JADWAL makes his handicap debut here off 84 and he looks like one who could have a few pounds in hand of the handicapper.
He was slowly away on debut at Leicester and ran a very good race considering. He followed that up with an impressive win at Newmarket when he had Et Tu Brute 2 lengths behind who he reposes here.
CHIL CHIL was very weak in the betting on her first start of the season and yet managed to run a very encouraging second to a well handicapped rival.
She is racing off the same mark of 85 here, and you would hope that she can prove better than that. She looks a fair bet on Saturday.
Paul Townend got it wrong in the Galway hurdle choosing to ride Buildmeupbuttercup and I reckon he could’ve made the wrong choice here.
I’d worry his mount Sayo will find this test too sharp, so therefore my selection is MISTER BLUE SKY.
He ran an encouraging race on the level at Galway and if he can build on that back over hurdles he should have a very good chance in what looks a winnable race.
Last year’s Kentucky Oaks winner SERENGETI EMPRESS steps back down to 7 furlongs for the first time since her second place in a red-hot renewal of the Group 1 Longines Test Stakes at this course, where she beat Bellafina her main market rival here.
Thomas Amoss’ filly tends to keep it straightforward by blasting out of the gates and putting the field to the sword from the get-go.
Her comeback run was an example of when that strategy goes wrong, however that was over one-and-one-eighth of a mile at Churchill and this drop to 7 furlongs, along with the rail position, should be an ideal set-up for her.
Belmont Stakes winner Tiz The Law is by far the biggest test that UNCLE CHUCK will have faced in his short career so far, but I reckon Bob Baffert’s latest Kentucky Derby hope is up to that task.
There’s a fair bit of cheap speed in here that should make it a strongly run race. Last time out they taught Uncle Chuck to take a lead in a slowly run race and with the pace in this race, they should reap the benefits of that.
Uncle Chuck and Tiz The Law should sit nearly side by side behind the speed and as good a horse as the favourite is, he may have reached his ceiling already.
On what is only Uncle Chuck’s third start he has plenty of improvement in him still, which hopefully will lead to him coming out on top in what’s going be a fascinating duel in the home straight.
The Mark McNiff yard has been amongst the winners lately, including this unexposed hurdler who won snugly at Tramore recently his second handicap start.
GONE RACING looks well capable of climbing higher than his current handicap mark, with the step up in trip also looking to suit. Should go very well in this contest.
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Saturday 13:15 Ascot – Jadwal
Saturday 13:50 Ascot – Chil Chil
Saturday 17:15 Kilbeggan – Mister Blue Sky
Saturday 20:42 Saratoga – Serengeti Empress
Saturday 23:15 Saratoga – Uncle Chuck
Sunday 15:30 Downpatrick – Gone Racing
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