Matt Chapman | Saturday Preview
The Cambridgshire (3.50pm) is one of the biggest betting heats of the year. I can’t wait to get stuck into it and get Paddy worried. You hear me Paddy? It’s time to pay.
With 35 runners it’s hard to be dogmatic. The role the draw plays and finding where the pace will come from is crucial. But Ascription is the one I feel is best handicapped – and worth a bet.
He’s drawn in stall 29 and races off a mark of 101 in this cavalry charge, having hacked up off 98 at Doncaster on September 14.
A 10lb rise would not have stopped him that day, so he could be chucked in at the weights.
Hugo Palmer is an upwardly mobile trainer and he’s very bullish. Ascription is the one for the presciption here. Yeeehaaa!
You need more than one on your side in a race like this especially as Paddy’s paying the first SIX home.
I’m also going to have a few quid on Willie Haggas’ John Smith’s Cup hero Danchai. He’s in stall eight and the blinkers go on for the first time after two below par runs.
He’s a double-digit price for last year’s winning jockey William Buick and worth a few quid each-way.
Form is rock solid
I was lucky enough to be on the Chantilly gallops earlier this week and had a private chat with Olivier Peslier. The Top French jock left me in no doubt that Vorda would take all the beating in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes. (2.35pm)
Vorda split No Nay Never and Rizeena in the Morny at Deauville last time. The form is rock solid and the French have a great record in this event. The French filles are often better – in every sense!
And after my flying visit to the home of French racing I am chomping at the bit for the Arc to arrive on Sunday week.
I’m all over Elusive Kate in the Sun Chariot Stakes (3.10) who beat market rival Sky Lantern in a controversial finish to the Falmouth Stakes earlier in the season at HQ.
Sky Lantern is now 5lb better off at the weigths for a neck defeat, but I believe Elusive Kate will get an uncontested lead and win once again.
She’s a bit of value after a tame effort in a top-class Jacques le Marois. So get stuck into those three at HQ. Yeeehaaa!
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