Ascot 2.25 tips – Chef can dish up treat

Ascot 2.25 tips - Chef can dish up treat

Chef D'Oeuvre

Chef D'Ouevre

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Betting Tip: @ 4/1 with paddypower

Go Conquer will be a popular choice after twice finishing second in decent handicaps this term, including a neck defeat at this track on his reappearance. However, he didn’t find as much as expected off the bridle last time and fell at the first on his last visit here, so I’m going to swerve him at the odds.

Warren Greatrex’s CHEF D’OEUVRE is much harder to pass over as he looks a chaser very much on the up and is running here in preference to the Reynoldstown. He wouldn’t have looked out of place in that Grade 2, but he’s undeniably well treated on a mark of 130 and it’s no surprise that connections are going down the handicap route to try and exploit it. While he’s racing from 5lb out of the handicap, most of that is taken care of by Jamie Barbara’s 5lb claim.

Ground conditions are essential to him with all three of his wins under Rules coming on heavy ground and by wide margins, the most recent at Hereford 17 days ago. Granted he beat only one other finisher but that was because he kept up a pace his rivals (four of which had marks ranging from 132 to 137) simply couldn’t cope with. Previously he’d finished a respectable fourth behind RSA-bound American at Warwick (soft), form which stacks up very well here, and all things considered he’s a confident choice at Paddy Power’s 4/1 – he would have been maximum bet material on heavy ground.

Former RSA Chase winner O’Faolains Boy would be a huge danger if back to his best as he scored over course and distance as a novice and has been given a chance by the handicapper. However, the ten-year-old is likely to need this after his 337-day layoff and has the Grand National as is his target. Of the rest, Sausolito Sunrise has been below-par in three runs this term and has to give the selection 23lb, while Tenor Nivernais has never won over this far.

Betting Tip: @ 4/1 with paddypower

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