Paul Ferguson has two selections for us on Saturday, Cinders And Ashes and Hadrian’s Approach. Compare odds.
Ascot stages the feature fixture on Saturday and both the Victor Chandler Chase and the same sponsor’s handicap 35 minutes later are cracking contests.
I had originally intended on putting up Kentford Grey Lady in the Grade 2 mares hurdle, but Irish raider Our Girl Salley could be a huge threat if getting home, so I’m instead waiting for the last race on the card and Hadrian’s Approach (4:20) who is unbeaten in one Irish point-to-point and a maiden hurdle at the track last month.
The five-year-old looked pretty green on his rules debut, so there should be plenty of improvement to come and he also looks as though today’s better ground will suit.
The drop in trip shouldn’t pose any problems to him, the third home came out and won at Kempton last Saturday and this doesn’t look a strong novice contest by the track’s standards so the selection ought to be up to carrying the penalty to success.
If Haydock passes an 8am inspection Cinders And Ashes (12:40) should be too good for his two opponents in the opening Grade 2 Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle.
Donald McCain took the last renewal of this contest two years ago with Peddlers Cross and he looks to have another smart youngster on his hands in the shape of this five-year-old.
A useful bumper performer last term, he was unlucky not to beat Broadbackbob (an impressive winner since) at Ascot on his hurdles debut, before going one better at Aintree last month.
The son of Beat Hollow has since won an egg-and-spoon race here at Haydock, where he proved he handles heavy ground. He looks in a different league to today’s rivals and 4/6 looks a fair price for those willing to play at odds on.
12:40 Haydock: Cinders And Ashes (4/6 Betfred)
4:20 Ascot: Hadrian’s Approach (6/4 Skybet)
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