Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 15:01 24/07/2015
29 Horses have been declared for tomorrow's £150,000 Gigaset International Stakes at Ascot but it would be no surprise to see several non runners in the seven furlong handicap now that the ground has changed appreciably since Thursday's final declaration stage. With the importance of the draw yet another imponderable the advice is to go both high and low with a couple of soft ground performers from the top and bottom of the weights.
The 104-rated Speculative Bid boasts solid claims following his comfortable victory over fellow rival Lincoln in the Totescoop6 Victoria Cup over the course in May, a run which was backed up by a creditable fifth in the Royal Hunt Cup when failing to get the best of runs. A worthy 8-1 favourite with several bookmakers including Winner who are going five places, the four-year-old may still be capable of improving upon his current mark and the likely soft ground should pose no problem as his impressive Doncaster win on heavy going demonstrated.
The mount of Jamie Spencer is drawn high in 24 while the other suggestion Farlow comes from stall 10 and with the 3lb claim of rider Cam Hardie the Richard Fahey-trained gelding can go close with just 8st 3lb to carry. The seven-year-old has plenty of soft ground form to his name including when fourth in last year's William Hill Spring Mile at Doncaster and more recently a half length second, back on Town Moor, behind stablemate Tatislu back in March over six furlongs.
The seven furlongs of the Ascot race is probably ideal for the son of Exceed And Excel who can outrun the 33-1 available with Bet365 who, along with Paddy Power, Winner and Betfair Sportsbook are paying on the first five places.
1 Point each-way Speculative Bid 8-1 Winner ( 5 places )
1 Point each-way Farlow 33-1 bet365 ( 5 places )