Horse racing betting tips: Shady set to prove he is the real McCoy in Ascot opener

Bill Esdaile
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Thousands will be at Ascot for Friday and Saturday's action (Source: Getty)

DUAL purpose trainer Ian Williams has been firing in the winners left, right and centre recently.

Of his last 20 runners on the level, eight have won and it has to be of interest that he has booked Ryan Moore for SHADY MCCOY in Ascot’s opening seven furlong handicap (2.00pm) this afternoon.

The seven-year-old’s last few runs haven’t been his best, but he has some very solid form at the Berkshire track and this race represents a big drop in class.

He was fourth behind Fastnet Tempest over course and distance in May, just one spot behind Zhui Feng who went on to land the Royal Hunt Cup a month later.

He also ran well in the International Handicap here on King George day when he suffered a troubled passage two furlongs out, but still finished a respectable eighth.

That was probably the strongest seven furlong handicap run all season and he’s now down to a mark of 85.

His draw in stall 17 could be perfect and he is worth backing at around XX.

The highlight of today’s card at Ascot is the Noel Murless Stakes (3.45pm), run over 1m6f.

This Listed prize was won by none other than Big Orange three years ago and I’m sure the eyes of most punters will be drawn to Raheen House.

However, he has to carry a penalty for his Group Three win at Newmarket in July, which is enough to put me off.

I’m going to side with Ralph Beckett’s MOUNT MORIAH who was third behind Order Of St George in the Irish St Leger last time.

That was a good effort against his elders and he was a ready winner over this course and distance back in July so he looks worth a go here.


Shady McCoy e/w 2.00pm Ascot

Mount Moriah 3.45pm Ascot

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