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Ascot – 20th November: DOM’S NAP + NB | Friday’s 2 Best Bets

Our two best bets for the action at Ascot on Friday afternoon



D8G2CH Ascot Racecourse stand, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom.
Ascot’s NAP: SMARTY WILD | 2:05pm Events At Ascot Handicap Chase | Dom’s Pick
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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.

Philip Hobbs Trainer
Philip Hobbs sends four runners to Ascot on Friday afternoon

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.

David Pipe Uttoxeter
David Pipe claimed a winner at Lingfield on Tuesday

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.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.