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Ascot (Saturday)

Photo David Davies.

Today’s Ascot fancies:

1.50 Ascot- Angels Hideaway (win).

2.25 Ascot- Corrosive & Simply Breathless (e/w).

3.00 Ascot- Shady Mccoy & Firmament (e/w).

3.40 Ascot – see link above.

4.15 Ascot- Victory Command (e/w).

4.50 Ascot- Call Out Loud (e/w).

5.20 Ascot- Koeman (e/w).

Mtoto wins 30 years ago.

 

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Musselburgh (Tuesday)

Today’s Musselburgh fancies:

2.20 Muss- Thunder Buddy (e/w).

2.50 Muss- Lieutenant Silver (win).

3.25 Muss- Landing Night (e/w).

3.55 Muss- Pour L’amour & Tectonic (e/w).

4.30 Muss- Jacob Black (win).

5.00 Muss- Golden Jeffrey (win).

5.35 Muss- Nora Batt (win).

ITV Racing (Saturday 7th Oct)

A slight change to the norm today as I have looked through all the terrestrial TV races instead.

1.50 Ascot- Waady (win).

2.05 Newm- Rely On Me & Pixeleen (e/w).

2.25 Ascot- Secret Number (e/w).

2.40 Newm- see link above.

3.00 Ascot- Blue Point (win).

3.20 Red- Simmys Copshop & Crownthorpe (e/w).

3.35 Ascot- Mjjack & Accidental Agent (e/w).

Ascot (Saturday)

Today’s Ascot fancies:

1.50 Asc- Spring Cosmos (e/w).

2.25 Asc- Mustarrid (e/w).

3.00 Asc- Flaming Spear & Buckstay (e/w).

3.35 Asc- Highland Reel (win).

4.10 Asc- Being There (e/w).

4.45 Asc- Supersta & Tommy G (e/w).

5.20 Asc- Atkinson Grimshaw (e/w).

Reference Point wins 30 years ago.

 

Royal Ascot 2017 (Tuesday)

Today’s Royal Ascot fancies:

2.00 Asc- Deauville (e/w).

3.05 Asc- De Bruyne Horse & Nebo (e/w).

3.40 Asc- Goldream & Alpha Delphini (e/w).

4.20 Asc- Churchill (win).

5.00 Asc- Oceane & Moorside (e/w).

5.35 Asc- Dragons Tail & Simmys Copshop (e/w).

Long Walk Hurdle 2016 Preview

lilrockerfeller

The Long Walk Hurdle was first run in 1965 and it was initially a handicap race. It became a conditions race in 1971, and it was given Grade One status in 1990. Prior to the redevelopment of Ascot Racecourse (2004-2006) the race was run over 3 miles and 1½ furlongs.

Four winners of the Long Walk Hurdle have gone on to win the World Hurdle in the same season. Derring Rose (1980–81), Baracouda (2001–02), My Way de Solzen (2005–06) and Big Buck’s (2009–10, 2010-11 and 2011-12).

Here is a runner-by-runner guide to Saturday’s big race:

Alex De Larredya                                                                                

Alex De Larreyda will be the first French runner in the race since Francois Douman sent over Kasbah Bliss in 2007. The six-year-old gelding is trained by Francois Nicolle and owned by Simon Munir. He was last seen out when the impressive seven-length winner of the Group One Grand Prix D’Automne over three miles at Auteuil in early November, when he had Ptit Zig back in third. That was a reversal of form with Ptit Zig having been the two-length runner-up to him in the Group One Grande Course De Haies D’Auteuil back in June. Alex De Larreyda has never raced outside of his native France but will add an interesting dimension to the race. Bookmakers are taking no chances over this unknown quantity and have priced him around the 13/2 mark.

Ballyoptic

Nigel Twiston-Davies is hoping that last season’s Aintree Grade One Novice winner Ballyoptic can gain compensation for an untimely slip up at the final flight at Wetherby, where he looked the likely winner, and to put a six length defeat by Unowhatimeanharry at Newbury last time behind him. This he will need to do to confirm himself a serious candidate for the World Hurdle at Cheltenham in March. It is interesting that Richard Johnson, a four time winner of this race, has chosen to partner Ballyoptic after being offered the mount on Lil Rockerfeller.

