International Stakes Handicap Ascot
Don’t Call Me ticks almost every box for this race. He has really top notch Ascot Handicap Form and has run a good race on almost every occasion, 2 wins a 2nd 3rd 4th and other good performances over this course and distance all in big handicaps. Every one of those was of a higher mark than his current mark and his one decent run this year was a decent 8th here in the Victoria Cup, when running on at the end. If that wasn’t enough there is the sudden booking of Jockey of the moment Oisin Murphy. All this adds up to 33/1 looking unreal value and worthy of a decent bet.
2 Points EW 33/1 Bet365 5 Places NRNB
King George Ascot 3:50
I think that the market has got too excited about the prospected of both Telescope and Taghrooda here. It’s not certain that either has really beaten anything yet. Eagle Top could be anything but basically an unknown and as such isn’t value at 5/1. The more I look at it the more I end up looking at Trading Leather as the value here. He is a very consistent animal and has looked as if 12 furlongs is his best trip. He was a good second in the Eclipse behind my selection for that race Mukhadram, who had got away somewhat early in the straight. He was 2nd in this last year but I wouldn’t be surprised if he has improved this year and the current 12/1 available looks about 4 points too big. He is a tempting large EW bet but that isn’t really my thing at these odds so I’ll go for a smaller win bet
1 Point win 16 Betfair Trading Leather
Sbybet Dash York 3:30
Ancient Cross is getting a bit long in the tooth at this stage but he has been steadily coming into form this year, and I wouldn’t be that surprised to see him improve for the step up to 6 here off a mark below his Silver Cup win from last year with a 7lbs claimer on board. 25/1 looks a bit of value.
1 Point EW 25/1 Paddy Power
Mezzotint is one I’ve been keeping an eye on with his falling mark and after a half decent run last time out I get the feeling that he may well be ready to run well today. He also has headgear back on and is back down to his last winning mark. 16/1 looks a bit of value.
1 Point win 16/1 Various