COURSE EXPERT CAN BAG ASCOT WIN
The Sprint Cup Stakes at Haydock is the big race of the day but Starman is a worthy favourite.
We head to Ascot for the 3:45, which is a valuable seven furlong sprint handicap.
The course specialists are the ones I am focusing on here with Cliffs of Capri preferred to Documenting, Ripp Orf and Via Serpendipity. Jamie Osborne has this 7yo in great form again this season. A strongly run handicap is just the job for Cliffs of Capri who likes to power home from off the pace. He was a tad unlucky not to finish closer than fourth to Danyah in the International Stakes over course and distance. After jumping from the stalls Mathew Flinders gave Cliffs of Capri a bumper which cost him some ground which cost him a length at the finish. Good ground is important to this horse. The handicapper is giving him a chance to gain a win dropping him to 94 a pound lower than when he ran so well here in July.
Ascot - 3:45
1 Point Each Way Cliffs Of Capri 5/1 Paddy Power or Betfair, both paying 4 places.