3.00 ASCOT: Bet365 Handicap Chase
CROSS out any horse who has been off the track for a long time as they have a shocking record in this race.
That means Belami Des Pictons and Quite By Chance from today’s hopefuls.
High weights have struggled too with only one victor lumping more than 11st 6lb to take this competitive contest.
That rules out a lot of those still standing — Mister Whitaker, San Benedeto, Cyrname, Benatar and Jerrysback.
Looking at recent winners, Get On The Yager is too low in the official ratings to win this.
None of the past 10 scorers had more than three chase wins to their name, which spells bad news for Doitforthevillage and Mr Medic.
A chase win over at least 2m4f is important so we can also overlook Divine Spear whose best form has been at shorter.
So we’re left with Happy Diva and Flying Angel who tick most of the boxes.
Of that pair, HAPPY DIVA looks the most likely after a good second at Cheltenham last time. She sees out longer trips than this but has enough pace and all ground seems to come the same.