On Wednesday we have decent midweek card from Ascot ,with the feature race the Group three Sagaro Stakes at 3.20
10 Runners declared for high quality looking Sagaro Stakes at Ascot, on ground described as Good/soft soft in places . The three main contenders are Flying Officer , Clever Cookie & Mizzou .
FLYING OFFICER : Excellent strike rate winning 6 out 9 ,including winning group two Long Distance Cup over C&D at Ascot last October .Goes well fresh ,winning first time out the last four seasons. However faces no easy task under 5LB group two penalty .
CLEVER COOKIE : Smart stayer ,winning 5 out 12 on the flat ,including winning the group three Ormande stakes at Chester last May.Finished creditable 1L 2ND in Long Distance Cup ,behind Flying Officer over C&D .Every chance of reversing that form on 5LB better terms .
MIZZOU : Progressive stayer ,winning 4 out 8 , including winning this race last year in good style . Also finished creditable 2ND in group two Lonsdale Cup ,behind the useful Max Dynamite ,with Clever Cookie back in fourth . Looks open to plenty improvement this season .
VERDICT : Clever Cookie will be popular here ,with Ryan Moore riding for first time and should reverse form with Flying Officer on 5LB better terms , though was bit disappointing on his seasonal reappearance, when beaten odds on favourite in listed company at Nottingham .Should improve for that race ,though is passed over .
Last years winner MIZZOU looks solid each-way bet here .Showed progressive form last season ,and lost nothing in defeat when finishing good 2ND in G2 Lonsdale Cup at York on final start last season (Clever Cookie back in 4TH) .Odds around 4-1 look very fair value .
MIZZOU 3.20 ASCOT
£50.00 EACH-WAY @ 4-1 * BETVICTOR
(WINNER SP 11-4 PROFIT +£240.00)