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It's that time of year when we get the best five days of flat racing action the world has to offer. I'm more of a jumps man, myself, but I love Royal Ascot and you can often get some big priced winners during the week as every horse is there to win than your average cards on a Monday-Thursday where they are often not fully fired in an attempt to get their handicap mark down/get their fitness up. Good luck with your bets across the week and stick to your stake plan, you will have rough days along the five-day period so don't lose your temper and chase losses, there's always tomorrow.

Ascot 3:05

Runner Jacket

 Trainer: Richard Hannon

Jockey: Rossa Ryan

Form: 11

Runner Jacket

Trainer: Richard Fahey

Jockey: Oisin Orr

Form: 311

The first race doesn't interest me in terms of a betting standpoint as Baeed should win that and win it without coming off the bridle. The second race of the day is the Coventry Stakes Group 2 and is full of unexposed 2yo's who attempt to be the sprinting stars of the future, or potentially stamp their authority for the Guineas next year.

Bradsell is an interesting runner for the Archie Watson stable. He blew the field away when winning by 9L at York on debut. It seemed that kind of performance was expected as he went off as 9/4F. Though he won easy that day and it will have a lot of people purring for him in this race, this is a much tougher race and I think he was quite flattered to win in the manner he did. The Racing Post gave him a whopping 100 RPR which is some effort from a juvenile to do on a racecourse debut, but it looks like an egg and spoon race which he won. The fourth horse has come out and won since and recorded an RPR in the low 80s so it's not exactly terrible form, but this performance seems very similar to Mums Tipple who won a big sales race at York in emphatic fashion, that race was seemingly tougher than Bradsell's race, but that horse didn't exactly progress after that run and has been a pretty big flop. I'm not doubting this horse has potential and ability, but whether he's as good as what his debut run makes him out to be, I'm not sold.

Last year's winning trainer, Andrew Balding sends Holguin into this race on the back of a nice win at Newbury which came in the middle of April. Andrew's winner of this race last year, Berkshire Shadow came from the same race that Holguin ran in, so it's eye-opening that they've attempted the same tactics this year with their contender. The form looks okay with the 2nd and 3rd winning since and looking like decent sprinters. I don't think he'll be good enough to win this as he was convincingly beaten by PERSIAN FORCE who races in this as well.

The American raider in the race, Late September seems a strange runner. He's ran over 4.5f and now tries a stiff 6f track. Colin Keane is booked, which is eye-catching, but he doesn't look like a world-beater, he has a pedigree which suggests this step up in trip could suit & this yard had one runner in the 2021 Royal Ascot meeting which finished 4th in the Queen Mary, so they must feel he has a big chance.

My two plays in the race are Persian Force, who was named before in this piece and ROUSING ENCORE. Persian Force is currently the market favourite, and I can see why he is in that position as he has been ultra-impressive in his two race starts to date. Persian Force won the Brocklesby at Doncaster on the opening day of the flat season, winning by 4L, doing it in the manner of a smart 2yo. He went off EVS that day, so the Hannon stable knew they had something special on their hands as that is a ridiculously short price for a horse on debut, especially the first 2yo race of the year. He then went to Newbury where he beat two rivals in a Conditions Stakes Class 2 event, including Holguin who I mentioned earlier. He won that race under hands and heels for the most part, and only had one tap with the whip from Rossa Ryan, and he cruised home to win by 2.5L. That race hasn't been a good omen for horses running at Royal Ascot over the years, but it's a race which Richard Hannon targets, winning 5 of the 7 renewals. He is only the third horse to reach an RPR of 100+ from that race, with the other two being Mehman & Birchwood who both went on to be quality animals, so I think the bad run of Royal Ascot runners from that race can be put to bed with a big run from Persian Force who looks a lovely horse.

