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16:15 Ascot

Louganini looked a horse to follow last season and signed off that campaign with a fine second placed finish, in the ultra-competitive, Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket. Quite well fancied on his return at Pontefract, he ran no sort of race although he had previously shown a possible dislike for the good to firm going when disappointing in similar fashion last term at Sandown. Returned to softer ground today, he looks a likely type to bounce back and is expected to go close.

Group One Power was given a canny ride from De Sousa when making all at Epsom last time, his 4lbs penalty for that makes today's task appreciably tougher today although his trainer has been amongst the winners and he is clearly open to any amount of improvement.

Man Of The Night has become increasingly frustrating with time and has failed to win since his two year old days. For those of us who've backed him lately (Of which I am one) he just never really seems happy for whatever reason and lacks consistency. Probable positives for those willing to give him another chance are that he has previously shown a liking for soft ground and that his dam won over this trip. Dismissing him out of hand would be dangerous here and though I cannot advise betting him, there are clear angles for the brave to test the water once more.

Aced It is as progressive as any and deserves his place in this lineup, Frontispiece is another worthy of consideration too though the vote is handed to Louganini, whom looks to have plenty in his favour today.


written by Chris Connolly


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