Horse racing betting tips: Step up to three miles can do the trick for Dark Flame

 
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Jumps action steps up a notch this weekend at Ascot (Source: Getty)

ALTHOUGH the eyes of many punters will be fixed on Del Mar this weekend, back home the jumps season cranks up a notch.

Tomorrow’s big race is the Charlie Hall Chase (3.15pm) at Wetherby where Coneygree and Cue Card could do battle.

It’s difficult to know what the ground is going to be like come off time, so for that reason I’m going to give this one a miss.

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ yard has been in flying form over the past week and I like the look of his WHOLESTONE at 6/1 in the bet365 Hurdle (2.40pm).

He was a progressive novice last season, registering four wins and a highly respectable third in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham.

His fourth in the Silver Trophy at Chepstow last month was an encouraging reappearance and the step back up to three miles will suit here.

I’m happy to take on Lil Rockerfeller at the prices, given it’s his first start of the campaign, while Ptit Zig is inconsistent.

There is some decent action at Ascot tomorrow as well where the highlight is the Sodexo Gold Cup

(3.35pm). It looks like the ground will be good which will suit Richard Rowe’s DARK FLAME.

The eight-year-old bolted up at Sandown on his seasonal debut 12 months ago and his form figures at Ascot read 132.

He should relish the step up to three miles, while he also looks very well-handicapped off a mark of 133.

This race will have been the target all summer and the 8/1 with 188BET is worth taking.

If the rain does arrive tomorrow morning, it could also pay to back Thomas Brown who goes well fresh and likes it soft.

POINTERS TOMORROW

Wholestone e/w 2.40pm Wetherby

Dark Flame e/w 3.35pm Ascot

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