Horse Racing Preview – Ascot – 4th May May 2017
Today’s horse racing preview comes from Lingfield and Towcester. What was taken out of yesterday’s meeting at Ascot, personally for me Blue Point is going to be a prolific sprinter if Godolphin keep him at the index as now has put himself straight into the Royal meeting next month with a possible crack at the Coronation Cup.
With the first classics upon us this forth coming weekend Blue Points win has complimented Churchill’s Dewhurst form nicely, and with Thunder Snow running in Kentucky also Churchill looks on paper a shoe in at present.
14.10 Lingfield – Injured Jockeys Fund Median Auction Maiden Stakes (8f)
This should be a good opportunity for Hamdoun Al Maktoums Mukalal to show his above these. The three-year-old had just the two runs as a juvenile with promise, runner up to unbeaten Middle Kingdom on debut on the all-weather at Newcastle and did not disgrace on his turf debut when fifth at Newmarket, the placed Firefright franked the form at Doncaster five days ago.
Main danger looks to come from Richard Hannon’s Pillar of Society who is 0-5 which includes a middle place finish at Newmarket in what looks like a race that will throw up winners this season. Even though by Roderic O’Connor the stiff mile here could make him very vulnerable, would prefer to see him this season over sprint trips.
Mukalal : 2pt win @ 2/1 (BOG)
15.40 Lingfield – Join Us For Ladies Day -12th May Handicap (0-75)
I ticked a horse off over the weekend in Theo’s Lolly who was declared to run, pulled on the day to take his chances here in a weaker contest. His last win came back in the summer of last season when he landed a 0-75 at Ripon.
This might be just above his ability, but if he comes to the table bringing his win at Pontefract this time last year when winning a 0-70, even his fifth at the same track on his seasons reappearance when just under twelve lengths behind Gulf of Poets.
That handicap (0-75) is starting to turn out very competitive on paper, as the winner has gone on to win again on the all-weather, the runner up has also boosted the form winning seven days ago on the turf at Beverley. The third was just beaten last week at Beverley at now rated 76, the fourth has won at Thirsk last week, the eighth won yesterday so it’s all there if the handicapper has over looked his rating of 73 is generous, should be there about.
Main danger is Bridge of Sighs who could be well treated now dropping back to 10f this afternoon with Rob Winston booked, if reproducing his Kempton second he has to be feared.
Theo’s Lolly : 1.5pt each way @ 6/1 (BOG)
14.20 Towcester – Call Star Sports On 0800 521321 Novices Hurdle
It’s one of those races that the best horse should be taking the pot here, if Martin Keighley’s entry here Somewhere To Be turns up in the form that saw him third back in January when finishing behind the likes of Louis Vac Pouch and Listen to the Man at Southwell this should be a shoe in.
Sixth to Jenkins on hurdling debut, which has produced winners such as Bags Groove, Captain Forez (runner up Grade 1 Mersey Hurdle) behind Finian’s Oscar, Pingshou (Grade 1 Top Novices Hurdle Winner).
it doesn’t always pan out that they train on, but three months off, not exposed really should take this at the expense of Nick Gifford’s Project Mars who has run well on his hurdling debut this year around the course.
Somewhere To Be : 3pt win @ 2/1 (BOG)
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