The totescoop6 Challenge Cup Heritage Handicap
7f’s, Ascot, 18 runners. It can only mean one thing. It’s time to decipher another complex and confusing cavalry charge handicap bearing down the straight track at Ascot.
Sometimes I get asked what it is that attracts me to horse racing. I tell them to go watch a big field handicap at Ascot. Why?
The simple fact is that in my book there isn’t another type of race in this sport that quite matches up. Yes you will have races that offer bigger prize funds, that come with bigger name tags, that give you bragging rights for the rest of the season but do any of them really grab your attention and get the adrenaline rushing as much as a big field handicap bearing down the straight course at Ascot. They certainly don’t for me, comment if you agree or disagree below.
Anyway onto tomorrow’s big race and it comes in the form of The Totescoop6 Challenge Cup. We came away with the winner last year courtesy of Buckstay and after going through the race earlier I have two horses that will hopefully go close to repeating the success.
Firstly Richard Fahey looks to have a strong hand in this race with 3 runners set to start. For me it is the outsider of the 3 that looks the strongest bet. Fahey has been adamant all year that Heaven’s Guest won’t win a race because he is badly handicapped. I have to admit I agree however another recent drop down the weights means Fahey can have no complaints with this horse now running off a mark 1lb below his last winning mark which came over this very C and D. He got no run last time out and if he puts his best foot forward his price looks huge value.
I am also going to throw into the mix Remarkable. This horse was beaten only 3 1/2ls by Ribchester (Group 1 winner since) over C and D. He was also only beaten 2ls by Thikriyaat (group 3 winner since), 1/2l by Force (2nd in a group 3, winner of a conditions event including the likes of Muwaary) and yet he comes here for this class 2 handicap carrying 9-4 and is available at 10-1. Bookies must be having a laugh with this one but more fool them I am happy to snap it up early.
Dark Horses: There are a few problem horses in this field, Firmament is one who seems to be improving all the time despite his rising mark, Squats is another who is in good form however a claimer booked for the ride does put me off. The fact Dettori rides Afjaan is interesting to begin with but then you realize that Havlin has ridden Remarkable on all but 1 start so jockey booking’s don’t really point to Afjaan running a huge race.
How we bet:
Heaven’s Guest – (0.5pts E/W) 20-1 is available at bet365.
Remarkable – (0.5pts E/W) 10-1 is widely available.