Contrasting going reports today with our two featured meetings. Ascot is Good to Soft whilst Fontwell are watering to maintain good ground.
This is a transitional phase of the year as we enter the last full month of the flat and we start to see the higher quality jumpers make their seasonal debuts.
We start with the two Group 3 events at Ascot and then onto the most valuable race at Fontwell this afternoon.
2.25 Ascot 1m4f Gigaset Cumberland Lodge Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (3yo+)
The Galileo bred Waldgeist sets a very high standard on his French and Irish Derby form.
Conditions are fine and he deserves to be at short odds. 10/11 my provisional tissue.
3.00 Ascot 6f John Guest Bengough Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (3yo+)
A peak form Blue Point will prove difficult to beat. Disappointed on testing ground at Haydock latest start when he could not quicken in the final stages.
I expect a return to form on today’s surface; good to soft should be fine. 6/4 my provisional tissue.
3.05 Fontwell 2m3f Winner Group Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) (4yo+ 0-145)
Six of the seven here are making their seasonal debuts. With a few interesting horses who are expected to progress further.
Loverboy is an ex French horse having his first start for Dan Skelton after his move from France last week. Not seen on the track for 2 1/2 years.
I anticipate that both Diable De Sivola and Dashing Oscar will have successful seasons.
Definitely a race to watch for the future.
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