Matt Chapman’s Saturday 9 shines on ITV Racing

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ITV Saturday starts here with a handicap pursuit of over 2m. BRAVE SIXTY is improving fast for Venetia Williams and Charlie Deutsche and, although this is competitive, it should take all the beats. A lightly raced gelding, my selection only had seven runs but won three and the last two at Warwick and Ascot. The latest hit was compelling and suggests it can cope with a 9-pound increase in weights.

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ITV cameras are also in Kempton for this handicap chase over an extended 2m4f. This could be an opportunity for VOLBORO score for Robert Walford and Angus Cheleda taking off 5 lbs. The selection is on the far right hand side of the 118 handicap standings and has been in good shape this season, finishing penultimate time at Wincanton behind Native Robin when he had a score of 117. He made it up to 135.

A grade 2 here in a beginner chase of over 3m. Impossible to oppose THREE SUB-RUFIVES here for champion Paul Nicholls and Adrian Heskin. Rated 151 after three wins this season, my hope has only been beaten three times in his life and while he hasn’t tackled big fields, he looks like a promising young pursuer. He was once a decent sixth in the Albert Bartlett.

A grade 2 here in a chase over an extended 2m4f. This decent little heat and any one of the four could win. I suspect MR. FISHERMAN that’s what it will be for Nicky Henderson and James Bowen. Any drying of the soil will help and while he’s been stopped for the first time this season, his win at Cheltenham in the 2020 Peterborough Chase shows what he can do when he plays. At the age of eight, there’s no reason he went into the game.

Another grade 2 in the Leamington novice hurdle on 2m 5f. This is wide open. I’ll take a chance DEER HORN for Archie Watson and Nick Schofield. Golden Horn’s son was a useful Flat artist, rated up to 108 and saw him finish fourth behind Stratum in Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot. He made a hurdles winning debut at Hereford on a huge pitch and could be very useful. The runner-up that day had a lot of experience.

Here is a handicap listed hurdle in competitive Lanzarote over 2m5f. CH’TIBELLO he’s a tough old stick and while he’s not getting any better he can hit the frame at least here for Dan Skelton and Tristan Durrell taking off 7lbs. My hope now is to run out of 142, having once been up to 157. His run to Hereford last time was not bad and this slightly longer journey will be right on his way. In fact it’s a little bit bigger now, the extra distance is what’s screaming.

The Classic Handicap Chase which will take some time to overcome 3m5f. At the age of 12, ACHILLES it is not the most obvious contender for those seeking improvement. That said, I think it has big claims in every direction. Venetia Williams’ charge was her second last year and she ran two crackers this season, finishing fourth in the Welsh national team and fifth in Aintree’s Beaker.

Oddly he was lost 3lbs by Chepstow and that means he has at least one fabulous spot under Charlie Deutsch. I just hope age isn’t her Achilles heel!

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Finally in Kempton a pursuit with a handicap over 3 meters. THE LIGHT OF THE KITTEN he really deserves to win a decent award and I believe there were reasons for his slightly below average performance this season. Christian Williams’ runner, led by Jack Tudor taking off 3 pounds, was only fourth on this track when with a big chance last time, but he kept the pace suggesting a stronger canter would help. Let’s hope you get it here.

Finally in Warwick a qualification for Pertemps Handicap Hurdle on 3m1f. I will give GIOVANNI SPORTIVO another goes here on the grounds that ruining his handicap score for the March final at Cheltenham may not really matter. Philip Hobbs’ runner is a class act and goes below Aidan Coleman. He returned this season with a nice success at Cheltenham, before a slightly tame quarter on the same track in the race won by the Kansas City Chief. Hopefully he can stay here strongly for at least one place.

So good luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. Can you hear me Paddy?

Tips for horse racing on Saturdays

13:18 Warwick – Brave Seasca
13:32 Kempton – Foxboro
13:50 Warwick – Three under five
14:05 Kempton – Mister Fisher
14:25 Warwick – Deer Horn
14:40 Kempton – Ch’tibello (round trip)
15:00 Warwick – Achilles (round trip)
15:15 Kempton – Kitty’s Light
15:35 Warwick – Sporting John

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