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Royal Ascot 2019: Three for the handicaps
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Seniority – Royal Hunt Cup, Wednesday 19th June
Seniority was sent off the 6/1 favourite for this race 12 months ago, sneaking in at the foot of the weights under a 5 lb penalty, and he was far from disgraced, either, going for a long way like the best horse but just undone by racing away from the main action. He proved that theory right when winning a competitive mile handicap at Glorious Goodwood on his next start, and he has seemingly been brought along with this race in mind this year too. Connections started him off in Dubai in January, and for all he failed to make an impact out there, he wasn’t at all knocked about in a couple of starts, and he shaped encouragingly after a further four months off when runner-up to a thriving sort (who was well handicapped on old form) at Epsom last time. That run will have put Seniority spot on for this and, granted luck both in running and with the draw, it’s hard to see him not being involved.
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Migration – Britannia, Thursday 20th June
One of the most competitive handicaps of the week, full to the brim with progressive three-year-olds, and you normally have to be some way ahead of your mark to come out on top. One who fits the bill this year is Migration, who opened his account at Newmarket last time. His previous form looks strong, though, finishing second to Fox Chairman on his return at Newbury, and he was unlucky not to win his next start in the notoriously competitive Esher Cup at Sandown, a slow start putting him on the back foot from the offset. The manner in which he motored home marked him down as a well-handicapped sort, though, and he deservedly opened his account last time, again overcoming a bit of trouble after a slow start. His tardiness from the stalls is a slight concern, but this will likely be run at a frenetic gallop, and hold-up horses do notoriously well over the straight mile at Ascot. A mark of 90 means he should creep in at the bottom of the weights and he isn’t to be underestimated for an in-form yard.
Hey Jonesy – Wokingham, Saturday 22nd June
Hey Jonesy perhaps hasn’t reached the heights he once threatened to – a smart juvenile who was beaten less than three lengths in the Middle Park – and the fact is he remains with just the one win to his name. That came in a minor event at York in 2017, but he has got plenty of solid form in the book, and is interesting now having his attentions switched back to handicaps. His sole start in this sphere came when failing to stay in the 7f Free Handicap at Newmarket on his reappearance last year, and he has since been dropped 4 lb in the weights. The form of his head-second to Donjuan Triumphant in a listed race at Doncaster last season reads well, and he has been far from disgraced behind Dream of Dreams and Invincible Army in two starts so far this season. Hey Jonesy has a couple of good efforts to his name over this C&D, too, notably his fifth-placed finish in the Commonwealth Cup at this meeting last year, and the switch to handicaps could be liberating.
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