Tomorrow’s big race, the King George, (Ascot 4.20) only has 7 runners but is tricky to solve nonetheless. Dylan Thomas sets the standard. Some will point to the fact that he has been beaten on his last two starts bit one of those was behind the subsequent Eclipse winner. You would think that Dylan Thomas would be involved in the finish with the main concern, as is often the case thee days, being the ground. Youmzain has come in for some support during the week. He was 4 lengths behind Dylan Thomas when they met at the Curragh in May but could be better suited by ease in the ground. Of the remainder Scorpion looks interesting as he handles the ground and has proven stamina. He would be my choice if the ground rides soft.
Macedon represents our list to follow in the lady riders race at 4.55. He was 4th behind Pinpoint and subsequent Hunt Cup winner Royal Oath in the Newbury Spring Cup and has an each way chance on that form.
In the 5.25 Count Ceporano has come down the weights and would have an each way chance at a biggish price. Captain Jacksparra has been a bit disappointing in his last couple of runs but had been running consistently before that. The booking of Johnny Murtagh catches the eye.
Osteopathic Remedy runs in the Newcastle 2.50. He looks as though he needs to come down in the weights a little.
Passion Fruit has been running well this season without winning and deserves to get her head in front. She has a good record at Newcastle and should go well in the 3.25.
Gull Wing is another that has been quite consistent without winning. Jamie Spencer rides him for the first time in the 2.10 at York.
Macorville should relish the ground in the 2.40. He was just touched off by Juniper Girl in the Northumberland Plate and can gain compensation here.
Eagle Mountain has yet to win this season but has not had the best of luck. Kieren Fallon was knocked out of the saddle on him at Longchamps last time and Shay Heffernan takes the ride in the 3.15. He gets my selection.
Five a Side won on his debut at Epsom last season and held a Derby entry. He made no show on his reappearance at Leicester last month. Mark Johnston’s horses are perhaps not going as well as usual. Hassaad was a winner at Ascot back in May and could bounce back to form here.
At Salisbury I see that Magic Mountain is dropped to a claimer in the 6.40 and is worth considering.
See you tomorrow.