Timeform Shortlist: Ascot, Saturday January 20

Un de Sceaux is bidding for three straight wins in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday
Un de Sceaux is bidding for three straight wins in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday

Timeform take you through the card at Ascot on Saturday which features the Clarence House Chase...

"wasn’t extended to win a point and did nothing to alter the belief that he’s a top prospect on hurdles debut at Newbury last month..."

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12.40 Horse Comes First Juvenile Hurdle (Qualifier) (3) 1m7f152y

Timeform Top Rated:
143p 1. NAYATI Alan King Wayne Hutchinson
127p 2. OISTRAKH LE NOIR Ben Pauling Daryl Jacob
126 5. SPECIAL RELATION Hughie Morrison Dave Crosse

Analyst's Verdict:
Nayati made a winning start over hurdles in pleasing fashion for his new connections at Newbury last month, and this appears a good opportunity for him to follow up. Oistrakh Le Noir and Et Moi Alors are interesting runners, and need monitoring in the betting.

1.15 Thames Materials Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase (3) 2¼m175y

Timeform Top Rated:
144 3. DRUMCLIFF Harry Fry Miss Aine O'Connor (3)
143 2. CRIEVEHILL Nigel Twiston-Davies Mr Z. Baker
142+ 1. CHEF D'EQUIPE Philip Hobbs Mr D. Maxwell (3)

Analyst's Verdict:
Chef d'Equipe looked like one ahead of his mark when scoring at Sandown earlier this month, and he's capable of going well again. Drumcliff is open to improvement, while Crievehill still has time on his side for better still, so also has to be considered.

1.50 OLBG.com Mares' Hurdle (Warfield) (Grade 2) (1) 2m7f118y

Timeform Top Rated:
163 1. LA BAGUE AU ROI Warren Greatrex Noel Fehily
157+ 2. DUSKY LEGEND Alan King Wayne Hutchinson
153 3. GRACEFUL LEGEND Ben Case Kielan Woods

Analyst's Verdict:
La Bague Au Roi relished the step up to 3m when seeing off Jer's Girl at Kempton last month and can make light of a 4 lb penalty and extend her winning run this season to three. Dusky Legend reverts to hurdling after some decent runs over fences and may provide the chief threat ahead of Graceful Legend.

2.25 Ascot Spring Garden Show Holloway's Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (1) 2m3f58y

Timeform Top Rated:
157 11. OXWICH BAY Evan Williams Mitchell Bastyan (5)
156 9. CROSSED MY MIND A. L. T. Moore Jonjo O'Neill (7)
155 2. JENKINS Nicky Henderson James Bowen (5)

Analyst's Verdict:
Oxwich Bay showed he can cope with the hurly burly of a big field handicap when second at Cheltenham on his penultimate run and looks well treated with Mitchell Bastyan taking 5 lb off. There are plenty of possible dangers in a very competitive heat, headed by Irish-raider Crossed My Mind, Ben Pauling's Le Breuil and last week's Kempton scorer Jenkins.

3.00 bet365 Handicap Chase (2) 2m5f8y

Timeform Top Rated:
172P 3. ACTING LASS Harry Fry Noel Fehily
171 7. KILCREA VALE Nicky Henderson Jeremiah McGrath
170? 5. MINELLA DADDY Peter Bowen Sean Bowen

Analyst's Verdict:
Acting Lass is an exciting chaser to follow and can make it 3 wins in a row over fences for Harry Fry. Shantou Flyer ran well in first-time cheekpieces at Cheltenham on New Year's Day and has claims if backing that up, while Guitar Pete hasn't been too harshly dealt with for his victory in a valuable contest at the same venue in December.

3.35 Royal Salute Whisky Clarence House Chase (Grade 1) (1) 2m167y

Timeform Top Rated:
183 5. UN DE SCEAUX W. P. Mullins P. Townend
173 2. KYLEMORE LOUGH Harry Fry Noel Fehily
171p 1. BRAIN POWER Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville

Analyst's Verdict:
Un de Sceaux came clear unchallenged on his return at Cork and looks as good as ever. He can land this race for a second time. The very interesting alternative at the forecast prices is Kylemore Lough, who could relish the drop back in trip given how well he travels. Brain Power has the potential to take high rank in the 2m chase division and is also feared.

4.05 Rosling King British EBF 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (3) 2m5f141y

Timeform Top Rated:
151p 1. SANTINI Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville
141p 2. VINNDICATION Kim Bailey Sean Bowen
137p 5. JUST A STING Harry Fry Noel Fehily

Analyst's Verdict:
Santini wasn't extended to win a point and did nothing to alter the belief that he's a top prospect on hurdles debut at Newbury last month. Vinndication also defends an unbeaten record and is promising in his own right, while Champ, a stablemate to the selection, should have a big future, too.

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