2.30 Ascot – Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes
The Summer Mile has been depleted with non-runners, but it may leave the door open for GUEST OF HONOUR to go two places better after last year’s slightly unlucky third. The key to this horse has always been quick ground and he gets that today.
The son of Cape Cross is a strong travelling type and that trait will serve him well. Sometimes he can be a touch keen, but there are still a number of forward-going types left in the race and hopefully they go a decent gallop to allow him to settle.
After a slow start to the year Marco Botti’s horses are now running much better and in Martin Harley we have a young, confident jockey who is well able to mix it with the top players.
On form he has to step-up to beat the current favourite, Producer, but Richard Hannon’s horse may be best over seven furlongs so is taking to outstay him late on.
1pt win GUEST OF HONOUR @4/1 (Bet Victor), 7/2 (bet365, Paddy Power, StanJames)
3.25 Chester – Bet With Corbett Sports City Plate
Having competed in some of the top mile races over the last year, GLORY AWAITS has had to wait a fair time to get his head back in front again. He hasn’t won since 2012 but today is his best opportunity for some time.
He comes here off the back of a positive run at Royal Ascot where he was five lengths behind Toronado in the Queen Anne. He won’t meet any horse in this race of that calibre and given his front-running style, he may take a beat of catching around this tight track.
The booking of Ian Brennan by Kevin Ryan is interesting as I think this is his first ride for the Northern-based trainer. From few opportunities, Brennan has shown he rides Chester well and has a 29% strike-rate here as well as a level stakes profit.
Hopefully from stall three the jockey can steal a march and say catch me if you can.
2pts win GLORY AWAITS @11/4 (general)
4.50 Ascot – Playboy Club London Handicap
It may be worth taking the overnight price about CHARLES CAMOIN as he looks value for this Ascot handicap. The son of Peintre Celebre is now 4lbs below his last winning mark and returns to the scene of his last victory.
Over this course and distance the selection managed to score last July. Since then, however he has struggled to get his head in front – his rating finding him out in better races. While not managing to trouble the judge, it must be said he has still been able to run well in some pretty hot handicaps.
The handicapper is now finally relenting with his mark looking workable he looks ready to strike if in form. He’s a horse that has struggled with injury in his time, but it’s encouraging to see his trainer, Sylvester Kirk’s horses running well.
Looking at the ride he got last time out, it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s been laid out for this race. Then again, he is fragile and it may have been a case of simply looking after his well-being. Either way, I’m willing to play. The draw in ten could’ve been kinder, but there looks to be a fair amount of pace on so hopefully his rider can hold-up him up and came with a late charge. Jimmy Fortune tales the ride.
2pts each-way CHARLES CAMOIN @10/1 (Boylesports, Coral, Paddy Power, Sky Bet, William Hill)