Flashcard taking aim at valuable Ascot handicap

Showers would help chance in Porsche prize

  • Wednesday 24 July
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Connections of Flashcard are hoping for better luck at Ascot on Saturday than the horse experienced at Newmarket on his previous start.

The race on the July course was not run to suit the Andrew Balding-trained gelding, but he stayed on nicely to be second of five behind Motakhayyel.

Flashcard has a 6lb pull for a two-and-a-quarter-length beating should the pair renew rivalry in the Porsche Handicap.

“He’s been in good form since Newmarket. They went slowly up front and from where he was tactically it didn’t suit him,” said Sam Hoskins, racing manager for owners Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds.

“He gets a fair bit of weight back off the horse that beat him there.

“He will probably run at Ascot on Saturday, but if any showers come that would be ideal.

“I think we’ll have a go.”

Rod Millman feels the straight mile will help Prince Of Harts, who put in sound late work to take third place over the round mile at Ascot earlier this month.

“He was just in the wrong position going into the straight and the trouble at Ascot is they don’t go very fast, then they sprint up the short straight,” said the Devon trainer.

“It wasn’t the jockey’s fault, it was just how he came out of the stalls. He wasn’t in a good position to attack and he wasn’t beaten any further than what he was behind coming into the straight.

“I’m hoping the straight mile will suit him better.”

He added: “All being well Hollie Doyle can ride so we’re not worried about overweight.”

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