Ascot Saturday Preview - 24/11/2018

12:20 - Stoney Mountain

The first of seven races from Ascot is the Molton Brown Novices' Hurdle and Stoney Mountain can make it two wins from two over timber.

He was a good winner at Aintree last month, dismissing a short price favourite in Aye Aye Charlie, who despite rallying towards the line, was denied by a fine margin.

Looks a smart prospect and will be a big player here.

12:55 - Bob Mahler

Bob Mahler makes his belated chasing debut in the Winning Post Bookmakers Bristol Chase, a Novices' Limited Handicap for Warren Greatrez

A classy hurdler, who was last seen finishing 2nd in a big field at Ayr in April, can get off the mark first time out over the big obstacles.

Rated 130 as a hurdler, a Class 3 looks best suited to him and he can take this transitioning well.

1:30 - Talent To Amuse

Emma Lavelle sends Talent To Amuse to the Berkshire venue for the Trisoft Mares' Handicap Hurdle.

Two runs this term having switched back to timber, following a disappointing run at Chepstow over fences.

Hurdles are much more suited to her, and the pick of her form came at Newton Abbot last year, when beating Amour De Nuit by a couple of lengths.

Key player here.

2:05 - Politologue

The first of two Grade 2's is the Christy 1965 Chase, and Politologue can setup a possible avenue towards the Gold Cup with a good performance here.

Ran a career-best when returning to 2m4f with this headgear combination in the G1 Melling Chase at Aintree, beating Champion Chase runner up Min.

Carries top weight as a result, but easily the best horse in the race.

2:40 - If The Cap Fits

The withdrawal of Laurina has left the Coral Hurdle field wide open, leaving If The Cap Fits to clean up.

He was thrown straight back into the deep end, but returned a good second in the Unibet Elite Hurdle at Wincanton behind Verdana Blue.

Surely is now the one to beat based on last years' performances.

Strong contender.

3:15 - Modus

Barry Geraghty has always spoke so highly of the JP McManus owned Modus, who frustrated in several poor runs last year, including down the field in the JLT.

However, he returned to the top of his game in the Randox Health Handicap Chase at Cheltenham three weeks ago, where he denied Duke of Navan by a head.

The 8yo will come up against the latter once more, but also has to contend with the likes of Ozzie The Oscar - 2nd in the Haldon Gold Cup a few weeks back, and Cyrname - who was third to Mister Whitaker in a Listed contest at Carlisle recently, form that has been boosted since.

Will be a tough ask, but if on peak form, will be hard to beat.

3:50 - Manofthemoment

The final race is the Prince's Countryside Fund Standard Open NH Flat Race, and Manofthemoment can take advantage of his racecourse experience over some weaker rivals.

Tom George - who is in marvellous form of late, looks to have a smart 4yo on his hands, who scored in an Irish point-to-point back in May.

Plenty of these are unraced, and Manofthemoment can capitalise on that.

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