Who To Follow At Ascot On Saturday - 18/02/23

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Trainer To Follow - Nicky Henderson

Nicky Henderson has hit a purple patch over the last few weeks as he usual does and on Saturday at Ascot he sends a strong team to the Berkshire track.

In the first race of the afternoon Henderson fields the talented Attacca who is looking to put himself in the Ballymore mix by making it 3/3 over hurdles. The yard also run Persian Time who is not without a chance.

Next up is Henderson's best chance of the day with Bold Endeavour also looking to make it 3/3 for the yard now tried in Grade Two company.

The trainer then fields Glynn in the valuable Box4Kids Handicap Hurdle with the gelding running a cracker behind Blenkinsop at Newbury last time out back in third.

In the feature Grade One Ascot Chase Shishkin is looking to get back to his best now up in trip being a multiple Grade One winner and now has the chance to return to form.

Finally, The Seven Barrows trainer fields the highly touted Between Waters making his rules debut in the bumper having been bought after winning a PTP in stylish fashion.

Henderson heads into the weekend sporting a strike rate of 32% for the last two weeks, managing to land nine winners from his last 28 runners.

Jockey To Follow - Harry Cobden

Harry Cobden has been in the form of his life this term and has a good book of rides at Ascot on Saturday starting in the opener with Iliko D'Olivate who was a good second to the talented Chasing Fire last time out.

Cobden then rides for Joe Tizzard in the Grade Two Reynoldstown Novices' Chase with Oscar Elite the outsider the field but not without a chance on the best of his form.

His next ride comes in the Swinley Handicap Chase where the consistent Danny Kirwan has bumped into two nice horses this season but does act well round Ascot especially on better ground.

The riders best chance of the afternoon comes on Irish Hill in the valuable Box4Kids Handicap Hurdle with the consistent five year old looking for a hat-trick.

In the feature Grade One Ascot Chase Pic D'Orhy is looking to show he can mix it at this level having landed a hat-trick of wins, two of them at Grade Two level and if in the same form will go close.

Cobden then sits on Ivaldi for Paul Nicholls with him looking to put his best hoof forward and then in the bumper he has picked up the ride on J'Ventile for Oliver Signy.