Mr Win chasing hat-trick in Ascot handicap
The 2.50 at Ascot on Saturday is a seven furlong handicap with eighteen runners set to go to post.
Chris Wall saddles the hat-trick seeking Mr Win, a four-year-old gelding by Intikhab out of Midnight Oasis by Oasis Dream.
He was second at Goodwood and Newmarket before gaining reward for his consistency when holding Buckstay by a head at the Suffolk track. He was put up 3lbs for his next start at the same track and again got the verdict in a photo-finish, this time beating Farlow by a neck. Three of his four career wins have been over this distance and he looks sure to give a good account of himself off a 4lbs higher mark on Saturday.
Bottom weight Mullionheir is also certain to attract support after showing consistent form in sprint handicaps. He was a close fourth to subsequent Stewards’ Cup winner Magical Memory at Newmarket in July before beating Czech It Out by a neck at Newbury last month. He has only gone up 3lbs for that success, although the form took a bit of knock with both second and third beaten next time.
Brian Meehan’s Fox Trotter went into plenty of notebooks when making up late ground under Richard Hughes in his last ever ride as a professional. That was Fox Trotter’s first run of the season and he was quietly fancied to win a valuable handicap at Goodwood last week.
He was drawn in stall one and lost his position early on, forcing his rider to sit and suffer in behind horses up the straight. He never really had a chance of getting involved so that run can be safely ignored. Meehan also saddles top weight Windfast who won a Newbury handicap at this trip before struggling in a Group 2 at the same track.
Hawkesbury is a very talented grey gelding owned by Godolphin and trained by Charlie Appleby. He can be a difficult ride but hasn’t done a lot wrong in his recent starts, winning at Haydock in July before finishing second to Russian Realm at Thirsk. Magic City has not enjoyed the best of the draw in his recent races for Richard Hannon and could also be a contender while Fiftyshadesofgrey seems to have gone off the boil after two victories earlier in the summer.
They are certain to go fast and furious here and Mr Win is taken to continue his winning run with Fox Trotter considered an each-way alternative.
Mr Win 2.50 Ascot @9.0 Ladbrokes
Fox Trotter 2.50 Ascot @13.0 Sportsbet
Each-way ¼ odds, 1,2,3,4