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5:35 Royal Ascot: Nothing dull about Hannon’s Humdrum

| 15.06.2011

The final race on day two of Royal Ascot provides another tricky but rewarding test for punters.

These three-year-old fillies take to Ascot for the mile sprint, and while there are a number of progressive fillies in the field, it’s worth sticking with the decent class horses.

13 of the last 14 winners of the Sandringham Handicap Stakes were rated over 90 and you usually find that horses who have been beaten in the bigger races such as the Guineas and the Oaks, do well when stepping back in trip.

Which makes Cape Dollar an interesting prospect despite the fact she’s carrying top weight of at least 7lbs more than anyone else.

She may have been well beaten in the 1000 Guineas but Cape Dollar ran a lot better than her 40/1 price would suggest and as a winner of a Group Two race, boasts the best piece of form in the race.

A 12/1 shot, Cape Dollar is a tempting each-way price in what looks to be a weak renewal.

The trends do not bode well for 7/2 favourite Dubai Queen who is bidding to become just the third winning favourite in the last 11 years and has an official rating of 88.

9/2 Second-favourite Humdrum is easily the more enticing bet based on trends and having won three of her last four starts, including a win at Kempton earlier in the month that saw her rise 10lbs in the ratings, the RIchard Hannon filly looks the pick of the market.

The progressive filly has continued to improve since winning her first race at Chester last season and with Richard Hughes on board, expect her to swoop late to land the biggest win of her career.

Luca Cumani’s Winter’s Night also has to be respected at 6/1 and we fancy Humdrum to lead home Cape Dollar and Winter’s Night in the final race of the day.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.