Following a 3/1 winner yesterday, Steve Ryder previews five races on Saturday 11th August. P&L +108.96pts.
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1:05 Ascot- Tis Marvellous 7/1 (0.5pt ew)
I place a lot of in course form at Ascot and Tis Marvellous has three bits of form which should make him hard to beat in this race. He finished 4th in the Pavilion Stakes and 6th in the Commonwealth Cup last season over 6f here and was given a rating of 110 after those performances. He gradually dropped down the handicap to a mark of 99 when he ran well to finish 4th in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot this season.
Tis Marvellous disappointed in the Stewards Cup at Goodwood last time but back at Ascot, off a mark of 100 looks ideal for him. The slight question mark is the drop back from 6f to 5f but with El Astronaute in the field he is guaranteed a strong pace to aim at and Tis Marvellous should run well each way with four places on offer.
2:05 Chelmsford- Choral Music 11/2 (2pt ew)
Choral Music has been an absolute star for us this season winning four out of her five starts this season since going handicapping. She has won off marks of 54, 56, 60 and 64 so far this season and despite being raised 8lb for her last victory, she should still go well off a mark of 72.
Choral Music is drawn Stall 8 which isn’t ideal but there doesn’t appear to a lot of pace in the race so she should be able to get a nice prominent position early on in the race. Rob Hornby knows the filly well and I will be disappointed if she isn’t involved in the finish.
2:15 Ascot- Koeman 5/1 (0.5pt ew)
Koeman won over C&D a couple of weeks ago on the King George card off a mark of 87 and should go well in this race off only 4lb higher. He had to give chunks of weight to two improving 3 year olds last time and you will see below that I like the runner up Bajan Gold for the 3:25 later on the card.
That run last time wasn’t the only good C&D run for Koeman as he had finished runner up off a mark of 87 in May and he looks the most solid option in this race given that you can back him each way with four places available.
3:25 Ascot- Bajan Gold 5/1 (0.5pt ew)
Bajan Gold ran well to finish second behind Koeman (selection for the 2:15) over this C&D two weeks ago where he was only beaten by a neck. That was off a mark of 79 and he has been raised 3lb for that effort but he looks to have scope for improvement off that mark over this new trip of 1m4f.
Bajan Gold has been progressive this season winning twice over 1m2f off marks of 68 and 74 and he should go well over this 1m4f trip with four places on offer with one bookmaker.
4:00 Ascot- George Of Hearts 3/1 (2pt)
I put up George Of Hearts as my NAP on the On The Hunt Podcast this week when he was 9/2 but I still think he is worth backing at 3/1 for this race. He ran well in a couple of maidens before getting off the mark on his reappearance this season at Chelmsford where he beat Promising who is now rated 100.
George Of Hearts went handicapping off a mark of 88 and ran at this course over 7f where he ran well to finish second behind Society Power only beaten half a length. Society Power won that race off a mark of 93 and is now rated 15lb higher with a rating of 108 which shows that performance is one to take note of. George Of Hearts was then saved for the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot off a mark of 92 where he travelled well into the race before not getting the clearest of runs late on to finish 9th. He ran again over the same C&D of a mile two weeks ago where again he travelled well into the race and even took up the running entering the final 2f but weakened late on.
Richard Hughes has chosen to drop George Of Hearts down to 6f from 8f for this race which looks a good move and he should go really well off a mark of 91.
1:05 Ascot- Tis Marvellous 7/1 (0.5pt ew) click here for best odds
2:05 Chelmsford- Choral Music 11/2 (2pt ew) click here for best odds
2:15 Ascot- Koeman 5/1 (0.5pt ew) click here for best odds
3:25 Ascot- Bajan Gold 5/1 (0.5pt ew) click here for best odds
4:00 Ascot- George Of Hearts 3/1 (2pt) click here for best odds
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