Tom Scudamore “Night Edition not without an each-way chance”
The Coral ambassador previews his rides ahead of Saturday’s Ascot action
Ascot 14.25 – Thistlecrack
Thistlecrack looks fantastic, and although he’s now a 12-y-o, he’s actually got very few miles on the clock since his second place behind Many Clouds in the 2017 Cotswold Chase, and his only one really disappointing run since then was when he was pulled up in last year’s Gold Cup. Clearly on his last run [in November 2019] we’ve got a bit to find with Paisley Park, and in what looks a really strong Long Walk, I think Thyme Hill is a worthy favourite and the one to beat.
David Pipe runs Main Fact, who has been an absolute revelation winning nine in a row. He’ll love the conditions, and although this is a big step up in class and Fergus Gillard can’t claim in this Grade 1, I can see him being there or thereabouts. As for Thistlecrack, I do think he’s capable of running a big race, but most of all it’s just exciting to see him back on the track.
Ascot 15.35 – Night Edition
Night Edition was a very good second at the Cheltenham Festival [in the Boodles], so he won’t mind the big field here, but it will be hard for a juvenile stepping up to a competitive race against older rivals, although I don’t think he’s without an each-way chance.