Coeur de Lion is up for a second crack at Ascot Stakes on Tuesday

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June 16

It was encouraging to see Fidux, a useful hurdler, win first time over fences at Hexham on Saturday, but we turn our focus back to the Flat boys tomorrow, with Kozier, who was nailed in the final stride on his last venture on the level at Goodwood almost two years ago, returning after a long absence in the stayers series handicap qualifier at Nottingham.

Things haven’t been happening for the Flat horses this last month, though we’ve been peppering the wire and had several places last week, and at around 8-1 you could find plenty of worse each-way shots in the Ascot Stakes on Tuesday than our very own Coeur de Lion.

Alan said:”Coeur de Lion ran well to finish sixth in the race last year when the ground was probably a bit too firm, so now that he gets the bit of cut on which he is most effective we are looking to be more competitive off only a 2lb higher mark.

“He won well in a mudbath at Chester last time and Thors Hammer Hansen, who rode him that day, is again on board.”