The heavens opened at Ascot overnight and there was 8mm of rain. The effect of this will be devastating for the Ladies’ Day frocks… but will have a bigger impact on the ground, which is now good to soft. It could get softer.
The Gold Cup is the big race and last year’s winner Fame and Glory is a worthy favourite. But he is no value and there might be some decent each-way value elsewhere. Colour Vision should go very close but Gulf of Naples is as high as 50/1, will like the ground and is progressive.
Today’s other pointers:
Norfolk Stakes: Typically trappy and although Cay Verde sets the standard Reckless Abandon is highly thought of and looks better value.
Ribblesdale Stakes: A cracking renewal with the second, third and fourth from the Oaks. But the race may come too soon for those, so the Queen’s Momentary is preferred. She will handle the ground and the form of her Newbury win looks cast iron. Colima, who likes the soft, is another each-way fancy.
Britannia Handicap: Thirty runners and a needle in a haystack job. Chapter Seven is in good form and is available at 20/1 in some books.
Tercentenary Stakes: Mukhadram is going the right way and looks interesting.
King George V Handicap: The Mark Johnston pair Fennell Bay and Prussian should go well but Michael Bell thinks the unexposed Gabrial the Great is his best chance of the meeting and he is preferred.
Keep an eye on Deepest Blue in the first at Ripon. He could nick a place at a big price in the opener.