Baz unpicks today’s TV races

Hope everyone is ok and thoroughly enjoying the winter coldness and illness! I’m currently annoying the wife by both being ill and watching horse racing so I’ve hidden myself away and tried to unpick todays tv races. Best of luck everyone.

1:50 Ascot
19 JAN 2019
2m7½f (2m7f118y) OLBG.com Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Warfield) (Class 1) (4yo+)

The franked form and widespread pundit backing of Culture De Sivola edges preference for me over Magic of Light with If You Say Run’s jumping questionable as he tends to hang left. However I’m backing JESTER JET as the selection had Culture de Sivola back in a 21 length 7th when winning at Plumpton a year ago and re-opposes today on the same terms.

2:25 Ascot
19 JAN 2019
2m3½f (2m3f58y) Matchbook Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (Class 1) (4yo+)

Not paid too much attention to this but the two recent thirds from SEDDON have been well franked and the time is right for this impressive horse to push through and start winning big race. Better Getalong and Kelpie’s Myth are well handicapped outsiders.

3:00 Ascot
19 JAN 2019
2m5f (2m5f8y) bet365 Handicap Chase (Class 2) (5yo+)

This race is very tough with Mr Medic, HAPPY DIVA and Benetar all having good recent form. The pick for me is HAPPY DIVA as the second on Aso on New Years Day is as solid a form as you will see. The unknown quantity possibly worth an outside bet is Belami des Pictons who finished a close second to Waiting Patiently but hasn’t been seen for 400 days since and is well treated.

3:35 Ascot
19 JAN 2019
2m1f (2m167y) Matchbook Clarence House Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1) (5yo+)

The betting might be about whether ALTIOR wins by a certain margin. He may well do but as a sporting event this is largely pointless and I can only hope the champion chase winner loses so he won’t be as shorter price at the festival this year.

2:05 Haydock
19 JAN 2019
1m7½f (1m7f144y) Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (Class 1) (4yo+)

MISTER FISHER was a landed gamble boxing day and is taken to continue his superiority in a non descript field.

2:40 Haydock
19 JAN 2019
1m7½f (1m7f144y) The New One Unibet Hurdle (Registered As The Champion Hurdle Trial Hurdle) (Grade 2) (Class 1) (4yo+)

OTAGO TRAIL is well handicapped here and can get the better of Daklondike and Red Infantry. Captain Redbeard has very good course form and must be considered e/w.

3:15 Haydock
19 JAN 2019
3m1½f (3m1f125y) Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (A Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) (Class 1) (5yo+)

SILVER STREAK taken to repeat recent form in a weak trial.

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