Dylan Thomas was the star of the show at Ascot today with a very classy performance in the King George. I got it wrong (not for the first time) with Scorpion getting too carried away by the likely going.
There were a few other winners from our list to follow. Gull Wing dotted up under Jamie Spencer in the fillies handicap at York and was not inconvenienced by the heavy going. Harland (France) and Evening Time (Ireland) were the other winners. Macorville, Eagle Mountain, Youmzain and Magic Mountain all filled the runner up spot in their respective races.
I have followed Signor Peltro since his very first outing when he won at 22/1 and was pleased to see him get back to winning ways on Friday evening. The first time blinkers certainly seemed to do the trick on him.
There is a quality card at Ascot tomorrow where our list to follow is represented by Strategic Mount in the Heritage Handicap at 2.15. Paul Cole’s colt won 3 times last season all on good to firm going so we will need to keep an eye on the weather. He has not run since last September so may need this.
The sprint handicap at 3.15 looks fiercely competitive. There are 4 from our list to follow so I will start with them. Buachaill Dona has won 2 of his 4 starts at 5 furlongs and coming from thye Dandy Nicholls yard must command the greatest respect. Hogmaneigh will need to weave his way through plenty of horses if he is to win this but he put up a fair display when 4th at the Curragh last time and is one for the short list. Dig Deep has a 5 lbs penalty for a course and distance win last time out by Liam Jones takes 3 of those pounds off. Good chance as long as the rain stays away. Blazing Heights has been 2nd twice this season but in truth does not win too often. He is well drawn though. Hogmaneigh would be my each way selection with the Kevin Ryan pair Green Manalishi and King Orchisios worth a look at big prices.
Sue’s Surprise has the best form on show in the 4.00. She was 3rd to Passaeg of Time in the Musidora before finishing last in the Oaks. Salsa Steps looks the likely alternative.
There are 2 runners from our list in the 4.35. Record Breaker has already won twice this term and possesses both speed and stamina. Sunley Peace has been running better than his bare form figures suggest and he has place claims at least.
The listed race at 3.50 at Pontefract is an intriguing one as the main protagonists; Tam Lin and Blue Ksar have their quirks. Tam Lin was beaten a head by Harland last time out and the winner franked the form this afternoon. Tam Lin will do for me.
The only other runners from our list are Sagredo in the 3.15 at Pontefract, and Geojimali in the 4.25.