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Best Sound – Royal Hunt Cup, Wednesday 5pm
best sound He wasn’t able to justify favoritism in the Britannia Stakes at last year’s Royal Meeting, but he ran well to finish second and by four lengths ahead of third. He has a big and strong physique, so his better sound has always been likely to get better over time, and he’s upped his playing this season. He came back with a stellar second on a sweltering hot handicap in Nottingham.
He then did a fine job after that to score a slim win at Haydock, and stuck to his job well in the closing stages just to fix his talented rival Shelir, who enjoyed the sprint race ahead. best sound Last year he showed he’s a perfect fit with the tough, straight Ascot test it provides, and he should launch a bold attempt in the Hunt Cup.
Samoot was disappointed when she was a hitherto favorite at Wolverhampton last time around, finishing only fifth behind the Glesga Girl (whom you might meet again here), but that performance is easy to overlook as she was disadvantaged by being put off at a steady pace I didn’t suffer from Difficulty once she missed her chance.
Runner Michael Stout was previously impressed when he scored at Wolverhampton and Salisbury, and found plenty in the final stages to win with little in hand and could benefit from climbing a mile. I will die Pausing style is often an advantage on this live course, so you may find things develop in a more convenient way than at Wolverhampton.
Warrior Brave ran a cracker when runner-up at Atalis Bay in a runway race in Sandown on Saturday and has a clear chance at the Holyroodhuse Handicap Mansion as the resident was unable to change his mark for the race.
The brave warrior He’s been a relatively light racer since joining Mick Appleby, but there’s no doubt he’s heading in the right direction, and his latest effort at Sandown was a career best performance. He was strong at the finish on that occasion – which is unsurprising when you think he won over six furlongs – and Ascot’s strong trajectory should be in his favour.