JOURNEY did us a huge favour when winning last year’s QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (2.40pm) and she is a warm order to follow up again on her final racecourse start before being retired to the paddocks.
She seems to come to life at this time of year and is undoubtedly the one they all have to beat.
At as short as 5/2, she isn’t much value, though, and instead I’m going to give French raider LEFT HAND another chance at 16/1.
I recommended backing her last time at around the same price when she was a fast finishing fifth in the Prix de l’Opera over an inadequate 10 furlongs on Arc day.
She was only beaten a length and the extra two furlongs look just what she needs.
The closing Balmoral Handicap (4.30pm) brings the curtain down on the 2017 British Flat season and a maximum field of 20 will line-up trying to snare the huge pot.
Roger Varian’s Zabeel Prince leapt to the head of the market when bolting up in a decent mile handicap at York last Friday.
The lightly-raced four-year-old has won three of his four career starts and looks like a Group horse.
However, it’s only eight days since that run and I’m going to side with David O’Meara’s LORD GLITTERS, who was equally as eye-catching last time over seven furlongs at Ascot.
That was his first start for the yard and this expensive recruit would surely have won with an extra furlong.
All of his career wins have come over a mile or further, while conditions should be ideal.
These two progressive horses look to hold all the aces and I’ll stick with Lord Glitters at 9/2 with 188BET.
Left Hand e/w 2.45pm Ascot
Lord Glitters 4.30pm Ascot