Racing tipster James Boyle has picked out three selections from Ascot.
A nice 8/1 winner yesterday thanks to Came From The Dark, who finally showed his true worth at the third time of asking for this column! Dropping to 5f off a solid pace clearly brought out the best in him and he can still do better. Presidential ran well, finishing strongly, but lacked for tactical pace.
2:45 Ascot – Arbalet – 1pt win @ 12/1
ARBALET has a bit to prove on recent form but he shaped like a horse with more in the locker at York last time, checked in his run when trying to build momentum over a C&D that may not be his optimum. Now he returns to 7f on a straight track and he’s a full 9lbs lower in the weights than when second in a 27-runner C&D handicap last July. This race may have been one of his more realistic targets for the season and first-time blinkers are enlisted, which could liven him up. He’s definitely interesting.
4:30 Ascot – Gunmetal – 1pt win @ 12/1
This season hasn’t really worked out for GUNMETAL as of yet and the turning of the ground in the coming weeks won’t help, but if a low draw doesn’t ruin his chance (has the potential to!) then I think he can be heavily involved here. He shaped all right at York last time also, failing to hack the early pace over a trip shy of his best but running the final couple of furlongs like a horse who wasn’t a million miles off a return to his best. He has previous here too having gone well in the Wokingham.
5:05 Ascot – Koditime – 1pt win @ 20/1
KODITIME is another to have faced some struggles this term but he’s a very big price for a young sprinter who is now 7lbs below his last winning mark and dropping back into a Class 3, 0-90 handicap for the first time since that win! Of course, there’s a reason for the price as he hasn’t fired of late but some excuses are in place and in both of his C&D runs in July, he did travel well for a long way. With cheekpieces on to hopefully help him finish a race off for a change, I’ll take a punt at 20/1.
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