Steve Ryder is back with three tips for today's action.
The Charlie Hills trained Dark Shift (best priced at 2/1) looks progressive last season and he should be able to build on an encouraging reappearance in the Victoria Cup. The four-year-old won on his final two starts last season at Ascot including over a mile before being drawn on the wrong side in the Victoria Cup at Ascot on his reappearance. The grey son of Dark Angel made good headway down the centre of the track to look threatening 2f out but weakened inside the final furlong in a race that was dominated by the nearside (winner was stall 27, 2nd was 26 and 3rd was 28).
Dark Shift now drops into a less competitive handicap and also gets the assistance of William Buick for this race. He won a novice race at the course last season so this track shouldn’t be a problem and I expect him to prove hard to beat off a mark of 91.
It was a shame that Mise En Scene (best priced at 10/1) had to miss the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket with a temperature but I am hoping that she can gain compensation in this race. The James Ferguson trained filly won her first two starts as a juvenile before finishing 4th in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in October. The form of that race has been boosted with the 2nd Prosperous Voyage and the 3rd Cachet finishing 1-2 in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and only a short head behind the winner that day was Mise En Scene.
Mise En Scene is joint top rated with the favourite Tuesday with an official rating of 109 and I think she is overpriced with up to five places available.
The Jessie Harrington trained Dark Vega (best priced at 4/1) was extremely eyecatching on her return earlier this month and she should prove hard to beat in this race now upped in distance to a mile. She outran odds of 22/1 to win a maiden at this course on her debut where she defeated the now 100 rated Boundless Ocean by a neck. That was her only start as a juvenile but she reappeared in a handicap here over 7f earlier this month off a mark of 87 where she was short of room at a crucial time which meant she didn’t have the turn of foot over 7f to hold her position.
Dark Vega stayed on well under hands and heels late on to finish only three lengths behind the winner and she should appreciate the step up to a mile in this race.