Peter Chapple-Hyam’s BUCKSTAY, a fast finishing fifth to the hot favourite Don’t Touch in the Ayr Gold Cup last weekend, can land a handsome consolation prize with a win in the £180,000 added Totescoop6 Challenge Cup at Ascot on Saturday.
The dual Derby winning trainer has always held a high opinion of the five-year-old and, after a sound second to Mr Win at Newmarket during the summer, returned to the July course to beat Flash Fire by a neck.
As a result of that win and some scintillating work at home, he was strongly fancied for the big Ayr sprint attracting significant support to start at 12-1.
His backers were sitting on the edge of their seats as he was towards the rear of the field with a couple of furlongs to run.
A first attempt to find a clear passage was thwarted, but once he was switched closer to the rails he flew to be a nearest finish fifth.
Reverting to seven furlongs and granted the luck necessary in the running in a huge field for this valuable race, Ayr losses can be recouped.
If Chris Wall decides to run last weekend’s Newmarket winner Mr Win, he would have to be respected along with Stuart Williams’s luckless Suzi’s Connoisseur.
Sir Michael Stoute could hold sway at our home Rowley Mile Tattersalls meeting on Saturday, as he has a sound chance of landing a decent double with INTEGRAL and MOONLIGHT SONATA.
Last season, Integral was one of the top fillies in the country with her three successes coming in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes, the Falmouth Stakes and Sun Chariot Stakes.
She made a highly encouraging reappearance when finishing a close fourth to Night Of Thunder in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, but failed to fire at Royal Ascot.
Her trainer has typically allowed her time to come back to herself and the indications are she is firing on all cylinders again and I expect her to land the Sun Chariot for the second year running.
Later in the afternoon, go with another Sir Michael trained filly in the shape of Moonlight Sonata in the Woodhurst Construction Handicap.
She got some winning black type when landing her maiden at Lingfield, but hit traffic problems when a close third to Devonshire Place at Bath.
She will now be more streetwise and should be backed to resume her winning ways as she appears to be ahead of the handicapper.
While looking at the Saturday cards, I suggest an interest in Paul D’Arcy’s SPRING LOADED in the Post Your Winners @bookies.com Handicap under the lights at Wolverhampton.
There was a lot to like about his second to Magnus Maximus at Ascot and this is an easier task.
Over at Longchamp on Sunday, John Gosden will be taking on the brilliant Treve in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe with either GOLDEN HORN or JACK HOBBS depending on the ground.
Whichever tackles the flying filly, they would be worth an each-way interest as they are smart progressive performers in their own right.
Newmarket raiders could also make their presence felt in the Longines Prix De L’Opera.
Hugo Palmer saddles his Irish Oaks’ winner Covert Love for the race and she has done well since her Yorkshire Oaks second.
I just favour the older RIBBONS, who James Fanshawe saddled to gain a well-deserved first win of the season in the Group 2 Blandford Stakes at the Curragh, where she repelled the attentions of Tapestry by half a length.
Further afield, Charlie Fellowes is looking for his first North American winner with his progressive two-year-old KASSEOPIA.
From the start of the year he told me this Showcasing colt was a smart juvenile in the making and how right he has proved.
After two sound efforts, he scooted up by eight lengths from Celebration Day at Kempton and has been sold to American connections.
All the indications are they will reap the first fruits of their purchase by winning the valuable Grey Stakes at Woodbine in Toronto on Saturday.
Nearer to hand, I suggest an each-way Newmarket trained Lucky 15 under the lights at Chelmsford this evening.
The fancied quartet of John Ryan’s CADLAND LAD (7.15), Eugene Stanford’s UNTIL MIDNIGHT (7.45), Mark Tompkins’s HUMPHREY REPTON (8.15) and Andi Brown’s DECIMUS MAXIMUS will start at a working man’s price.
At Ascot tomorrow, David Elsworth’s Newmarket winner MARK HOPKINS is primed to step in class with a win in the Listed Noel Murless Stakes. On the handicap front, William Haggas’s FLYING HAMMER is taken to complete a hat-trick in the Troy Asset Management Handicap, and James Fanshawe’s THE TIN MAN should show his appreciation of faster conditions underfoot with a third win from his last four starts in the Winning Post Bookmakers Handicap.
n Pin Money came up with three more winners last week. Cannock Chase got back on the winning trail at 9-4 and John Gosden came up trumps with a double through Foundation (won 6-4) and Shalaa (won 1-20).