Through The Card: Ascot, Saturday November 19

It's 1965 Chase day at Ascot on Saturday
It's 1965 Chase day at Ascot on Saturday

Timeform take you through a high-quality card at Ascot on Saturday.

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12:25 - LASER LIGHT (3) has looked a class act so far, following up a ready bumper success in equally good style on hurdling debut at Chepstow recently, and he's taken to justify favouritism in the opening novice hurdle. Aloomomo is a horse to keep on your side this season, though he may be using this as a pipe-opener for a return to fences, having done a similar thing last spring, so maybe Coastal Tiep or Elegant Escape will be the one to serve it up to Laser Light.

12:55 - An early test in the Placepot. It's a competitive handicap chase, but it certainly looks worth including SINGLEFARMPAYMENT (2) who was a fairly useful hurdler for his previous yard and made a promising chase debut/first start for Tom George when third of five to Fayette County in a novice handicap at Worcester last month. He is entitled to improve on that and just gets the nod over AURILLAC (4) and Potters Corner, who both ran with promise when second and third in the same race at Chepstow on their own reappearances, with the former taken to confirm the form on just 1 lb worse terms.

13:30 - Another tricky handicap, this time for mares over hurdles. LIFEBOAT MONA (3) and Mia's Storm represent top yards and could be the pair to focus on now handicapping, especially as both were useful bumper performers, with preference just for Paul Nicholls' mare. Midnight Sapphire is thriving, though she's up in the weights in a better race here.

14:05 - GOD'S OWN (1) ran up to his best under a big weight when chasing home Third Intention at Aintree and is the one to beat in this Grade 2 1965 Chase despite a Grade 1 penalty, meeting that rival in particular on 12 lb better terms here. It's actually surprising he's not shorter than his current price of 3.953/1. Dodging Bullets clearly needs considering in receipt of plenty of weight, but he's unproven beyond 17 furlongs, while his stablemate Vibrato Valtat has produced his very best form around two miles, too. This means last season's highly progressive novice Kylemore Lough could lay down the biggest challenge to God's Own.

14:40 - Yanworth will be included in the vast majority of Placepot perms, so, while Alan King's charge is clearly a very promising gelding, it could pay to side with ZARKANDAR (5) instead here. Zarkandar showed enough to suggest he still retains all of his ability before coming to grief on his Aintree return and, in receipt of 4 lb, might represent a bit of value to upset Yanworth. The versatile Garde le Victoire is next best.

15:15 - A smaller field than usual for this handicap chase and one horse that makes plenty of appeal, namely VANITEUX (2) whose form in novices last season actually makes his opening handicap chase mark of 154 look lenient. He made a bright start over fences last season, scoring twice (including a two-mile Grade 2 novice at Doncaster) and set to run up to his best when unseating behind Douvan in the Arkle next time, and he also shaped best when third to Ptit Zig in a listed hurdle at Sandown on his final start. He'll be much happier back over this trip. Some Buckle shaped much better than being pulled up suggests on his return at Aintree a fortnight ago and is next best ahead of Sire De Grugy.

15:50 - Debutant CHOIX DES ARMES is bred along Flat lines, so is expected to cope with this sort of test well and he may possess too many gears for the likes of Going Gold and Barbrook Star, who both shaped like stayers in the same Chepstow contest last month.

Recommendation:

Win back GOD'S OWN in the 14:05
Win back VANITEUX in the 15:15

Placepot permutation:

12:25 - 3
12:55 - 2, 4
13:30 - 3
14:05 - 1
14:40 - 5
15:15 - 2

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