Tom Scudamore: Mister Malarkey is the one to beat in Ascot’s big race
Coral ambassador previews his weekend rides
Ascot 13.35 – Pingshou
Pingshou has been running well all summer, and was unlucky not to win the time before last, when he made a bad mistake at the last.
He is a Group One winner, albeit a while ago now, and his form’s there for all to see, but this looks a nice race for him so hopefully we have a chance.
Ascot 14.45 – Nordic Combined
Nordic Combined’s form tailed off towards the end of last season, he’d be one of the highest rated maidens following that winless campaign, but his form in the first part of the season was really good, including a second at Newbury in a race that has worked out well.
He seems in good order at home, has been schooling really well, and if the spark is back, he could go well at a big price.
Ascot 15.20 – Mister Malarkey
I’ve picked up a lovely ride on Mister Malarkey, who showed his liking for Ascot when winning the Reynoldstown.
He’s one of the favourites here, and I know this is his stepping stone to the Ladbrokes Trophy, so if he’s that class of horse he should go close here. His form from last year all adds up and he’s the one to beat here.
Ascot 15.55 – Collingwood Court
I’m on Collingwood Court in the concluding Bumper. He won his point to point and goes well enough at home, but this is an Ascot Saturday race, so there will be plenty with chances in there. Our Bumper horses have started well this season though, so I see no reason why he won’t run very well.
Huntingdon 14.55 – Top Decision
I go to Huntingdon on Sunday for one ride, Top Decision is having his first start over fences, his hurdles form was OK and he looks as if he’ll make into a chaser. One ride, one winner would be nice!