Dave Nevison's best bets for Saturday: Arthur can enhance National credentials

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Fri 14 Feb 2020

Hopefully Storm Dennis does not cause too much disruption on Saturday, but weather forecasts are not encouraging at all.

There are precautionary inspections scheduled for the majority of meetings this weekend with the risk of high winds causing concern. Let’s keep our fingers crossed racing goes ahead and is not affected by the weather.

Tune into the On The Wire podcast for some top tips from our Irish Racing experts

2.25 Ascot: Jepeck at 17-2 with Unibet

Jepeck has only had four runs over fences since joining Anthony Honeyball but has risen more than two stone in the weights and I believe he will go up more after this race on Saturday.

He was very well placed by his trainer to win a strong veterans’ chase last time out and those of us who backed him at Sandown were relieved he got up after he met all sorts of trouble up the home straight.

The handicapper has also worked out he would have won by further had he not met interference and has raised him 7lb for that narrow victory.

However, he could still have underestimated this horse. Despite being old enough to run in a veterans' contest, he still looks an improver and Honeyball has found a good race for him to run in under a very light weight, plus Rex Dingle claims a valuable 3lb.

2.35 Lingfield: Kachy at 5-6 with William Hill

This horse has been the best sprinter on the all-weather for the past two years and looked poised to win a race here two weeks ago but was withdrawn on the morning of the race with a swollen foot.

This is obviously an afterthought and things might be tough for him in a handicap, but I am not concerned about him having top weight as he has certainly earned it.

His record over Lingfield’s turning sprint track is excellent and only a massive market drift would put me off backing him.

Stall four is fine and Richard Kingscote gets on extremely well with him.

3.15 Haydock: One For Arthur at a general 10-1

There is the likelihood we might see an improvement from One For Arthur here as the weights are out for the Grand National now and he is set to attempt to win that race off the same mark he had three years ago when victorious in the Aintree showpiece which is a good bit of training by Lucinda Russell.

One For Arthur was definitely reacquainting himself with the track and the fences in the Becher Chase last time out and was staying on nicely over the three miles and one furlong to eventually finish an eye-catching fifth.

An extra half mile will suit here, as will heavy conditions. Russell has a very good record with staying chasers and has done well at this track with them, so a good run is definitely on the cards.

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