We’ve enjoyed a solid start to Ascot and hopefully this will continue across the next three days.
Thursday sees the Ascot Gold Cup take centre stage and given Aidan O’Brien’s misfortune so far this week (gutsy Highland Reel apart), there has to be a slight concern about steaming into Order Of St George.
It looks a fairly messy race and this means I’ll be leaving it well alone but will be hoping for a Big Orange win.
The one and only punt for Thursday comes in the Ribblesdale, in the shape of Mori.
She finished a respectable fifth on debut at Newbury – after going off favourite – and she showed the benefit of the run, winning smartly at Ascot next time out.
She was punted off the boards before her cosy Listed win and she has the scope to progress even further.
She’s a Frankel filly out of Midday, so big things were always going to be expected. Good ground is ideal and she looks an attractive proposition stepping up in trip against the AOB-trained fav, who finished third in the Oaks last time.
1.5pt win: Mori (Ribblesdale) &@ 10/3