At The Races expert Alan Thomson gives his thoughts and a big-race verdict on the Race of the Day at Ascot, an ultra-competitive handicap hurdle.
The Sky Sports Racing cameras focus on Ascot’s Friday slot and nine runners go to post for the Class 2 Garden For All Seasons Handicap Hurdle (3.15) over two miles.
Fancied Herbiers has been declared a non-runner but the £15,600 contest retains its wide-open appeal, which will ensure lively betting activity.
Ascot’s stiff, right-handed circuit measures around 1m 6f and ideally suits resolute gallopers when riding soft. Some prolonged showers have hit the track in the past 24 hours.
There should be no absence of early pace with the likes of Whizz Kid, Gipsy De Choisel, Lively Citizen and Onefortheroad having cut out the running in the past.
Represents Irish raiders Karl…