and he'll do well to bounce back in a competitive affair such as this. The lightly-raced VELOCE is much better than he showed at the Cumbrian course last time and is fancied to run a big race at decent odds in this with Jason Maguire back in the saddle. Romeo Americo may be best of the rest.
14.55 Kempton BetVictor.com Rosebery Handicap (London Middle Distance Qualifier)
Universal is not the most reliable but has claims if at his best and a literal reading of Tepmokea's third to the high-class Planteur at Lingfield gives Elaine Burke's charge every chance. Cry Fury also has the ability to land this but hasn't raced since June last year, his only outing of the season. SPIFER beat Greylami, a previous winner of this contest, a shade more cosily than the narrow margin would suggest over track and trip in January. His latest defeat by Robin Hoods Bay is working out well and Marco Botti's charge gets the nod on that form. Hanoverian Baron and Buckland should both give a good account and a big run is also expected from the bottom weight Suffice given he was declared for a much easier race during the week but didn't take part.
15.05 Doncaster William Hill Lincoln (Heritage Handicap) (Str)
Now back in Dubai, Paul Hanagan had originally intended to ride Eshtibaak ahead of his more strongly-fancied stablemate LAHAAG. But the latter looked the more progressive of that pair last year when landing a double before beaten a head by today's opponent Chapter Seven at York. John Gosden's charge has plenty of scope for further improvement this season and gets the vote. Brae Hill is back on the same mark as when winning last year's renewal but has yet to win in soft ground, unlike his stablemates Majestic Myles and Justonefortheroad, who both have apprentices on board today. The well-backed Captain Bertie could only manage fourth in the Spring Mile last season and is 9lb higher than when winning at Newbury in April while Gladys' Gal was a progressive three-year-old but hasn't raced since 2011. Strictly Silver has yet to race on soft going but won a trial for this at Wolverhampton three weeks ago and makes more appeal than the likes of Chosen Character and Swiftly Done. Dermot Weld thought enough of Hit The Jackpot to run him in a Group 3 at Leopardstown last year and he could go well on his debut for a new yard.
15.15 Haydock BetVictor.com Levy Board Handicap Chase
Any punters returning a profit from today's card will certainly have earned it as this is yet another wide-open contest. Cloudy Too made no impression in a Grade 3 at The Festival but would have been interesting here had his stable been in better form as he'd earlier given Ohio Gold weight and a beating over course and distance. Cedre Bleu is fitted with a pair of blinkers after falling at Chepstow and has to go on the short-list along with Triptico and Tony Star, having just his fifth run over fences and a good third at Newbury last time. Bocciani could also play a part but Sydney Paget might find himself outpaced over this trip as his two wins have been over 3m and further. SHOEGAZER is conceding weight all round but has been highly tried since winning a Listed event at Newton Abbot last September and didn't run at all badly in the Grade 3 Byrne Group Plate at Cheltenham earlier this month. He was making ground when a bad mistake stopped him in his tracks and he might do better on this flatter course.
15.35 Musselburgh totepool.com Royal Mile (Handicap)
Richard Fahey has won both previous renewals including with Chapter Seven last year. The latter's half-sister, FANTACISE, represents the yard this time around and she gets the nod dropped in class on her return to action. Stablemate Khelman also has claims on last week's second over 7f at Doncaster and Mark Johnston makes a determined bid with three runners. Jockey bookings suggest Greeleys Love has the best chance of those, although Fraserburgh arrives on the back of an easy win at Southwell and Penny Rose is a dual winner over 7f. Newstead Abbey is up 9lb having landed a recent double on the Polytrack and Hiddon Coin is upped in class having won four claiming races on the all-weather this year. Carry On Sydney is preferred to London Citizen after going close on his reappearance at Kempton.
15.50 Haydock BetVictor Grand National 6 Places Handicap Chase (Jockey Club Grassroots Chase Series Final)
This was another race won by the Ellison team 12 months ago and this year they rely on Andreo Bambaleo and Simonside. The latter looks the better handicapped but both have their work cut out if they are to take the spoils. Venetia Williams is another trainer doubly represented but Rydalis fell last time and Reginaldinho may have too much weight now. Charlie Longsdon has No No Bingo and Market Rasen scorer Little Chip while Frontier Spirit, Rouge Et Blanc, Balinroab and NOBLE LEGEND also arrive on the back of recent victories. We'll take a chance that the latter can follow up his recent success at Southwell as he might just be suited by this better ground more than the majority of his rivals, though Patsy Finnegan has been knocking on the door lately and Sandown second Christopher Wren has won over a longer trip over hurdles. King's Grace ran a little better in blinkers at Towcester last time and the headgear is left on here.