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Zarkandar Bids For Long Walk Glory, As The Ladbroke Also Stars At Ascot

Paul Nicholls's Zarkandar was last seen landing a coveted Grade 1 prize in France and now the former Cheltenham Festival winner will aim to sparkle on British soil on Saturday as the Ditcheat inmate lines up in Ascot's Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at 2:25pm.

He will take on four rivals in the 3m 1f staying event and the whole quartet are viable challengers with Reve De Sivola aiming to land his third win on the spin in this race and emulate the mighty Big Buck's, whilst Aubusson, who impressed when winning at Haydock last time out, and the Long Distance Hurdle winner Medinas are another eye-catching duo.

The betting race of the day comes in the last at Ascot as a field of 19 runners will go to post in The Ladbroke at 3:35pm and Harry Fry's Activial has been a popular selection amongst the punters all week and will be a primary contender in the devilishly difficult betting conundrum.

He will have a host of classy performers to beat in the finale and Garde La Victoire will aim to emulate his fine Greatwood success of top weight, with the triumvirate of Balgarry, Clondaw Warrior and Shelford all adding tremendous depth to a cracking contest.

Irish Saint and Puffin Billy will do battle in the David Johnson Shawbrook Bank Graduation Chase at 1:15pm, whilst The Young Master will aim to build on his controversial Badger Ales Trophy win by landing the Listed Mappin & Webb Silver Cup Handicap Chase at 3:00pm.

Haydock Park will host a cracking seven-race National Hunt card and Toby Lerone and Broadway Buffalo will be two of the prominent figures in a trappy betting renewal of the Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase, which is the main event at 2:05pm.

Un De Sceaux will be the star attraction at Fairyhouse on Saturday afternoon and the Willie Mullins-trained star is aiming to bounce back from a fall at Thurles last time out and he will be looking to produce a clear round of jumping when lining up in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners' Chase at 12:05pm.

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We will be aiming to continue our winning ways after some decent winners over the last couple of months.

Future Racing - Top notch racing on lead up to Christmas

Some mouth-watering races will take place in the month of December as we head towards the festive period and the Long Walk Hurdle and Ladbroke Hurdle catch the eye, whilst as we get closer to the festive periof all eyes will turn to the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.

Long Walk Hurdle - Stayers head to Ascot

Alan King's Medinas was a fine winner of the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury last time out and he will aim to sparkle in Graded company again on Saturday with victory in the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle, which is a premier trial for the World Hurdle.

Zarkandar will be a leading player for the Paul Nicholls team, whilst Haydock Brush Hurdle winner Aubusson will aim to step into the big time and land this prize in what is a really intriguing renewal from Ascot.

Long Walk Hurdle


King George VI Chase - Kempton set for thriller

Silviniaco Conti was a fine winner of the Betfair Chase and the classy star will aim to retain his King George VI Chase crown on Boxing Day in what will be a real Christmas cracker from Kempton Park, where a stellar field will line up in the event.

Cue Card was unable to land a blow in the Betfair, but he could look to bounce back in this contest, whilst the likes of Irish raider Champagne Fever and Amlin 1965 Chase winner Al Ferof another possible classy duo taking their chance.

King George VI Chase


Horse Racing Tips - George to bag Ladbroke place

Our resident tipster Steve Chambo will be filtering through the form guides to gain those all-important winners, whilst racing presenter Tom Lee's Horse Racing Tips will be a regular addition to the tipping zone.

So, keep in touch with our tips section, as there is often a selection for the major races as they come along and they could be worth following.

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