Here's the article that appeared covering racing on Saturday 18th October.
14.20 Ascot 1pt win Tropics at 19.0
The Champion Sprint looks wide open, with much depending, in this race as well as the rest of the card, on just how testing conditions are. Gregorian would have been top of the shortlist, his ability to handle extreme conditions better than most and his relatively-unexposed profile as a sprinter making him of obvious interest. However, in light of his withdrawal - found to be suffering from heat in his leg - the best option could prove to be Tropics. Tropics was just ahead of Gregorian in the July Cup, then won in listed company next time. He didn’t have things go his way in the Sprint Cup or in the Bengough Stakes here last time. Tropics shaped well in adverse circumstances in the latter and has a race which should show him to ideal advantage this afternoon.
15.45 Cheltenham 1 pt win Roalco de Farges at 17.5
There are some highly competitive handicaps on the Cheltenham card, none more so than this three-miler, in which the unexposed top-weight Le Bec is clearly a leading contender. However, it’s likely he will have bigger fish to fry this season and may not be fully tuned up for this. Roalco de Farges appeals as a well-weighted alternative. Although he is seemingly his stable’s second string, the choice between him and Duke of Lucca can’t have been an easy one for Richard Johnson. Roalco de Farges showed he retained all his ability after a lengthy absence when winning at Newbury in the spring and then shaped well for a long way in both the Scottish National (didn’t stay) and Gold Cup at Sandown. Roalco de Farges has a race in him off his current mark and today’s conditions should suit him well.
17.30 Cheltenham 2 pts win How About It at 5.5
Moon Racer was a very expensive purchase after winning a valuable sales bumper in a field of mostly newcomers at the Irish Grand National meeting and has joined a top stable. However, promising as he is, he really shouldn’t be a shortish price on form, that race nothing out of the ordinary in form terms. He was 50/1 that day and his pedigree is pretty ordinary too. Much more appealing on that score is How About It, who represents Rebecca Curtis, a trainer with a record of running her more promising sorts in this race – she won it with Carningli last year, and both Teaforthree and Monkey Kingdom have run well in it for the yard in recent times. How About It has a point win to his name in Ireland, beating a subsequent winner with previous experience on that debut. Going For Gold is a danger, but most of the other previous winners have their work cut out under a penalty