Happy days for Kerry at Ascot


By Andrew Atkinson

In-form trainer Kerry Lee saddles Happy Diva (3.00) tipped each-way in the bet365 Handicap over 2 miles 5 furlongs at Ascot on Saturday.

The Class 2 contest sees three pound claimer Richard Patrick booked to ride course and distance winner Happy Diva. Benny’s King, trained by Dan Skelton, is also tipped for a place.

Ascot, where the going is heavy, gets underway at 12.40, with heavily odds-on Goshen set to land the Juvenile Hurdle.

Philip Hobbs trained Barbrook Star (1.15) is tipped each way in the C3 Amateur Handicap Chase over 2m 7f.

Papagana (1.50) is tipped to win the bet365 C1 Mares Hurdle over 2m 7f. Trained by Oliver Sherwood and ridden by Leighton Aspell, distance winner Papagana ran third behind The Worlds End at Ascot on December 21, over 3 miles.

Nicky Henderson trained Soul Emotion (2.25) with J. McGrath up, is selected each-way in the C1 Handicap Hurdle over 2m 3f. Defi Du Seuil (3.35) *see separate feature article.

Falco Blitz (4.05) trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by J. McGrath are tipped to win the National Hunt Novice Hurdle over 2 miles 5 furlongs.

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