As seems to be the case for quite a while, the weather forecast has to be studied almost as carefully as the form. Today the block capitals HEAVY loom large in the going reports for all three jump meetings. We are set for a dry day with temperatures nudging towards double figures in the south. Therefore we are likely to see the ground drying as the afternoon progresses. It will be a factor.
We are concentrating on the Ascot card today starting with a stamina test.
2.25 3m Keltbray Swinley Chase (A Limited Handicap) (Listed Race) (Class 1) (5yo+)
Early morning favourite Gold Present is now a non-runner leaving six to post.
Holly Bush Henry and Another Venture are the two that come into this race in form.
From a handicapping perspective a case can be made for the other three.
The horse in that list of most interest is last year’s winner of this race Tenor Nivernais.
He has been well beaten on all three starts since that impressive performance. However all three of those starts were on left handed tracks and he needs to go right handed.
On the same handicap mark as last year, a big run is expected.
Holly Bush Henry 10/3
Another Venture 10/3
Tenor Nivernais 9/2
3.00 2m3½f Ascot Spring Garden Show Handicap Hurdle (Class
Dieg Man is expected to improve on first start in a handicap.
Kildisart has solid handicap form.
Both the Henderson runners, Fixe Le Cap and Stowaway Magic are reverting from chasing. The latter has attracted some market support this morning.
Friday Night Light improved on latest start, when runner up at Taunton earlier this month. Can improve further stepping up in trip. Currently a general 9/1.
Dieg Man 4/1
Friday Night Light 11/2
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