Laafy traded at [1.41] in the run but Alan Dudman was out of luck with his two selections yesterday. He turns to Saturday and is searching for the winning formula at Ascot once again...
"He displayed his liking for give underfoot with a dominant performance to win a 7f handicap at York in July from 94, and he landed that with a fair bit in hand under a confident ride."
Best pedigree on show for the day, but also the best bet
14:35 Ascot - Back Faylaq @ [4.0]
One of the best pedigrees on show this Saturday comes in the 14:35 at Ascot - and a topical one too with it being Arc weekend.
Few could boast the parentage that Faylaq has. By Dubawi out of the great mare Danedream, it's time to get serious with this horse in terms of going up in class, as he has been winning handicaps for fun this term.
He cruised to win at Kempton last time, which added to his strolls around Ripon and Newmarket. This season he has shot up 34lb, and with the way he scored on the all-weather recently, he is nowhere near the ceiling of his ability.
Mind you, with the pedigree, looks and 1,500,000gns price tag, he should be fairly decent.
His trainer William Haggas has placed him very well this term, but he is well up to handling this rise in class today. With the way Ascot was riding yesterday and horses coming from off the pace, it might suit his style.
I'm looking forward to seeing him on proper soft ground too.
Bedouin could be the big story for Godolphin
15:10 Ascot - Back Bedouin's Story @ [8.4]
We tackle one of the biggest fields of the day and we stick at Ascot with our second bet on Bedouin's Story. He can be backed at around [8.4].
With conditions on the testing side, this horse should thrive as he seems to save his best with soft in the description, so we have no excuses on that front.
He displayed his liking for give underfoot with a dominant performance to win a 7f handicap at York in July from 94, and he landed that with a fair bit in hand under a confident ride.
Last time he featured in a strong handicap at Chelmsford over 1m. He was a little wide and the winner made all to land the money, but it was a decent effort.
Dropping back down to 7f looks ideal, whether the draw is I don't know, but we'll take that on the chin.
His trainer Saeed bin Suroor is operating at 35% at the moment, and this horse seems to have put his quirks behind him, and he could be even better with a big field on soft ground.
Alan Dudman's P&L
2019 Overall: -1.06
This week so far....
*All bets to a 0.5pt stake unless stated otherwise
Back Faylaq @ [4.0] in the 14:35 at Ascot
Back Bedouin's Story @ [8.4] in the 15:10 at Ascot