Josephine Gordon: Royal Ascot run makes her fairly handicapped off 98
She ran a brilliant race when fifth, beaten only four lengths, in the Ribblesdale but has failed to progress from there if I’m being honest. She certainly didn’t run badly when fourth on soft ground next time out but she ran well-below par at Newmarket last time. I think she wants better ground than of late though, so hopefully the rain stays away for her and it’s a decent surface. Her Royal Ascot run makes her fairly handicapped off 98, and hopefully first-time cheekpieces will help, too.
Normally a draw in one around here is great news, but it looks like Wink Oliver is a hold-up horse, so he will need luck. But he certainly comes here in good form after a second at Deauville last time, for which the handicapper has upped him to a career-high mark of 85. So he has a tough task here, though he clearly has chances if getting the breaks in his current, good form.
Mr Bossy Boots
He was having his first run since January when well beaten at Newmarket last month, so maybe he needed it badly. He will need to have come on a lot for it as that run came off 86 on turf, and is he rated 96 on the all-weather. He is definitely better in this sphere, though he hasn’t raced around here before, so hopefully he can return to his best and have each-way claims in a classy handicap.
Boy In The Bar
I have a decent record on the horse, winning on him at Goodwood earlier in the season, so hopefully that can continue here. He probably didn’t run up to his best at Ascot last time and didn’t run well on his only start here, albeit that was a while ago, but he is 10lb lower on the all-weather and that makes him interesting. And Ian thinks first-time cheekpieces may help him around here, too. He has run well over this 7f trip in the past too, for all his five wins have come over 6f.
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