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Wissahickon is Ashley Iveson's best Saturday bet and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

NAP: Wissahickon 2.55 Lingfield

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Next best: Kachy 1.45 Lingfield

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Wissahickon is extremely difficult to oppose in the Betway Winter Derby Trial at Lingfield.

John Gosden's colt has been prolific in his short career so far, winning six times from just eight career outings.

The four-year-old won twice on the grass last season, including a hugely impressive display in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket, where he turned what is traditionally one of the most fiercely-competitive handicaps of the season into a procession under Frankie Dettori.

The handicapper unsurprisingly took a dim view - handing him a 10lb hike in the weights to an elevated mark of 117.

However, he proved he can more than hold his own at stakes level when returning from a three-month absence with a dominant victory in the Listed Quebec Stakes here in December - comfortably accounting for the ultra-consistent Big Country with the minimum of fuss.

He has a penalty to carry as he aims to follow up over the course and distance, but is a long way clear on ratings.

The fact that bookmakers see the aforementioned Big Country as his biggest threat tells his backers all they need to know - and Wissahickon should add to his tally before moving on to the Winter Derby itself, before a likely appearance in the Easter Classic on Good Friday.

Kachy can claim back-to-back wins in the other Listed race on the card - the Betway Cleves Stakes.

The six-old has banged heads with some of the best sprinters around over the past couple of season, most notably finishing second to Quiet Reflection in the 2016 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and pushing Battaash close when third in last year's Temple Stakes at Haydock.

Kachy is a Group Three winner himself - having claimed the Molecomb Stakes as a juvenile - and appreciated having his sights lowered when leaving his rivals trailing in his wake at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day.

He clearly has more on his plate stepping back up in class, but is the best of these on the book and there is nothing to suggest his powers are on the wane.

Inaam can make it two from two since joining Paul D'Arcy, with victory in the Betway Handicap.

The Camacho gelding was rated in the 80s a couple of years ago when trained by Richard Fahey, but a largely disappointing spell with John Butler saw his mark fall to a lowly 67.

However, he looked rejuvenated on his first start for D'Arcy at Wolverhampton shortly after the turn of the year - and a 7lb rise to a perch of 74 is clearly not insurmountable if he is in the same mood.

Vinndication can maintain his unbeaten record for Kim Bailey in the 888Sport Scilly Isles Novices' Chase at Sandown.

After seeing his charge win a bumper and three times over hurdles, Bailey bravely decided to skip the spring festivals with a view to saving his charge for this term and that is looking like a good call.

Vinndication made a successful start to his career over fences at Carlisle in November and took a step up to Grade Two level within his stride when seeing off a very useful sort in Jerrysback at Ascot.

He certainly merits this shot at Grade One glory and is fancied to confirm himself a leading contender for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival with a seventh straight win.

Buveur D'Air will surely notch a third victory in the 888Sport Contenders Hurdle to set him up for a hat-trick bid in the Champion Hurdle at Prestbury Park in March.

The JP McManus-owned star is on a retrieval mission after suffering a shock defeat at the hands of stablemate Verdana Blue in Kempton's Christmas Hurdle, but trainer Nicky Henderson could hardly have dreamed for a better opportunity to get his charge back on the winning trail.

The BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle is the centrepiece on day one of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.

Gordon Elliott's brilliant mare Apple's Jade will be all the rage to make it four from four for the season - but there has to be a big question mark over how effective she will be back at two miles, and preference is for the Willie Mullins-trained Melon.

The seven-year-old is an out-and-out two-miler and pushed Buveur D'Air all the way in last season's Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

His comeback run at Leopardstown over Christmas was a little underwhelming, but he can be expected to strip much fitter for that run.

Sporting Life tips:

CHELMSFORD: 1.00 Orchid Star, 1.35 Philamundo, 2.10 Mulsanne Chase, 2.45 Global Acclamation, 3.20 Captain Lars, 3.55 Central City.

LEOPARDSTOWN: 12.50 Dunvegan, 1.25 Melon, 2.00 Jetez, 2.35 Envoi Allen, 3.10 Min, 3.45 Paloma Blue, 4.20 Kildorrery.

LINGFIELD: 12.35 Hypnos, 1.10 Knight Crusader, 1.45 Kachy, 2.20 Inaam, 2.55 WISSAHICKON (NAP), 3.30 Isle Of Avalon, 4.05 Lady Cosette.

KEMPTON: 4.45 Satchville Flyer, 5.15 Global Spectrum, 5.45 Probability, 6.15 Cabarita, 6.45 Divine Messenger, 7.15 West Coast Flyer, 7.45 Continuum, 8.15 Foresee.

SANDOWN: 12.40 Winston C, 1.15 Bigmartre, 1.50 Buveur D'Air, 2.25 Vinndication, 3.00 Mr Antolini, 3.35 Shanroe Santos, 4.10 Johnbb.

DOUBLE: Wissahickon and Kachy.


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