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Ascot Racing Tips: Side with Brave Seasca under a penalty

Timeform’s Andrew Asquith highlights a Nap and Next Best selection at Ascot on Friday.

NAP: Well in under a penalty

Brave Seasca – 13:45 Ascot

Brave Seasca left the impression he had been allotted a fair opening mark and would come on for the run on his chasing debut at Chepstow last month and he duly proved that to be the case when dotting up at Warwick last week.

He had clearly learnt plenty from his debut in this sphere, while also benefiting fitness-wise, travelling well and sent into the lead three from home and in full control from there on in. He beat the well-backed runner-up with plenty to spare and holds leading claims wisely turned out under a 7 lb penalty.

EXC3.1

Trainer: Venetia Williams
Jockey: Gavin Sheehan
Age: 6
Weight: 11st 0lbs
OR: 128

NEXT BEST: Pic can deliver more success for Nicholls

Pic d’Orhy – 14:55 Ascot

Pic d’Orhy matched his smart hurdles form when opening his account in this sphere on his return at Ffos Las in October and he an unlucky loser in an intriguing renewal of the Berkshire Chase at Newbury last time.

He looks much more convincing as a chaser this time round, all set to win by a comfortable margin – going strongly and around four lengths up – before falling at the fourth last. He had jumped well prior to that and it is to be hoped that fall hasn’t dented his confidence. Pic d’Orhy will likely prove hard to beat if so and can give Paul Nicholls yet another win in this Grade 2.

SBK6/5

EXC2.18

Trainer: Paul Nicholls
Jockey: Harry Cobden
Age: 6
Weight: 11st 2lbs
OR:

EACH WAY: Nordano on his way back

Nordano – 12:35 Ascot

Nordano endured a disastrous campaign last season, but as a result he has tumbled in the weights, and he left the impression he is on his way back to form when runner-up in a first-time visor at Leicester earlier this month.

He won a handicap at this course from a 5 lb higher mark in 2019/20, so is clearly on a winnable mark, and it is worth remembering his is still only a five-year-old. He outlasted all of the other pace setters last time and, given a more economical ride, he can make his presence felt here.

EXC6.2

Trainer: Neil King
Jockey: Jack Andrews
Age: 5
Weight: 11st 6lbs
OR: 122

Friday 17 December, 12.35pm

Market rules

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Lay
Earth Lord

Dargiannini

Jetaway Joey

Nordano

Scarpia

Franco Daunou

Shantou Master

Optimise Prime

Apache Creek

Dorking Boy

Beaufort West

The Domino Effect

Bard Of Brittany

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Down

Friday 17 December, 1.45pm

Market rules

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Lay
Brave Seasca

Amarillo Sky

One True King

Thyme White

Red Rookie

Fast Buck

Karl Philippe

The Cathal Don

Up

Down

Friday 17 December, 2.55pm

Market rules

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Lay
Pic Dorhy

Faivoir

Gladiateur Allen

Fifty Ball

Up The Straight

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