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Saturday Racing Cheat Sheet: Best bets and Betfair ambassador insight for Ascot

  • Max Liu
  • 3:00 min read
National Hunt horse racing at Ascot
Ascot is the main focus for our experts on Saturday

Get the best bets from Tony Calvin, Daryl Carter and James Mackie plus Paul Nicholls on his runners at Ascot on Saturday...

13:15 Ascot - Paul Nicholls: Solo to star

"He ran well on his return this season when second in the Haldon Gold Cup. He gave 10lbs to the winner that day, has come on for the run and will be suited by stepping up three furlongs in trip. He has plenty of experience over fences, enjoys racing right handed and is nicely treated by the conditions of this graduation Chase."

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14:25 Ascot - James Mackie: Crambo to see off the old guard

"I will be siding with Crambo 3/1 who I believe has the potential to be the best of the British in this division. He showed last time out at Haydock that he stays the trip and did his best work late on that day. The gelding looked to be the unluckiest loser of the season when narrowly going down in the Grade 3 Betfair Serial Winners Handicap Hurdle.

"Ridden more prominently by Jonathan Burke on Saturday and given every chance to show his staying ability in the finish, he has the potential to go close against the more exposed older horses."

Back Crambo to win Ascot 14:25 @ 3/1

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15:00 Ascot - Daryl Carter: 5/1 Victtorino an outstanding bet

"Victtorino - 5/1 on the Betfair Sportsbook - tanked through the Sadexo Gold Cup over course and distance 49 days ago, and it's shocking that he only went up four pounds for that victory, given he won with stacks in hand.

"He cruised through the race, taking a wide course covering more ground than most, and eased his way to the front under no urgings from his jockey. His superiority was diminished only by his jockey slowing dramatically into the final fence and his mount making a mistake."

15:00 Ascot - Back Victtorino @ 5/1

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15:35 Ascot - Tony Calvin backs Iberico Lord in Betfair Exchange Trophy

"I was hugely taken by his run in defeat at Sandown last season and I thought he breezed home in a very good time in the Greatwood on his return. I am not inclined to think an 8lb rise will stop him....

"Off a mark of 134 here, he will take some stopping, I believe. The Greatwood fourth and sixth have won since, too. Take the 3/1 or [4.0] or bigger on the Exchange."

Back Iberico Lord @ 3/1

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