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Irish invader to be the one to watch after York win
Dark Crusader, who shone at York last month, makes another trip across the Irish Sea to Ascot tomorrow and is napped to confirm her prowess as a progressive and talented stayer.
Trained in Ireland by Tony Martin, Dark Crusader won the competitive Melrose Handicap on Knavesmire in decisive style, a victory which came on the back of previous successes at Killarney and Galway.
Winner of three of her seven career starts, Dark Crusader now heads out of handicap company into Listed class in the Ascot Underwriting Noel Murless Stakes. With Fran Berry again taking the mount, she should make her presence felt.
Paul Hanagan joins forces with his former boss Richard Fahey when taking the ride on Flyman in the Troy Asset Management Handicap.
The three-year-old has run two cracking races lately, finishing fifth at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting and a close-up third at Newmarket last Saturday, beaten only a length. Provided this race does not come too quickly for him, Flyman should be involved in the finish.
Ed Dunlop has double chances at Ascot, courtesy of Gworn and Man Of Plenty.
Gworn, who runs in the Willis Group Classified Stakes, was a good second to Ennistown at Haydock last month and the winner of that race has since scored again.
Man Of Plenty has won two of his last three starts, the latest of those wins coming at Musselburgh earlier this month. He is up 5lb for that but that may not be enough to stop him.
Also worth noting at the main meeting of the day are Rebellious Guest (2.00), who showed a return to form at Yarmouth last time, and Intibaah (3.05), who deserves recompensense after going down by a short head at Lingfield recently.
At Wolverhampton, Jason Hart, blazing the trail in the apprentice championship, can add to his tally aboard Save The Bees in the Betfred Handicap.
The five-year-old, trained by Declan Carroll, Hart’s Sledmere boss, came up short when bidding for a four-timer at York last time, but he lost no caste in defeat when finishing fourth to Cosmic Halo.
He is fancied to get back in the winning groove here.
York jockey Robert Winston renews his association with Fossa in the Betfred Mobile Sports Handicap.
The three-year-old, trained by Dean Ivory, carried Winston to a clear-cut win on this course last month. A 6lb rise may not be enough to prevent him doubling-up.
Also worthy of note are recent Musselburgh winner Beauty Pageant (5.55) and the consistent Hadya (8.25).
2.00 Rebellious Guest, 2.30 Gworn, 3.05 Intibaah, 3.40 Dark Crusader (NAP), 4.15 Man Of Plenty, 4.50 Flyman.
5.55 Beauty Pageant, 6.25 Dream Ally, 6.55 My Destination, 7.25 Alnawiyah, 7.55 Fossa, 8.25 Hadya, 8.55 Save The Bees.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Fontwell and Hexham.
Today’s meetings: Bangor, Southwell, Warwick and Wolverhampton.
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