Unfortunately, those of us that might have missed the price are left with an unappealing one this morning so Frankel representatives Cunco and FRANKUUS (Best price 8-1) look the obvious alternatives.
The former reportedly surprised his handler with success at Newbury as he was thought to be lacking in track craft yet overcame greenness to run down Isomer who was three lengths clear at the furlong marker. Although he played up a little in the preliminaries, Frankuus looked more together mentally at Haydock during the race and displayed an attitude akin with his sire to stay on gamely. The ground is a slight unknown but he should be thereabouts even if his yard haven’t taken the meeting by storm.
A Windsor warm-up four weeks ago produced a stylish two-length defeat of Watchable despite pre-race vibes suggesting that Fanshawe had left plenty to work on heading into the Royal meeting. His four-year-old has been to the Berkshire twice previously, winning a handicap with huge superiority before chasing home last year’s sprinting sensation Muhaarar in the Qipco British Champions Sprint last October. There was a subtle change to The Tin Man’s tactics at Windsor when he was dropped out and ridden with a little more patience before sweeping to the front in the closing stages for a cosy success. That style of racing is well served at Ascot and if similar tactics are deployed today, the son of Equiano may take some stopping.
The trip looks his optimum these days and it appears significant that he holds a July Cup entry and is being persevered with as a four-year-old. He wasn’t knocked about once his chance had gone at Naas in a well-contested affair and should find conditions to his liking.
Others for the shortlist include the strong-travelling Outback Traveller, who wisely reverts to 6f and will be expertly prepared and Burnt Sugar who enjoyed a blowout at Salisbury last Sunday when not knocked about. Professor, runner-up in this event two years ago, was given the same prep.
He was noted doing all his best work in the straight that day and, although it will take a big effort to lower the colours of last year’s winner ORIENTAL FOX (Best price 9-2) and Clondaw Warrior, Ryan’s stayer looks a fair each-way bet with his affinity for the course assured. With four and five places on offer it is also worth playing Oriental Fox as well as he shaped with promise on his return over 12f behind Elite Army who ran well in a warm handicap here yesterday.
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