Through The Card: Ascot, Saturday December 23

There is racing from Ascot on Saturday
There is racing from Ascot on Saturday

Timeform take you through the card at Ascot on Saturday...

"He is also worth including for a yard who are back amongst the winners."

12:40 - CHRISTMAS IN APRIL (7) was given a considerate ride on his reappearance at Market Rasen earlier this month over two and a half miles, outpaced between three out and two out and running on late, and with that under his belt and the step up in trip looking likely to suit, he looks a good option. NATTER JACK CROAK (5) seemed to find the bottomless ground at Chepstow too much on his last start, and is better judged on his second at Bangor prior to that, which has worked out well (winner improved to finish second next time out), so he is also worth including for a yard who are back amongst the winners.

13:15 - More of That's presence in a Cross Country event at Cheltenham last week hardly inspires confidence, and his failure to complete (though well backed) is even more worrying. With that in mind he is easily discounted, though the other two runners are not easy to split, with CONEY ISLAND (1) only going down to Our Duke in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown when last seen, and ADRIEN DU PONT (3) shaping well in the Grade 2 Berkshire Chase last time.

13:50 - Not many of these make masses of appeal and it wouldn't be a surprise if something at a bigger price got involved. That could be UN BEAU ROMAN (10) who isn't the most reliable but has fallen well below the mark he won a warm handicap at Cheltenham from last season. THEO'S CHARM (7) lacks the experience of many of the other contenders but showed definite promise over fences in a couple of novices last season and could run well from his lower chasing mark (good third off 5 lb higher over hurdles at Haydock last time).

14:25 - Unowhatimeanharry seems vulnerable here following his shock defeat last time and there are a few potential improvers who may well trouble him. THOMAS CAMPBELL (7) is one, having earned his crack at this sort of level following a pair of much-improved handicap wins (when upped to three miles) this season. SAM SPINNER (4) is another to graduate from handicaps, and he is well worth a crack at a Grade 1 following his demolition at Haydock last time. Sam Spinner beat The Worlds End that day but it wouldn't be a surprise if the latter showed himself to better effect with his reappearance under his belt now back on better ground (Grade 1 winner over this trip as a novice).

15:00 - SINGLEFARMPAYMENT (7) was probably going to be placed when coming down three out in the Ladbrokes Trophy last time and is an obvious contender here from an unchanged mark, this a less competitive affair. It's still not too late to give up on YALA ENKI (6), either, who has run with promise on both of his starts so far this season (did too much up front on reappearance at Wincanton and kicking on for home too far out at Newcastle last time). He's been eased in the weights slightly and now has 3 lb claimer Charlie Deutsch back on board for the first time this term, so makes appeal once again.

15:35 - Competitive stuff as you'd expect but there is plenty to like about CHARLI PARCS (5) despite him being prominent in the betting. He didn't live up to the hype during his juvenile season (sent off 9/2 for the Triumph but only finished sixth), but there was plenty to like about his return to action at Newbury earlier this month, conceding first run to the winner in a tactical affair and blundering at the last to seal his fate, and he looks a pretty solid Placepot contender here from a mark that is clearly workable based on last time.

Placepot permutation:

12:40 - 5, 7
13:15 - 1, 3
13:50 - 7, 10
14:25 - 4, 7
15:00 - 6, 7
15:35 - 5

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