Saturday racing tips: NAPS for today’s racing as Matt Chapman and Templegate go head-to-head at Ascot and Wetherby

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IT’S that time of the week where our expert tipsters give us their best bets ahead of another busy Saturday.

The NAPs come thick and fast and after Chappers struck with Magna Grecia last week, Templegate is on the comeback trail.

Team Chappers got the better of the argument last week when his NAP Magna Grecia won the Vertem Futurity at Doncaster at odds of 2-1.

Templegate took on Chappers with Turgenev in that race, but John Gosden’s runner ran below expectations.

Onto week six, and Chappers goes for one in the big race at Ascot, while Templegate is heading north to Wetherby.

Standings after Week 5

Matt Chapman +2.75

Templegate +5


Matt Chapman

Good ground means small fields over the jumps today, but Gary Moore has an outstanding chance in the Sodexo Gold Cup at Ascot.

TRAFFIC FLUIDE won a Grade 2 on quick ground at Cheltenham in the spring, and he gets his favoured underfoot conditions again today.

He ran a cracker to finish second at Chepstow on his comeback and will be a fitter horse today.

Chapman’s picks for the ITV races

1.50 Ascot – Sternrubin

2.05 Wetherby – Irish Roe

2.25 Ascot – Shantou Rock

2.40 Wetherby – Definitly Red

3.00 Ascot – Divin Bere

3.15 Wetherby – Wholestone

3.35 Ascot – Traffic Fluide (NAP)

Templegate

OSCAR ROSE looks ready to bloom.

She’s always had plenty of ability. Her bumper form – including a second in mares’ contest at the Grand National meeting – was good.

She has taken a while to warm up over hurdles but the wet winter last season would not have done her any favours.

The Worcester prize she won last month might not have been the greatest race ever run but it should have done her confidence the world of good. Her record on decent ground is solid and I’m sure we’ve not seen the best of her.

Templegate’s picks for the ITV races

1.50 Ascot – Wenyerreadyfreddie

2.05 Wetherby – Oscar Rose (NAP)

2.25 Ascot – Shantou Rock

2.40 Wetherby – Black Corton

3.00 Ascot – Divin Bere

3.15 Wetherby – Wholestone

3.35 Ascot – Geordie Des Champs


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