Hidden gem for Ascot punters
Anita Chambers has a tip for every race on Saturday and fancies Hidden Cyclone Sodexo Clarence House Chase at Ascot.
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ASCOT: 12.40 Handiwork, 1.15 Ballinvarrig, 1.50 Mickie, 2.25 Irish Saint, 3.00 Tatenen, 3.35 HIDDEN CYCLONE (NAP), 4.05 Call The Cops.
HAYDOCK: 12.20 Saphir River, 12.55 Benvolio, 1.30 Gevrey Chambertin, 2.05 Un Temps Pour Tout, 2.40 Melodic Rendezvous, 3.15 Katenko, 3.50 Wuff.
LINGFIELD: 12.15 Yourinthewill, 12.50 Too Frisky, 1.25 Lawsong, 2.00 Skinny Love, 2.35 Desert Strike, 3.10 Agerzam, 3.45 Haaf A Sixpence, 4.15 Masterpaver.
NAAS: 12.25 Halling's Treasure, 1.00 Upsie, 1.35 Foxrock, 2.10 A Grey Matter, 2.45 Trucking Along, 3.20 Kennoway, 3.55 On Your Eoin.
TAUNTON: 12.30 Proper Job, 1.05 Bandol, 1.40 American Life, 2.15 Possibly Flora, 2.50 Roudoudou Ville, 3.25 Workbench, 4.00 Juicy Legend.
DOUBLE: Hidden Cyclone and Agerzam.
Hidden Cyclone appeared a slightly unlucky loser at Leopardstown over Christmas but he can gain significant compensation with victory in the Sodexo Clarence House Chase at Ascot.
Shark Hanlon's charge posted a career-best effort when beaten just three-quarters of a length by Benefficient in the Dial-A-Bet Chase, but connections felt he could have won had the winner not crossed him in the closing stages.
Hidden Cyclone rallied gamely when switched but could not get back on terms and a subsequent appeal against the judge's decision not to reverse the placings was dismissed.
Another fine effort this season was his third in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, where he was attempting to give the winner Johns Spirit nearly a stone and kept on gallantly having bowled along in front.
Hidden Cyclone clearly stays much further than this two-mile-one-furlong trip and with the mud likely to be flying, he will have substantial reserves on which to call.
While he has plenty to find on the official figures with top-rated Sire De Grugy, in reality this contest is wide open in the absence of Sprinter Sacre.
Mickie can make the transition to Grade Two winnner in the OLBG.com Mares' Hurdle.
The six-year-old is twice a scorer in handicap company this term, rising from a mark of 128 to her current perch of 145.
A previous attempt at this level saw her well beaten by The New One at Warwick last winter but she appears to have made serious progress since that run and the way she idled in front last time suggests there was a fair bit still left in the locker.
Mickie's lack of a Listed or Graded success so far puts her well in at the weights with some of her leading rivals.
Un Temps Pour Tout grabbed the headlines when changing hands for £450,000 back in November and he can start to repay a small fraction of that with victory in the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle at Haydock.
The five-year-old will be having his first start for David Pipe after last being sighted when third in an Auteuil Grade One event earlier that month.
Ptit Zig ran out an easy winner that day and he has more than held his own so far this term, so all the signs are promising for Pipe's French recruit.
On what could be a big day for the Pond House team, Gevrey Chambertin gets cracking over fences in the Racing Post Celebrates 200,000 Social Followers Novices' Chase.
This full-brother to the stable's Grands Crus has always been viewed as a chasing type, although he was smart enough to win a bumper and four hurdles on his way to tackling fences.
His final success over the smaller obsacles came in a fixed brush event at this track in November and while Grade Two company may seem a bit ambitious on his first chasing start, Gevrey Chambertin can rise to the challenge.
Katenko can make it third-time lucky this season in the Peter Marsh Chase.
Venetia Williams' charge was a lively outsider for the Gold Cup last term but a bad bout of colic put paid to his Cheltenham hopes and saw him off the track until the Hennessy back in November.
He fell at Newbury when still travelling and Williams felt it best to get him back out again as quickly as possible, a decision that did not quite pay off at Aintree a week later when he finished only fourth in a Listed race.
However, he has been given a bit of time to get over those two quick-fire outings and with heavy ground certain, conditions should be to his liking.
The stanjames.com Champion Hurdle Trial is unlikely to have much of an impact on the market for the big race itself, but Melodic Rendezvous can forward his Festival claims and make amends for a disappointing effort last time.
He was well beaten by My Tent Or Yours in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle on his latest outing, but he was found to be suffering a minor problem after the race and that effort may be best forgotten.
Workbench is the choice in the Bathwick Tyres Novices' Limited Handicap Chase at Taunton.
Agerzam can pick up where he left off and make a winning start to 2014 in the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap at Lingfield.
He was a winner at the track just after Christmas for Roger Varian, triumphing off a mark of 85 after taking it up with a about a furlong to run.
He was far from hard-pressed that day and could have enough in reserve to shrug off his 5lb rise.
Haaf A Sixpence returns from a short break for the Ladbrokes Handicap and can get back on the winning trail for Ralph Beckett.
The five-year-old relinquished his unbeaten record at Wolverhampton when only third last November, beaten by two decent types in Solar Deity and Galician.
He deserved plenty of credit that day nevertheless, and is fancied to make it two wins in as many starts at Lingfield.
Desert Strike is in good heart and should be followed in theBest Odds At bookmakers.co.uk Sprint Series Round 3 Handicap (Qualifier).