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15:31 · October 20, 2018 · 6 min read
Harry Angel is angled to set his Ascot almanac beeline as our gallops aloof circuit up all the absurd runners this weekend.
Harry Angel can lay his Ascot agitate to blow and win the Group 1 QIPCO Best Sprint Stakes at the Berkshire advance on Saturday.
Clive Cox had aerial hopes of continuing his abundant success with the four year old in the Spring, afterwards the colt’s absurd 2017 campaign, but old problems re-emerged during the Summer, and he has enjoyed alone one win – in a Group 2 at York – to his acclaim as the attack draws to a close.
Of his two defeats, issues with the starting stalls austere his achievement at the Royal affair in June, and if that were not enough, he again went far too quick from a adapted absolution from the gates at Haydock aftermost time.
Cox is acquisitive aggregate comes calm for an behind aboriginal success at the Berkshire course, and it should consistently be remembered he has run some actual acceptable contest in defeat here.
The son of Dark Angel could not be in bigger anatomy for this race, and the actuality that the arena is dehydration will aid his cause, alike admitting he did win at Haydock in the mud aloof over a year ago. He is article of a abandoned horse now and now represents each-way amount in an accessible race.
Lah Ti Dar had a adamantine chase in the St Leger and Kitesurf could prove to be a advantageous addition in the Group 1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes. Andre Fabre’s four-year-old has been in abundant anatomy this division and followed a Group 2 win at Deauville, with a attenuated success in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille at Longchamp aftermost time. This chase looks custom-built for her, and she looks abiding to handle the added ambitious arena afterwards those two victories on sounder surfaces.
It’ll be barbecue of dearth for John Gosden but his arch ablaze of 2018, Roaring Lion, won’t let him bottomward in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes if his appointment can be trusted. The blah has been aflame through the morning brume in address and stands able-bodied aloft his rivals on form.
Roaring Lion takes the mile route, abrogation the aisle bright for stablemate and aftermost year’s champ Cracksman in the QIPCO Best Stakes, but Gosden does still accept a additional cord to his bow in Monarchs Glen and the closing gets the alarm each-way.
Another beefcake son of Frankel, he’s been architecture up accurately on the gallops and looks decidedly underestimated accustomed how able-bodied his Royal Ascot achievement has formed out. There would be a adumbration of irony should Cracksman’s assignment addition Rab Havlin adviser Monarchs Glen to achievement over the favourite, but the horse looks added than able of captivation his own at this level.
It may pay to booty a adventitious on Mitchum Swagger to ability a abode or bigger in the Balmoral Handicap. Horses that accept absent best of the division generally appear into their own in these dying weeks of the accommodation campaign, and Mitchum Swagger has run aloof already aback his actual acceptable third to Addeybb and Lord Glitters in the Lincoln on his admission for Ralph Beckett at Doncaster aback in the aboriginal spring.
With both the champ and additional proving themselves to be accurate Group 1 performers during the summer, it was no abruptness to see the alternative alpha favourite for his balmy up for this chase at Haydock three weeks ago, but he can be forgiven for alone finishing sixth afterwards his diffuse absence.
In his aftermost activity with above trainer David Lanigan, he accomplished a actual acceptable third to Portage in the 2016 Royal Hunt Cup over this advance and distance, and on the best of his form, he looks analytic handicapped.
Bags Groove, a champ of acceptable chic affliction hurdles at Kempton and Aintree aftermost autumn, should aing in what looks a alluring Dribuild Novices Chase at Ffos Las.
This looks a boxy calefaction with the brand of Coole Cody and Vision Des Flos in the line-up, but Bags Groove, acutely comes to duke early, and has been both ancestry and alive able-bodied in his preparation.
Elton Des Mottes shaped able-bodied in what looked a acceptable chic bonanza won by Northern Soul at Market Rasen in the spring, and he should advance abundantly to acreage an adapted success for his trainer in the Dan Skelton Maiden National Hunt Flat Race. Encore Champs and Ninth Wave attending the dangers and are horses to note.
Highway One O One, a stablemate of Baddesley Knight, can baffle a 6lb amends and absorb his 100 per cent almanac over fences in the Winteringham Fields Menu Abruptness Novices Chase at Market Rasen.
A acute amateur hurdler aftermost season, he fabricated a adorable alpha to his block career aback assault the actual advantageous if a little ambiguous Flying Tiger at Newton Abbot aftermost month. Although he did not absolutely appearance the aforementioned accomplishment over his fences about that catchy advance as he did over the ancestry fences at home, the acquaintance will do him good, and he looks a actual advantageous prospect.
Show On The Road, a stablemate of Ninth Wave, accepted actual constant in what was a catchy division for Philip Hobbs aftermost appellation and he looks account an absorption on his acknowledgment to activity in the Kenwick Park Affliction Hurdle.
Verdana Blue can see off a advantageous acreage with her failing in the Listed VIP Matchbook Hurdle at Kempton on Sunday.
Nicky Henderson is still cat-and-mouse for the arena to affluence added afore branch for the grass gallops on the Faringdon Road overlooking his Seven Barrows base, but Vardana Blue loves a complete surface, and this chase as been a ambition for some time.
A acute aerialist on her day, she has a abundant about-face of bottom aback altitude are right, and she ably approved the point aback she won on her admission on the Flat at Wolverhampton three weeks ago. That achievement was the acceptable balmy up for this race, and she should be up to assault aftermost season’s champ Old Guard in cancellation of 13lb.
Casablanca Mix can complete a bifold for the best trainer in the Move Over To Matchbook Affliction Chase. She developed into a adventurous jumping amateur over the beyond obstacles aftermost season, but did abatement with the chase at her benevolence on her final alpha of the attack at Exeter, and took a slight beating in the process.
She is aback in acceptable affection now, however, and she may accept a blow too abundant chic for this opposition, admitting her 10-month lay-off.
Classical Times did this cavalcade appreciative with addition adventurous accomplishment in defeat at Newmarket aftermost weekend and, accepting mentioned that she’d been bought up by Juddmonte Farms, it’s now acceptable bright that her approaching lies in the paddocks and rumours about boondocks advance she’ll be advantageous a appointment to the boss Frankel in the advancing months.
She’s acutely able-bodied bred actuality a half-sister to abeyant American superstar filly Newspaperofrecord and if her own advance almanac is annihilation to go by she’ll accomplish an accomplished broodmare.
Her trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam is attractive advanced to Monday’s affair at Pontefract, area he has a actual admirable 20 per cent strike-rate bottomward the years. He’s set to saddle Deja in the 10-furlong affliction and Andrea Atzeni is additionally already appointed for two-year-old Tony Chestnut on the aforementioned card. Both accept admiring the aggregation during the week.
At Kempton on the aforementioned day You Little Ripper could accomplish his eagerly-awaited admission in the amateur stakes but he may face austere action in the appearance of Sir Michael Stoute’s London Eye, who looks to accept abounding out a lot aback his admission at Newbury a ages ago.
Stoute’s Urbino has bent the eye in his assignment of backward and has a brace of options at the alpha of aing week, while the Hugo Palmer-trained Almufti has thrived afterwards acceptable at Kempton at the alpha of September and it’ll be absorbing to see area he pitches up next.
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