The Reve De Sivola Long Walk Hurdle is the highlight of a six-race ITV card from Ascot and Haydock on Saturday.
Unowhatimeanharry is the overwhelming favourite for the contest on his third appearance of the season.
Can Harry Fry’s mount justify his status as the jolly, or will L’Ami Serge et al upset the odds?
We preview that contest and more in out ITV Racing Tips…
After two solid runs on his reappearance, Unowhatimeanharry should have what it takes to land the Long Walk Hurdle.
The nine-year-old won at Aintree in November and conquered Thistlecrack in the Ladbrokes Long Distance Trophy earlier this month.
Only an inspired run from Beer Goggles proved too good for him that day.
He won this race last season as the top staying hurdler and has the quality to make it two from two at Ascot on Saturday.
After finishing third in a competitive Grade 3 contest last time out, we think that Three Faces West can do the business in Class 2 company at Haydock.
He’s two from three around this course and is bidding for a quarter of victories at this level.
Phillip Hobbs’ charge will have to contend with a slightly higher weight here but should show his class against competitors who are by and large racing at this level for the first time.
In the last race of the day, we’re backing Elgin to continue his good form to land the Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle.
Alan King’s mount has won at Ascot and Cheltenham in recent times, where he was kept on gamely to see off Misterton at 10/1.
He’s a similarly enticing price this time around and has the quality to defy a 6lb rise in the weights to complete a memorable hat-trick to end the year.
ITV Racing Tips
13:50 Ascot – Monbeg River
14:10 Haydock – Limited Reserve
14:25 Ascot – Unowhatimeanharry (NAP)
14:45 Haydock – Three Faces West (NB)
15:00 Ascot – Go Conquer
15:35 Ascot – Elgin (Lively Longshot)
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