Free Tips For Ascot Races [23rd November]
Published on 22/11/19
The clash between England’s two highest-rated chasers is on at Ascot on Saturday 23 November, when Altior and Cyrname take each other on in the Christy 1965 Chase. The following Coral Hurdle and Gerard Bertrand Hurst Park Handicap Chase are two interesting support races on a day known as the Discover Racecourse Ownership Weekend Saturday Raceday.
Check out our trends, analysis, and free tips for Ascot.
Christy 1965 Chase 2019 Analysis
14:05 at Ascot on 23rd November
3-runner races don’t get much better than the 2019 Christy 1965 Chase, although the 138-rated Solomon Grey is surely just running for third-placed prize money after being beaten 54-lengths in a novice chase last time. You can’t blame connections for picking up some easy money, but we can only hope he doesn’t hinder either Altior or Cyrname.
Connections of the 176-rated Cyrname and the 1lb lower-rated Altior were probably hoping that the other wouldn’t show up for the race, but they must all be commended for taking each other on in what is potentially a dress rehearsal for the King George Chase on Boxing Day.
Altior, unbeaten in 19 runs over hurdles and fences, steps up beyond two-miles for the first time. Everyone thinks he could improve for the extra distance but he’ll need to if Cyrname repeats his run over course and distance last year.
Cyrname beat Waiting Patiently 17-lengths that day with Politologue a further 3¼ lengths back in fourth. Politologue has since finished much closer to Altior in the Champion Chase and was second to another potential star in Defi Du Seuil earlier this season.
Coral Hurdle 2019 Analysis
14:40 at Ascot on 23rd November
The Coral Hurdle is really the star race on this card and the winner will pick up £56,950. Blue Cavalier looks up against it on a mark of 142, whilst Lil Rockerfeller may now lack the speed to win this having run several times over fences, but he did win the 2017 renewal. Le Patriote deserves plenty of credit for winning a handicap off a mark of 148 when last seen but this is a big step-up in grade.
If The Cap Fits and Roksana are closely matched on their running at Aintree last season, when If The Cap Fits prevailed by a head over three miles. However, Roksana may well come out on top over this shorter distance, though she has no experience of Ascot, unlike If The Cap Fits who won this race last year. But that was a weak edition of the race and he has a 6lb penalty to carry this year.