Saturday, 23 June 2012

Final Day at Royal Ascot..., and an eye on Ayr

Day 5

One Scottish runner on the last day as HAWKEYETHENOO contests the Wokingham Handicap. He's probably as high as his trainer would want him in the handicap, but the draw did for him last time and his early season training has been aimed toward this race.

A winner of big hurdles in Scotland, OVERTURN runs in the Queen Alexcandra Stakes and will have a class edge over most here. Biggest rival could be winner earlier in the week Simenon, but I believe Overturn can land the meeting finale.

…while in Scotland
Ayr stage a decent card today though the going will likely change significantly from its overnight state of good to firm.

The feature race is the Listed 5 furlong Land O' Burns Fillies Stakes. Irish trainers normally send fillies over for this as 5 furlong Pattern races are thin on the ground across the  water, even more so for fillies only. Best of the bunch on this occasion seems to be MY GIRL ANNA, second in a Listed event at Cork last week having made most of the running. She's at the top of her game and nothing form the home contingent looks outstanding. Any rain will be a help and the forecast suggests a damp day.

There's a competitive mile handicap for three-year-olds at 2.55. This isn't an event I'll get involved in from a betting point of view, there being a number of progressive sorts, but I suspect a few future winners will come out of the event and I'd keep tabs on the contestants.

A couple of potentially interesting sorts appear in the two-year-old maiden at  4.05. Kevin Ryan introduces Nordikhab and his juveniles are respected, but the one that interests me is TICKLE TIME. David Barron produced a decent two-year-old in Ahern who ran very well at Royal Ascot despite a slow start, and  I wonder if his newcomers might still slip under the radar. This one is sprint bred and from a stable who specialise in sharp types.

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