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Friday 21 June 2013

Saturday Double !

Looking at the field there would appear to be only one possible front runner in the 29 runners and that is Poole Harbour, drawn in stall 8, although as stalls 1 and 2 are empty and Boomerang Bob id doubtful in stall 4 he may effectively be drawn 5. As Secret Witness, Ancient Cross and Mass Rally, all hold up horses, are drawn close by PH looks likely to have an uncontested lead on the far side and he may be able to get to the rail. If that is the case then he would give a toe into the race for the likes of Group winner Hitchens (20/1), Nocturn(quirky) (11/1) and Mass Rally(prefers soft)(20/1).
Over on the stands side ie in the top half of the draw we have a total of  9, possibly 10, hold up horses with jockeys such as Moore(Duke Of Firenze), Queally and Dettori closest to the rail and Hughes, Spencer, Fortune and Fallon drawn 17, 22, 23 and 24.
As there is no real front runner to take them along from the start there may be some indecision as to who is going to lead this group and this may give an early advantage to those drawn low - far side.
There is a first time hood for Ladyship and first time visor for Our Jonathan.
Historically you don't want to be drawn in the middle.
I am going to go for two against the field Hitchens and Duke Of Firenze drawn on each side of the track.
In the Golden Jubilee I'm going to stick with Society Rock who has the measure of most of this field and Ascot is a happy hunting ground for him having won twice here before.