Royal Hunt Cup

17 Jun


One of the best handicaps of the flat season and as ever 30 runners go to post. Usually course form is key in this race over the straight mile. Also you are looking for a potential improver, a horse that could become group class. Drawn near a rail is also key. Horses drawn 1 to 10 and 20 to 30 usually tend to win with most of the winners coming from the high numbers. The horses that stand out are GM Hopkins, Speculative Bid, Ayaar and Munasser. They are all well handicapped and potential improvers. GM Hopkins who is drawn 11 is the one I like the most in here. Ran a decent race first time up this season in the Lincoln when it showed that he needed the run. His most recent run was in a top handicap at Newbury where he was beaten by today;s Rival Spark Plug. He was very unlucky that day though and is sure to improve on that run. His trainer John Gosdon has a great record in the race also.


Ayaar was and unlucky 5th in this race last season off 5lbs lower. Met trouble in running and finished with a flourish. Beat spark plug last time out in a good handicap at Newbury. That form ties in well with GM Hopkins who is weight best today between the 3. Ayaar is sure to have his chance from stall 1. Speculative Bid is the one they all have to beat in here. Has won all of its 3 starts this season and has gone up 22 lbs by doing so. Won the Victoria Cup at this course over 7F last time out from today’s rival Lincoln and Bronze Angel. He was going away at the finish and we’ve yet to see the best of him. Could make into a group horse by the end of the season. He’s drawn in the middle of the course though which is a disadvantage. Should be there or thereabouts.


Munasser is thrown in at the bottom of the weights and has a great draw in 26. Was well beaten last time behind Spark Plug but his previous 2nd to GM Hopkins was a great run. If he showed anything like that form he’d have a serious chance but he has a few lengths to find with GM Hopkins. Field of Dream has been placed in this race twice and won the race last year. He loves this straight track and like last year, is usually held up for a late run. He is 7lbs higher in the weights for this years race though which could catch him out. He beat Chill The Kite in this race last year and that runner is 1lb lower this year. Chill The Kite should reverse the form with Field of Dream. Both of them could very well place again at nice prices. Of the others, I like Bronze Angel who has won a good few top handicaps over the years including the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket and the Balmoral at this course. Started the year out in group races, has slowly come down the weights to get into this race. He was an eye catching 6th behind Speculative Bid last time out in the Victoria Cup, this extra furlong is sure to suit and is now 9lbs better off with that runner. If some of the up and coming horse’s miss fire in here this one could be the one to be on.


Selection: GM Hopkins 11/1

Outsider: Bronze Angel 20/1


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