Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday, February 17

There is a high-class card from Ascot on Saturday, which features a cracking renewal of the Grade 1 Ascot Chase
There is a high-class card from Ascot on Saturday, which features a cracking renewal of the Grade 1 Ascot Chase

Timeform pick out three bets from Ascot on Saturday, including a fancy in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase.

"...is expected to complete a hat-trick on his way to even better things..."

Gold Present - 14:25 Ascot

Gold Present has looked an improved model in both of his starts this season, and he looked much more straightforward returned to a right-handed track when winning over this C&D last time, relishing the increased test of stamina. The form of that race is proving strong, with the runner-up coming out and winning a Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham since, and Gold Present is expected to complete a hat-trick on his way to even better things. Another Venture is another chaser on the upgrade and is feared most ahead of the in-form Holly Bush Henry.

Dieg Man - 15:00 Ascot

Dieg Man hasn't been fully extended to win both of his starts for this yard and remains one to keep on the right side. He made the most of a good opportunity when winning a novice at Catterick last time, winning with plenty more in hand than the three-length margin indicates. Both of his runs in this country are yet to get to the bottom of him and, though he faces his stiffest task to date now, he is expected to pass with flying colours. The Nicky Henderson-trained pair Fixe Le Kap and Stowaway Magic switch from fences and both figure on tempting marks, so are feared most, though Kildisart has to be respected, too.

Top Notch - 15:35 Ascot

This looks a cracking renewal of this Grade 1 and slight preference is for Top Notch. He could still be getting better judged on his win in the Peterborough Chase at Taunton last time, and he is expected to use that as a springboard to another Grade 1 success here. The flourishing seven-year-old will have to be at his best mind, with recent Kempton winner Waiting Patiently still open to improvement over fences after winning all five of his starts in this sphere.

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