Paul Ferguson has two selections from Ascot for us on Saturday; Sign Of A Victory at 15:00 and Le Bec at 15:35. Compare odds and bet.
After developing into a smart novice last season Sign Of A Victory (3:00) appeals as the type to land a big handicap hurdle this term and he is strongly fancied to make a winning return at Ascot this afternoon.
Nicky Henderson’s five-year-old possesses plenty of pace and both today’s track and ground appear to be in his favour. Very well supported when the market opened yesterday, the son of Kayf Tara, who holds an entry in the Greatwood, can land this Listed event before stepping up in class.
The United House Gold Cup looks a more competitive handicap, but Le Bec (3:35) looks on a fair mark and, given his record fresh, looks one to back on his reappearance.
Emma Lavelle’s lightly-raced six-year-old won his first two starts last season (also won first time out the previous season) and was still moving well when falling four out in the RSA Chase when last sighted.
The imposing son of Smadoun is another who appears to have ground conditions in his favour and should be backed each-way with several firms offering 6-1 on Friday evening.
Up at Wetherby, Blakemount is one to watch closely on his chase debut, in the concluding novices’ chase. He does, however, meet a couple of race-fit rivals on his first start since January, so will need to be well tuned up to score. He looks a lovely long-term prospect, however.
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