WITH Royal Ascot over and done with, it’s back to normality for the next couple of weeks.
However, there’s always room for making money, so here are three longshots that can help drive away those Ascot blues.
Pioneering (3.30, Beverley) can strike now returned to his favourite track.
David O’Meara’s four-year-old struck up a sequence of three back-to-back wins last season, ending with a victory at Pontefract that saw his handicap mark rise to 83.
However, since returning to the track this season, he’s not been in the same form.
Two starts at Pontefract and Hamilton have resulted in disappointing efforts, and as a consequence he’s been dropped two pounds in the ratings.
There have been excuses for both those performances, though. The first can be put down to the fact it was his reappearance run and he clearly needed it, while the second was highly unsatisfactory because there was very little pace throughout.
The son of Shamardal needs a fast tempo to be seen at his best, and whether that means he’ll have to lead (which he’s done before to winning effect) then so be it.
The big plus for David O’Meara’s well-bred sort it that he’s now returned to Beverley, a track that saw him win twice last year.
The northern venue clearly suits him and the ground will be ideal – he won under exactly the same conditions in August last year.
What’s more, it took two starts to get him fully wound up last season and now that the cobwebs are well and truly blown away, he can strike at the third time of asking.
Cosmogyral (4.45, Brighton) is a three-year-old daughter of Camelot who has been given an opening mark of 54 for her first handicap – need I say more?
Naturally, there’s more to it than that, but for a filly as well-bred as she is, a mark of 54 should be a dream if she has picked up any of her parent’s ability.
Of course, judged on her maiden form, that’s rather a big ‘if’.
Two starts at Lingfield yielded 9th place finishes and a maiden at Salisbury when stepped up to a mile and a half saw her beaten twenty lengths.
However, that’s not the whole story as she was never really ridden to challenge properly in any of her starts.
Now that she’s qualified for mark, you can be sure that her rider will be a lot more aggressive on her to try and secure that first win.
Provided she handles the track, which can be a problem for some inexperienced horses, she should prove a different proposition off a lowly mark in her first handicap.
Travertine (7.40, Newbury) has been around the block in France and Ireland, and now has his first Flat start on British soil for trainer Jonjo O’Neill.
His recent Flat form figures wouldn’t inspire a lot of confidence, but that’s because the last time he ran on the level was for Niall Madden in vastly more competitive races than this one.
Three Longshots to fill your boots
Pioneering (3.30, Beverley) ‘The northern venue clearly suits him and the ground will be ideal’ (add to your betslip)
Cosmogyral (4.45, Brighton) ‘She should prove a different proposition off a lowly mark in her first handicap’ (add to your betslip)
Travertine (7.40, Newbury) ‘His mark has dropped a long way below its peak when he was trained in Ireland’ (add to your betslip)
In four starts over hurdles thus far for his current trainer, two have been full of promise.
His most recent outing last month saw him finish a good third at Huntingdon in a decent handicap, and if he can translate that form over to this sphere, he will prove very competitive.
His mark has dropped a long way below its peak when he was trained in Ireland, and this can be the springboard to better things for the son of Danehill Dancer.