A rare burst of late season quality as Ascot’s two day meeting opens with a useful looking Friday card.
We will jump straight in with the opener (1400 BST) which sees a field of the usual suspects take on the course’s straight 7 furlongs. Top of the list of suspects is Shady McCoy who we have tipped up a few times this year. He has often produced his best here albeit never with much luck in running. The booking of Ryan Moore has seen plenty of early market support and the drop in class will help.
That said, we have done our money with Shady once too often, and the support for him is simply keeping Jim Crowley’s mount Alaadel at a backable price. Whilst a 4yo, he is in his debut season and trainer William Haggas has kept his mostly to 6f. HIs run here last time at that trip o soft ground promised much more as he got going too late and just failed to overhaul the winner. The step up here should help, and he is probably the one horse in the race with untapped potential.
A little over an hour later (1510) and Jim Crowley gets the leg up on another unexposed handicapper in the high class Ekhtiyaar, this time for trainer Roger Varian. He did really well to win a good Newmarket handicap last time off 94 when stopped in his run and just getting up in time.
Kept fresh since, this stiff track should help and a 6lb rise probably fails to keep track with his progress and he can complete a double for jockey Jim. Main danger Ultimate Avenue was a horse who palpably failed to handle Goodwood last time when we were heavily on. You’d need to be very forgiving of that run, but even on his good third to Ekhtiyaar the time before he still has something to find.
Alaadel, (1400 Ascot), 1pt win, 7/2 generally available
Ekhtiyaar (1510 Ascot), 1pt win, 11/4 generally available
Alaadel & Ekhtiyaar, 1pt win double, approx. 16/1
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