Cue Card and Coneygree prepare for battle

HAYDOCK'S Betfair Chase tomorrow (Sat) has been billed as the clash of the titans as Cue Card goes head-to-head with Coneygree.

And the supporting act is no less impressive, with two-time winner Silvianiaco Conti lining up along with Irish Cavalier who was an impressive 16/1 winner over Cue Card in Wetherby’s Charlie Hall Chase, and form jockey Brian Hughes is looking for his first Grade One winner Seeyouatmidnight.

However, Cue Card is 4lb better off this time and likely to run to a mark of 170 which will make it mightily hard for the rest.

Clerk of the Course Kirkland Tellwright is adamant the ground will be soft which will suit Colin Tizzard’s stable star who is looking to end the unbeaten record over fences of 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree.

Haydock also hosts four exciting hurdle races and My Tent or Yours, who has not won a hurdle race since the 2013 Christmas Hurdle, will hardly have a better opportunity to return to winning ways. Nicky Henderson’s high-quality and strong-travelling nine-year-old looks good value at even money.

Ballybolley looks a big price in the 2.25 race after travelling well over fences at Sandown last week and although now a chaser, he can run off his hurdles mark of 134, which is 5lb lower than his current chase mark.

Race fans can also see some good racing at Ascot, where Alan King’s classy hurdler Yarnworth returns to action aided by only having to cope with a half penalty of 4lb as his Class One win came in a novice hurdle.

We received the good news this week that Freddy Tylicki has been moved out of intensive care and into a spinal unit, but his close friend Paul Hanagan received a blow when it was announced that he would no longer be seen in the famous blue and white silks of Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

Hanagan, 36, was appointed first choice jockey in 2012 and rode seven Group One winners for the Sheikh’s Shadwell operation but rumours about his future started to circulate after he appeared to struggle to settle Muntahaa, who then proved vulnerable in the closing stages of Doncaster’s St Leger.

• Carrigill’s nap this weekend goes in the Betfair Chase (see below) and if outside the top four punters will receive their money back as a free bet.

AUGUR’S BEST BETS: Killermont Street. Newcastle today (Friday) 16.45 and Ballybolley e/w Haydock 2.25 Saturday.

CARRIGILL’S NAP: Seeyouatmidnight. Betfair Chase Haydock 3pm Saturday.

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