NEWS – Freebetting Horse Racing Betting
The Saturday of the Royal Ascot meeting, formerly known as “Ascot Heath”, features the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes, but from a betting point of the view the highlight is undoubtedly the Wokingham Stakes, a Class 2 Heritage Handicap run over 6 furlongs. No fewer than 85 runners stood their ground at the 5-day declaration stage, so with a safety limit of 30 there is every chance that the current ante post favourite, Hawkeyethenoo (8/1 generally) will miss the cut.
Jim Goldie’s 4-year-old deserves his position at the head of the market on the back of two wins from three starts this term and an unlucky second in the Epsom Dash, where he failed by an ever-diminishing neck to overhaul Bertoliver. He can race off the same mark here and back at 6 furlongs he must surely take all the beating if he actually gets into the race. He needs 29 horses above him in the handicap to come out, however, so his participation looks a remote possibility.
Roger Charlton’s 6-year-old Genki (9/1 with Coral), who is disputing favouritism, has no such problem with just seven above him in the handicap. Genki was well fancied for last year’s Wokingham, but trailed in last of the 26 runners. His subsequent running proved that form to be all wrong and he finished fourth, beaten 2½ lengths by Hawkeyethenoo, in a decent 6 furlong handicap at Newmarket last month. He is, however, 7lbs higher in the handicap than for his last win and that may be enough to find him out in a race as competitive as this.
David Barron’s 4-year-old filly Ingleby Lady (12/1 with Sky Bet, Totesport, Boylesports, Sporting Bet, Victor Chandler, Blue Square, 888 Sport and Coral) is another who has been in good form so far this season. She won over 6 furlongs at York last month and was not beaten far, off a 5lb higher mark, by the in-form Hamish McGonnagal over the sharp 5 furlongs at Musselburgh less than two weeks ago. She has a good strike rate for a sprinter, having won four times from 10 career starts and with the possibility of more improvement to come she must be on the shortlist for this.
Kaldoun Kingdom (16/1 with Totesport and Coral) won the Ayr Silver Cup and the Coral Sprint Trophy at York over 6 furlongs last autumn and resumed in similar vein this term, winning another decent Class 2 handicap at Doncaster on his reappearance back in March. He did not race again until the end of May, but was only beaten ¾ length by the admirably tough mare Look Busy (who was rated 2lbs his superior) in a little conditions race at Beverley, so his career-high mark of 102 hardly looks insurmountable. He certainly looks to have as good a chance as any if his trainer Richard Fahey decides to send him on the long journey from North Yorkshire.
Richard Fahey may also be represented by the topweight Knot In Wood (33/1 with Bet365, Boylesports, Betfred, Stan James and Coral). The 6-year-old has been an admirable servant to connections, winning the Sky Bet Dash at York last summer, before finishing third in both the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood and the Ayr Gold Cup. He has contested three Group races and a Listed race in the meantime, but remains 7lbs higher than for his last win, so while he can be expected to give his all once again conceding weight all round may be beyond him.
Of the others who are guaranteed a run, Tom Dascombe’s Noverre To Go (25/1 with Sky Bet) and Mick Channon’s Rileyskeepingfaith (25/1 with Bet365, Sky Bet, Totesport, Sporting Bet, Victor Chandler, Blue Square, 888 Sport, Ladbrokes, Coral and William Hill) both have enough good recent form to merit consideration. Noverre To Go has done all his winning at 6 furlongs, most recently in a Class 2 handicap at Newmarket last month off a handicap mark of 93; he is up to 98 here but has shown steady improvement so far this season and may have more to offer. Rileyskeepingfaith was also a winner two starts ago, but showed when third, beaten just ¾ length and a neck, in a 6 furlong handicap at Goodwood that he remains competitive off his revised mark of 102.
It is obviously unwise to be dogmatic about a 30-runner cavalry charge, but Kaldoun Kingdom appears to have an outstanding chance and his current odds look generous. Richard Fahey is mob-handed in the race and it will be interesting to see which of his contingent do make the journey south, but Kaldoun Kingdom looks the pick.