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David Cormack’s Selections For Saturday 15th Feb

Two for tomorrow, both at Ascot.

We start off in the 2.45 with RED INDIAN (9/2). He started favourite on his seasonal debut in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock but it was a hot enough contest to be starting off in. He ran well though, fading just before the last and wasn’t beaten that far behind Vintage Clouds. He is on a decent mark on his best novice form and shaped well enough at Haydock to suggest a good showing here and he could take advantage of a fair looking mark.

For the second bet I’ll be keeping my powder dry until the 4.10. In that race EASYRUN DE VASSY (8/1 BetVictor, Skybet) is saddled by an in-form Paul Nicholls who is often worth following in the lead up to Cheltenham. I’d be very surprised if Nicholls’ can’t conjure a win from this dual point to point winner from this sort of mark (he runs off only 114). He was travelling well enough over course and distance when clipping heels and stumbling last time. He’d have gone close barring that I think and if he can avoid that sort of mishap tomorrow then he could easily outrun those odds and notch up his first win under rules. He’s looked at home over this trip and ground will be fine.

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