*Saturday’s meeting at Ascot was abandoned this morning due to waterlogging.
It’s a huge weekend for European racing with a terrific Saturday on ITV from Newmarket and Redcar followed on Sunday by the Arc meeting from Longchamp.
Let’s get straight to it, then, and try and find a few winners before going Paris crazy.
We kick off with a valuable juvenile auction stakes over 6f. It’s been a few years since John Fretwell has won a big pot but the owner might go close here with the inform GIFT LIST. On paper the daughter of Bated Breath has a bit to find with some of these, but she will stay strong having won twice over 7f and has a big each-way chance for Harrison Shaw and Karl Burke.
Ascot coverage begins with a Listed race over 5f. I’ll have a few quid each-way on TIS MARVELLOUS for the excellent combination of Adam Kirby and Clive Cox. The King’s Stand Stakes fourth has been in good form all season and has every chance of going close if just improving a fraction at the track he loves.
Now a handicap over 1m2f. What an open event. KALEIDOSCOPIC acts with juice in the ground, is at the right end of the weights, is lightly raced open to improvement and has Hollie Doyle up so has a cracking each-way chance. The daughter of Le Havre has only raced four times but scored at Sandown last time and surely has more to come for Mick Channon.
Now the Group 3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes over 1m4f. No surprise here that I suspect LOGICIAN to take all the beating. The unbeaten John Gosden runner is a huge mount for Robert Havlin and of course landed last season’s St Leger. He had issues after and returned in a match at Doncaster which told us little. He remains, though, potentially one of the most exciting horses in training.
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It’s Group 1 action next with the Sun Chariot over 1m. I’m happy to give TEREBELLUM another chance for James Doyle and John Gosden. The Queen Anne runner up was disappointing last time behind Nazeef and I still can’t fathom how she lost that race. That said she’s clearly talented and has fabulous place claims for a top team.
A handicap here over 7f. This is hard with some old favourites in there. I suspect GREENSIDE will be a big chance for Marco Ghiani to show what he can do for Henry Candy. My each-way hope is not chucked in at all, but loves this trip and the ground will be perfect. He’s also in fine form after decent efforts at York and Haydock and has very good Ascot form.
Just the one from Redcar on ITV but it’s the big two-year-old race which carries Listed status over 6f. UNCLE JUMBO is lightly raced and has not won since his debut success at Doncaster first time. However, he’s been far from disgraced in defeat at York and Doncaster and his third there behind Line of Departure was a great effort. Sound each-way chance for Kevin Stott and Kevin Ryan.
Finally at Ascot a Group 3 over 6f. Cae Byron is interesting but THE TIN MAN is still a very talented horse and should take some beating for Danny Tudhope and James Fanshawe. The eight-year-old was a fine second to Dream of Dreams two runs ago at Newbury but never got in it in the Haydock Sprint last time although was far from disgraced.
So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
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Matt Chapman’s bet summary – Saturday, October 3
1.40pm Newmarket – Gift List
1.55pm Ascot – Tis Marvellous
2.10pm Newmarket – Kaleidoscopic
2.30pm Ascot – Logician
2.45pm Newmarket – Terebellum
3.05pm Ascot – Greenside
3.25pm Redcar – Uncle Jumbo
3.40pm Ascot – The Tin Man
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