The recent successful run for our horses to follow continued on Friday with Signatory and River Bravo both winning.
If the going in our back garden is any indication then it might pay to side with horses that like a bit of cut in the ground over the weekend.
Racing at Ascot is back this weekend and that seems an appropriate place to start.
There is an early start at Ascot and the opener is a conditions event for 2 year olds at 12.50. I featured Kings Bastion when he won his maiden at Lingfield and although he has more on his plate here he has an each way chance. One to look out for among the unraced types is Richard Hannon’s Revisionist. He is related to several winners but might take time. Put him in your notebook though.
I don’t have any really strong views on the 1.20 but Frank Sonata should like the ground and has been in good form.
We have 4 runners from the list to follow in the Victoria Cup at 2.20. Zomerlust has already won for us at 16/1. A tough sort who should act on the ground. The main concern would be that he has not won at this trip. Game Lad must have a good chance. A big strong type, this is his trip and ground and he has already posted a couple of decent efforts this season.
Kamanda Laugh is probably best at a mile as is our other runner Pinpoint who is making his seasonal reappearance.
In the 2.50 we have Elusive Dream. He should act on the ground but there is a slight question mark over his stamina at tgos trip.
Burning Incense was 2nd to Didn’t We at Lingfield but I fancy him to turn the table here and with the stable in form he gets the selection in the 3.25.
We just have one list horse at Catgterick and that is Compromiznotension in the 2.45. He was not knocked about when 5th on his last outing and he has shown enough to indicate that he should take a hand here. Looks a bit of a short price though.
We have 3 runners in the 3.45 at Haydock where the going could be pretty desperate. Peppertree Lane has won his last two races in soft ground and showed a really willing attitude to make every yard at York last time in a performance typical of horses from this yard. Sir Gerard justified favouritism at Beverley when held up until very late by Jamie Spencer. That run will have brought James Fanshawes horse on but the going was good to firm that day. Our third runner is Superseus who prevailed in another close finish at Newmarket a fortnight ago.
It really is very difficult to separate these 3 but if pushed I would just favour Peppertree Lane who showed such a willing attitude at York.
I gave Silca Soprano a good write up when she was 2nd on her debut and she may well eb able to use that experience to win the 4.50 for Mick Channon. Springtime Parkes is an each way alternative.
Turning to Newmarket John Gosden’s Alsadaa showed plenty of promise when 3rd at Newbury last autumn and should eb up to winning a race. In with a chance in the 1.25.
I thought that Tudor Prince ran a nice race in 8th on his debut last week at Newbury in what may have been a strong race. He could go well in the 1.55. Of the others that have run Ebn Reem should come on for his run at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago. Of the newcomers Justy was a very expensive purchase whose brother won as a juvenile over 7 furlongs.
In the 2.25 Book of Music and Degas Art represent the list to follow. Book of Music won on his only start last season and is a potential improver.
We also have 2 runners in the 3.30. As his form figures testify Obe Brave has been a model of consistency this season and looks on a reasonable mark. Not sure of he will act on the ground. King Orchiosis has been a shade disappointing this season but is still lightly raced and has always been held in high regard by his connections.
In the 4.05 Sir Michael Stoute’s Motaraqeb was a ready winner at Thirsk earlier this month and looks a progressive type.
Trip and ground should both suit Whispering Death in the handicap at 5.15 and he is certainly in with a shout if we forgive him his poor run a couple of weeks ago.
We have a few runners over in Ireland at The Curragh. Dandy Nicholls sends sprinter Moss Vale over for the 3.20. He has won on soft ground but he is probably at his best on a faster surface.
It is hard to see beyond the brilliant George Washington for the Irish 2,000 guineas at 3.55.
See you tomorrow for a look at Sunday’s racing.
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