Johnston lining up strong International challenge

Ascot handicap has drawn 31 contenders.

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Mark Johnston is likely to field a strong hand in the Moet & Chandon International Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

The Middleham handler can choose from Blown By Wind, Cardsharp and Vale Of Kent in the big handicap of the weekend.

Richard Hannon, fresh from a very profitable Sunday having won the Prix Robert Papin and the Weatherbys Super Sprint, is another trainer with multiple entries.

The Herridge-based trainer can pick from Brian Epstein, Oh This Is Us, Qaysar, Watan and Yafta.

Charlie Appleby has entered On The Warpath while last year’s winning trainer Jamie Obsborne could rely on Cliffs Of Capri, with Raising Sand not among the entries.

Jack’s Point, History Writer and Chiefofchiefs are also among the 31-strong entry.

Also on the card is the Betfredtv Pat Eddery Stakes, formerly the Winkfield Stakes.

The standout entry is Owen Burrows’ Twaasol, impressive winner of the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom last time out.

Chindit is a very interesting youngster for Hannon. He was backed as if defeat was out of the question ahead of his debut and duly obliged.

Clive Cox’s Cobh is another who has yet to taste to defeat having won at Haydock.

Mystery Power could take a step down in class for Hannon in the Ascot Handicap over a mile after finishing six lengths behind Al Suhail in a Newmarket Listed heat on his latest outing.

The class two affair has also drawn the John Gosden-trained Tsar, who was a comfortable winner at Yarmouth on his most recent start, while Cognac, Evening Sun and Johan were all winners on their seasonal returns.

Solo Saxophone is an eyecatching entry for the John Guest Racing Brown Jack Handicap over just shy of two miles.

He has been in flying form for Ben Haslam, winning each of his three starts since joining the team from Dan Skelton’s yard.

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