Published 15 October
ZWAYYAN catches the eye at the lower end of the weights in the Balmoral Handicap with Jason Watson booked and the ground likely to be testing.
Andrew Balding’s 5yo has always been at his most effective with plenty of give underfoot so it’s to his credit he’s maintained his form throughout a season dominated by hot, dry weather.
Apart from his second to the smart Repercussionist (himself a soft-ground specialist) at Nottingham in May, he’s been tackling less than ideal conditions yet running well in the main, albeit he got found out in the Cambridgeshire last time.
However that was hardly surprising considering the ground was particularly quick for the time of year and he chased a strong pace in a hot contest where none of the prominent racers ultimately troubled the judge.
Zwayyan will be much more at home on the ground at Ascot which even if it dries out a degree or two is still going to be to his liking given it’s soft (heavy in places) at the time of writing.
Furthermore he’s got perfectly respectable course form to his name, significantly where Saturday’s race is concerned featuring a win and a second from two runs on the straight track here.
In an open-looking handicap where nothing leaps out as looking especially well treated, the selection’s ability to handle conditions and stay the trip well should stand him in good stead off only 3lb higher than his last winning mark (on all-weather debut at Chelmsford three outings ago).
Recommended Bet (scale 1-5 points):
Balmoral Handicap at Ascot on Saturday 20th Octoberr
1pt each way ZWAYYAN ( 20-1 Coral, 16-1 general )
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