NAP OF THE DAY: King Ottokar, (1505 Ascot), 2pts win, 13/2:
It takes something for us to desert both Kynren and Raising Sand at this track on soft ground, particularly the latter under a good 7lb claimer, but neither have much left to hide from the handicapper. King Ottokar has plied his trade in Group races until dipping into his first handicap when stepped back to a mole last time at Donny. He was an unlucky 5th there travelling really well until blocked out entering the final furlong. He didn’t pick up that well afterwards but still gave the impression a clean run would have seen him go close. He has been dropped a handy 2lbs, loves soft ground, and now steps back further to this stiff 7f which could be ideal. Jockey Kingscote is an ideal choice for executing a last to first tactic.
Aljady, (1355 Ascot), 8/1: plenty of useful contenders here. Aljady has been hugely progressive for his new stable this year earning a rating that makes him a leading contender here. Has won both starts at this trip including sluicing home on a soft surface at Sandown, and may just be and to cope with this step up in class. Maygold could be one to watch at a big price.
Terebellum, (1445 Newmarket), 5/1: classy mare who was impressive over this course on seasonal debut. Followed that with a high class second in a Group 1 on soft. May have just been feeling the effects of those two big efforts when going down in a three way finish here to Nazeef and Billesdon Brook. Has been freshened up and should reverse that form and can get the better of the Irish raiders by making all under James Doyle.
Mighty Spirit, (1615 Ascot), 15/2: oh boy, conditions here are ideal for this blog’s all-time number one rogue Arecibo, and he goes off as favourite – but we mean to keep to the never again promise as he will surely find a way to lose. Saaheq has a big chance if a low draw is not too much of a hindrance. But we like the 3yo filly Mighty Spirit who is 6lbs lower than when a good 5th here at the royal meeting. She is lower after some modest efforts, but this is her first time back on soft, she has a potentially favourable high draw, and Ascot straight course wizard Jamie Spencer on board. Cue that long overdue Arecibo win and howls of anguish echoing around the halls of Lapoftheodds Towers….
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