It's a decent card at Ascot on Wednesday, a little midweek treat as we build to a huge weekend of action. It will certainly be a day to keep an eye out for future pointers but we can get involved this afternoon as well.
Best bet for the horse racing at Ascot
I am going to leave the Group Three two-mile Longines Sagaro Stakes alone and the Listed Howden Bloodstock Paradise Stakes looks at the mercy of My Prospero and he is priced accordingly. The Naas Racecourse Royal Ascot Trials Day British EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes is an interesting race but I noted Charlie Appleby saying this week “We are trying to gauge what level we will be aiming both fillies at over the coming months.” suggesting he isn’t sure which is the best of his two and with Orchid Bloom, a winner of her only start at two and the unraced Queen For You, a very well bred filly, also in the line-up it is a race to watch rather than punt in for me. There is though a bet to be had.
A member of the Dirty Dozen for the coming season, Breeders' Cup winner Mischief Magic is hoping to book his Royal Ascot place on his first appearance as a three-year-old in the Group Three 6f British Racing School 40th Anniversary Commonwealth Cup Trial Stakes at 3.50. The Exceed And Excel colt rounded off a highly progressive two-year-old campaign with an impressive victory in the G.1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Keeneland in November, when he swooped from last to first for a cosy length success. He has to give away weight here which is a slight concern but he looked very talented last season and as I mentioned on the Dirty Dozen page the Commonwealth Cup is the obvious target for him. His trainer Charlie Appleby said: “We have been pleased with Mischief Magic. He is better suited to a bigger field and a sounder surface but it’s very much a starting point for the season and hopefully a stepping stone to the Commonwealth Cup.” I am on this morning at the 3-1 BPG.Over at Kempton this evening Hawajes, who I tipped on debut back in February, makes his second start. The form of that Novice Stakes aint exactly great and I will be keeping a watching brief on that one for now; he cost 125,000 Guineas as a yearling and as a son of top-class two-year-old Mehmas out of Strange Magic, who was also a winner at two, you would have thought he'd likely to be all about speed but he was green as grass at Wolverhampton and the yard of Richard Hannon is having a fairly quiet run at the moment.