Quality flat racing barges in on the mid-week fare courtesy of a strong Ascot card.
The high point of the card is probably the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes over 2 miles, but we came away from analysing that field wanting to oppose everything.
Far more accessible is the other Group 3, The Pavilion Stakes (1545 BST), which forms the starting point for the recently generated 3-y-o sprinting programme.
It look significant that powerful owners Godolphin have not bothered to try and stretch Blue Point to classic distances this year. Second in a Group 1 over 6f last year, and a fading 3rd in the Group 1 Dewhurst stakes over 7f, the leading 2-y-o race – he need only repeat that level of form to storm home in this lower grade.
He has reportedly wintered well, and as a sprinter should be in shape for this debut run.
Earlier, the listed mile fillies event (1435) offers a proven vs promise clash. The proven is 100-rated Glitter Girl, she was a good 2yo and ran ok when 7th in the Fred Darling at Newbury last time. That mark looks fair, she is probably no better.
The promise is John Gosden’s Icespire, who won her only 2yo race in fine style. The trainer may be telling us plenty by ignoring a possibly tempting official rating of 85, and pitching this big-striding Frankel filly straight into listed class. Frankie Dettori selects her as his mount and she could be anything.
You won’t get rich backing them individually, we prefer to double them up at approximate odds of 6/1.
Recommendation: Icespire (1435 Ascot) & Blue Point (1545 Ascot), win double, approximately 6/1 at generally available prices.
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