Saturday Races: Tempest to storm home

After another run of frustrating seconds this week, we get the chance to break the run courtesy of the 26 runners in the Victoria Cup at Ascot (1600 BST).

It is always hard to overlook a couple of John Gosden runners, but they look to have been lumped with enough weight.

Instead the key race here is the Newbury Spring Cup, from which we have key contenders, Fastnet Tempest, George William and Bossy Guest.

Technically there should not be much between the three runners, yet the market clearly thinks the William Haggis trained Fastnet Tempest will come out on top – and they’re right.

All three should run big races but there was no escaping the eyecatching nature of Fastnet Tempest’s effort at Newbury when cruising throughout and quickening up to win the race at the furlong pole only to wander in front and get run down near the line.

Hopefully he will get a bit of cover in this race, and the shorter distance should suit ideally.  He has been well backed already, but he looks superbly well handicapped.

Over at Haydock the Jumps Season concludes with the Swinton Hurdle.  Now it is sorely tempting to seek revenge by picking Zubayr who so nearly won the Scottish Champion Hurdle for us when tipped at 25/1.  He’s a funny horse though and that might just have been his day.

Instead we will trust ace jockey Davy Russell who looks a stand-out booking for a back-to-form John Constable.  This horse has been slow to find his form throughout the season, but a dropping mark and a re-ignition saw him challenge in a hot race at Aintree last time until falling at the last.

Hopefully Davy can deliver him fast and late, and successfully clear the last this time.


Fastnet Tempest (1600 Ascot) 11/2, generally available

John Constable (1510 Haydock) 8/1, Betfred

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