1pt each-way Sands Of Mali @22/1, 15:35 Ascot, Saturday

The time is right for SANDS OF MALI to bounce back to his Group One-winning best over the same course and distance of his finest hour in the Champions Sprint. He’s been labeled a mudlark but has plenty of form on faster ground, including when 2nd in the Commonwealth Cup over this track and trip, so He’s just too big a price at 22/1 to find his best form which deserted him last season. Trainer Richard Fahey says he continues to be the best work horse in his yard with nothing able to keep up with him on the gallops and he’s been primed for this. This really isn’t a deep renewal and the favourite has the profile of a horse that could romp home or flop completely now upped to this class. I don’t think the draw is relevant with only 10 runners and I’d hope Sands Of Mali makes all.

1pt each-way Sands Of Mali @22/1, 15:35 Ascot, Saturday (1,2,3, 1/5)

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