Ascot, Friday 24th November

Today we head to Ascot with three runners.

First up in the Novices’ Chase at 12.50pm is Monviel, who is a horse I really like. He made a nice chasing debut at Newton Abbot last month, finishing second behind what looks a smart horse in JPR One. We’ve gone slightly up in trip this time which we think will help, back to a track he’s won on at this meeting last year. Obviously Ascot is a stiff jumping test but if he gets in a good rhythm around here he’s got a nice weight and against some good rivals I think he can run well. He’s a horse I really like.

Next up at 2pm is Fidelio Vallis, who looks to be in the grip of the handicapper hence Alice Stevens takes the reins from Paul. Alice takes off a very valuable 5lb. He’s a horse we’ve been wanting to step up in trip for some time now. Good ground is a definite positive for him. He doesn’t have the best form around undulating tracks so I’m hoping he handles the track but this drying ground will definitely help him and he could improve if he stays the trip.

Last up in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle at 3.45pm is Scamallach Liath, a new horse to me this season. He ran well round Ascot back end of last term. I’ve been pleased with him since I’ve had him. He’s a good sound jumper, looks to me like he stays very well, it is a good little contest but I hope that he can run well. It would be great if he can get off the mark for his lovely owners Sue and Joe Norman.

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