1.55 Ascot: Our Verdict
Our racing team weigh up their best bets in the Sky Bet Money Back race on Saturday – the 1.55 at Ascot.
Master Dee gives weight away all round
Simon Holt – Remind Me Later
His reappearance last of three at Plumpton doesn't look particularly exciting but he travelled like the best horse that day and ultimately ran as if needing the outing after nearly a year off the track. On his previous appearance, Remind Me Later had stayed on takingly behind the useful Thomas Brown in a small field on this course and he is potentially well handicapped on his hurdles form.
Matt Brocklebank – Crimson Ark
Paul Nicholls reaches for the cheekpieces to go with the tongue tie on San Benedeto after his worryingly tame effort at Newton Abbot and it wouldn't surprise in the slightest to see the five-year-old bounce back with a positive showing. However, preference is for Crimson Ark, who debuts over fences for Emma Lavelle. He was a quick learner over the smaller obstacles, winning first time up 12 months ago at Market Rasen, and his recent second behind Ballyoptic at Chepstow reads like quality form. An initial chase mark of 134 could look lenient in time and I want to have him on side.
Dave Ord – Remind Me Later
Forget his eventual finishing position on his recent reappearance at Plumpton as Gary Moore's charge shaped very much as if needing the run. He travelled strongly for much of the race and looked the likely winner turning for home only for early keenness and the lack of a recent outing to take a toll. He remains a chaser of some potential and at the foot of the weights is taken to get the better of Ballyoptiic and Crimson Ark, the latter looking the type to thrive for this switch to the larger obstacles.
Ian Ogg – Master Dee
This is tougher than the chases he has been running in this summer and he'll no doubt be vulnerable to less exposed rivals as the weeks go on. However, his latest victory at Ludlow was arguably a career best so he looks to be improving and not that many of his rivals boast convincing profiles with Ballyboley struggling to get home at Wetherby and Crimson Ark having his first run over fences. This may well prove to be a decent opportunity for him to land a reasonable prize.