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With that comes the end of our experimental racing blog for the day. I thank you for your patience and trust you enjoyed it/backed a winner or two.
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Who'd have thought it? Andrew Balding ends the card with a winner at 16/1 as Supasundae wins the bumper from well-backed favourite Yanworth, with Rio Treasure back in third.
Looking ahead to tomorrow, Channel 4 Racing commentator Simon Holt provides his take on The Ladbroke as well as the Long Walk Hurdle.
We've also got Man On The Spot verdicts for the televised races from Ascot and Haydock.
And don't forget, there's £5,000 up for grabs in the free-to-play Pick 6.
Just one more to come then from Ascot but it's a quality bumper and should throw up plenty of future winners.
Indeed, three years ago it went the way of Shutthefrontdoor, who of course won the Irish National back in the spring. Could there be a future National winner among this lot? Just maybe.
For now, Ben Linfoot puts one up as his best bet of the day.
Sam Twiston-Davies aboard Ptit Zig
This Batavir is going to dot up. Big leap at the last and he's extended half a dozen lengths clear in no time. Eased down he thrashes Spartan Angel with Long Lunch and Little Boy Boru battling it out for minor honours.
Simple for the favourite.
Spartan Angel, Dream Deal and Long Lunch are the challengers but Batavir a couple of lengths clear two out and if anything extending...
AP asks for a big one and gets it four out as he attempts to make all on Batavir. The challengers are stacking up as we approach the home turn...
They've bunched up with a circuit to go but the favourite remains in front, pursued by Kuilsriver who is off the bridle. Harry Hunt sneaks up into third on the rail as Batavir ups the tempo.
Batavir and Kuilsriver are off out in front around four lengths clear of the likes of Dream Deal, Long Lunch and Harry Hunt over the first few flights.
It's now 5/2 Batavir but there's eye-catching support for Little Boy Boru at 5/1. He's exposed but reliable as they line-up.
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The Mitie Handicap Hurdle is up next at Ascot and Batavir is the 11/4 favourite from Spartan Angel at 4/1 and Dream Deal at 5/1.
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To go with those reports you can now click here for a video replay of that race. Worth watching for Ptit Zig's superb round of jumping.
Paul Nicholls on Ptit Zig: "We've done a lot of work on his jumping. Today he jumped well, travelled well. He's a big, scopey horse and he hasn't got the raw speed to be a real top championship hurdler over two.
"He's only five and he can only go forwards from now."
REPORT: Ben Linfoot reports on the Grade 2 Novices' Chase at Ascot where Ptit Zig earned 10/1 quotes for two of the top novice contests at the Cheltenham Festival.
Sky Bet have just confirmed - live on RUK - that they will pay an extra place on The Ladbroke at Ascot tomorrow.
Click here for prices.
REPORT: Our Matt Brocklebank tells the tale of the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle at Ascot, after which Nicky Henderson said: "He's good, isn't he?"
Ladbrokes have eased Josses Hill right out to 16/1 for the Arkle Trophy following a somewhat disappointing debut over fences at Ascot.
Nicky Henderson's horse made several mistakes on his way to a distant second behind Ptit Zig and is on the drift everywhere.
The winner, meanwhile, is as short as 6/1 in places for the two-mile feature but Sky Bet, BetVictor and sportingbet quote 10/1.
Ptit Zig may yet step up in trip for the JLT Novices' Chase for which he was also cut to 10/1.
L'ami Serge: 14/1 from 20s for the Sky Bet Supreme with the sponsors
Ptit Zig however goes on between the last two and will win this eased down. A good, solid round of jumping and he thrashes Josses Hill, who wasn't fluent on his debut over fences. Dunraven Storm well beaten under his penalty.
Turning in it's one of these three, Ptit Zig going best but Josses Hill closing now to the second last.
Six out it's Dunraven Storm's turn to make a blunder and Ptit Zig is now alongside as Josses Hill just gets urged to keep tabs on the leaders here, some three lengths down.
Barry Geraghty does well to sit tight at the downhill fence as Josses Hill just jinks slightly. Much better at the next but not as efficient as the front two.
Commentator Richard Hoiles in awe of the size of Josses Hill as are some of the more educated men in this office. So far, so good, for the current third. Dunraven Storm into a nice rhythm in front and Ptit Zig splitting the two in a comfortable second.
The market principals, albeit in reverse order, are dictating the tempo. Josses Hill guesses at the second and is keen but no alarm bells are yet ringing - especially after a lovely jump at the third.
As we get ready for the off, Josses Hill is currently 8/1 third-favourite for the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival.
An impressive win here and he could feasibly move ahead of Un De Sceaux and behind only Vautour, who he chased home in the Supreme last season.
Click here for the Video Replay of the earlier Sky Bet Supreme Trial, in which L'ami Serge won by seven lengths.
Odds-on now, the favourite.
Matt Brocklebank's vote goes to Josses Hill: "I've had what can only be described as a larget bet on Jooses Hill for the Arkle so I'm hoping he wins."Ben Linfoot is a fan but our resident value seeker votes for Dunraven Storm to 'defy a penalty and outstay them'.
BREAKING: Will Hayler has not had a bet in this race.
Josses Hill is very strong on course at 11/10 from 6/5, with Ptit Zig 6/4 and Dunraven Storm a 5/1 chance.
Click here for live betting.
Man On The Spot's take on the next:
"Simonsig won this in 2012 and trainer and jockey will hope that JOSSES HILL
can emulate his stablemate's subsequent exploits. Second to Vautour in
the Supreme Novices' in March, the six-year-old went on to land a Grade 2
at Aintree in April and the runner-up in that contest, Sgt Reckless,
has already won over fences this season. Ptit Zig
was also a very smart hurdler last season and has already won twice
over fences this term. He was never in any danger of defeat in either of
those races and looks a smart chasing prospect. Dunraven Storm was only beaten two lengths by Ptit Zig's
stablemate Vibrato Valtat in the Henry VIII at Sandown having beaten
the same rival at Cheltenham and will provide a good form guide but Formal Bid and the four-year-old Traffic Fluide may be outside of their comfort zone."
Ptit Zig takes on Josses Hill and Dunraven Storm in the next
Michael Shinners, for the sponsors:
"This looked a warm little field pre-race despite only three going to post and L'ami Serge ultimately saw off Killutagh Vic with any amount in hand. It's impossible to know what would've happened had Paul Nicholls' horse remained on his feet but the winner looks a big improver and we now make him second-favourite for the Sky Bet Supreme behind Douvan."
L'ami Serge is 14/1 from 20s for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle with the sponsors.
Coral make Nicky Henderson's horse a 12/1 shot as do both Ladbrokes and bet365 and essentially it's 12/1 or 14/1 depending on where you do your shopping.
We'll get the video replay for you ASAP.
Here's a picture of Dance Floor King on his way to a hat-trick
L'ami Serge wins the Sky Bet Trial Supreme Novices' Hurdle Trial comfortably, although Emerging Talent fell when contending. Impressive from the winner, though.
Next up is the Sky Bet Supreme Trial (the race some poor misguided fools still refer to as the Kennel Gate). Only three runners go to post but the contest could well still see a shake-up in the betting for the championship event at Cheltenham. I've backed Killultagh Vic for what it's worth.
Tony McCoy, looking moody.