Three Horses To Follow On Saturday


The stand out runner of the weekend is the highest rated jumps horse in the land with Cyrname looking to land back to back Ascot Chases.

The Paul Nicholls trained eight year old has been a superstar for the yard over the last 12 months landing this Grade One last year before dethroning Altior on his first start of the season.

After he romped to a 17 length victory in this contest last season he was posed as the highest rated horse in the sport which t many was baffling.

However, in November Cyrname took on Altior in the clash of the season and he managed to end Nicky Henderson's 19 race winning run in the 1965 Christy Chase.

After that Cyrname was set up as the King George VI Chase favourite at Kempton on Boxing Day but he was out battled by stablemate and dual winner of the race Clan Des Obeaux.

Ascot to this horse is like Anfield to Liverpool, he is just at home and does his best work there and in a cracking renewal of the contest he should prevail again.


Ascot takes centre stage this weekend and another classy race on the card is the Grade Two Reynoldstown Novices Chase and Nicky Henderson is represented by the exciting Pym.

This seven year old jumped on the racing scene with big expectations going in the same silks as the mighty Altior but in bumpers and in his hurdles career he never quite got to grips with the task at hand.

However, he was always said to be bought as a chaser and he has turned into the horse they thought he would be running three times and having figures of 211.

On his second start of the season he landed a decent Novices Chase over course and distance of this race at Ascot and then backed that up with an even better performance at Cheltenham.

His jumping and staying ability will be put to the test again but for how well he has done this season you can only think more progressing is coming.

The Worlds End

The final horse we believe is worth following this weekend comes at Haydock in one of their feature contests of the afternoon the Grade Two Rendlesham Hurdle.

The World's End for trainer Tom George has been a rejuvenated character this season, known for needing fairly good ground to do his best work, this season he has been just as good in soft conditions.

He started his season off at Wetherby in the Grade Two Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby where he bolted up, seeing off Unowhatimeanharry with ease.

He was then sent to Newbury to take on Paisley Park in the Long Distance Hurdle and overall he go outclassed finishing third behind the staying star and Thistlecrack.

However, although being outclassed he was not disgraced in that company and it definitely brought him on as he then went on to and his first Grade One of his career in heavy ground at Ascot in the Marsh Hurdle.

He has been given a short break and should be fresh for that and for how well he has been within himself as a nine year old he looks tough to beat.