Ascot tips for Friday: Aydoun the answer to Noel Murless Stakes
David Metcalf | September 29, 2016
Irish raider Aydoun the ace in the pack
Aydoun created a huge impression when scoring on debut and can take the step up into Listed company in his stride to land the 1m 6f Noel Murless Stakes at Ascot (15:45).
Trained in Ireland by Dermot Weld, the three-year-old made all and drew clear to slam Burning Sword by 4 3/4 lengths in a nine-runner maiden at Listowel.
Aydoun put the race to bed when quickening clear two from home and won easing down with any amount in hand.
Although what he beat is questionable the way in which the son of Mastercraftsmen went about, his business was visually very impressive.
Aydoun clearly has a big engine, is bred to be special, and is open to any amount of improvement for a yard that does particularly well with its runners at the venue.
The fact that connections have decided to pitch the gelding straight into Listed company also speaks volumes and Aydoun can take this en route to even better things.
Holiday Magic each-way in opener
In the 7f handicap that gets proceedings underway (14:00), Holiday Magic is a fascinating contender and looks well worth an each-way wager.
The gelding was a four-time winner in 2014 when owned by Godolphin, with his last success coming over 7f at Lingfield off a mark of 84.
Holiday Magic went to to finish in the frame in some hot contests and was rated 95 when joining trainer Mick Easterby at the start of this season.
The five-year-old has failed to trouble the judged in seven start for his new handler, but has been campaigned over trips which are far from ideal in class 2 and 3 contests and is now able to race off a reduced rating of just 80 as a result.
That gives Holiday Magic major claims from a handicapping perspective, especially as he now drops down into class 4 company in which he has a 66 per cent strike rate.
The booking of Coral ambassador Jamie Spencer also catches the eye as he has an overall strike rate of 25 per cent when teaming up with the yard, and another plus is that Holiday Magic now runs over a trip which has seen him win twice and been placed once from just six starts.
Mazzini ready to make amends
Mazzini looked a desperately unlucky loser last time out and can gain compensation by landing the 6f handicap (15:10).
The James Fanshawe trained gelding was repeatedly denied a clear run when fourth in a messily run affair at Yarmouth and finished hard on the bridle with plenty of petrol left in the tank.
Prior to that Mazzini had looked a sprinter going places when coming from off the pace and showing a smart turn of foot to beat Kenny The Captain by 3/4 of a length in a 10-runner contest at Newcastle.
The three-year-old was well on top at the finish and the runner-up has come out and won twice since to give the form a boost.
Mazzini also hails from family that has served the yard well and tend to improve with their racing and gets the services of promising apprentice George Wood in the saddle who is terrific value for his 5lb claim.
Ascot tips for September 30th
14.00: Holiday Magic (E/W)
15.10: Mazzini (NB)
15.45: Aydoun (NAP)
16.20: Misty Lord
16.55: Golden Doyen