While the final remnants of this year’s Royal Ascot meeting are played out at the Berkshire track, there are seven other race meetings worth perusing across the UK and Ireland.
Here’s four to score from Ayr and Redcar and hopefully we’ll get some fancy prices about them.
This looks just about the best class handicap of the afternoon outside of the final day at Royal Ascot and is full of players that like to race from the front. That should prove a perfect make-up for NICHOLAS T trained by the hugely-underrated Jim Goldie.
This seven-year-old looked more than a shade unlucky not to land the Thirsk Hunt Cup when a fast finishing third and simply didn’t stay a mile and a quarter last time out at Redcar. That Thirsk run came off a mark of 85 and he is set to run here off a 2lbs lower rating here. The added bonus is that he has a course and distance win on his CV.
There are three course and distance winners in a competitive field of 12 entries and only two have yet to win over this specialists’ trip.
There is a bundle of pace on here and that should suit presser RAYDIANCE. It is true to say that Karl Burke’s team have been slow to find their form this season, but there have been better signs in the past fortnight. This classy individual has plummeted in the ratings from a mark of 102 to 90 and at a double-figure price is well worth an each-way play off his current rating.
I also make Ulshaw Bridge a big player even though he has yet to bag a gold medal over this trip. His recent third over a mile at Newcastle suggests this this shorter distance will suit.
This looks a wide open event, but I am very keen to give REGULAR another chance after he ran way to freely last time out at Newmarket a fortnight ago. Sporting a first time visor, the son of Exceed and Excel pulled Hayley Turner’s arms out and his race was well and truly run, fully three furlongs from home.
Michael Bell now reverts to the cheek pieces which saw him land a fair Leicester contest two outings back and the Royal runner gets the nod over Howzer Black and Irreverent. I know that Richard Fahey has a lot of time for the last named and he could very well leave his last run behind in what was a messy contest at Doncaster.
Having run in one of the most competitive middle distance handicaps at York last month, INDIANAPOLIS has solid claims upped in distance for this the historic Winton Cup.
That day he was badly drawn and checked up a couple of times down the home straight before making stealthy late headway to finish a four lengths sixth of 18 behind the now Ebor Handicap favourite, First Eleven.
Formerly with Aidan O’Brien, this son of Galileo has shaped as though this trip could prove to be his optimum and trainer James Given is keen to get him higher in the weights in order to garner a place in the Ebor field which he feels is a realistic long-term aim.
*Prices correct at time of publishing