Morando can last home at Ascot
In the 2.35 at Ascot MORANDO (5/2 generally) looks to have a bit in hand of the rest on form and with question marks over two of his chief market rivals in Sextant (ran poorly a long way behind the selection on his only run on soft ground) and Wells Farhh Go (needs to bounce back from a well below par run last time) the 5/2 looks fair value.
Morando’s soft ground form is good (3 career best efforts have come with cut) and trip is fine. He was outpointed by the three year old Technician last time, having gone for home early while Technician was played later and overhauled him near the line. Morando has been highly tried this summer, having been a fair fourth in the Hardwicke and finished well back in the King George here. This represents a decent opportunity and with his stamina and soft ground credentials likely to be significant factors I think a big run is highly probable.
The relatively unexposed three year old Raakib Alhawa may prove the biggest danger although clearly a back-to-form Wells Farhh Go would be a potent threat.
Over at Newmarket HERMOSA (9/2 Corals) looks the one to be on in an intriguing Sun Chariot Stakes (off 3.25). She and Iridessa have faced off several times with the score even. However, the signs have been that Hermosa is perhaps slightly less discomfited by softer ground. There was less than a length between them at Leopardstown and I doubt there will be much between them here so at the bigger price I think Hermosa looks like a bit of value.
Laurens is as popular horse as there is in training (Enable excepted) and will no doubt give her usual game running but the Irish pair had the measure of her when the trio met in the Matron Stakes last time and she’ll do well to counter them both. She handles good to soft well but ran poorly on soft going at Ascot in her final run last year, albeit at the end of a tough campaign. HERMOSA is the one to bet on at the prices.