ASCOT 27TH JULY 2019
1.50 PRINCESS MARGARET KEENELAND STAKES (GROUP 3)
SO SHARP was exactly what her named suggested on her debut at Newbury when she showed blistering early pace and had her rivals under pressure very quickly.
She drifted right inside the final furlong but I would put that down to greenness but it didn’t affect her seeing out the race and winning comfortably in the end.
The fillies that finished second and sixth behind her that day have come out at won since so the form has a nice look to it. With improvement to come she looks overpriced to me. Summer Romance who won a class five first time out then went on to win a listed race emphatically.
There is no doubting her position at the head of the market but its most definitely not as lopsided a market as it should be.
2.25 PORSCHE HANDICAP 1M
WINGS OF TIME is a typical Charlie Appleby mid-season improver, having won on handicap debut at Newmarket last time out. This race looks an ideal next step before looking some black type later in the season.
A rise of 6lb in the handicap should be manageable as this race has numerous questions surrounding the opposition.
Should be tough to beat.
3.25 MOET & CHANDON INTERNATIONAL STAKES (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
A typical minefield handicap but, at the prices, there is one horse that really stands out to me. BLUE MIST finished a very respectable seventh in the Victoria Cup over the course and distance. He then went to Ayr and something definitely went amiss as he was eased in the closing stages to finish seventh and last.
Ripp Orff finished a head in front of him in the Victoria Cup yet the prices seem to factor in Blue Mist running so badly at Ayr. I am willing to excuse the Ayr run and give him another chance on a track that he likes.
He is very lightly raced and has had a month to overcome the exertions at Ayr. Solid each way value in a very competitive field.
Enable is the star attraction for the feature race of the day but from a betting perspective she is not much value at her prohibitive odds.
I have to venture outside the top three in the market and, for me, the value lies in a horse that has featured in our previews before. WALDGEIST for France could be the type of horse to sit off the pace and chase the freakish filly home.
Pierre-Charles Boudot will probably be the first to say he got his fractions wrong in the Prince Of Wales’s at Royal Ascot when, for me, he was simply too far back. He ran on into a never-nearer third behind Crystal Ocean which was a respectable run on the face of it.
The pace will be strong up front as the Ballydoyle battalion will look to set it up for Anthony Van Dyck. I was keen to take Enable on last time and maybe test the fact her fitness may have been her downfall. She was electric that day and more than likely will win again here on route to greater feats this season.
The betting without market is the way to play here with a small stake advised on Waldgeist.
4.15 WOOLDRIDGE GROUP PAT EDDERY STAKES (LISTED)
AL DABARAN really impressed me on his debut at Newmarket back on the 29th of June where he forged clear close home and looked like a horse with a very bright future. He will have no doubt improved from that and could prove very good value at the prices.
The opposition for me doesn’t look overly strong for a listed race. My nap of the day and should take the world of beating.
4.50 LONGINES HANDICAP (LADY AMATEUR RIDERS)
NORMANDY BARRIERE deserves to pick up a nice pot this season and the handicapper has given him a very decent chance in doing so here.
He is a course winner off a rating of 96 and is in here off a mark of 87. He hasn’t won since 2017 but his last two runs have shown that the ability remains.
These lady riders races are hard to judge in terms of pace but Joanna Mason should be well able to bring this horse through with a winning run on a track that he does well at.
5.20 PLYMOUTH FRUIT CUP HANDICAP
KIEFER is another horse who went into my notebook after his run at Salisbury last time out. He is a big horse who came from off the pace and was closing all the way to the line.
The fourth horse from that race has come out and won since.
The handicapper has nudged Kieffer up to a mark of 88 and I think that is still very manageable on what he has achieved.
He still has plenty of improvement in him and could finish the day off for us on a high.
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