Ascot On Friday – Feature Race Preview & Tip
Friday Feature Race Preview
Ascot host a seven-race card on Friday which includes competitive class 2 contests on the card including the Events At Ascot Handicap Chase over 2m5f. Here at RacingTips, our experts have provided a preview to one of the feature races.
Events At Ascot Handicap Chase, 2m5f
RED RISK 4/1
Paul Nicholls’ six-year-old charge will be looking to better last seasons effort in this race when he was fifth behind the eventual winner Espoir De Guye of Venetia Williams. Red Risk was sent off 7/2 that day but ultimately weakened quickly after racing prominently throughout.
After wind surgery and a 288-day break, red risk looked to have improved significantly when returning at Market Rasen not beaten far in third behind Guy and Senior Citizen of Alan king who went on to finish second in the Grand Sefton at Aintree earlier this month.
Connections will have hoped the six-year-old has turned a corner now and can pick up some prize money on Friday.
SMARTY WILD 7/2
Smarty wild has been a consistent horse for Philip Hobbs over hurdles and fences. The seven-year-old returned in November when finishing fifth at Newbury after a break, and wasn’t beaten far that day and will be expected to have come on significantly for that effort.
Philp Hobbs charge handles most types of ground has reached the frame on both his starts at Ascot, finishing third on both occasions. However, he may still be slightly high in the weights to go and win this Class 2 contest.
YES INDEED 9/1
The four-year-old Yes Indeed is a very interesting participant as he is yet to race in Britain and has been pitched into a decent contest on the first start for his new yard. There is little doubt however that he has a fair degree of ability after finishing second at the start of his career to future JCB Triumph Triumph Hurdle winner Quilixios back in 2020.
The market will be the best guide as to what to expect from the French import but he’s certainly worth keeping a close eye on as he makes his British debut.
PINK LEGEND 9/1
Trainer Venetia Williams will be looking to win this race in consecutive years after Espoir De Guye took last years renewal. The seven-year-old mare pink legend looks to have sound claims this year and was last seen winning a listed novice chase at Cheltenham back in April.
The mare will be up against race-fit rivals but if ready to roll after a layoff then she has the ability to go close once again now tackling handicap company.
It will be fascinating to see how Yes indeed runs on his first start in this country, but he is likely to need his first outing on British soil. Connections will be hopeful that RED RISK can improve on his reappearance and a recent wind operation may bring about further improvement this season for the six-year-old.