Thanks to the late Glenn Frey of the Eagles for today’s headline, which is certainly appropriate for the meeting at Ascot, where temperatures are expected to exceed 36C.
Coverage starts with the ITV…Handicap at 1.50 and this 6f handicap has a wide open, who’s turn is it look about it.
We’ll pick two against the field and suggest each way bets on Hamish Macbeth at 10-1 and Woven at 11-1 – you never know.
We double up again with the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Celebration Handicap at 2.25, starting with the favourite Shelir. We selected this O’Meara trained beastie (along with the winner, Blue Mist) in the International Handicap on this course last time out, when a low draw was no good to it and it got hampered as well. Only beaten 4 lengths in the end, a second chance is given at 7-2.
We also recommend an each way bet on Wild Hope, which hosed up last time out and is only 4lbs higher today. Take the 12-1 on offer.
There’s another Dubai Duty Free sponsored handicap at 3.00, with a very silly name, this time over 2 miles. Fav in all books is the Roger Varian trained Australis at 3-1.
Now eleven pounds higher than when winning at Wolverhampton and still a maiden on turf after 6 attempts, frankly you can keep it.
We prefer the chances of Kaloor, a 4-y-o from David Menuisier‘s yard, which will be trying this trip for the first time. However, the way it stayed on over 14 furlongs at Sandown last time suggests this is the right tactic and it’s a solid each way alternative at 5-1.
The Thames Hospice Handicap at 3.35 completes the Ascot coverage and we really like Fox Vardy for this one.
Martin Meade‘s hero won a Newmarket handicap by 14 lengths on reappearance and almost defied the inevitable assessor’s thump at York a month ago. Same mark today, more suitable ground and the assistance of the ‘wunderkind’ makes this a classic each way punt at 11-2.
Conditions should be a bit cooler oop North, where the TV cameras are covering a further two races, starting with the Listed Dick Hern Stakes at 2.05. The favourite, Veracious, brings Group form into this, but without a recent run and with a wind op 5-4 just ain’t no fun and we prefer an each way bet on Festive Star at 5-1.
The Crisford‘s 3-y-o easily won a Newbury handicap off a mark of 98 in the style of a big improver and we hope she takes this rise in class in her pretty stride.
The other televised race at 2.40 is dominated by the John Gosden trained Global Giant at 10-11 and, with just seven runners, this race is just not a betting proposition, so we travel South to Newmarket for the one race that’s on t’telly.
This is the Betway Sweet Solera Stakes at 3.20 and we think the favourite will win it. Fly Miss Helen created a very favourable impression when bolting up on debut and with the Hannon yard positively drooling, we make this a strong bet at 2-1.
Now then, where did we put the parasol?
Hamish Macbeth 1.50 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 10-1
Woven 1.50 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 10-1
Shelir 2.25 Ascot 2pts win @ 7-2
Wild Hope 2.25 Ascot 1pt e/w @ 12-1
Kaloor 3.00 Ascot 1.5pts e/w @ 5-1
Fox Vardy 3.35 Ascot 1.5pts e/w @ 11-2 (4 places)
Festive Star 2.05 Haydock 1.5pts e/w @ 5-1
Fly Miss Helen 3.20 Newmarket 4pts win @ 2-1