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NAP OF THE DAY: Balmoral Castle, (1655 Ascot), 1pt win, 10/1 Bet365, Unibet
Won this race by 5l off a mark of 85 just two years ago on good to soft ground. Was stone last when looking to repeat last year off 87 on good to firm. One good 3rd at this track on good ground was only run of note in a poor 2017. Back here with some cut and freshened up, a mark of 80 could be a gift if he rediscovers his best. Trainer Jonathan Portman has landed with 4 of 13 runners in the last two weeks whilst jockey Paddy Pilley is one of the most experienced jockeys in the race. A high draw gives the option of a near rail position. All looks set for a big run.
Sound And Silence, (1545 Ascot), 4/1: was bred to be a sharp 2yo and campaigned accordingly with a busy 10 run season. Strictly speaking has a couple of pounds to find with the favourite and less scope to progress than some, but should at his sharpest early season, and it’s hard to ignore the compelling form of the Charlie Appleby yard.
Give It Some Teddy, (1555 Pontefract), 7/1: Very lightly raced after just 4 runs as a 3yo last year culminating in a maiden win and a creditable 2nd of 17 when flying high at Newmarket. May have needed the run and found a decent race when 7th of 15 here on seasonal debut recently. Ran on from the rear that day and should be much sharper now. Stall 13 is hardly ideal but soft ground can mitigate draw bias, and he looks worth trusting.
Ettie Hart, (1810 Brighton), 7/2: was a close third here last week when closing on winner Live Dangerously. Ettie got going too late that day but with a bit more cut in the ground here now, this race may give those extra few seconds of running time Ettie needs to turn around that form.
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