In-form Search For A Tipster winner Karl Hedley picks out his best bets from Saturday's ITV Racing cards at Ascot, Haydock and Wincanton
PYM (1.50 Ascot)
Pym can prove the answer in an exciting renewal of the Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase. The seven-year-old gelding has come out on top in his two most recent outings including over this course and distance.
In his most recent race he jumped beautifully and saw out the race well to deny Imperial Aura. That horse was a good second to Simply The Betts in a more valuable race next time out so the form is strong. The form of his previous win here is also working out as Neachells Bridge, Deise Aba and Erick Le Rouge have all gone on to win subsequently.
Nico De Boinville has been on board Pym for his two most recent wins and has built up a formidable partnership.
Nicky Henderson specifically targets this race with some his most useful novices and the Seven Barrows handler has won the race three times in the last ten years with of Burton Port, Master Of The Hall and Vyta Du Roc
THE WORLDS END (2.05 Haydock)
The Worlds End is a winner of two of his last three starts over three miles. Small fields clearly suit him as four of his wins have come in races with seven or fewer runners.
Despite giving weight away, he has beaten a couple of these in the past, most notably Clyne and Donna’s Diamond. He has a bit of work to do in order to reverse form with West Approach, but that is doable on this ground as good going would have been against The Worlds End the last time they met.
Adrian Heskin is in the plate once again as he bids to record a seventh career win on the nine-year-old. Despite having to carry a penalty for his Grade 1 win last time, he should have the measure of these and can take this on the way to another tilt at the Stayers Hurdle next month.
JEPECK (2.25 Ascot)
Jepeck may be an 11-year-old now, but Anthony Honeyball has worked the oracle on him this season. Having placed him into novice Company over hurdles on his seasonal debut, he was allowed to make all of the running and never had an anxious moment as he scooted in at Bangor beating the well-supported favourite Dino Boy.
He was given a quick reappearance just two days later at Southwell, where he jumped awkwardly to the right and weakened in the closing stages. He faded to finish second to The Mulcair in a run that came too soon.
He showed that effort to be all wrong by bouncing back to form at Chepstow the following month again having dominated from the front.
Sent back chasing on his next start he remained prominent and started to look a little worse for wear as a loose horse hampered him badly. He held on to win narrowly in the veterans’ chase beating Regal Flow and Theatre Guide, showing that he still had a determination to be effective in this sphere.
He gets in at the foot of the handicap this afternoon and he may well be able to dominate again as he looks to be the only front-runner in the field.
The underfoot conditions are of no consequence to the versatile performer and Rex Dingle can claim a handy 3lb from his mount. The pair have to be feared given ideal conditions.
QUEL DESTIN (2.45 Wincanton)
Quel Destin came right back to form with a comfortable win at Sandown at the beginning of the month, when he had too much in hand for the well regarded Call Me Lord.
Having recorded wins at flat tracks such as Haydock, Chepstow, Doncaster and Kempton in the past, there is every reason to believe that he will be well suited by Wincanton.
He has shown in his last few outings that he is able to cope with the demands of soft and heavy ground and this two-mile trip seems to bring out the best in the five-year-old. He is one of the youngest in the line-up and might be too speedy for the older horses in opposition.
Paul Nicholls has enjoyed a return to form in recent weeks and has sent out a dozen winners since the beginning of February. Quel Destin has won at the first time of asking for a new jockey in the past as both Sam Twiston-Davies and Sean Bowen have ridden him to victory on their only rides on him to date. James Bowen takes over in the saddle this afternoon.
THE CON MAN (3.00 Ascot)
The Con Man has stamina in abundance and will have learned more about the game after a convincing success at Kelso last month, when he travelled exceptionally well into contention on the run for home and put clear daylight between himself and McGowan’s Pass.
A return to two miles is unlikely to hinder his improvement as conditions look likely to take their toll on this field of more exposed types.
The Con Man receives weight from the likes of Blu Cavalier and Malaya and a repeat of his latest effort has to give him every chance of going well here. Likely to be settled in the midfield for most of the race, he can make his move in the closing stages to run down prominent types such as Eden Du Houx and Myplaceatmidnight.
YALA ENKI (3.15 Haydock)
Yala Enki recently switched from the yard of Venetia Williams to that of current trainer Paul Nicholls. He has already reaped the rewards of the move, having put up two decent runs in quick succession.
His confidence will have been boosted after success at Tuanton, having gone without a win for a little over a year. It is worth remembering that he is a former winner of this race as he beat the talented Blaklion by nearly a distance a couple of seasons ago.
Testing ground ought to revive his sparkle and this previous course-and-distance winner is more than capable of making his presence felt.
CYRNAME (3.35 Ascot)
Cyrname hasn’t been seen since having the wheels fall off at Kempton in the King George, but a return to his beloved Ascot should see him back in the winner’s enclosure. He is rated above these on all known form and, with conditions fully in his favour, he is taken to get back amongst winning ways.
He ultimately had no answer to stablemate Clan Des Obeaux in that last race, but he has been given time to freshen up by Paul Nicholls, who is likely to have him cherry ripe here. Harry Cobden continues his association with the eight-year-old and this step back to an extended two-and-a-half miles ought to see him capable of reproducing his strongest form.
Of his rivals, Ridersonthestorm is improving but is zero from four when previously tried at this level in the past. He would also be better suited to drier ground than is likely here. Traffic Fluide and Janika need to put in career best efforts to even get within earshot of the Nicholls inmate. A clear round of jumping should be enough to see Cyrname back on song and he can add another valuable prize to his already impressive CV.
Karl Hedley’s Best Bets
PYM (1.50 Ascot) 11/4 PADDY POWER
THE WORLDS END (2.05 Haydock) 13/8 PADDY POWER
JEPECK (2.25 Ascot) 9/1 BET365
QUEL DESTIN (2.45 Wincanton)2/1 WILLIAM HILL
THE CON MAN (3.00 Ascot) 11/2 LADBROKES
YALA ENKI (3.15 Haydock) 4/1 LADBROKES