TEMPLEGATE tackles Saturday’s action confident of having found you a fair few winners.

Read on for our man’s tips, back a horse by clicking their odds below – and don’t forget to have a go at £50,000 with the Paddy Power Pick 5.

WEST BALBOA (2.40 Kempton, nap)

She has graded form to her name and shaped well on her comeback last month when backed off the boards. She’ll be fitter now and looks on a handy mark.

TILE TAPPER (1.30 Kempton, nb)

Can dance to a big win for little-known Chris Honour. He has two solid runs to his name this season and should land a deserved win on ground he’ll enjoy.

SNAKE ROLL (2.25 Warwick, treble)

Looks made of tough stuff and should lap up this test of stamina. Lucinda Russell has her team in great nick and this novice looks one of her brightest young talents.

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Templegate’s TV verdicts



TILE TAPPER should dance his way to a big win for trainer Chris Honour.

He looks to have been found a good opening by his handler after two very encouraging efforts so far this season.

He’s finished runner-up to two progressive sorts and the handicapper has only nudged him up a couple of pounds.

He comes into this in much better form than the majority of his rivals and still looks on a very tempting handicap mark.

He will relish soft conditions and the more rain, the better for him.

Annsam is often well-supported but does not win as often as his fan club would like.

He can prove costly to follow but that said his run in the Coral Gold Cup was a good one.

He has won off similar marks over both fences and hurdles but conditions, if testing, might make things hard for him.

Enrilo has been sent off at short prices for much bigger races in past seasons but has largely disappointed his connections.

He’s a smooth traveller and often jumps well but usually finds a way to spoil his chance. Off top weight, I’d look elsewhere.

Smarty Wild often comes to win his race but doesn’t find much off the bridle when it matters.

That combined with the form of his trainer Philip Hobbs is enough to put me off his chances.

At bigger odds, Kitty’s Light is very well-handicapped but prefers better ground.


PIC D’ORHY looks very hard to oppose in this Grade 2 after his convincing win in the Peterborough Chase.

He has got his jumping together this season and it has enabled him to fulfil his potential he has always hinted at.

He has a small penalty to carry but that is not enough to put me off. Conditions might be the only worry, but Kempton often drains well and runs better than most tracks in the country.

Trainer Paul Nicholls can be quiet at this time of year, but his team remain in great nick and he has already brought up the 100 winners for the season.

Paint The Dream is the top-rated horse in the race but all of his best efforts have come at Newbury where he is a bit of a track specialist.

He often comes up short in this type of company but is more consistent than most in this and will have a chance if he can hold in there until late.

Saint Calvados was beat at eye-wateringly short odds last time but the blame largely fell at the door of his jockey David Maxwell who got his fractions all wrong.

He is a talented horse and could cause an upset if Maxwell can stay patient this time.

Angels Breath is the interesting horse in the race. He’s been off for well over a 1,000 days but has been given fancy entries at Cheltenham.

If he’s fit, he can get involved for his new yard.


WEST BALBOA can land a knockout blow in the Lanzarote. She has Grade 1 form on her CV and can add this big pot to it.

She’s very lightly-raced but shaped nicely on her long-awaited comeback at Sandown last month.

She was backed off the boards that day but was just edged out of things but a racefit rival late on.

She should be bang on now and still looks on a nice mark. Her inexperience in a race like this is the worry and Dan Skelton is not banging in the winners left, right and centre at the moment.

But she still holds a big chance in this competitive heat.

Green Glory will likely go off favourite for shrewd Charles Byrnes. The Irish trainer has picked up plenty of prizes on these shores of late and his six-year-old could yet prove well-handicapped off his mark.

He cruised home in a Leopardstown handicap last time but is racing off 16lb higher now.

Outlaw Peter has improved this season but this is a much deeper race than anything he has taken in so far.

I think others make more appeal, especially when you factor in his likely price.

Dubrovnik Harry goes back over hurdles after a poor first start chasing. He was third in the EBF final at the end of last season and won’t mind soft ground.

He should be in the mix at an each-way price.

Cobblers Dream won this race last season but has been sent chasing in the time being.

He’s back over hurdles today but is 10lb higher in the weights this time around.

Scarface might be on a decent mark for the Tizzard team. He’s two from two this year and might be going under the radar.



THE GOFFER looks a solid choice in this Grade 2. Gordon Elliott will have better novice chasers at home but this six-year-old is well up to winning this.

He was no mug over hurdles, winning a Grade 3, but he has definitely kicked on going over the bigger obstacles.

He struck at Thurles in November before he chased home a Willie Mullins’ hotshot just before Christmas.

He had the third miles back and neither of his main opponents in this, Complete Unknown or Galia Des Liteaux, would likely have the ability to have troubled the Mullins’ winner.

I’m surprised he is the price he is and this step up in trip on testing ground should be right up his street.

Complete Unknown is a stayer and will relish this test, too. But he has not been competing in races with much depth for most of his career.

His first start over fences, a win at Ffos Las, was encouraging but the form is windy with the second since being beaten again.

