Through The Card: Ascot, Saturday October 29

There is good jumps racing at Ascot on Saturday
There is good jumps racing at Ascot on Saturday

Timeform take you through the card at Ascot on Saturday.

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13:55 - A tricky start, with none of the six runners ruled out. Master Dee, Ballybolley (engaged at Huntingdon tomorrow) and Crimson Ark are all greatly respect, but Remind Me Later (6) shaped well for a second time over fences on his return at Plumpton and looks a useful novice chaser in the making. He looks the type to improve and could be the answer, though we probably should still take another in the Placepot, with Master Dee (1) just getting the nod.

14:25 - The last five horses to have made their debuts for the Dan Skelton stable having left another trainer have recorded form figures of 21112. Yorkist (9) could well add to that tally in this listed chase as, after failing to win for Mick Hammond last season, he's now potentially well handicapped on his best form. The consistent Pearls Legend (6) can take second in this race again and is solid Placepot material, with 2014 winner Ulck du Lin best of the others.

15:00 - Another interesting trainer change concerns Hint of Mint (10), who has left Nick Williams for Harry Fry. The gelding has also been given a big chance by the handicapper, now 12 lb lower than when disappointing in the 2015 Imperial Cup when last seen. It was be no surprise to see him run well on his belated return, while Fergall (8) is another who hasn't run for a long time over jumps but he ran a cracker when third on the Flat last month. In an open listed handicap hurdle, Diego du Charmil and Ch'tibello are two other obvious contenders.

15:35 - The 2015/16 campaign of Saphir du Rheu (2) was an anti-climax but it shouldn't be forgotten that he went off favourite for the Hennessy off an 11 lb higher mark than his current one, and he can take advantage of the handicapper's leniency if Paul Nicholls has sorted whatever was holding him back during a summer break. It's a competitive enough race, with Buckhorn Timothy, A Good Skin and Voix d'Eau all arriving here after making solid returns at Chepstow recently, but we probably need a banker and, potentially, Saphir du Rheu will take plenty of stopping.

16:10 - Wolftrap (8) has improved since joining Philip Hobbs and shaped as though needing this longer trip (almost two and a half miles) at Newton Abbot last week, so remains one to be interested in off a mark of 112. The consistent Deauville Dancer deserves extra credit for pulling clear with a handicap blot last time and should continue to give another good account, while Miss Estela is another to consider starting out for a new yard.

16:45 - Cultivator (3) was a fairly useful winner of the bumper on this card 12 months ago and should have learnt plenty from his promising hurdling debut at Kempton earlier this year. What's more his trainer Nicky Henderson has won this novice hurdle with My Tent Or Yours in 2012 and Altior in 2015, no less. Mutiple winner Bagad Bihoue is the obvious danger, although First Drift and Moscato are also of interest on debut in this discipline, especially if well backed.

17:20 - Ex-pointer Between The Waters was only beaten by another promising sort at Hexham on debut and is taken to go one better with that under his belt. What's more, his trainer Jamie Snowden shows a £25.13 profit to a £1 level stakes when having just one runner on a card (in bumpers) since the start of the 2011/12 season. The likes of Coup de Pinceau and Hard As A Rock clearly have plenty of ability based on their promising initial outings, but they're returning from 6 months and 11 months off respectively, so the selection's fitness edge could prove all important.

Recommendations:

Win back Cultivator in the 16:45 at Ascot
Win back Between The Waters in the 17:20

Placepot permutation:

13:55 - 1, 6
14:25 - 6, 9
15:00 - 8, 10
15:35 - 2
16:10 - 8
16:45 - 3

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