Bookies Enemy 14th June
3:40 Ascot, Mooniesta – 1pt e/w @16 Coral/Hills/B365/Ladbrokes (4 places) – Placed
Irish raider that ran well here in the Commonwealth Cup last year over 6f on heavy ground, travelling as well as anything before not getting home in the testing ground. She’s gone on to perform at a high level ever since that run, winning a group 2 on her subsequent outing as well as being placed in three races this year, with a career best effort last time when 2nd behind ‘Brad The Brief’ and a place ahead of group 1 winner ‘A Case Of You. This quickly run 5f should suit her running style and with course form at a premium, she looks set to go well at a nice price.
6:10 Ascot, Okita Soushi – 1pt e/w @10 B365/Hills/888 (5 places) – Placed
Aiden O’Brien trains two in this race with the other being the fav ‘Cleveland’ who impressed when winning the Chester Cup last time over 2m 4f, and although he may well win again, he’ll have completely different conditions tomorrow over this much shorter trip on and racing on quick ground for the first time. So it’s his other runner Okita Soushi that stands out for me as he ran well in a listed race at the Curragh last time on what was just his third start and his first for 303 days, staying on well behind another O’Brien runner ‘Raise You’ who’s fancied for the Irish St Ledger. That was on easy ground, but he won his debut impressively on quick ground, and if he stays the extra 2f tomorrow, then he must go well back in handicap company.