The Spring Family Raceday on Sunday is Ascot’s final jumps meeting of the 2018/19 season and features a typically competitive seven race card with more than £150,000 of prize money on offer. The two feature races are both worth £40,000 and have attracted good quality fields as a result.
The First Days Charity Novices’ Handicap Chase over two miles looks set to be fought out between the three at the top of the weights with Highway One O One, Capeland and Caid Du Lin showing strong form between them this season. All three of them competed with credit in different races at the Cheltenham Festival while Caid Du Lin was an impressive winner of the Gerard Bertrand Hurst Park at Ascot in November.
The second £40,000 race is the Colts and Fillies Club Juvenile Handicap Hurdle which has a field of 16 declared. Trainer Alan King looks to have a strong hand with Our Power heading the weights having produced some smart form already winning twice over hurdles and running creditably at the Cheltenham Festival in the Fred Winter. King’s other runner Praeceps finished ahead of him at Cheltenham and looks potentially well treated on the back of his third in the Adonis Hurdle while Liva is an interesting runner for Donald McCain and Scaramanga makes his handicap debut for Paul Nicholls.
The fifth race on the card is the Sky Sports Racing Veterans’ Handicap Chase over three miles and forms part of the Veterans Series which is open to horses aged 10 and older. The field of 10 for the race includes some well-known and popular horses including the formerly high-class Josses Hill as well as the 2017 and 2018 winners of the race Loose Chips and Rathlin Rose while Bigbadjohn is also set to line up having won the 2017 Reynoldstown Chase at Ascot when a novice chaser.