Ascot’s NAP: SMARTY WILD | 2:05pm Events At Ascot Handicap Chase | Dom’s Pick
Philip Hobbs’s charge has a good history of big performances in handicaps such as these and has picked up the bronze medal around the Berkshire track on a couple of occasions.
He has a decent pipe-opener at Newbury when last seen and has been dropped 2lb for that effort, so looks to be well in with a chance here back up in trip under Tom O’Brien with the yard in good nick.
Pink Legend won a Listed event against her own sex at Cheltenham back in April, and although this is tougher, she merits consideration.
NB: LEONCAVALLO | 2:40pm Garden For All Seasons Handicap Hurdle
After knocking on the door recently, David Pipe’s gelding has ran well in defeat chasing a first National Hunt success since July 2020.
He finished a solid second at this track last month, placing ahead of some very good horses, and this race does not look as strong on paper.
Remaining off a winnable mark, his claims look crystal clear under 3lb claimer Fergus Gillard, with Garry Clermont the danger.