Lil Rockerfeller

Neil King’s gutsy five-year-old ran his best race of his career when pushing Yanworth close in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot last time. Lil Rockerfeller is as tenacious as they come and may even have a bit more to offer stepped back up to three miles. Lil Rockerfeller finished seventh behind Annie Power in the Champion Hurdle last term, but King is targeting the three-mile World Hurdle this time around.

Ptit Zig

Ptit Zig was brought back to hurdles this year after jumping errors had blighted his chasing career and what a u-turn it turned out to be when he landed the French Champion Hurdle back in June. Saturday’s conditions at Ascot will be very un-June like but Paul Nicholls’ seven-year-old has a pretty decent record at Ascot and has shown decent form around Auteuil over the last few months.

Reve De Sivola

The elder statesman of the party here at eleven-years-old but appears to thrive in this race having won it three times previously and finishing second in last year’s renewal behind Thistlecrack. Two under-par performances this season are probably best ignored as Nick Williams will be sure to have his veteran stable-star primed for this.

Shelford

Shelford has been racing in France this year. There he won a listed race and came fifth in a Grade Three race four weeks ago. His last race in the UK was the Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival (2015) where he finished fifth. It is very hard to see him being involved in this race unless good fortune falls his way.

Unowhatimeanharry

Harry Fry’s eight-year-old certainly packs a punch and was one of the top horses of last season taking four victories on the bounce and then winning the Albert Bartlett at the Festival on his final start. He maintained his unbeaten record for Harry Fry on his reappearance (now in the J.P McManus colours), in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury where he never really came off the bridle. Barry Geraghty takes the ride on Saturday and connections believe the horse will be paying for their Christmas. He will certainly be the one they all have to beat.

Un Temps Pour Tout

Un Temps Pour Touts reverts back to hurdles after a disappointing run the Hennessy Gold Cup. Before that Newbury run however, David Pipe’s seven-year-old won a hurdle race at Aintree, beating Mister Miyage, Vyta du Roc and Zarkandar in the process. That was very good form and he could run a big race at a fairly big price.

West Approach

After running last Saturday at Cheltenham it does not seem likely that he will come to the start here. Second twice behind Wholestone this season and finishing a long way behind Unowhatimeanharry in last season’s Albert Bartlett, he has a mountain to climb here should he arrive.

Zarkandar

He made his return after an absence of 16 months at Aintree. He was just behind Un Temps Pour Tout before unseating his rider when going reasonably well. Then two weeks later he came fifth in the Ascot Hurdle where he never got competitive. He hails from a top stable but will have to turn the clock back to his halcyon days to get competitive in this feature race.

Surtee Du Berlais

She has had two decent Kempton wins against her compatriots in Mares’ races on her last two starts but this is entirely a different level to what she has experienced before. It is very unlikely she will be troubling the judge here.

Conclusion

Unowhatimeanharry is a worthy favourite and will have to under perform to give the others any semblance of a chance in this contest.

Lil Rockerfeller usually runs his heart out and has strong form figures against some very talented horses. His previous run behind Yanworth far exceeds anything the other runners in this race can offer up and so makes him a live danger to the favourite.

Recommended bet: Unowhatimeanharry/Lil Rockerfeller r/fc.

Champions Day 2016 (Ascot)

Photo by Alan Crowhurst.

Photo by Alan Crowhurst.

Champions Day 2016

QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot is the finale of the European Flat racing season. It’s the richest raceday in the British racing calendar and some of the finest horses from the UK, Ireland and France battle it out on Saturday afternoon.

The fixture features the end-of-season championship races for Ten-furlong horses (The Champion Stakes), Milers (The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes), Sprinters (six furlongs), Long distance horses (two miles) and Fillies and Mares (one mile and four furlongs).

This really is a meeting for the connoisseurs of flat racing!

1.25pm Long Distance Cup (2m)

The race features the last two winners of the Ascot Gold Cup, most notably ORDER OF ST GEORGE, who will be sent off at prohibitive odds after his third place in the Arc. QUEST FOR MORE arrives in top form after wearing down Vazirabad in the Prix Du Cadran. FORGOTTEN RULES looks like a plot job for Dermot Weld and will bid to repeat his success two years ago. Ralph Beckett’s 2015 St Leger heroine, SIMPLE VERSE could upset all the boys if she takes to this two miles trip. LITIGANT has not been seen since winning last year’s November Handicap and it will be some achievement to have the lightly raced eight-year-old primed and ready to take this.

