Ascot 2.45 tips – Chessman the punters’ mate

Ascot 2.45 tips - Chessman the punters' mate

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Betting Tip: @ Chessman @ 11/1 with bet365

Plenty of these can be fancied but I’ll cut to the chase and name my idea of the winner in Archie Watson’s CHESSMAN, a lightly-raced four-year-old who deserves to his Kempton debut win when trained by John Gosden. He’s hardly run a bad race since and wasn’t disgraced by any means when seventh (of 20) in last season’s Group 3 Jersey Stakes before switching to his current stable. He’s mainly run in Listed company this season, doing best when third behind Oh This Is Us at Chester in July, but it’s his fast-finishing fifth in a top handicap over course and distance two starts back that makes him a definite contender. Given he was not ideally drawn in stall one for a hold-up horse, he didn’t run too badly when finishing midfield on his most recent outing at Goodwood and the handicapper has kindly dropped him 2lb.

I’m convinced there is a big handicap in him off his current mark and it may well be today as Watson can’t stop training winners, with ten coming in the last fortnight at a strike rate of 29 per cent, and Hollie Doyle, who has ridden five of those, doing the steering.

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Betting Tip: @ Chessman @ 11/1 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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