Of those that have run, Bake is the most interesting after his debut third at Sandown was upheld by the runner-up’s Group 3 second next time. However, Bake finished 5l behind him at Sandown and that bare form is unexceptional against what might be expected to win an Ascot novice, so preference is for the likely looking (on paper anyway) newcomer INNOVATOR. Siam Fox is another interesting newcomer and he may be third best.
There are some choicely bred fillies in this interesting little novice, including Good And Proper, who has already shown promise when third on last month’s debut at Newbury and has experience on her side. The bare form is unexceptional, though, so marginal preference is for fellow Fillies’ Mile entry MONSOON MOON. The other Fillies’ Mile entry, Love Is You, is very much of interest too and may be third best.
This should be run at a good pace with Christopher Mason’s pair Glamorous Anna and Just Glamorous in the field. Indian Sounds should go well if the ground remains suitable, while Rose Hip continues to go from strength to strength, but TONE THE BARONE (nap) is worth another chance. His latest effort at Salisbury came in a race in which nothing landed a blow from off the speed and he’s better judged on his good earlier C&D win.
The bulk of PRETTY IN GREY‘s huge progress since last October has been delivered over 7f but she stormed home over 1m on the Kempton AW to start that winning sequence and today’s return to 1m may well see her win yet again. C&D winner Manaabit is a very serious rival, while Perfect Inch could prove best of the rest.
A host of in-form and progressive 3yos are in opposition in this good handicap. The suggestion is SHANDOZ, who stayed on well to win narrowly in a useful contest over C&D on last month’s belated reappearance, is fairly weighted up 4lb and, crucially, ought to be better for that last run. My Frankel has plenty going for him too and is next best ahead of the selection’s narrow C&D victim Grand Bazaar.
The normally dependable SPANISH CITY has a solid overall record at Ascot and he has sound claims on the form of his third over C&D in the Wokingham in June in particular. He may be the answer, with up-and-coming 3yo Indian Creak appealing most of several viable alternatives ahead of Jonah Jones.
The top 7f handicaps here have produced some terrific contests over the years and this one is unlikely to be any different. BLUE MIST improved on his good record here when right on his game to beat a strong yardstick in July and it looks as though he is only now reaching the peak of his powers.
Via Serendipity made the perfect start for his new yard over 1m here and could be the main danger as he’s still on a fair mark on his old C&D form. Documenting is also respected following his sparkling York win, along with Society Lion now he is back on turf, but the ground is likely to be on the quick side for the stout-hearted Raising Sand.
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