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Horse Racing: Wednesday 18th June – Ant’s Selection


Ascot 2.30 – That Is The Spirit

Tomorrows only selection comes in the hugely competitive 3 year old Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. This horse is one of my favourite in training, still unbeaten after 3 runs, and improving after every start.

He only started his career in March this year, in which he created a very favourable impression when scooting clear in what has worked to be a strong Doncaster maiden. After being quickly away he showed plenty of pace in the early stages to dictate matters from the front, before showing an excellent turn of foot to put the race to bed 2 furlongs out, stretching clear under hands and heels and winning very nicely. None of the field could get close to him this day, and he won in the style of a serious prospect. His most impressive win for me was his 2nd start, where he was carrying top weight in an extremely competitive 18 runner handicap. Under similar tactics as on debut, he broke well and made all, with nothing able to get near him as he won comfortably, in the style of a very good horse. The fact he was able to make all off top weight against some well handicapped sorts shows the potential in which he holds.

His final start came on Oaks day at Epsom, where he completed the hat trick in Listed company, more comfortably  than the overall winning margin suggests. He didn’t appear to be at home on the track, and looked awkward on the unique Epsom camber. He looked to be heading for a relatively comfortable victory before his jockey decided to ease up close to line, enabling Parbold to get closer to him than he should of. He will be much more at home with this straight 7 furlongs at Ascot, and he should have an ideal draw on the stand side.

I think this horse is hugely overpriced tomorrow, one of the only unbeaten horses in the field and he boasts some strong form too. His big field handicap success will stand him in good stead, and although he can race prominent, it wont be a necessity. He still remains will tonnes of potential, and I’m convinced he is a horse right out of the top draw. I believe he can take this step up in trip in his stride, before going on to bigger and better things this season and beyond.

Advised: 3 points on That Is The Spirit

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Horse racing both jumps and flat. Been watching racing since the age of 5, when I used to pick out the nice colours or the nice names. Now I love picking horses form apart and analysing all types of racing, specifically 2 year olds and novices. Have aspirations to become a sports journalist when I'm older.

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