Royal Hunt Cup second Excellent Guest has excellent each way chances for George Margarson in the Betfred Victoria Cup at Ascot this afternoon

Trainer George Margarson sends two good sorts in Rebellious Guest and Excellent Guest to try to claim the Victoria Cup at Ascot this afternoon. The seven furlong cavalry charge is usually a good precursor to the Royal Hunt Cup at the Royal meeting. Excellent Guest second last year in the Royal Hunt Cup has an outstanding each way change today in what looks to be an open renewal. The dangers to him are his highly tried stablemate Rebellious Guest and the top weight and recent winner Arnold Lane. Two four years olds have also caught Crockford’s eye – Well Painted and Glen Moss who could well come on this season.   The odds of 22/1 look too big to miss on the Margarson campaigner.

Main Sequence arguably the best British three year-old last year makes his seasonal debut in the Buckhounds Stakes (2.40). Gelded over the break, last year’s Derby second could be very hard to beat. The classic trials at Lingfield look weaker than usual this year with Nevis and Greatwood looking a cut above the rest in the Derby Trial (2.55). There having been a whisper from the stable for the each way chances of Northern Star in the Oaks Trial (2.20) she may also be worth a second look.

Two cracking jumps cards at Haydock and Punchestown will provide plenty of good betting opportunities for National Hunt enthusiasts. Both the Swinton (3.30) and Long Distance Hurdle (1.50) are good renewals where Crockford narrowly favours Forgotten Voice and Jetson.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Restiadargent (Nottingham 3.55)

Probably one of the best horses ever to be entered into a race at Nottingham. Only a half a length down on Black Caviar at Royal Ascot last season she oozes class in this weak listed contest. If anywhere near her best this ex-French trained horse will win easily.

Fairy Rath holds on to win at Ascot
Fairy Rath holds on to win at Ascot

Crockford’s Whisper – Fairy Rath e/w (Haydock 4.40)

Nick Gifford’s horse was a gallant winner at Ascot and should be suited by conditions again today. Connections are bound to be talking in the Winners Enclosure again today about this each way whisper.

Archer’s Selection – Lily’s Angel (Lingfield 4.00)

Archer would have known that a shrewd trainer such as Ger Lyons is excellent at placing his horses. An impressive winner last time out she would have been his ride today.

Crockford’s gambles around the courses this afternoon:

Ascot – Langavat (1.30), Harvard N’ Yale (2.05), Main Sequence (2.40) and Excellent Guest e/w (3.50)

Haydock – Jetson e/w (1.50), Forgotten Voice e/w and Baby Mix e/w (3.30), Pastoral Player (4.05) and Fairy Rath e/w (4.40)

Lingfield – Northern Star e/w (2.20), Greatwood (2.55), Lily’s Angel (4.00) and Corporal Maddox e/w (4.35)

Nottingham – Duke Cosimo (2.15), Restiadargent (3.55) and Magog (4.30)

Punchestown – City Slicker (2.00), Western Man e/w (3.10), Shot From The Hip e/w (3.45), White Star Line (4.20) and Stonemaster e/w (4.55)

(Featured Photograph- George Margarson and Alistair Down at Goodwood by Stuart Rice)

(Photograph – Fairy Rath holds off Greywell Boy at Ascot by Stuart Rice)



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