By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 19th October 2018
Welcome to the Horse Racing Betting Tips section of William Hill News, where you’ll find our best bets and racing tips covering the weekend’s TV action from Champions Day at Ascot, as well as the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las.
The ITV cameras will be beaming the entirety of the five-Group-1-guilded racecard from the Berkshire track, but, with the jumps season gearing up once again, we’ve also got a pick from the race where hurdles hero The New One returns to action at the tender age of 10.
What follows are the best wagers from the remainder of the ITV Racing card, as well our pick against the fan favourite at Ffos Las.
ITV1 Horse Racing tips
Ascot 1:25 betting tip – Flag Of Honour @ 9/4
Stradivarius has been imperious all season, but under-hoof conditions in Berkshire offer an incentive to oppose him with the first of our betting tips.
John Gosden’s staying star has been doing all his winning this season on good ground or faster and has yet to score across four previous outings with ‘soft’ in the going description, including when failing to beat Order Of Saint George in last year’s race despite getting an 8lb weight concession.
Flag Of Honour was supplemented for this race on the back of bringing up the hat-trick in the Irish St Leger last time out. He’s only 4lbs lower than Stradivarius on official ratings now and gets 8lbs from the favourite as he’s still a three-year-old.
Ascot 2:05 betting tip – Projection @ 20/1
Roger Charlton’s speedster broke his perplexing habit of finding one or two too good last time out, when scoring over course and distance in a soft ground Group 3.
He was beaten under three lengths by Limato the time before that; in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee over C&D at the royal meeting; to the Tin Man and Brando in his two outings prior to that one and Blue Point on his final start of last term. All have won races at the highest level.
Sizeable odds present us with the chance to back this betting tip each-way, with the hope that his long-awaited recent success can open the floodgates.
Ascot 2:40 betting tip – Lah Ti Dar @ 5/4
Highly original right? The Lloyd Webber’s filly is the highest-rated runner in the race by 1lb, yet gets 6lb in weight from the next two in the betting at the time of writing.
Her second to Kew Gardens in the St Leger is the sole defeat on her CV and returned to 1m4f, she’s tipped to continue her upward trajectory against her own sex, in what will be just her fifth ever race.
Ffos Las 4:25 betting tip – Silver Streak @ 7/2
In a field of odds and sods including three ten-year-olds and several who chop and change between the flat, hurdles and chasing, Evan Williams’ gelding has the look of a progressive young hurdler.
Since joining the Williams outfit he’s raced following a break of 50 days or more five times, winning four and finishing second in a Grade 3 handicap hurdle worth £85k to the winner on the other occasion.
Last seen in May, he should be ready to strike again, with our betting tips along for the ride.
Ascot 4:30 betting tip – Hathal @ 20/1
Jamie Osbourne’s yard are flying at present, with seven winners from their last 22 runners (a 32% strike rate) at the time of writing and his Raising Sand is the well-backed favourite in this contest after scoring over course and distance last weekend.
However, at near enough five times the odds, the same trainer’s Hathal is a mightily-intriguing prospect.
His three previous races on soft ground have yielded two wins and a Group 2 third and he continued to compete with credit at that level during 2017. This will be his third run back from a 320-day break.
Second at Listed level last time out, despite blowing the start, the six-year could be about ready to do some damage.