Hell’s Kitchen worth siding with at Ascot

Hell’s Kitchen shaped as if needing the run when well beaten on return to action at Aintree but looks worth another chance to prove he is on a handy marrk at present in the 1.50 at Ascot today now returned to a right-handed venue.

Harry Fry’s seven-year-old is a lightly raced sort who showed what he is capable of over the larger obstacles when scoring at Kempton 12 months ago when making all in the hands of Barry Geraghty and finding plenty whe asked to readily beat Mister Whitaker by 1 1/2 lnegths off a rating of 137.

The pair pulled 19 lengths clear of the third home and runner-up went on to win his next three start. Those wins for Mister Whitaker include when landing the ultra-competitive Close Borthers Novices Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival off a mark of 137 and a Listed contest at Carlisle off a revised rating of 145.

He also ran well when fourth of 19 to Baron Alco last time out in the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham off 152.

Given that Hell’s Kitchen was giving him a 12lb at Kempton it gives the form a solid look suggests that his current mark of 142 could seriously underestimate his ability.

He also remains open to further progression after just nine career starts, hails from a yard operating at a 28.5 per cent strike rate in the last 14 days,is versatile as regards ground, and once again jas Gergahtyin the saddle.

This track also looks likelyto suit him far better than Aintree based on his Kempton win, so Hell’s Kitchen looks to have lots going for him in this.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each way Hell’s Kitchen (6/1 bet365 – BOG, 1/4 odds 1,2,3)

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