With 2018 and 2019 winner Blue Point retired, Battaash has an open goal in the King’s Stand provided he’s on a going day. Odds-on quotes are just about fair, but certainly not of betting interest given he’s never a sure thing. The reality is, Ascot is a stiff 5f and Battaash has been running out of petrol in the final strides of the last two renewals, so he’s a tricky ride here. My angle into the race is the up-and-coming LIBERTY BEACH, the three-year-old filly with form figures 114112-1. The four in that sequence was over course and distance at the Royal meeting last year, when the field split in two and she won her mini-race on the far side of the track with Raffle Prize winning on the stand side. Raffle Prize went on to break Newmarket’s all-age course record on the 6f July Course, course and distance for the Group One July Cup, so she represents a high level of form. Liberty Beach is remarkably consistent for a sprinter, likes Ascot and returned with a bang to win her reappearance at Haydock earlier this month. We know she stays 6f well so she won’t be stopping at the line if Battaash is flagging, and at 13/2 she’s clearly the angle into the race.
1pt win Liberty Beach @13/2, 15:35 Ascot, TuesdayLeave a comment