A great day’s racing pivots around the group 1 summer set-piece that is the King George and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot. Frankie Dettori and Oaks winner Enable are a short price, and they could find the Ryan Moore ridden Highland Reel a big danger.
Indeed, it is only the presence of an amateur lady riders’ race that stops thoughts of Moore running through the entire card.
We particularly like his booking for Fastnet Tempest, and old favourite of the blog, and a horse who can improve both for first time blinkers and the strong Moore handling. This highly valuable 7f contest (1500 BST) looks a better fit than the mile long Hunt Cup that looked to stretch him last time. A high draw should help.
A race earlier (1425) Moore gets the leg up on progressive favourite Century Dream. He certainly looks tough to beat. We have noted that supposedly retired Hayley Turner is 2 from 2 for UK rides this season and she gets a third leg up here, and has to make 8st, on outsider Fire Brigade. He could be suited by a strongly run race here and it may be worth risking a little each way that Turner won’t be missing breakfast without good reason.
Over at York (1440), another blog favourite, George Bowen, looks to put an unlucky run in Ireland behind him when contesting the big 6f handicap. This horse looked to be coming right at Epsom, waltzed home at Nottingham, and has the kind of free-going style that should suit this course. He is worth a really decent bet.
George Bowen (1440 York), 2pts win, 8/1 generally available
Fastnet Tempest (1500 Ascot), 1pt win, 7/1 generally available
George Bowen & Fastnet Tempest, 1pt win double, approx. 71/1
Fire Brigade (1430 Ascot), 0.5pts each way, 20/1 generally available
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