Racing returns at Ascot today and Sam Boswell is back with his best racing tips, including an intriguing selection for the Haggas/Crowley duo.
The 16:15 at Ascot is the 1m Classified Stakes. BetVictor ambassador Nicola Currie rides Brains in here for Jamie Osborne. But it’s going to be elsewhere that I want to look in the 10 runner field. Likely favourite Al Salt is open to plenty of improvement for me, being one of the least exposed in the field. This three-year-old was last seen finishing 3rd at Goodwood in his first start on grass. Previous to that, he’d won twice this season – at Newcastle and Wolverhampton.
Jim Crowley has had probably one of his best ever flat seasons, enjoying success at big meetings, whilst William Haggas has been in fair form, ticking over nicely for this time of year. The going should suit Al Salt and I’d be surprised if he’s not up to winning a race of this nature.
The 2m1f Mares Novice hurdle at Sedgefield looks to be all about one horse. Miss M for David Pipe arrives here having won twice over jumps since changing to the discipline this summer. Previously on the flat with Willie Muir, David Pipe has really managed to get a tune out of this mare by Master Craftsman. She’s forced to carry a double penalty in this company. But frankly, given how she won last time out at Southwell, beating Angel’s Whisper by 8l, I’m not sure the weight here is going to be enough to stop her.
The Pipe team are boasting a 20% strike rate at the moment and I’ve found an excellent opportunity with the inconsistent Operatic Export for Dr Richard Newland looking to be the biggest danger. I’d be very surprised if Miss M can’t give weight away and still win the opener at Sedgefield this afternoon.