The 15:35 BetFair Ascot Chase is undoubtedly the highlight of Saturday's card, as well as of Channel Four's broadcasting of the day's racing. We've looked through the runners and riders to pick out our favourite bets.
The two favourites are the two horses with the strongest history, but both have question marks against their name. Silviniaco Conti has taken two King George wins, but that sort of form has escaped him of late. He was pulled up when chasing his third King George victory, and has been absent since going under the surgeon's knife for both skin issues and his soft palate. If he can now reproduce his previous best form, indeed if he can reproduce even just his previous good form, then he has a strong claim on this one. We're still a little wary though - he hasn't been seen since Christmas, and the drop in trip and addition of first time blinkers may all be factors.
If you still want to back him the best place we've seen is ToteSport, at a decent 3/1.
Close behind Conti in the bookies' listings is Dynaste, who is also running in first time blinkers. Much like Conti, Dynaste is a superb horse at his best, but has only shown glimpses of that ability in recent races. To increase the parallels even further, he has also been under the knife, reportedly for a wind operation.
His current form is the big question mark here, but a return to this trip for the first time since winning the 2014 RyanAir Chase might be a plus. He also has the advantage from a punter's point of view that he is priced slightly longer, and the best place we've found to back him is StanJames, who are offering a market leading 9/2.
Finally, we've got a longer odds pick for you. Of the remaining six runners, the one who stands out the most is Flemenstar.
He may not have the stellar history of his better known opponents, but importantly he comes into this race in better form than either, and this return to a longer distance after some time over shorter may be perfectly time to take advantage of this resurgence in his running.
He may never be as good as he could have been before injury, but with a Grade 1 win and a Grade 2 second in his last two starts he wouldn't need to pull out much more to be a contender here. He's well worth backing each way, and we would even tip him for the win. The best place to pick him up is at Ladbrokes, at a very reasonable 7/1.