Tom looks over Ascot's Saturday's races and has found 4 selections for the Oddschecker faithful.
Best Of Times does look the most likely winner of the opener but his price is not appealing in an open handicap. In fact another Godolphin runner makes almost as much appeal at far more generous odds. Oceanographer really didn’t look to handle the track last time at Newmarket and it’d be wrong to pigeonhole him as an all weather horse. He won on the turf on his 2nd start and his next run when disappointing at Leicester can be put down to other reasons given a subsequent 7 month absence. He’s drawn 1 but I don’t mind that given I think he’ll be ridden prominently and we’ve seen a few races here where they've struggled to get involved from the rear. The drop in trip will suit and we should see an improved performance from Newmarket.
It looks worth chancing Mount Logan in the Hardwicke. Stoute has a great record in the race and his pair look seriously talented but Mount Logan gave bundles of weight to Exosphere at the end of last season when beaten a couple of lengths. He is expected to improve a fair bit for his winning reappearance in Listed company and this step up in class is not beyond him. He was a touch unlucky when beaten a length by subsequent Group winner Mahsoob here last year and is unexposed at the trip. His 12 furlong figures read 3,1,13,1 with that sole disappointment coming on heavy ground and he can outrun massive odds.
4 on the shortlist for the Wokingham are Interception (last year’s winner), Spring Loaded, Toofi and Outback Traveller. I can just about pick holes in the first 2, Interception being a little out of form and still 5lb higher than last year whilst Spring Loaded arrives here off the back of a 2 and a half month break. Both the selections have moved to master sprint trainer Robert Cowell this year and they look fairly treated on peak form. Toofi was touched off by Hoof It at Doncaster and again found a few too good in the Ayr Gold Cup. A strong pace over this stiff 6 will suit, much more than 5 did on reappearance, and this has likely been the plan a way off. Outback Traveller really caught the eye in the Victoria Cup last time. He travelled like the best horse in the race but found little. A drop to 6 will almost certainly suit and the ground has probably just about come good for him. Both are drawn high - not necessarily a good thing based upon what we’ve seen this week but there’s nothing to suggest it’s quicker far side, in fact the opposite is true according to the clerk of the course and the pace could revolve around Stepper Point in 21.