Saturday's racing tips: Three Saturday longshots to fill your pockets at Ascot from Jack Keene
22nd December 2018

Ascot hosts an absolute belter of a card on Saturday, with most of the races throwing up mouth-watering each-way opportunities. Let's get cracking.

The first selection will need to brush up on his jumping, but GARDEFORT (1.50) is undoubtedly well-weighted.

Venetia Williams' nine-year-old missed virtually all of last season and was erratic at a few of the fences when returning to action here last month.

I'm putting that down to rustiness after a long absence, while the softer ground at Ascot this weekend is in his favour.

He is just 1lb above his last winning mark and 2lb lower than the rating he carried to second place in the Grand Annual at the Cheltenham Festival in 2017.

In the feature race, AGRAPART (2.25) is a rock-solid each-way proposition.

The dual Grade 2 winner was outpaced before running on well for fourth, just half a length behind Unowhatimeanharry, on his return to action over 2m4f at Aintree last month.

The ground was much faster than ideal there, so he will relish the combination of a slower surface and step up in trip here.

He arrives fresh after a 42-day break and his yard has a brilliant record in the Long Walk, having won it three times with Reve De Sivola.

Jack Out The Box – Saturday's each-way picks

1.50 Ascot – Gardefort: 'Dropped to a dangerous mark and latest outing will have blown away the cobwebs'

2.25 Ascot – Agrapart: 'Soft ground and return to 3m big pluses, while yard have great record in this'

3.35 Ascot – Tornado Watch: 'Caught the eye last time and should get a strong pace to aim at'

In the finale, Irish raider TORNADO WATCH (3.35) can land the spoils.

Emmet Mullins' nine-year-old ran second in a Grade 1 on a flying visit to America in October and caught the eye when fifth in a hot Fairyhouse handicap last time.

He was given a very considerate ride there and kept on well to finish a never-nearer fifth, presumably with a crack at with today's race in mind.

He loves to attack a strong pace and challenge amongst horses, so this race should set up perfectly.

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