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Matt Chapman exclusive: Find out who I’m tipping to light up the Ascot Gold Cup

A double yesterday has set me up for Gold Cup day on day three. Yeehaaa!

by Matt Chapman | June 18, 2014

Dermot Weld’s Mustajeeb (9/2jf) got us off to a flyer holding up the Kingman Irish 2,000 Guineas form in the Jersey Stakes yesterday and Integral (9/4f) turned the screw in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes as we head into day three.

Therre’s still two more days to go though. You hear me Paddy!

Norfolk Stakes (2.30pm)

The ground will be quickening up by now which is what you want if you are backing any horse sired by War Front. So as battle commences let’s smash into Aidan O’Brien’s THE GREAT WAR, who has looked a bit special in two races so far. This does not look a great renewal and he can win.


Tercentenary Stakes (3.05pm)

Some improvers here and one or two exposed. I am sticking with the exposed BARLEY MOW, who beat the progressive Mutakayyef in a maiden some time ago. He drops down in trip slightly from Goodwood and that will be a help. Tactically he can go from the front or from off the pace. Should have every chance under Richard Hughes.

Ribblesdale Stakes (3.45pm)

Inchila ran very well in the Oaks and would have every chance if repeating the effort. But she was a 40-1 shot that day, and it may be VAZIRA is the better long term prospect. She was beaten in Group 1 company last time, but was sent off favourite then and there may be much better to come at this distance. Alain de Royer-Dupre is a master with fillies like this.

Ascot Gold Cup (4.25pm)

Some have called it a vintage Gold Cup, but I am not sure there is a vintage stayert in it. Estimate returns, but it is hard to believe she will be at her best, while Brown Panther has stamina to prove and faster ground. If you want an each-way bet then Tac de Boistron is your horse, but for me Aidan O’Brien’s LEADING LIGHT is the most likely winner. He’s a Classic scorer and a Queen’s Vase victor and I have little doubt he will stay well. He’s just the obvious horse to beat.

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Brittania Stakes (5pm)

The two I like against the field are the lightly raced pair FIRST FLIGHT and HORS DE COMBAT. The former ran alright against Chatez last time and might just show much better form on a faster surface, while Hors de Combat is a typically improving James Fanshawe handicapper. They are both drawn in the lowish numbers – so let’s hope the winner is not hung out wide!

King George V Stakes (5.35pm)

I really wanted to tip up Wrangler in this but he’s been handed a horrible draw (x). So fingers crossed PERSONAL OPINION will prove good enough. He was unlucky against Arab Dawn last time as he should have won that race, but the blessing is he is 9lb better off with the victor and he should reverse the form with ease.


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