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NAP OF THE DAY
EQUILATERAL – 3.40 Royal Ascot (C Hills)
This Dandy Man filly is an improving two-year-old and takes her chance.
We’ve only had her for two days as she's been with Stan Moore, so we don't know an awful lot about her. On the face of it she’s not going to be good enough to compete with these but hopefully, we’ll win something with her going forward.
I would have preferred some rain for this filly. Her form this week has stacked up well and I think 100-1 could be a big price for her!
Equilateral is one of the most exciting horses we’ve had here for a long time. He won really well at Doncaster. That form is working out and his preparation has gone well since. He put in a terrific gallop when ridden by my brother Michael this month. Michael told me he hadn’t gone up there as well since riding my father Barry’s Dewhurst winner Distant Music. I suppose the only thing that worries me is Equilateral’s last of experience but he has a great temperament and is in good shape, so he should be thereabouts.
This is quite a big ask but I’m hopeful of a nice run but its a big tough race.
She is very well and got off the mark at Windsor. The second in that race has since gone on to win comfortably at Goodwood. She is obviously going to have to step up this afternoon at Ascot but we feel she is a nice filly in the making, so we’re very hopeful.
The draw is starting to look like a negative but I personally feel that there is not a track bias and that it is more to do with pace, however, if the jockeys all feel that there is a track bias and they will drift over to the stand side, then it will make it very hard for those drawn low.
It’s a cavalry charge but it’s hard to predict as there are lots of horses with a chance. This has been his plan for a long time and we’re very happy with him.
Viognier is new to the yard and this run should tell us lots about her. She had bits and pieces of form last year, but it did tail away at the back end.
Cautorillo was placed in a bumper and has progressed in her novice hurdle experiences and comes into her grade here. She’s capable of winning now handicapping, but the Fergal horse looks useful.
King Vince won two bumpers and has shown promise over hurdles. He’s coming together well now and will improve for the step up in trip. He is third best on ratings here but the other two look vulnerable and he’s not without a chance.
Has been unlucky on his last 3 starts where he should have won. Hopefully he can keep his jumping tidy when under pressure and would like to see him win decisively.
He seems in good form and he loves this ground.
Ran well the last couple of times over shorter but the step up in trip should suit. Shouldn’t be far away.
I was disappointed that he didn't get into the Ascot race, as I thought he would have run well. Obviously, he’s at the other end of the handicap now giving weight away. I like this horse and I still think he’ll well capable of winning off these sort of marks so I’m pretty hopeful.
Hieronymous is in good form. He improved for his last run and should step up again.
Angel Of Darkness
She is fresh and well, the track should suit her.
Castelo made a nice debut, but put a line through her second start where she was drawn poorly and got a horrible trip. She should appreciate the extra furlong looks a fair ew price in a race where a handful have similar claims.