Sit tight and hope for clear round from Mister Fisher
Yesterday saw a dazzling display from Manobo in Meydan, once again showing the wonderful staying ability of Sea The Stars as a sire. The term rocket is often overused, but he looked every inch one.
Stamina will be needed in tough conditions for Ascot’s card on Saturday, and the feature Betfair Ascot Chase looks pretty open. Fakir D’Oudairies is a vulnerable favourite as he looks a bit short of top drawer Grade 1 material. His jumping worries me too as he made a hefty mistake last time – and he is prone to one or two.
Jumping has been an issue with Mister Fisher in the past, but he’s a much bigger price at 11/2 than the favourite.
He’s a frustrating character, as he clearly has plenty of ability, but he can put in a few howlers. His jumping went to pieces at Cheltenham last year in the Ryanair, but he came off a strong pace at Kempton last time to win the Grade 2 Silviniaco Conti – a race in which the front two were miles ahead of the third and Eldorado Allen has come out since to boost the form.
He doesn’t stay 3m, and that was evident in the brutal test that was the King George, but this intermediate trip of 2m5f serves him well with the stamina he possesses.
As a novice he was the ante-post favourite for the Marsh at one stage against the likes of Faugheen, Samcro and Melon (a race he finished fourth in), and he’s still only eight years of age.
It should be well-run with last year’s winner Dashel Drasher in the line-up, so hopefully the wind can dry the ground out a little.
Sherwood’s young stayer to make waves for handicap debut
Plenty of young staying hurdlers line up for the 16:10 over hurdles and Oliver Sherwood could have a proper Saturday horse in the shape of the improving Guerlain De Vaux.
Granted a stamina test on both of his starts over hurdles he has relished both. Up to 2m5f for his debut at Market Rasen in December, he progressed with the extra distance from his bumper debut and ran the three best closing splits despite hitting a much higher price in-running.
A further stamina test greeted him at Catterick last time over 3m1f against the smoother travelling Gredin, but Guerlain De Vaux was well on top in the closing stages as he took advantage of the eventual second’s mistake at the last. Once again, at the end of the race was where he was the quickest; clocking a 12.92 at 2m6f, and a 3m one at 13.92 seconds.
His jumping was sound throughout in Yorkshire despite Catterick looking a sharp enough track for him, and he could be suited to Ascot’s more galloping contours.
It’s a fairly hot race as you’d expect but a mark of 121 looks fair given he is still on the upgrade and he does handle soft ground. In-runner backers will note those two victories both came with the horse hitting 30.029/1 and 42.041/1.
We can also use the EXTRA PLACE SPECIAL on the Sportsbook with four places.
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