He has an obvious chance but should not be the short-priced favourite he is.

Galia Des Liteaux was a very impressive Listed winner on her chasing debut and was then sent off just 5-2 to win a Grade 1 over Christmas.

But she fluffed her lines and is now on a recovery mission. She still has a bit to prove in my book.

The outsider of the field is Gentleman At Arms who has failed to kick on from a solid Grade 1 second at Aintree last spring.

He ran fine on his chasing debut at Leicester when given an easy time but will need to be a lot sharper today.

He’s not a forlorn hope but needs to find heaps of improvement on his form this season.


SNAKE ROLL has the bite to take this competitive Leamington.

This Grade 2 can often come up short quality wise but has assembled a decent looking renewal this year.

The winner will need to stay well and Snake Roll should fit that bill.

The six-year-old has won two of his three starts over hurdles and his only defeat came to Tahmuras who has since won a Grade 1 in good fashion.

Lucinda Russell has her team in fantastic form and Snake Roll looks one of her most exciting talents coming through the ranks.

Knowsley Road is unbeaten over hurdles but both of his wins at Chepstow can be knocked.

You can only beat what is put in front of you, but the form of those in behind is weak.

That said, he hit the line hard both times and looks a promising stayer in the making.

Ginny’s Destiny was impressive when winning over course and distance last time out.

This is a much better race but the seven-year-old was very impressive on the clock here.

He has a bright future but trainer Tom Lacey could be in better form.

I would still hope for a good run. Grey Dawning was well-backed before winning a handicap at Kempton over Christmas.

He made a few mistakes that day and won’t get away with a repeat in this.

Givega is two from two under Rules and should not be discounted for Gary Moore.

Neither should Moon Hunter who was very tidy at Doncaster. Both of his wins have come on a sound surface though.


MR INCREDIBLE looked destined for big things when in the care of Henry De Bromhead.

He’s since been sold to race for Willie Mullins and could yet prove a class above a staying handicapper.

If that is to be the case he should be winning this off his current rating.

He was brought down early on his first start for Mullins and was well-fancied that day.

That hints a big run was expected and this Classic Chase might lack some depth of usual years.

Mullins is obviously in great form, when isn’t he, and he should take all the beating.

Threeunderthrufive is a dour stayer and will enjoy this test. He has to lumber top weight, though, and that might just catch him out up against a few who are less exposed.

Grumpy Charley has a serious shout but his form can be in and out.

On a going day he would be right in the mix but there is a fear he saves his best form for Newbury.

Iwilldoit was last seen winning the Welsh Grand National but faces a stiff ask coming back from a layoff in this.

He stays all day but it would be a terrific training performance from Sam Thomas to have him spot on for this.

Lord Du Mesnil ran a solid second to subsequent Newbury winner Les Milos last time and is a hardy type.

He should be in the mix but might find one or two rivals better treated.

Nestor Park has always promised to be above average and might yet put it all together for the in-form Ben Pauling. If he stays he could well surprise a few.


ASHTOWN LAD ticks plenty of boxes in this Pertemps qualifier. He usually plies his trade over fences but is just as handy in this sphere.

His Becher Chase win was arguably a career best and the nine-year-old could yet still be improving.

If that is the case then his mark here could prove lenient.

Lots of these will be hoping to hit the frame without doing too much damage to their handicap marks.

But Ashtown Lad is unlikely to have the Pertemps final as his big target. This should be a test of stamina and he has that in the bucket load.

The Bomber Liston has always had a lofty reputation but has never truly kicked on for top trainer Nicky Henderson.

He was well-beaten in fourth at Kempton over Christmas but should improve for that outing.

He’s not had much racing and there might be a decent pot in him yet.

Glimpse Of Gala has been consistent this season for in-form Charlie Longsdon.

She will need to step up in this company but her claimer gets on well with her and her form reads well.

Ronald Pump was a one time Stayers’ Hurdle candidate and has joined a new trainer of late.

He ran fine on his debut for Ciaran Murphy at Clonmel but needs to be sharper here off a lumpy enough weight.

Templegate’s tips


12.05 Mohatu

12.35 Fly The Nest

1.10 Star Guest

1.45 River Pride

2.20 Princess Nieve

2.55 Iconicdaay

3.30 Black Box


5.30 Bawaader

6.00 Silky Smooth

6.30 Mawkeb

7.00 Soaring Eagle

7.30 Dance Angel

8.00 Casa Luna

8.30 Persian Wolf


12.12 Ballybeg Boss

12.47 Hitching Jacking

1.22 Destined To Shine

1.57 Hoganville

2.32 Iroko

3.07 East Street

3.42 Sweet Or Dry


12.20 Arclight

12.55 Collectors Item

1.30 Tile Tapper (nb)

2.05 Pic D’Orhy

2.40 West Balboa (NAP)

3.15 Quick Draw

3.50 Deere Mark


12.40 Angels Landing

1.15 Haddex Des Obeaux

1.50 The Goffer

2.25 Snake Roll (treble)

3.00 Mr Incredible

3.35 Ashtown Lad

4.10 The Cox Express


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