NAP of the Day: Theatre Glory to show her class at Ascot

 | November 24 | 

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Owen McMahon's NAP of the Day

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NAP of the Day

  • 14:05 Ascot - Theatre Glory @ 11/4

The drier it's getting, the more I fancy Theatre Glory for the Ascot Hurdle on Saturday.

Nicky Henderson's six-year-old is a classy mare who appreciates nice ground, so I'm delighted to see it's currently Good to Soft, Good in places at Ascot with no more rain in the forecast.

For me, she can reverse form with Goshen - our 2/1 favourite at time of writing. She only has a length and a bit to find on Gary Moore's unpredictable seven-year-old based on that Grade 2 at Sandown back in April, and I'm very hopeful of her doing so.

Not only was it soft ground that day, but the selection, who wants a good pace to aim at, was also forced to make the running. I'm expecting that'll be the job of Harry Cobden and Blueking D'Oroux here, which can see Theatre Glory used to better effect.

What about the aforementioned Paul Nicholls runner? He, as a progressive youngster in masterful hands, is of course a danger, but he'll have to take another significant step forward if he's to put it up to proven Graded horses.

Sceau Royal is an admirable horse but he's now 11 and without a win in over a year - while Strong Leader needs to leave his seasonal reappearance at Ffos Las last month well behind, as much as he can't be ruled out with any confidence.

I think Theatre Glory, whose best form entitles her to be competitive in this field anyway, has more to offer and can put it all together here with plenty in her favour.

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