A decent quality Sunday’s racing offers up an array of fancies to be sifted through, and when we have finished panning for gold, it’s the silver that catches our eye.
Silver Streak did us a favour when winning last time at Musselburgh. We had hoped he would sneak into the Fred Winter at Cheltenham, but he didn’t make the cut. He gets his beloved good ground at Ascot today (1430 BST), and this smooth travelling youngster can defy the 7lb rise for that last win in a race which is working out well.
The opposition mostly comprises several who were beaten at Cheltenham. Percy Street looks the biggest danger, but Silver Streak can show the benefit of missing the Cheltenham challenge and turning up fresh.
Silver Shuffle is one that needs more of a leap of faith. He goes in the 1m4f amateur riders handicap that closes the Doncaster card (1735) under trainer’s daughter, and regular rider, Emma Sayer.
As a 10-year-old veteran with form over longer trips he wouldn’t jump off the page for this. However, this race is habitually run too fast, allowing for horses to stay on late and get in contention. A recent quiet run over hurdles would have been used to put a racing edge on him, and this looks like a well planned target.
He is a huge price, but this race could just fall apart late on and it looks weak enough to allow space in the frame for Silver Shuffle.
Silver Streak (1430 Ascot), 4/1 generally available
Silver Shuffle (1735 Doncaster), each way, 22/1 generally available
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