The Big Races

2:05 Ascot 2m 5f (2m 5f 8y) Christy 1965 Chase (Grade 2) (Class 1) (4yo+)

I would like one question answered. Is Altior going up in trip as he is losing speed with age or do connections really want to make him a champion over a variety of trips? Recent reports of “Electric work on the gallops” suggest he is not losing his natural speed. Whilst his breeding suggests he will stay this trip, I am unsure if three miles is within his stamina range. That for me rules out the King George and the Gold Cup. I am unsure if the Ryanair is a tempting enough proposition for connections. Whereas Cyrname is at one with Ascot’s unique test, Altior looked less than happy when successful here in January of this year. In Altior’s defence he has won at Kempton and Sandown Park; suggesting a right-handed course does not faze him. (Interestingly both those courses have a longer run to the winning post from the turn for home) Cyrname is by Nickname, a Grade One performer in France and Ireland over two and two and half-miles. A name that conjures images of a memorable day at Auteuil. He has the likes of Frodon and Yala Enki on his C.V suggesting Cyrname has a good shout of staying three miles. In addition, Cyrname’s dam stayed twenty-one furlongs furthering the chance of him staying the King George trip. Both Altior and Cyrname have had wind procedures in the summer displaying the pressure put on top-class horses though their careers. Whilst I will be watching rather than betting, I feel Cyrname’s ability to show top-class form here at Ascot may swing it his way.

3:00 Haydock 3m 1f 125y Cl 1

Bristol De Mai tops FSFs on 173, with Frodon on 170, Lostintranslation on 157, and Ballyoptic on 156.

BDM is four from four at Haydock Park. His best RPR came on heavy ground, 6lb higher than his RPR in this race last year run on good ground. We know he goes well fresh, loves the track and appears adaptable to ground conditions. Two of his three best chase RPRs coming on good and good to soft. One imagines Frodon will be close to the pace. His strong suit is his jumping with his comeback run ruined by lack of fences in the home straight. Whilst successful over this trip his Grade One win came over twenty-one furlongs. Lostintranslation needs to improve 16lb on FSFs and 9lb on Timeform ratings. His comeback run was full of promise. It would have been disappointing had he not won as he did. (Second beaten last weekend while the third was running over a trip short of his best) A form line through Elegant Escape (Also trained by the Tizzard’s) suggests Ballyoptic has 3lb to find with Frodon. This looks sure to be run at a good pace and while not wishing to personally play, I suggest Lostintranslation may come through in the latter stages to land the spoils.

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