Field Of Dream 12-1 to repeat International Triumph
Field Of Dream is reported to be in fine fettle ahead of Saturday’s International Handicap at Ascot. The six-year-old picked up a 3lb penalty for his win in the Bunbury Cup but is still only 2lbs higher than last year.
The gelding had previously been the subject of a major gamble in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot but eventually finished sixth from a moderate draw. He gained handsome compensation under Adam Kirby when wearing down the gallant Es Que Love at Newmarket’s July meeting.
Mark Johnston believes in racing his horses and Es Que Love could appear for the fourth consecutive weekend. He finished second in the Coral Challenge and third back at Newmarket either side of his Bunbury Cup run.
Ante-post favourite Diescentric will have to defy a 10lbs rise in the weights if he is win the valuable prize for Julie Camacho. The former Sir Henry Cecil trained gelding bolted up at Newcastle but connections are waiting to see whether the forecast storms reach Ascot by the weekend.
Diescentric is at his best with a bit of cut in the ground and would not be risked on a fast surface. Ryan Moore has been booked by the in-form William Haggas to partner Queensbury Rules. The three-year-old ran a fine race when third in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot.
Top weight could be carried by Jim Goldie’s Hawkeyethenoo who has been plying his trade in the top sprints so far this season. He was slightly disappointing at Newmarket last time out when put back up to seven furlongs and still holds a Stewards’ Cup entry.
Prince Of Johanne added the valuable Coral Challenge to his list of top handicap prizes recently for trainer Tom Tate. The popular grey could renew rivalry with Challenge runner-up Es Que Love here over a furlong shorter trip.
Other interesting entries including eye-catching Bunbury Cup fifth Redvers, the mount of Richard Hughes, and the improving three-year-old Ashaadd. Buckingham Palace Stakes first and second, Lightning Cloud and Dream Tune, could also renew rivalry for the big handicap due off at 3.15 on Saturday.