With all the excitement surrounding the Qipco Champions Day at Ascot this Saturday it is inevitable that the final race with the apprentice jockeys might not attract much attention.
There are currently 29 horses holding an entry and whilst it is unlikely that early prices will be available there will certainly be some value offered on the morning of the race and the market will be well worth following.
One of those to consider will be Thunderball. The five-year-old chestnut gelding has experienced some success in his past and a few poor recent performances can be excused but a reasonable price will be sought before backing him.
Another that should be in the mix is Valencha. If a reasonable price is available then this Hughie Morrison-trained four-year-old chestnut filly will be carrying plenty of support. The horse has got recent record and won last time out winning in fine style at Epsom. Harry Bentley is booked to ride and is considered as a very solid apprentice who can be trusted to put in a good performance.
Primaeval, trained by James Fanshawe, can be expected to be supported by punters as the horse has put in some good runs in recent races. Last time out the five-year-old chestnut gelding finished to a good Luca Cumani runner and should come into the race this weekend in good form.
Pearl Ice, The Confessor, Lutine Bell and Mia’s Boy are all runners that have the potential to deliver one of the each way places and should be considered if good prices are being quoted.