One of our fancies is at Ascot in a Class 3 handicap over the stayers’ trip of 2m. Nicky Henderson, a man known for success in jumps racing, has a runner on the Flat and his four-year-old gelding can complete a hat-trick of wins this afternoon.
Thirsk 14:00 – Foreseeable Future
FORESEEABLE FUTURE is a six-time winner on turf. He completed a double at Ayr (6f) and Ripon (5f) respectively earlier in the season, but since then his form has been mixed on the track.
Ruth Carr’s sprinter produced a much better performance at York (6f) last time out which will encourage his connections. He finished second of seven runners, just a nose behind the winner on the Knavesmire. The only place he was not in front in that race was on the finish line.
The experienced eight-year-old features on the Betfred Betfinder as a distance winner this afternoon. He remains off the same mark as his near miss just nine days ago, but on this occasion, he can go one place better.
Ascot 14:25 – King Eagle
Since moving to Nicky Henderson’s Seven Barrows yard back in November, KING EAGLE has two victories from two starts. He has shaped like he is a horse that can have a lot of success over the stayers’ trips on the Flat.
The son of Frankel prevailed on his stable debut at Bath (1m3½f) back in April. He just got up in the final strides of that race over a trip that was probably on the short side for him. Two months later, he looked more comfortable over 1m6f at Newmarket, defying an 8lb rise in the ratings.
This will be his first attempt at 2m, but he should appreciate the extra two furlongs. Ryan Moore has been booked in the saddle and he often has success when riding for the former National Hunt champion trainer.
Newmarket 20:10 – Terwada
TERWADA got off the mark at the third time of asking at Nottingham over their extended 1m trip last month in what was an impressive performance. He took a huge step forward on his two previous appearances, recording a nine-length success.
Ed Walker’s colt was full of running at the finish and the margin of victory could have been even wider had Oisin Murphy chosen to ride his mount out. The handicapper has handed the exciting three-year-old an opening mark of 90 and that looks very lenient for the son of Tamayuz.
The Nottingham winner and Pastiche are the two unexposed runners in this field, and it would be no surprise to see those horses battle it out at the finish. Preference should go to the colt as he is proven over this trip.
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