The sheer mass of potential entries for June’s Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot makes choosing a winner in ante post betting particularly difficult, but in turn results in the attribution of massive prices to likely runners.
And with that in mind, 20/1 Baltic Knight looks as solid an each-way proposition as any being aimed at the 1m handicap, especially on the back of his most recent outing at Doncaster.
Richard Hannon’s three-year-old was competing over a mile for the first time on that occasion, and turned in an eye-catching display to finish only behind the well-handicapped Remote.
That showing abolished any fears that he wouldn’t get the trip, and owners Thurloe Thoroughbreds now look set to run him at the Royal Hunt Cup after liking what they saw.
With an extremely progressive profile to boot, Baltic Knight is open to much improvement going forward, whilst his adaptability and versatility will stand him in good stead opposing an unpredictable field.
Though he enjoys racing prominently, he did come from behind to score at Kempton last year, thus giving his as-yet unconfirmed jockey plenty of options dependent upon how the race unfolds.
His previous places over several different goings are also a plus to his chances, and though he would prefer a more testing surface, the durable colt has proven he can act on almost any to challenge at the head of affairs.
Meanwhile, of other options which represent potential value, the back-in-form Navajo Chief looks a tempting 25/1 prospect, after snapping a five-race losing streak last time out at York.
It is no coincidence that each of the gelding’s two most recent successes have come over his ideal 1m trip, with Alan Jarvis’ charge placing in his last three starts over that distance too.
And it would be foolish to discount this likeable and consistent six-year-old from each-way calculations at Ascot.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.