Today’s top selections from the press and media feature three runners from Haydock and a pair of entries at Ascot this afternoon. Check these out below and an excellent new customer offer. Simply Claim up to £30 in free bets - here!
1: Imperial Alcazar (2:25pm Haydock) (5 votes)
Has picked up two wins and two seconds in four novice hurdle starts so far, including his last back in January, at Leicester (2m 4f, heavy), when 6.5 lengths clear of Muckamore. Elevation to Grade 3 company on handicap debut is a minor concern, especially after such a long break, but he is clearly one that should show a marked improvement this season, while the extension to 3m is likely to offer up further progression too.
(Irish Herald, Ian Gaughran. Daily Record, Garry Owen. Norwich Evening News, Steve Marriott. East Anglian Daily Times, Dean Kilbryde. The Guardian)
2: Lostintranslation (3:00pm Haydock) (5 Votes)
Favourite to take the victory in the Betfair Chase and beat Bristol De Mai by 1.5 lengths in last years renewal and finished a comfortable 15 lengths ahead of both challengers in the Cheltenham Gold Cup (3m 2f, good to soft) back in March, when third to Al Boum Photo and Santini. Strongly backed and expected to be the dominant party here.
(Racing Post, West Country. Daily Post, Mercury. The Scotsman, Glendale. 888Sport, Steve Mullington. Jersey Evening Post, Rory Paddock)
3: Abbey Magic (3:17pm Ascot) (3 Votes)
In superb form since joining Henry De Bromhead’s yard, with a record of 11121, including the latest of those victories at Cork (2m 1f, good) in a Grade B handicap chase, finishing 1.5 lengths ahead of Lakemilan on her second start since returning from a long break. Performs on soft ground and will be sharper for recent runs. Every chance, if continuing the strong form.
(Shropshire Star, Andy Morris. Sunday Express. The Sun On Sunday, Sirius. Sunday Mail, Rockavon)
4: DEMACHINE (12:55pm Ascot) (2 Votes)
Stong improvement over four starts, before bagging a maiden victory at Uttoxeter (2m 6f, good to soft) on chase and seasonal debut, finishing 4.5 lengths clear. Rise of 10lbs this afternoon offers a bigger test, but with the third in that race, Young Bull now 9lbs worse off this afternoon, the favourite looks a tough one to beat.
(Mirror Online, Melissa Jones. The Star, Jason Heavey)
5: KID COMMANDO (1:50pm Ascot) (2 Votes)
Three wins and two places in six career starts, with latest victory coming last time out at Ascot (1m 7f, soft) three weeks ago, in a listed handicap hurdle, on seasonal return. Rise of 7lbs should not be a massive issue, while the 2m 2f trip also looks well within his grasp, having won a 3m point race earlier in his career.
(Cambridge Evening News, Luke Tucker. Weekender, Paul Kealy)
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