Excellent flat racing fare from Ascot on Saturday afternoon, Sept 9th. Seven races, from 14.00 – 17.30.
Among the top jocks chasing wins are Will Buick and Hayley Turner. Let’s take a closer look at a couple of the contests and see if we can find likely types who could feature at the business end.
14.35 Spangled Mac each-way @ 7/1
A hot 7f Class 2 handicap with a good prize of around 40 grand to the winner. Hugely-competitive, and we’re paying four places each-way.
As I write it’s 11/2 the field territory, so a great opportunity to use that each-way angle. My selection is around the 7/1 mark, so e/w is certainly the plan. I’m hoping Will Buick and trainer George Boughey have even more ambitious hopes, but for me his chance is undeniable.
Progressive this term, he’s no stranger to Ascot, running creditably without scoring in similarly very warm races. Last time though at Newbury he got his head in front deservedly and he’s got 3lb extra to shoulder as a consequence. That was a career-best for me and further improvement, at 4 years of age, is by no means impossible.
The dangers are numerous. Star Of Orion is one I like, trained by the white-hot Ralph Beckett. Tremendously consistent this term and remains in excellent nick. Runs off the same mark (97) as when a close second on modest ground at Goodwood last time, and must surely go close.
I’ll keep fingers and toes crossed that Spangled Mac can give us a grand run for our little e/w tickle.
15.10 Overactive each-way @ 6/1
Another in-form Beckett conveyance in the shape of Overactive, a 3-yr-old gelding on a hat-trick no less. Laura Pearson takes the ride, and has sat on him once before on the racecourse.
Over this mile-and-a-half trip he won rather cosily at Leicester last time and steps up a couple of levels here. He’s also up 7lb, so he’ll need to continue the evident improvement we’ve been seeing of late. Every chance of that in my view.
He’s by a Shadwell Stud Irish-bred miler, but relished the middle-distance trip at Leicester and certainly wasn’t stopping at the finish. Every hope that e/w support could be justified, and that Laura can take a hand in proceedings.
Of the dangers Alsakib looks nicely weighted and Victory Dance has the class – but carries 9st 9lb accordingly. A fascinating contest frankly, and one I’m looking forward to very much.