NAP OF THE DAY: Cape Byron, (1700 Ascot), 2pts win, 8/1:
We’ve been waiting for this one all week. This smooth traveller was a tidy winner of the Victoria Cup here earlier in the season bringing his course record to two wins from four. He has been put up a vey generous 4lbs only for that success that could easily have warranted double that raise. The stable have made a habit of bringing 7f horses back to sprint trips this season and could have run this fella, Flavius Titus and Spanish City in this race but have confidently fielded just Cape Byron. Summerghand looks the most interesting of the each way options.
RACE OF THE DAY: The Tin Man, (1620 Ascot), 1pt win, 12/1:
A lot will depend on whether dual Kings Stand winner, including here on Tuesday, Blue Point, can be as good quickly turned out over the extra furlong. He is probably worth taking on. Le Brivido is very tempting having looked a non-stayer here over the mile on Tuesday. But we’re sticking to horses for courses and the 2017 winner of this race The Tin Man. He has repeatedly shown he can be top class at this trip and seems to run the course very well. There was no disgrace in his Windsor comeback defeat under a big weight penalty and not getting the best of runs. He deserves to be a single digit price.
REST OF THE CARD:
Pinatubo, (1430 Ascot), 1pt win, 4/1: he only just got up to win at Epsom last time but he looked at sea there, allowing a rival to shoot clear, but he was stronger the further they went and ended up a cosy winner. The more conventional track and extra furlong should suit. May be up against it with Irish hotpot Lope Y Fernandez, but he is priced very short on reputation, and that is usually worth taking on.
Angel’s Hideaway, (1505 Ascot), 1pt win, 14/1: Space Blues is a solid market leader but there is not much juice in his price given the depth of opposition. We like the first time blinkers on Momkin and he has an obvious chance of going close. But we’ll risk the filly Angel’s Hideaway. None too consistent, and frankly awful last time at Epsom, but was a good Group 3 winner on this course last year, and was noted going conspicuously well until the final furlong of the 1000 Guineas. This is her trip and she is a decent price after the forgiveable Epsom flop.
Defoe, (1540 Ascot), 1pt win, 4/1: was a game winner of the Coronation Cup at Epsom last time, a performance that had been in the offing for a while. He comes here off the back of that lifetime best, in contrast Lah Ti Dar’s well beaten 6th there being a lifetime low and she looks shortened by the Frankie Factor. Derby winner Masar is the obvious class here, and although missing since that win, he is sure to be ready to race, albeit it would be no surprise if the others are still a fraction too sharp for him today.
Cleonte, (1735 Ascot), 1pt win, 6/1: a tough race as it is the longest in the flat schedule. Favourite Max Dynamite is not one to wholly trust and is on a losing run across codes of 11 races. Corelli looks to have some class but has not gone beyond 12f, whilst good hurdler Younevercall is a mystery angle given this will be his flat debut We prefer the proven flat claims of Lucky Deal and Cleonte. Not much separates them, but Cleonte has a good course win from last Summer and was a decent third here to Gold Cup runner-up Dee Ex Bee on reappearance and gets the marginal nod.
The Daily Yankee:
Pinatubo – The Tin Man – Defoe – Cape Byron
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