Kew Gardens was beaten as a short favourite here last year and I think history could repeat itself here with Anthony Van Dyck.
The one I'm keen to take him on with is NATE THE GREAT  .
The fact he's a son of Nathaniel means he should excel at middle-distance races, and this is emphasised by his form last year.

He suffered a narrow defeat in the Chesham to Arthur Kitt and was also not far behind Norway, who finished second to Sir Dragonet in the Chester Vase on Wednesday. 

That's decent form and at this price I think he's a big each-way bet.


Some jumps action now in the Swinton Handicap where I'm keen on another big each-way chance in CHAMPAGNE CITY  .
The versatile six-year-old has enjoyed success on both the flat and over jumps, with notable performances this season including a third behind Al Dancer in the Catesby Hurdle and a narrow second by a neck to Winston C at Kelso in late March.

Proven over this distance and with Jonathan Burke having a good record on board (142), I think he's got a good chance of placing.

15:25 ASCOT

Across to Ascot now for the Fillies' Handicap where Roger Varian’s CONTRIVE   looks a nice price.

She had a solid run on the all-weather with four wins and a second from her last six.

The four-year-old also finished a strong second at Goodwood behind Ganayem as a 25/1 shot and is proven over a mile.

She was incredibly disappointing at Kempton last month but I’m willing to draw a line under that, and hopefully William Buick can get her back to winning ways. 

16:00 ASCOT

Finishing off with the Victoria Cup where, with five places on offer at Betway, we can hopefully find some each-way value.

The main one I like is LAKE VOLTA   for Joe Fanning and Mark Johnston.

He's a consistent four-year-old who put in some big performances last year when third at Goodwood and Chester, beaten by Flaming Spear and Oh This Is Us respectively. 

A decent effort over course and distance in the Challenge Cup last October when less than three lengths behind last year's winner Ripp Orf is nice form.

Nicely-handicapped at 8-12, I’m hoping he’ll run a big race. 

The other one I like is Roger Fell's PRESIDENTIAL .

Solid victories at Newmarket and Redcar over 7f last season reads as promising form and he really seems to relish these big handicap fields.

He's another really well-handicapped at 8-4 and proven on both good and soft ground, I think he’s also a nice each-way shout.




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