2.00pm Sprint (6f)

A mouth-watering race is in prospect as several of the season’s top sprinters do battle in this contest. MECCA’S ANGEL was third a fortnight ago in the Abbaye on ground that did not suit her, but she’ll certainly have her ground for this come Saturday. QUIET REFLECTION has been a revelation to her Ontoawinner owners winning six of her last seven races. She is another who will relish the ground. The pair of them may have the most to fear however from the Al Shaqab colt SHALAA, who will be bidding to clock up a seven-timer after just managing to win here on his last run. Not to be discounted are the Royal Ascot winner TWILIGHT SON and James Fanshawe’s THE TIN MAN. French raider, SIGNS OF A BLESSING, is a Deauville Group One winner this season.

2.35pm Fillies and Mares (1m 4f)

With an army of fillies and mares at his disposal, Aidan O’Brien has dispatched his troops throughout the entire racecard, but is still well represented in this field. SEVENTH HEAVEN has only had one blip this entire season when she was unplaced in the Epsom Oaks. She was an impressive winner of the Yorkshire Oaks last time out when she beat her stablemate, and subsequent Arc winner, Found. SPEEDY BOARDING won the Prix de L’Opera on Arc day but may find this trip a little too far. John Gosden’s JOURNEY was second in this contest twelve months ago and has also had a pleasing season. ZHUKOVA appears to be one of Dermot Weld’s top inmates and she would not be winning a race of this magnitude out of turn, adding to her already impressive C.V of wins. Sir Michael Stoute’s QUEEN’S TRUST has been knocking on the door all season long and in top company too.

3.10pm Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1m)

MINDING will be a tough nut to crack over this mile with this race not being up to the strength and depth of Irish Champion Stakes were she ran third last time out. There was certainly no shame in going down to Almanzor and Found at the business end of that race. Guineas winners GALILEO GOLD and AWTAAD appear to be her greatest dangers on paper, but the ever improving RIBCHESTER is certainly one who could upset the applecart. A win for Richard Fahey’s runner would crown Godolphin the champion owners for the season so if ever there was a big incentive, this is it.

3.45pm Champion Stakes (1m 2f)

This is the race that flat racing fans have been salivating over for days. This is the feature race on the card and it will be reported upon globally a thousand times over. Amazingly Aidan O’Brien has never won this race but he must feel he has a live chance this year with his Arc winner FOUND. Nine times the bridesmaid in Group One races, Found finally put that monkey to bed a fortnight ago by winning the Arc at Chantilly. Whether this race is one too many for the season remains to be seen but a repetition of that Arc finish will certainly see her on the premises. Top French hope for the Arc, ALMANZOR, was unable to participate in the race due to a slight setback but comes to Ascot the one they probably have all got to beat. Almanzor looked superb in the Irish Champion Stakes and his three previous wins on home soil showed why he is the apple of Jean-Claude Rouget’s eye. The race is not a two runner contest however and FASCINATING ROCK, last year’s winner, and the beaten favourite JACK HOBBS, are entered up again for another tilt at this huge first prize. Fans of O’Brien second-strings will be loading up their each-way money on US ARMY RANGER.

4.25pm Balmoral Stakes (1m)

A twenty runner handicap is not the easiest of “getting out stakes” to finish with but people will be wanting to reinvest their Champion Stakes winnings somewhere. Roger Varian’s MORANDO is considered Group class and the three-year-old grey has done nothing wrong on his last three runs. FIRMAMENT has been ultra consistent this season but has just been suffering from seconditus of late. THIRD TIME LUCKY won last year’s Cambridgeshire and ran a solid enough fourth place in this year’s race. Top-weighted GM HOPKINS seems to have been around forever but is only aged five. He is a course and distance winner and should not be underestimated in a large handicap field. DONNCHA is a better horse than what he showed in the Challenge Cup at Ascot last time out and could easily bounce back to form. BRONZE ANGEL is a dual Cambridgeshire winner and appears to save his best runs for these big field handicaps. He will be also be a big price.

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Today’s Ascot fancies:

1.25 Ascot- Forgotten Rules (10.5) e/w.

2.00 Ascot- Quiet Reflection (6.0) & Brando (13.0) e/w.

2.35 Ascot- Seventh Heaven (2.68) win.

3.10 Ascot- Ribchester (3.75) win.

3.45 Ascot- Found (3.85) win & US Army Ranger (15.0) e/w.

4.25 Ascot- Firmament (10.0), Third Time Lucky (9.2) & Bronze Angel (50.0) e/w.

Frankel – signing off.