There is no telling how much the ground at Ascot will dry out ahead of racing, but it is unlikely that the season’s star performer so far, Golden Horn, will show up in the King George unless there is a marked improvement before the off time of 3.50.
King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes
That makes predicting the outcome difficult at this stage as the prices will change dramatically if he is a late absentee.
Flintshire and The Corsican are already out, but on the assumption the favourite does line up we are going to suggest taking him on with his stablemate, EAGLE TOP.
This horse loves Ascot and easily beat Snow Sky here last summer. The placings were reversed over course and distance last time out, but Sir Michael Stoute’s charge had first run that day and Richard Hughes surely won’t give that rival as much leeway today.
With eight set to go to post, Eagle Top looks an each way bet to nothing and word from the John Gosden yard is that he has never been better.
|Eagle Top (ew)||3.50 Ascot||7/1||Bet365, Coral|
Gigaset International Stakes
The main supporting race is the day’s big betting heat, the Heritage Handicap.
Again, the ground will play a key part and on the assumption that it is no quicker than good to soft the three we like are LINCOLN, NAKUTI and FARLOW.
Lincoln has looked ready to land one of these big handicaps for a while and he can be delivered fast and late to land the spoils here. Richard Hughes is on board again and there are few better at executing those tactics here. His mount has form on this ground and you can forget his effort in a similar race at Royal Ascot as he got no sort of run that day.
Nakuti has also won on soft ground and it is very much a plus that he won over a furlong further last time out as this 7f will take plenty of staying today.
He is drawn on the other side to Lincoln so we have both draw options covered.
Farlow is drawn next to Nakuti, and is a much more speculative option.
His last two wins have all come on good to soft, which is encouraging, and Richard Fahey reports him in flying form at home. Fahey is a master when it comes to winning these ultra-competitive heats and his big price makes Farlow worth a small each way punt.
There are no end of dangers in such a large field, and Speculative Bid, Hawkeyethenoo and big outsider Don’t Call Me are particularly feared.
|Lincoln (ew)||3.15 Ascot||12/1||Bet365, Coral|
|Nakuti (ew)||3.15 Ascot||25/1||Bet365, Coral|
|Farlow (ew)||3.15 Ascot||28/1||Bet365, Coral|
Sky Bet Dash
At York, the ground is very much on the fast side, which should suit course and distance specialist, BLAINE, in the Sky Bet Dash.
Kevin Ryan’s horse showed signs of a return to form last time out and he often bursts into life at this time of year.
There are plenty of others to consider, of course, but his main rival will probably prove to be the likely favourite, TANZEEL, who ran a very encouraging race on his comeback recently.
|Blaine (ew)||3.30 York||20/1||Bet365|
|Tanzeel (ew)||3.30 York||15/2||Bet365|