Paul Nicholls

Paul Nicholls: Track and trip ideal for Pic D'Orhy ahead of Betfair Ascot Chase

Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls
Paul has five runners on Betfair Ascot Chase day at Ascot

A big day for Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls who has five runners at Ascot on Betfair Ascot Chase day and here he talks exclusively about the chances of each...


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13:15 - Inthewaterside

He looked good when winning stylishly on his handicap debut at Lingfield in deep ground but this novice hurdle looks much tougher for him now that he has an 8lbs penalty. He is in top shape, jumps soundly, and can hopefully progress again.

13:50 - Brave Kingdom

He has won four of his five starts for us, stays well and showed plenty of determination to see off a strong challenge at Newbury last time. We've had this Grade 2 race in mind for Brave Kingdom for a while and he has his chance against some smart novices.

14:25 - Irish Hill

He was handicapped to the limit at the start of the season but has now dropped to a mark of 125 and I've booked our talented conditional Freddie Gingell whose 5lbs claim means that Irish Hill will only carry 10st 2lbs which is a lovely racing weight. He ran really well at Newbury at the end of last year and wasn't disgraced in the Lanzarote last time when he was a bit keen. It wouldn't surprise me if he goes very well.

15:00 - Threeunderthrufive

He keeps performing tidily and despite having to shoulder top weight of 12 stone again he stays well and has a chance over a stiff three miles in this £100,000 race at Ascot on ground that shouldn't be too testing.

15:36 - Pic D'Orhy

He was second in this Grade 1 Chase a year ago to Shiskin and gave Banbridge quite a fright in a tight finish at Kempton last time where a mistake at the last fence proved costly. Pic D'Orhy loves Ascot, the trip is ideal and he looks to have the hot favourite L'Homme Presse to beat.


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