Ascot 1.50 – Mr Lupton
Mr Lupton is carrying a penalty here, hence his pretty decent price, but he might be able to defy it given the likelihood of a breakneck pace, courtesy of Amomentofmadness. Gerald Mosse gave him a beautiful ride at Newbury and should be able to execute similar tactics here.
Ascot 2.25 – Laraaib
Laraaib is a high-risk proposition, having run horribly the last twice, but must be bang in the mix on his running between Poets Word and Desert Encounter at Sandown, which makes him the highest rated here. Addition of blinkers and the yard wheeling back into form combines to make him a reasonable proposition at the prices.
Ascot 3.00 – Dream of Dreams
I have a huge soft spot for Dream of Dreams, so may not be seeing this as clearly as I should, but I firmly believe that this trip on the nice autumn ground is right up his street. Chasing a good pace over six furlongs will suit better than seven, and he’s well up to this class on a going day.
Ascot 3.35 – Flaming Spear
All the usual suspects here, but Flaming Spear finally showed what he was made of for his relatively new yard when winning at Goodwood last time. In truth, he bolted up, and the rise in the weights may not be enough to stop him, particularly with a reasonable claimer booked. He’s run some nice races here, and I’ll be disappointed if he’s not competitive under conditions that should suit.
Newmarket 2.05 – Indian Tygress
This is quite a spicy race for the grade, but Indian Tygress has the pedigree to suggest she’s decent and has been campaigning in typically circumspect fashion by James Fanshawe. She couldn’t have been more impressive at Kempton last month and surely has a whole load more to offer.
Newmarket 3.15 – Clemmie
This is a pretty good edition of the Sun Chariot. Wind Chimes sets the standard if you believe her splitting of Recoletos and Expert Eye is an accurate reflection of her ability, while Laurens has nailed 4 Group Ones and probably only does what is required. That said, Clemmie was only a length or two behind Laurens in the Matron off a bad prep and a stuttering season overall. With the stable really firing, and with conditions ideal, Clemmie should be able to progress sufficiently to shake up the big two.
Redcar 2.45 – Swissterious
This is hard, but Swissterious really impressed in terms of attitude when winning at Doncaster in July, and has done really well in the better company since. The likely unrelenting pace and slight ease in grade should suit really well.
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