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Contemporary and River Apsara: Key Contenders in Saturday’s Peroni Nastro Azuro Problem Cup
Saturday: 3.36 Ascot
Peroni Nastro Azuro Problem Cup (Legacy Handicap) | 7f | 3yo+ | ITV4/Sky
Whose flip is it this time? One other massive straight-up impediment at Ascot is a query begging to be answered. The identical horses are concerned in races, operating from the Victoria Cup to the Royal Hunt Cup, the Worldwide and the Problem. I’ve in all probability missed others too.
Contemporary is an everyday: Fourth within the Victoria Cup, she gained the Worldwide and adopted the course and distance in a surprisingly gradual race 4 weeks earlier.
The handicap has put him simply 1lb to win a race the place the primary seven houses lined solely a size and a half, so the evaluator thinks type is questionable. It seems proper.
Symbolize was second on this race final 12 months and once more within the Balmoral Handicap by over a mile on Champions Day. The bottom was too quick for him when he held on to the Royal Hunt Cup on his newest go to to Ascot in June, however he ought to discover his place right here.
Given his penchant for spontaneity, it’s not arduous to suppose that he would have been coached by Andrew Balding on his return to the race and had put in a fantastic take a look at of sixth place at Doncaster 20 days earlier.
Roll up, roll as much as one other course specialist in Apsara River. Final 12 months he was thirteenth, completed third within the Victoria Cup and final behind contemporary over course and distance.
He has one within the financial institution as a result of he gained the Victoria Cup final 12 months and was going gentle.
I would wager that the winner will come out of these three, with Symbolize being the very best behaved. However do not rule out Protected Voyage and Blue for You. They might not be common in these big-area Ascot hurdles, however each are in type and minimize the bottom fairly a bit.
Race Evaluation by Graeme Roadway
Final 12 months’s third freshman is the favourite to land the spoils this time round, after back-to-back victories and journey the gap by way of the summer time at Ascot.
The James Fanshawe-trained five-year-old landed at The Worldwide in July after which returned for the same Class 2 occasion in early September, when he was liable for reshooting the movie Silent.
Fanshawe stated: “Contemporary has achieved rather well at Ascot this season. He has gained in weight however is a course specialist and it will be nice if we obtained some rain, which I feel is predictable. He has drawn 16 however it is just 18 as an alternative of 28, which is when it may very well be a difficulty. He’s in fine condition and hopefully he can placed on one other good run.”
what they are saying
David O’Meera, coach of Escobar, Roskolin, Blue for You, Shellir and Orban
Escobar is a Balmoral champ and you may run him on any journey – six furlongs, seven or one mile. He did properly behind the Air Gold Cup and Blue for You in York, so he’s in nice type. Roskolin has gained on slower floor previously and was third at Buckingham Palace. Blue for You gained properly final time at York when he obtained right into a little bit of bother and managed to get better from it. I feel he’ll be fantastic on the go, however I am undecided if it softens. Sheller obtained win at Ripon a number of runs in the past and, though I am undecided Ascot at all times brings out the very best in him, he is in nice type. Orban has had a stellar 12 months and has gained Ascot as properly on slower floor.
James Horton, Asjadi’s Teacher
We discovered the way to experience him to greatest impact and he gained over six and a half furlongs at Doncaster with some ease on the sphere. If the forecast is right, we are able to get again to enterprise. He’s in good type and there’s no cause why he can’t run properly.
Hugo Palmer, Teacher of Ever Given
They’ve had a extremely good season, profitable a listed race and ending second in Group 3 final time. We’re claiming a helpful 3lb from him and, whereas I just like the draw greater than the stall one, he’s in good order.
Clive Cox, Nymph River Teacher
He has a really sturdy type on the observe, together with profitable the Victoria Cup final 12 months, and has one other dwell probability with a number of cuts within the subject.
Philip Robinson, racing supervisor of Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum, proprietor of Symbolize
There are lots of issues in his favor as he likes the seven furlongs of Ascot and likes to present one thing they could properly get. I do not know in regards to the draw as he’s on stand rail at 18, however we must always know extra by put up time.
John Quinn, Protected Journey Teacher
He’s in good type and did properly final time at Leopardstown. He has achieved properly previously at Ascot and we’re wanting ahead to a different good effort.
Reporting by David Milnes
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First printed 6:00 pm, September 30 2022