The Price Is Right: Technician a value play against Stradivarius

Wed 17 Jun 2020

The Tote's Kevin O'Malley nominates a trio of possible longshots to look at when you make your selections for Day Three at Royal Ascot.

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On Day 3, we look to seek out a bit of value once again with the following trio of fancies.

2.25 Royal Ascot: Mystery Power

This is always a contest I like to have a pop and this year I’m siding with Mystery Power to make an immediate impact on his return to the track.

He was a little out of his depth in the Group One Dewhurst won by Pinatubo in October but Richard Hannon’s charge had amassed some very useful form and experience before that.

His second to Pierre Lapin at Newbury reads well and a comfortable beating of Juan Elcano in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket also remains a promising bit of form.

3.35 Royal Ascot: Technician

There is a fair bit of rain in the weather forecasts for the next 24 hours or so. Given Stradivarius has made this division his own in recent time, the six-year-old is a hard horse to deny regardless of conditions. He ran a belter first time out over an inadequate trip and it’ll take something new to stop him.

That something new might well be Martyn Meade’s Technician. Stradivarius would appear to have a measure of the rest, but with this horse we can’t be sure. A strong-staying son of Mastercraftsman, he proved to be notably progressive towards the back end of last year and finished up with a career-best effort.

With youth on his side and Oisin Murphy doing the steering, Technician might well be the only rising danger to the champion’s crown.

4.10 Royal Ascot: Glasvegas

There is a danger of stepping into the realms of madness here, the Britannia Handicap is indeed a fiendish one with any number of contenders boasting highly pressing claims. But I’m going to suggest a look at the Keith Dalgleish-trained Glasvegas.

This horse may well go off as the complete outsider of the field. However it is worth noting his excellent run in the Windsor Castle here last year. He didn’t progress particularly well after that and it was a tame display first time out, but he is back in handicap company now, blinkers are applied, any rain will help, and his BHA handicap mark has dropped 6lb in recent outings.

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