Redford takes Ascot challenge

Redford takes Ascot challenge

Ayr Gold Cup winner Redford could bid for a big-race double in the space of seven days after being left in the totesport.com Challenge Cup at Ascot on Saturday.

Trainer David Nicholls mentioned after his victory in Scotland it was his intention to run Redford again, and that it would probably be his last start in handicap company for a while.

Luca Cumani's Acrostic has been left at the head of the weights following the withdrawals of Yaa Wayl and Himalya. Cumani has also left in Axiom.

William Haggas has the option of running his rapidly improving filly Dever Dream, a Listed winner last time out at Doncaster.

Andrew Balding has two serious chances with Side Glance and Kakatosi, although he decided not to declare Set The Trend.

"We've left two of the three in, Side Glance and Kakatosi, and they'll both run, all being well," said Balding.

"Kakatosi has been very progressive this season and he's a nice horse.

"Jimmy Fortune will ride Kakatosi, but I'm not sure about Side Glance, we'll have to see if David Probert is fit enough.

"Side Glance has done well this year. Seven furlongs at Ascot should suit him well, he's a course and distance winner there so it should be perfect."

Jeremy Noseda's Sarasota Sunshine, Mark Johnston's St Moritz, Chris Dwyer's Mia's Boy and Godolphin's City Style are among the others to stand their ground.

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