Unibet HendersonUnibet ambassador Richard Hannon gives his thoughts six runners for Saturday.


”..."I can see him with solid each way claims at 20/1"...”

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Well Done Fox (Silvestre de Sousa)

He’s a colt with a lot of ability, who has a lot of speed, as his victory over course and distance last July will testify. There’s been plenty of rain around, which is a slight concern but he will definitely strip fitter for his first run at Ascot and his work has been very good so I’d expect him to go close.


Pesto (Tom Marquand)

We pulled him out of Haydock last week due to the heavy ground, so I have to admit I’m a little worried about the conditions here too. We’ll just wait and see, but he got better with each run last season and ended his two year old campaign with an easy win at Leicester, so I’m quite looking forward to seeing what he can achieve this year. I think he’s matured plenty over the winter and come back a much stronger horse. He’s into Handicap Company for the first time and who knows whether his mark off 87 is fair, but I’ve been happy with his work and if he handles the ground, he should have a good chance.



Magical Wish (Hollie Doyle)

He’s one of four runners in the race for Middleham Park Racing, so hopefully one of them will do the job for their enthusiastic owners. He ran very well over 7f at the same track last time, which would give him a real chance in this and, despite there being lots of rain around, the course drains well, so hopefully it won’t be too bad and I can see him with solid each way claims at 20/1 with Unibet.

Wedding Date (Clifford Lee)

We’ve kept her pretty busy and she was going to run at The Curragh last week, but couldn’t due to a ‘technicality’, so she’s back out again and Clifford gets on well with her. I’m not sure if the ground is really in her favour, but York drains well so hopefully it won’t be too testing and a reproduction of her win over the course two starts ago, would see her in with a shout, but she’ll have to improve to win off 87.

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Divine Covey (Pat Dobbs)

She’s from a family we know well, as we trained the dam, Pack Together, who was by Paco Boy, so hopefully she’ll inherit some of her grand sire’s ability! She went off odds on at Sandown last month, but I think the ground was much too quick, as her sire Dark Angel relished soft ground, so conditions here should be ideal and she has definitely improved at home since that first run. It looks to be an open race but I fancy her to be bang there.


Wahash (Pat Dobbs)

He’s gradually coming down the weights, which is about time as he’s been struggling of late, although he did win on the All Weather in March 2018 off 94, so this race could be perfect for him. On current form it’s hard to be confident, but there are plenty of other out of form horses in this, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him bounce back.

Next Tuesday sees the start of the biggest week of the year for all of us involved in flat racing and we’ll have a good team of horses representing us at Royal Ascot.

Threat is a colt who I absolutely love and his work has been exceptional. He’ll take his chance in the Coventry on the first day and I’m very hopeful.

Fox Champion is a big price at 33/1 with Unibet to win the St James’s Palace Stakes and while he’s got to improve, he could be up to it and I’m looking forward to seeing how far up the ladder he can go.

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Article by Trainer and Unibet Ambassador Richard Hannon and used with kind permission by the Unibet Blog.

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