Tritonic poised to run another big race in tomorrow’s Ascot Stakes

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June 17

We are thin on the ground for Royal Ascot runners this year, but Tritonic looks to have a solid each-way chance in the Ascot Stakes, in which he finished an honourable third last year.

The drying ground should suit the versatile Tritonic, and Alan said:”This has been his target all season and he is off a mark 5lb lower than he was last year. He ran well in two races in April, the Queen’s Prize at Kempton and again at Southwell, and Rossa Ryan, who rode him in this race 12 months ago, knows him well.”

Reflecting on last week, Gallant Lion was hemmed in on the inside rail at Sandown and William Buick could never find an escape route in time, so to be beaten only two and a half lengths in fourth was a praiseworthy effort, while Baskerville, who showed useful form in bumpers, made it third time lucky over hurdles at Uttoxeter on Saturday.

Theonlywayiswessex finished an encouraging third at Stratford on only his second attempt, over fences v,and he returns there tomorrow for a novices handicap chase.

Alan has until tomorrow to decide whether to declare Trueshan for Thursday’s Ascot Gold Cup, but, while thundery showers are  possible for later in the week, yet again it looks as if  the mud-loving Trueshan will have to give Flat racing’s most coveted staying crown a miss. He is also entered in the meeting’s longest race, the Queen Alexandra Stakes on Saturday, so if rain did come later in the week that might be a possible alternative.

Looking ahead to the week-end, Spartan Army is entered in both the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at the Royal meeting on Friday and the Northumberland Plate on the all-weather at  Newcastle 24 hours later, while Paradias and Westerton are both engaged in the prestigious John Smith’s Cup at York