Rory's Racing Preview: 29/07/2017
I am off to Ascot on Saturday and the success of my day will heavily depend on the horses listed below. Away from Ascot we have a good card at York and I think there is one horse running there well worth a punt. We return from the success of last week with more potential money printers.
Three-year-olds to dominate in Ascot feature
Whilst there has been doubts about the quality of this year’s three-year-olds, I still think they will take all the beating in the King George on Saturday. They get a massive weight for age allowance and I will be backing them to take full advantage. First up is the superstar filly of her generation in the form of Enable. She is currently favourite with 11/8 being the best price available.
Her form credentials are pretty obvious with her being a dual Oaks winner and looking very impressive both times. There are question marks over the form and I would be worried about that. However she has been very impressive and in receipt of a stone from the older horses she will take a lot of stopping.
My other hope is a horse that could be better value if backing favourites isn’t your thing. That horse is Benbatl. He is available at 20/1 and could still be progressing. He has ran with a huge amount of credit in top races such as the Craven, the Dante and the Derby. He is also a Royal Ascot winner. He also gets good weight allowances. This is not as much as Enable due to the lack of sex allowance. If he can continue progressing and shows he is fully effective over a mile and a half he could have a big chance.
First time blinkers could unlock more improvement for Fastnet Tempest
Fastnet Tempest could still have more to offer in handicap company on Saturday and at odds of 7/1 I think he is well worth a bet. He has showed a very progressive profile so far this year recording victories at both Ascot and Chester. He then returned at the Royal meeting in the Hunt Cup and finished a never nearer 9th. He did not have the easiest passage through that day and with some more luck in running he should go close on Saturday.
The addition of first time head gear is always a positive for me in handicaps and if that can unlock some more improvement then he is on a feasible mark for sure. The jockey booking of Ryan Moore is also a good booking in my opinion. I fully expect him to go close but in a race of this nature nearly everything will need to go right.
Autocratic to continue improvement and score at York
Last time out Autocratic recorded a good success in a Group Three at Sandown and looks just the type to keep improving for Sir Michael Stoute. The four-year-old is currently priced up at 7/2 second favourite. He looks to be going the right way and Stoute is a master at progressing his horses into their four-year-old seasons.
He has come from running in handicaps at the back end of last season but that would not put me off this son of Dubawi. He is one of the more unexposed runners in the field and could still be progressing. His win last time out also came against the re-opposing Algometer and I fully expect him to uphold that form.
Ascot 3.00 – Fastnet Tempest win
Ascot 3.35 – Enable win and Benbatl e/w
York 3.15 – Autocratic win