You can read the thoughts of BetBright’s Racing Ambassador, Nick Luck, throughout Glorious Goodwood next week, but before then, we’ve got some excellent racing at Ascot and York to enjoy on Saturday, headlined by The King George – read Nick’s selections below…
Ascot 1.50 – Royal Intervention 9/4
There are a couple of interesting first time out winners in this – Aquarius & Scintilating – but they will have to be quite special to beat Royal Intervention, who pointed her toe really smartly to win a Listed race on the July course. Although favourite, she still looks too big a price on the strength of that victory.
Ascot 2.25 – Corrosive 6/1
Corrosive was far from flattered by his finishing position in the Britannia, having travelled like a very smart horse for much of the race. He was then somewhat unlucky to be mugged on the line at Newmarket last time when well clear of the third. Proven to be very effective at this track, he is again ridden by the bang in-form James Doyle.
Ascot 3.00 – Il Primo Sole 11/1
This horse has looked smart since his debut and nearly put it all together in a super competitive Britannia, doing best of those who tried to chase the runaway winner Ostilio and shaping like the clear second best until he had no more left inside the final furlong. That run suggested that he was perfectly well handicapped and may yet benefit for a drop back to seven furlongs. There are relatively few improvers in the race, and he could still be ahead of the posse.
Ascot 3.40 – Cracksman 11/4
I’m keeping the faith after two decidedly underwhelming displays – here’s the thing… even on those performances, he still has a great chance (particularly at closing off 2 lengths on Poet’s Word over 2 furlongs further). Yes, he obviously goes well with cut in the ground, but that’s nowhere near as big an issue as what frame of mind he’s in – and reports on that score are very encouraging. It’s also a plus – in Dettori’s absence – that John Gosden has gone to his own man in Rab Havlin (who knows all the horse’s idiosyncrasies) rather than looking elsewhere.
York 2.05 – Arcanada 13/2
Culturati might be a cut above, but has a long layoff to defy, and Get Knotted is always one to take on at short odds, so Arcanada gets the vote, particularly as he may well be able to dominate this race from the front, tactics which Richard Kingscote uses effectively when required. His recent profile is a little inconsistent, but the looks just the right race for him.
York 2.40 – Baron Bolt 12/1
This looks very hard, with relatively few horses in peak form, and plenty of possibles should they choose to show their best. Baron Bolt, by contrast, has done well this season and likes to finish off a good, strong pace, which he should get.
York 3.15 – Smart Call 11/4
Slightly frustrating that she hadn’t managed to win in the UK until Newcastle last time, but she did that smoothly. Two of her best domestic efforts have come at this track, and she may be some value to turn over Elarqam, who needs to erase the memory of his laboured performance in the Irish Guineas.
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