Hawk eyeing International prize

Jim Goldie feels Hawkeyethenoo is ready to put up a good show despite having to carry top weight in today’s Cash Out Multiples Only On Betfair International Handicap at Ascot after being given time to recover from two quick runs.

Hawk eyeing International prize

The seven-year-old has been a tremendous servant to the Glasgow trainer and was a creditable sixth to Lethal Force in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on his last visit to the Berkshire track.

However, he disappointed when sent out again just seven days later at Newmarket.

“I think that he was probably feeling the effects of Royal Ascot when he ran in the Criterion Stakes but he is coming back to form now,” said Goldie.

“He prefers a bit of cut in the ground but he has never run a bad race at Ascot and the hill there plays to his strengths.

“He proved on his seasonal return at York that he deserves his current handicap mark and, if he reproduces the form he showed on Champions Day last year, he will be hard to beat at Ascot.

“It’s debatable whether he can give weight to potential Group horses, but he won the Stewards’ Cup off top-weight last year and it is interesting that he will not have the same burden in the race this time if Hoof It turns up.”

Last year’s winner Field Of Dream defends his crown on the back of victory in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket.

“We only went to the Bunbury Cup because we had two weeks between the races - obviously we know he likes Ascot,” trainer Jamie Osborne told At The Races.

“Had it been a week between the Bunbury Cup and Ascot, we wouldn’t have gone to Newmarket.

“He seems great, he won’t have done much work between the two races, but he’s fresh and well and he’ll take his chance in the race he won last year.”

George Margarson is happy with his duo Excellent Guest and Rebellious Guest, who are drawn next to each other in stalls 25 and 26 respectively.

“I’m pleased they are both drawn well and will be suited by where there are,” said the Newmarket handler.

“Excellent Guest was drawn on the wrong side in the Bunbury Cup and never got into the race. He wants a fast pace and plenty of cover, but could get neither at Newmarket.

“He’s in good nick, I’ve not done a lot with him since. He’s fresh and well and I expect him to run a big race.

“Rebellious Guest has been a bit disappointing since we gelded him but he’s come right back to himself now.

“A shower of rain would help his chance, but the ground shouldn’t be bad for him.

“He ran OK in the Wokingham and the seven furlongs will help him.

“He always works better than Excellent Guest and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gave him a run for his money and I’ve always thought a lot of him.

“I’m looking forward to running the pair of them, you just need a bit of luck.”

Loving Spirit has run fine races in defeat at Ascot and his trainer James Toller is hoping Saturday will be his day.

“Good to firm ground wasn’t ideal for him in the Buckingham Palace Stakes, but he still ran a very sound race, and he didn’t get a run when he needed it in the Victoria Cup,” said the Newmarket trainer.

“He hasn’t been the luckiest horse and he could do with things falling right for once. He keeps running consistently and I would like to hope that he returns to Ascot with a good chance.”

Redvers has been a regular in these big handicaps, but his trainer Ed Vaughan wishes his charge had a different draw.

“I’d have liked to see him drawn high where the fancied horses are. We’re drawn a bit low (four), but we’ll have to make do, there’s nothing we can do about it,” said Vaughan.

“He’s in good form and was arguably a bit unlucky last time and could have been a lot closer.

“He raced up the middle. Had he gone the far side where the pace was, he’d have finished a lot closer, but he did finish very well.

“He likes Ascot and I’m sure he’ll run a solid race. He’ll be there or thereabouts.”

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