Redvers looking to cash ‘in’ at Ascot…

We had a bit of ‘down time’ last weekend on the flat with no BDH runners and indeed no real races of interest for us at all. We are back in action this weekend, however, as we send one of our BDH troops into battle for us at Ascot.

Let’s crack on with things and fire straight into our BDH qualifier…


A snappy race title if ever I saw one?! Hopefully we will be cashing ‘in’ over the straight 7 furlongs with our BDH qualifier REDVERS.

The pace angle in this race isn’t overly obvious but from my pace map analysis I think we are just about looking at the pace coming from the middle stalls.

Here is the COMOOB International (that’s much catchier!) pace map for your perusal…

Coomob International - Asc 26-07

As you can see there is no obvious front-runner is this large pack but the pace map does suggest that it will be one of Es Que Love, The Confessor or Trail Blaze (aptly named!) that is likely to try and set the pace. Glen Moss or Galician may try and pull the field along from up top but they are not exactly confirmed front-runners and I’m happy to stick with my initial assessment of the pace coming down the middle.

If we look at last years renewal we see that the vast majority of the field bunched together in one big group down the middle, in fact only 2 (+ 1 who completely missed the break) stayed apart from the main pack. In 2011 they also bunched together in one group down the middle. Based on the info we have at hand for this renewal it could well be another contest where they bunch up down the middle.

So how will that effect REDVERS?

Our boy is drawn in stall 4. Not totally ideal, I admit, but he should be able to latch on to the middle group early and all being well he will swoop late down the outside to nab the prize. He is drawn near enough potential pace angle TRAIL BLAZE to get a decent tow into the race so that is certainly a positive.

I also had a quick squint at the trends for this contest , using the previous 15 renewals, and to help us in our search for the winner applied the following 3 to the numbersome (I may have made that word up) field…

13/15 were aged 4 or 5

12/15 had previously won at the distance

10/15 finished in the top 7 LTO

That chops the field down to a more manageable 10 and most importantly includes our lad REDVERS.

Richard Hughes gets the leg up on REDVERS for the first time today and that in itself is very interesting. He doesn’t ride that often for Ed Vaughan so has the trainer actively made sure he secured the services of the champion jockey with this race the horse’s main target? Hughes, after all, has won 2 of the last 3 renewals of this race. In fact his record in this race in the past 7 renewals is a rather fetching 1713053.

There is plenty of 14-1 floating about for REDVERS at the minute and at those odds I’m more than happy to be on. You don’t need me to tell you this is a bloody hard race to win but we have plenty in our favour and at those odds the gains waaay outweigh the risks.

It would be rude of me to not also mention a previous BDH warrior FIELD OF DREAM, who also lines up in this as he seeks to win the race twice on the bounce. He is higher in the weights this time around, marginally, but you can’t deny he comes here in fine fettle. REDVERS is 3lbs better off with him than when they met in the Bunbury Cup last time out and I have a feeling that may just be enough to turn the form around, especially if we consider REDVERS may well have gotten much closer with a clearer passage. It’s tempting to pitch in again with FOD but I’ve had my profit from him for now and this looks a tougher assignment. If his price starts to get silly I may have a dabble but right now I’m happy to side with REDVERS and leave it at that. If FOD wins without my money on then so be it, I won’t shed a tear, he owes me nothing.

Best of luck if you are getting involved and lets hope REDVERS and Hughesie can land the COMOOB International booty for us!!

All being well there should be a couple of our warriors doing battle for us at Glorious Goodwood next week, remember and tune in…

Ben (BDH)


  • Josh W

    Reply Reply July 26, 2013

    hi Ben,

    am looking forward to this race…so exciting with this approach going into these big sprints with a live chance. like you i am more of a jumps man but these big field sprints are fast turning into my fav type of flat race!

    have taken the 12s EW with Bet365 with the 5 places. Will be having a very small saver on FOD (a ‘just in case’ bet!). having had a very very quick look through card ‘Dont Call Me’ looks well over priced at 22/1! very consistent in these 7f big field sprints – age stat to overcome and Nicholls poor record at Ascot (not this horse with CD mind!) and I think i have talked myself into a small bet on him. Maybe this has been his season target! he may also be 5-8lb too high but at 22/1 for small EW bet it is worth finding out.


    • bdhorse

      Reply Reply July 27, 2013

      Morning Josh

      Hopefully this has been Redvers target, strong July form and good course form so fingers crossed. Tough, tough race mind you.

      Best of luck with your other bets as well mate

      Ben (BDH)

  • David

    Reply Reply July 26, 2013

    Hi Ben

    Excellent news that you quite like his chances again, I nicked paddy’s 16/1 last night (only 4 places, alas) and have a couple of ew savers with Lightning Cloud & Loving Spirit.

    Fingers crossed

    • bdhorse

      Reply Reply July 27, 2013

      Hi David

      16/1 a good price, can’t argue with that. Wise to have a bit of cover elsewhere as well in the race.

      Cheers – Ben (BDH)

  • John C

    Reply Reply July 26, 2013

    Hi Ben,

    Can’t fault your analysis and will have a small e/w on Redvers (winnings from Field of Dream last time!). I also have a sneaking fancy for Hawkeyethenoo – ticks all the boxes apart from age, is slap bang in the middle of the pace and has Graham Lee aboard who has shown himself to be a top jock at weaving his way through the field at the business end of these big handicaps. Given Jim Goldie’s current stable form it is well worth a few bob. Hawkeyethenoo reminds me of an old favourite of mine, Roman Warrior (before your time I fear!). Just short of Group class but could lump big weights in handicaps.

    Good luck!

    • bdhorse

      Reply Reply July 27, 2013

      Hi John C

      Interesting shout with Hawkeyethenoo. My one worry about him would be his handicap mark although you are spot on, he is short of top class but is more than capable of lumping big weights in these sorts of races.

      p.s. Roman Warrior just a wee bit before my time 😉

      Best of luck today.

      Ben (BDH)

  • nigelkeeling

    Reply Reply July 27, 2013

    Luck in running will be crucial as ever, but Field Of Dream looks well capable of winning again. He won cosily last time, with Redvers well held.( Dance And Dance flew by Redvers late-on, looking the only unlucky loser.) Queensberry Rules, although a three-year-old, should go close on form line with Wentworth. ( Ryan Moore on top is big positive.)

    • bdhorse

      Reply Reply July 27, 2013

      Hi Nigel

      Luck in running very much needed in this, especially for the hold up merchants such as Redvers & FOD. Would not surprise me to see FOD go well again.

      Best of luck – Ben (BDH)

  • Ben

    Reply Reply July 27, 2013

    I have Dont Call me on the list drawn middle and won all the Head to Heads vs anamials like Field of Dream in the past, for me to overpriced at 30s imo in the market.

    Cheers Ben

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