AS I mentioned, racing fans are spoilt this weekend with racing at Newmarket complemented by competitive-looking cards at both Ascot and York.
At Ascot, my eyes are drawn to TIS MARVELLOUS in the Betfred Heritage Handicap (1.45pm).
Though the five-year-old gelding hasn’t got his head in front since August last year, there are a number of reasons to suggest this race is the perfect chance to change that.
Clive Cox has campaigned the son of Harbour Watch solely over six furlongs this season, but given his only win last season came over this trip, tomorrow’s drop down to five furlongs looks ideal.
That win came at Ascot too and he showed his liking for the track when second in the Wokingham at the Royal meeting last time.
In short, everything looks set for a big run and he should be backed at 8/1.
Over at York, the feature race is the Diamond Jubilee Cup (3.50pm) where Roger Varian’s Mountain Angel heads the market at around 6/1.
The five-year-old ran pretty well when fifth in the Wolferton at Royal Ascot last time and runs off the same mark here.
He is entitled to plenty of respect, but he might find it difficult giving 8lbs to STYLEHUNTER.
John Gosden’s inmate was last seen when running on to finish a very good fourth in the Royal Hunt Cup.
The mile trip there was short of his optimum and the soft ground wasn’t in his favour either, so the step up to 1m2f on a much sounder surface here should really play to his strengths.
He’s dangerous to dismiss off a very workable mark of 99 and looks the each-way play at 6/1 with Coral.
Tis Marvellous e/w 1.45pm Ascot
Stylehunter e/w 3.50pm York