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Saturday 25 January 2020

Mister Malarky can make magic

Testing ground at Ascot only negative for Tizzard horse

Mister Malarky is Robbie Power’s only ride this weekend
Mister Malarky is Robbie Power’s only ride this weekend

It was nice to get among the winners at Ascot yesterday and it further emphasises the good form of Colin Tizzard's horses.

There was an inspection before racing because of all the rain and they'll take another look this morning to give the green light today but I don't envisage any problems.

The testing ground at Ascot is my only negative for MISTER MALARKY (3.00, Ascot) but I still wouldn't swap him for anything else in the race.

He's my only ride of the weekend but I think he's a good one as he ran a good race at Newbury in the Ladbrokes Trophy last time out.

Last season he was successful in the Grade Two Reynoldstown Chase over course and distance and ColinTizzard is very happy with him going into today.

Mister Malarky looked a danger two fences out at Newbury and Colin thinks he has improved a good bit for that run so if the ground doesn't catch him out, hopefully, he'll take beating.

Yalltari actually hasn't run since finishing third behind Mister Malarky in the Reynoldstown, but he will appreciate the conditions and might be our biggest danger.

The Grade One Marsh Hurdle is better known as the Long Walk Hurdle and is well known for horses racking up a sequence.

Baracouda won it four times, while Big Buck's and Reve De Sivola won three in a row and were the only two winners in a six-year period.

Now it looks to be PAISLEY PARK'S (2.25, Ascot) opportunity to win a second on the bounce and you wouldn't put it past him coming back here again next year if he stays in one piece as he is the stayer that sets the standard.

I've left a couple of good chances behind in Thurles, starting with DISCORDANTLY (12.10, Thurles) in the opening beginners' chase.

He is still only a five-year-old and has had two very good runs in beginners chases this season and I think the step up in trip today will definitely suit him.

It's obviously a race that revolves around Max Dynamite but outside of him it won't go down as the strongest beginners' chase ever run at the track and if there is any chink in the armour of Max Dynamite on his chasing debut I think Discordantly has the form to pick up the pieces.

There is a big swing in the weights between SILVER SHEEN (3.05, Thurles) and Royal Thief in favour of the latter but despite meeting Royal Thief 11lb worse off, I think Silver Sheen can cope with it.

I think Jessie's horse has improved since winning here the last day and the slight step up in trip won't be an issue so let's hope the handicapper is proven right.

Robbie's tips

Ascot

2.25 Paisley Park

3.00 Mister Malarky

Thurles

12.10 Discordantly

3.05 Silver Sheen

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