Ascot Cumberland Lodge Stakes betting preview
EBOR winner Willing Foe bids for a first Group success when he tackles six other rivals in the Group 3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot. The race over 1m4f sees Godolphin doubly represented with Songcraft looking to build on his latest Newmarket third, while recent Cambridgeshire-winning trainer Marcus Tregoning saddles his consistent filly Hawafeez. Find free bets for this race here.
John Gosden’s representative Camborne is the only previous course and distance winner in the field and after showing up for a long way in the Ebor, the trip that day looked to have stretched him. He will have the services of Eddie Ahern and will appreciate this drop back in trip and is probably better judged on winning the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap here in June. This does represent a step up in class for the son of Doyen but he won’t mind the softer conditions having won on good to soft ground and should be thereabouts.
Silvestre De Sousa and Willing Foe look to be carrying the Godolphin charge but the 5-year-old gelding was a shade disappointing when a beaten favourite in a similar contest at Longchamp last time. However, that race was over an extended 2m and the return to 1m4f looks sure to suit. A repeat of his memorable Ebor victory makes him the one to beat but his stablemate Songcraft is also useful and is not entered to just make up the numbers. Richard Mullen’s mount won twice in Meydan at the start of this year and ran well when beaten by another stablemate Retrieve, in a listed contest last week. The big worry is whether this race will come too soon but he could figure if showing no ill-effects from his recent outing.
Marcus Tregoning’s string are in fine form and Hawafeez can continue the yard’s excellent recent run here. The only filly in the race was well supported in the Lillie Langtry when last seen but was beaten into fourth when unable to quicken in the final furlong. Previously, he was mightily impressive on his seasonal reappearance when scooting to a four length success at Newbury and a repeat of that form should see him take this. Tregoning has an outstanding record in this race and has won it no fewer than five times in the last decade and looks to have another suitable candidate this year. Get a free bet for the Cheltenham Festival here.
Starboard will only run if the ground is suitable states his trainer John Gosden and he may yet be withdrawn having not raced on anything softer than good before. Allied Powers will be bidding to show his younger rivals how to do it he has been rather disappointing since a Group 3 success at Longchamp in May. He has claims on his best form but judged on his most recent efforts is probably best watched, as is Irrigo who wears first-time blinkers.
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