Ascot 3.35 (Betfair Ascot Chase) tips – Dynaste can lord it over rivals

Ascot 3.35 (Betfair Ascot Chase) tips - Dynaste can lord it over rivals

Dynaste

Dynaste

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Betting Tip: @ 4/1 with bet365

Favourites have a good recent record in this race with the market leaders since 2006 finishing 111151111F for a £1 level-stakes profit of £5.99. But I’m still struggling to warm to this year’s likely favourite Silviniaco Conti, who has been put in at 3/1 by the race sponsor. The problem being he has shaped like a shadow of his former self this season and is coming off a pulled up effort in the King George, a race he has won twice previously and had no apparent excuses. This shorter trip is a worry too as is the stable form. While Nicholls is still training winners, he’s had several run below expectations and any punters still prepared to keep the faith in the ten-year-old are banking on first-time blinkers doing the trick.

The David Pipe-trained DYNASTE is equally struggling for form and has only beaten Silviniaco Conti once in six attempts, but all of those defeats came over three miles or further and the 2014 Ryanair winner (2m5f) is the most likely of the pair to be suited by this trip. As mentioned, he’s not been at his best in recent starts but the ground was probably too heavy for him when a well-held third in the Betfair Chase behind Cue Card, and his latest dismal effort in the Long Walk Hurdle in December was just too bad to be true. Rested since and having undergone a wind operation to correct his breathing, we can expect a much improved display and a repeat of his second to Cue Card in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby in his reappearance would most likely suffice.

Nicky Henderson’s Trio D’Alene is preferred of the remainder. He has proved a fragile sort since winning the Topham and Hennessy Gold Cup in 2013, but he returned to winning ways at Kempton last month, albeit against just two rivals. An exuberant jumper who is being aimed at the Grand National, he could make his presence felt having regained some of his old sparkle.

Betting Tip: @ 4/1 with bet365

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