It was four winners from four Ascot races selected for members of VG Tips last Saturday.
The day got off to a golden start when DAKOTA GOLD won the Class 1 Listed Rous Stakes for us. An 11/4 tip to my subscribers the night before racing, Dakota Gold won by a length and a half.
On Friday I heard some racing ‘experts’ claim that MORANDO was not good enough to win the Group 3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes. I disagreed. On soft ground he enjoys, the Andrew Balding trained grey gelding was a very easy winner, by six lengths. Tipped to members of VG Tips when available at 5/2, he came past the winning post at SP odds of 2/1.
The next winner for members at Ascot was my bigger price NAP of the day. At least if, like me, you took the 9/1 about KYNREN. Heavily backed overnight and on the day, the previously hard to win with Kynren won the 17 runner Class 2 handicap, the Challenge Cup.
Some may have doubted my sanity when selecting Kynren for such a competitive handicap. After all, as I told members, the last victory for the Ben Curtis ridden gelding was two tears and twelve races ago. But there were good reasons for my tipping Kynren. The clues were there!
No other jockey had won aboard Kynren. Four other very good jockeys had tried. Curtis had previously ridden Kynren six times, winning three races and finishing second and third on other occasions.
On Friday I told members: “The last victory was back in 2017 but in August of this year Kynren did finish third in a Class 2 handicap and was in front of two others in this race today, Silver Line and the improving Qaysar.
Drawn handily in stall 17 (based on last year’s first five home), Kynren is six pounds better off than when finishing a short distance behind Raising Sand at this racecourse in June. All three career wins for Kynren have come with today’s jockey in the saddle.”
Bookies were taking a pasting at Ascot. Clearly I wasn’t the only punter who fancied Kynren. The 9/1 taken on Friday was backed into 11/4 on the day. The third successive winner for favourite backers. On course bookies were reeling. Deep joy!
The fourth winner from four races selected at Ascot on Saturday was my 5/2 win only NAP. The Group 3 Challenge Cup saw CAPE BYRON return to winning ways (photographed at the top of this post). A two length victory ensured the Roger Varian trained gelding secured a third victory from five outings this season.
The fifth winner (from eight races selected for analysis on Saturday) performed as expected up at Redcar. SUMMER SANDS proved that his shock, 100/1 third place finish in the recent Group 1 Middle Park Stakes was no fluke. Trained by Richard Fahey, Summer Sands was a comfortable winner of the Listed race for two year olds and at SP odds of 11/8.
There’s still some top quality flat racing left to enjoy this month. Thereafter, it will be jumps action and racing tips throughout the winter.