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Ascot Racing Tips: No Risk At All

Timeform’s Andrew Asquith highlights a NAP, Next Best and Each Way selection at Ascot on Saturday.

“This galloping track will also suit and he is strongly fancied to open his account in this sphere…”

Good Risk At All

NAP: Good Risk At All very well handicapped

Good Risk At All – 15:00 Ascot

Good Risk At All was one of the best around in bumpers in Britain last season and is a horse that remains with plenty of potential over hurdles. He has finished runner-up on all three starts, but bumped into Jonbon at Newbury in November, and was outpaced at a crucial stage before staying on strongly in the closing stages on handicap debut at Warwick last time.

He wasn’t suited by the emphasis on speed on that occasion, but he left the impression he is on a very lenient mark, and he looks very interesting on his first start beyond two miles now. This galloping track will also suit and he is strongly fancied to open his account in this sphere.



Trainer: Sam Thomas
Jockey: Charlie Deutsch
Age: 6
Weight: 10st 9lbs
OR: 127

NEXT BEST: Plenty to like about Saint

Saint Calvados – 15:38 Ascot

Saint Calvados very much caught the eye when third in the King George at Kempton on debut for Paul Nicholls, and he is fancied to build on that promise now.

He has always been a high-class chaser, and there was plenty to glean from his reappearance over Christmas, travelling notably well on his first start since undergoing a breathing operation, and paying for a big move into contention from four out as his stamina appeared to fade after jumping three from home in the straight.

The drop back to this intermediate trip, on a galloping track like Ascot, looks tailormade for him, and he has plenty of form in testing ground, so all looks set for a big run for a yard starting to turn the corner following a slow start to the year.



Trainer: Paul Nicholls
Jockey: Harry Cobden
Age: 9
Weight: 11st 7lbs

EACH WAY: Art of Diplomacy has a live chance

Art of Diplomacy – 16:10 Ascot

Art of Diplomacy continues to go from strength to strength for Dr Richard Newland, recording his second win in his last three starts with the minimum of fuss at Catterick last month.

Admittedly, that wasn’t much of a race, and he was fully entitled to win in the manner in which he did, but he remains unexposed as a staying hurdler so there is reason to think he has even more to offer. The handicapper has hit him with a 10lb rise since, but a promising conditional negates half of that rise, and a big run is expected.


Trainer: Dr Richard Newland
Jockey: C. M. Leonard
Age: 6
Weight: 11st 7lbs
OR: 120

Saturday 19 February, 3.00pm

Market rules

Good Risk At All

Cap Du Mathan

Zacony Rebel

Highway One O Two

Reserve Tank

Piccadilly Lilly

Christopher Wood


Straw Fan Jack

Small Bad Bob

Lucky One

Shantou Express




Saturday 19 February, 3.38pm

Market rules

Fakir Doudairies

Fanion Destruval

Saint Calvados

Mister Fisher

Dashel Drasher


Waiting Patiently

Two For Gold



Saturday 19 February, 4.10pm

Market rules


Art Of Diplomacy

Guerlain De Vaux

Grosvenor Court

Wynn House

Smurphy Enki


Grand Lord


Bean In Trouble




Bobo Mac

Im A Starman



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