Tyson Fury has the most upside of any horse in this race and probably needed the run last time out. He has struck over course and distance, when having to carry a penalty for his St Leger run. He will relish the soft ground and it wouldn’t be hard to expect that he will enjoy the return to Ascot and he really doesn’t deserve to be a large price.
Laafy is another who has won over course and distance and he wasn’t entirely disgraced when finishing 4th to Sir Ron Priestley, on his seasonal reappearance. He’s got some good form and it’s quite possible that this race has been the target for him, as he isn’t entered into any other races for the foreseeable future. The only downside is that he has a horrendous draw position, and at a track like Ascot, this can be a differentiator.
Albaflora is one of those horses that instantly takes your eye. She’s had a nice three year-old season, finishing behind nice fillies like Gold Wand and Rose of Kildare. Of most interest though, she finished a head behind St Leger runner up Berkshire Rocco and in front of fellow competitor Without A Fight, at Ascot, in the Noel Murless Stakes over 1m 6f. Granted, that race was over 2 furlongs longer distance than this race, but Albaflora has the highest speed figures of them all in this race, and a mare’s allowance. Moreover, she’s won over 1m 2f, on good ground, so there’s no reason to suggest that she shouldn’t find this too fast.
written by Kieran McHugh