This is another very competitive sprint, a Class 2 handicap over 5f at Ascot. It would be the appear that the fastest part of the course at the moment is up the middle as there has been no rain overnight.
Looking at the race we will try and come with a shorlist like yesterday from which you can pick one or combine all in a pool bet.
HAMISH MCGONAGALL - Stall 14 is a good draw for Hamish and I would imagine back in handicap company he will try and make a bold bid from the front as he is one who will not be bothered by the going which is Good to Firm.
JUDGE N' JURY - Winner of this race last year from a 1lb lower mark. His trainer Ron Harris has won the last 2 runnings of this and he also saddles Abraham Lincoln.
PROHIBIT - Is drawn in 21 and has run well over 5f against a couple of today's opponents in Rowe Park and Monsieur Joe, he has the talented apprentice John Fahy up who claims 5lb and that could make all the difference for him.
FOL HOLLOW - Is also drawn wide in 22 and is now 5lb higher than his best winning mark so he will need a PB to come good.
CHEVETON - Would ideally want some give in the going, however Ascot is known for it's forgiving ground and he came back to form last week so it woulldnt be a suprise to see him up there, particularly from his good draw in 8.
SOLEMN - Is drwan in stall 12 which could be a good place to be in my view as it would appear to be the fastest part of the track and his trainer who has won this race in the past is hopeful of a good run.
MONSIOUR JOE - Is an improving sort (mentioned above) however I feel Prohibit can turn the tables on him today.
As I have said it is a very competitive sprint and it doesnt take much to bring you into contention, however the 4 I would be concentrating on are :-
Another race to look at is the 3.00 at Carlisle and in particular FADHB ARBITH (watch your spelling on this one). He ran a very promsing race at Pontefract on the 16th of this month when ridden by Jamie Spencer, however he was given a lot to do by him up the Ponty hill. He gets an extra furlong here to get going and Carlisle also has a stiff hill in which his 3lb claimer can galvanise him and he has shown on his last run that the hill should pose no problems. He currently looks on a decent mark and the weight shouldnt be a problem as he is a big horse. The fav More than Many looks unexposed and could be the one to give him most to do from his in form stable.
ATLANTIC STORY is another from the horses to follow section, he is dropping down the weights and his turn surely cant be that far away and he has the blinkers left off today which could spark him up in the 4.25 at Pontefract.
Also at Pontefract in the 5.30 Mr Wolf is drawn in stall 1 and has the man of the moment Paul Hanagan up. Mr Wolf has won 7 times here over the years and clearly loves the place. He ran another good race last week and he is value for his price of 9/1.
Well there are a few to be looking at today and hopefully 1 or 2 will come good. I'll be blogging again tomorrow so keep in touch with the site.