Trade To Take Cup By Storm
Trade To Take Cup By Storm
By Ben Linfoot

William Buick

1pt’e.w Trade Storm in 16.25 Ascot at 25/1 (Bodog 1/4 1,2,3,4). Has course and distance form, looks feasibly treated on that and can go well.
1pt win Arsaadi in 17.35 Ascot at 14/1 (Stan James). Form stacks up in this company and looks interesting back down in trip with blinkers fitted.

Thirty runners are set to go to post for the betting feature on day two of Royal Ascot, the Royal Hunt Cup, and this is just the sort of contest value punters should be getting their teeth stuck into.

You can make cases for several candidates, but, looking at that oddschecker grid, it’s the 25/1 about TRADE STORM that appeals to’me most of all.

This horse ran a blinder in the Britannia Handicap over the course and distance at last year’s Royal Ascot off a 2lb-lower mark and he was beaten just over a length and a half by the winner Sagramor that day.

It paid to be prominent if you were in the stands’ side group in that race but Trade Storm was held up and did all his best work at the finish. It was an eyecatching effort.

In four subsequent starts for John Gallagher he didn’t trouble the judge but again he ran a race full of promise on his final start for that trainer when staying on for fourth at Doncaster over an inadequate seven.

The four year old Trade Fair colt is now with David Simcock, a trainer who targets these valuable Ascot cavalry charges with some degree of success.

He ran a good race on his debut for Simcock over 10 furlongs at Lingfield in December and there was plenty to like about his five-length defeat to Fury on his seasonal reppearance at York.

I think he’ll come on for that run, especially with the little bit of cut in the ground and that York form has received a recent boost courtesy of Navajo Chief.

He almost raced in isolation in the centre of the track towards the stands’ side on the Knavesmire and I think he would’ve been closer if he’d had a little bit of company, with tiredness creeping in late on.

William Buick couldn’t get any cover at York but that won’t be a problem in this field and if he hits the gaps at the right time he has a good chance, better than a 25/1 chance in my opinion.

Later on ARSAADI can run a big race from 3lbs out of the handicap in the Sandringham.

William Haggas stuck a pair of blinkers on facile York winner Sholaan dropping him back in trip and tries the same trick here with the daughter of Dubawi.

She got stuck in the very soft ground in the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket last time but her previous form makes very good reading in this company.

She was beaten two lengths by Mick Channon’s very smart filly Laugh Out Loud off level weights at Kempton in April and finished a place behind subsequent Chester Vase winner and Derby fifth Mickdaam in the Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Trophy at the Craven Meeting.

At double-figure prices she has to be of interest here.

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