Loader’s Lucky 63 – Six selections covering races at Navan, Haydock and Taunton

The Ultima Handicap Chase is a fiendishly diffcult handicap for punters to solveThe Ultima Handicap Chase is a fiendishly diffcult handicap for punters to solve

Chris Loader combines six of his best bets on Saturday into this Lucky 63, covering races at Navan, Haydock and Taunton on Saturday 18th January.

Its a Super Saturday full of high quality action. I’ve managed to pick out six of my best bets and combined them into an EW Lucky63. Selections today come from Haydock, Navan & Taunton.

Saturday’s Lucky 63

The five-year-old makes his handicap debut in this race for Gordon Elliott off a mark of 132. Last time we saw The Bosses Oscar he won a warm Novice Hurdle at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival asserting strongly in the closing stages. Prior to that he ran a promising race behind Blue Sari. Despite him making his handicap debut I think he could be one to follow in these races for the rest of the season.

The Peter Marsh Chase has been a hunting ground for Danny Cook & Sue Smith has both are the joint-leading jockey and most winning trainer in the race’s history. Last year they teamed with with Wakanda who won this race for the combination. In 2020 Vintage Clouds is their candidate and despite his failure to deliver in the some of the prominent staying handicap chases i think he’s could a strong opportunity here. On the ten-year-old’s latest start he ran on strongly in the final yards of the Tommy Whittle Chase at the course behind Lord Du Mensil who has in the hottest streak of his career, where a lot of his form is stacking up. Furthemore our selection gave the winner 21lbs that day and is down dropped to his last winning mark off 143. With conditions no problem and his connections record in the race I think he’s a major danger.

It was an interesting move to see Yala Enki transferring from Venetia Williams to Paul Nicholls who had always run solid races in staying chases. The son of Nickname finished third in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow and looks to have a winning chance at the Somerset track. The unique thing about this race his the fact that all runners are going to be racing each other off equal weights. On ratings he’s the best 7lbs clear of his rivals and with being a prominent racer he could easily out battle them all.

Mr Antolini (centre) winning during his time over hurdles.

Mr Antolini has not delivered on his potential as a chaser with some frustrating efforts. However going back to hurdles doesn’t look a bad move and if you go back far enough through his form he was the 2018 Imperial Cup winner getting the better of Call Me Lord. The ten-year-old last time run over hurdles in the Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival but now he’s off a 5lb lower mark. Furthermore Jamie Bargary is booked to ride which is no bad thing as a lot of this horse’s best form came with him aboard. With the testing conditions in his favour I think this is a very winnable contest for Mr Antolini.

This eight-year-old could have serious ability over two miles which he demonstrated with his clearcut win at Ayr for Stuart Coltherd. Before bolting up he had been tried in some warm novice chases which featured the likes of Grade 2 winner Two For Gold and Borders National winner Bigirononhiship. His rating of 122 looks very workable ans his form and stamina on heavy ground could easily suit at Haydock. Also his jockey Sam Coltherd is able to claim a handy 3lbs which will further aid his cause. For me he’s my most confident selection of the day.

Coquelicot has done everything right so far but win. On her latest start Anthony Honeyball she bumped into Midnight Ginger in a warm bumper at Newbury. Despite having a big field a lot of these don’t strike me with fear and Honeyball has a fantastic record in bumpers and I expect her to go very close to break her maiden tag.