ITV7 guide: Dave Smith previews the races ahead of Saturday's £50,000 round

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There's £50,000 on offer in this weekend's free-to-play ITV7 and Dave Smith has the guide you need for the crucial races.


13:50 Ascot - Sodexo Reynoldstown Novices' Chase (Grade 2) (Class 1)

PYM will be a warm order for this after winning comprehensively at Cheltenham last time out. He was barely pushed out on the run-in and looks a very promising animal. He’s got an entry in the RSA at the Festival and can confirm those claims here with Danny Whizzbang potentially overlooked in the market.

14:05 Haydock - Unibet Rendlesham Hurdle (Grade 2) (Class 1)

The World's End looked very good at Ascot last time out but he had to rally to beat a very tired L'Ami Serge and he may be well enough found in the market. The one who stokes up most interest is EMITOM. Connections hold him in very high regard and his second to Champ at Aintree is very good form. If he can put a line through his last run then he has a chance at taking this with the favourite under a penalty.

14:25 Ascot - Keltbray Swinley Chase (Listed Limited Handicap) (Class 1)

Anthony Honeyball is double-handed in this race and is attempting to win it for the second time in three years. Jepeck couldn't be in much better form but has a 7lb rise to contend with for a short head victory. REGAL ENCORE on the other hand was only penalised 4lb for a win in a stronger race and is a course and distance winner; although he's 12 years old, he could still shine.

14:40 Haydock - Unibet Victor Ludorum Juvenile Hurdle (Class 2)

Paul Nicholls' team is in cracking form at the minute and SIR PSYCHO will likely be subject of strong market support. He's under a penalty given his 31l demolition of rivals in his last start. He's one of only three scheduled runners for Nicholls at Haydock and should be very hard to beat.

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15:00 Ascot - Give The Gift Of Ascot Annual Membership Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)

In a highly competitive affair it could pay to side with a Sophie Leech runner in the shape of GARO DE JUILLEY. He returns to hurdles after a spell in novice chase company and won't mind testing conditions. He has some interesting form in handicap hurdles and could appreciate this return to more suitable company.

15:15 Haydock - Unibet Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1)

There's plenty to like about ONE FOR ARTHUR here. He returns to his last winning mark, wears cheekpieces to help him just focus a bit more and he's been lightly-raced since he won the 2017 Randox Health Grand National. He will hopefully be dropped in and can benefit from a strong pace to creep into the contest.

15:35 Ascot - Betfair Ascot Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1)

After failing to stay in the King George, CYRNAME will be on mission to prove why he is the top-rated chaser in the country on official ratings. Returning to his favoured course where downed the mighty Altior on his penultimate start, granted a clean round of jumping he's almost impossible to oppose.

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