My EW play in the race is Richard Fahey's Rousing Encore who has done nothing but progress through his three runs. His debut run was a big effort when you watch it back. He came out of the stalls awkwardly and still managed to finish 3rd. The form of that race isn't strong, but it was a nice starting point. He then went to Beverley where he didn't have the smoothest of runs, being blocked in on the rail before finding the gap, and when he did find it and hit full stride he motored clear to win by 3.25L. Once again, the form doesn't look strong but the manner in which he did it was visually impressive. It's interesting that the two previous winners of that race have run belters at Royal Ascot, including Richard Fahey's Vintage Clarets who finished 3rd in this race last year at odds of 25/1. The other winner was Boonie who finished 3rd in the Windsor Castle last year as well. His most recent win at Pontefract was a big effort under a penalty, which isn't easy to do for these young horses. He made the running, which probably isn't his forte but he stayed on strongly on a stiff, uphill track and beat the 4/9F and promising horse into 2nd by 2.25L. He clearly handles the quick ground and stays the distance which is both huge positives going into this race. That race at Pontefract has thrown up some nice horses in the past as well, including Angel Bleu who was a Group 1 winner as a juvenile and Yalta who was a Group 3 winner as a 2yo.

You can't ignore the Aidan O'Brien runners in this, but I don't think they're as strong as he would like. Out of the two, Frankie's ride looks the better for me, as he'll stay and the manner in which he won looks better to my eye than Ryan's.

Selections: Persian Force & Rousing Encore (Each-Way)

Ascot 3:40

Runner Jacket Trainer: Robert Cowell

Jockey: Marco Ghiani

Form: 115625

The market for this race is dominated by foreign horses, with the Australian and American pair being a fair bit shorter than the English and Irish contingency, as well as the one Czech runner. For me, I don't know enough about the Australian runner to get a grip on how good he is, but from what I can see is that he does a lot of his winning on slower going. That's not to say he doesn't handle the faster ground, as I'm sure he does, but at the odds, I think he is too short to get involved in.

Us UK punters know a lot more about Wesley Ward's horse, Golden Pal, as he brought him over to the England in 2020 and 2021. We know what he's all about, and that's speed, like most of Wesley's horses. Wesley keeps going on about how he's the best horse he's ever trained, which might be true, but he is known to waffle some rubbish in his time of bringing horses over. Having a lot of pace is great, but keeping the gallop up on a stiff track like Ascot is another matter, as well as being taken on for the pace by a fair amount of runners who like to run from the front. I'm sure he'll be bang there approaching the final furlong, but I get the idea he might fold and get caught by the closers who have the better stamina. These American horses are much better around bends, which is why they do so well at the Breeders' Cup meeting as they are suited for more nimble and quick horses like Golden Pal who can lead round the bend and be tough to peg back.

I don't think this is a race to get too involved in from a betting standpoint but if the pace is to collapse I'll take my chance on an outsider to outrun their odds and maybe squeak into a place.

EXISTENT is still a relatively unexposed sprinter over 5f, having been campaigned over longer for most of his career. He ran a career-best earlier this season at Newmarket where he finished 2nd to Khaadem. The winner set a good pace that day but wasn't pestered for the lead and that was enough for him to see out the stiff 5f as he only had to go the pace he wanted. Existent was positioned towards the mid/rear and ran on strongly. That was a belting run and it looked clear to me that he needs a real strong gallop over a stiff 5f to see the best out of him. There is an obvious chance that he is going to be very outclassed in this field, but as we've seen on times before in this race, big outsiders can get into the places and horses who have been given no chance whatsoever, run very well. I think you can excuse his latest run where he ran far too keen and didn't see the race out, in what was a decent gallop, but at the odds I think he is worth a small EW play. He is drawn in Stall 18, so is going to need luck in running if they decide to come to the Stand's rail.

Ascot 5:00

Runner Jacket

Trainer: Gordon Elliott

Jockey: Jamie Spencer

Form: 35331-

It might seem to be one of the boring picks of the race and people might think not much thought has gone into it as I've got for an Irish raider, but I just think there is more to give from PIED PIPER on the flat now he's over a staying trip.

We all know how good of juvenile hurdler Pied Piper was over the last 10 or so months when finishing 3rd in a Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham and then being relegated to 2nd in the Aintree Juvenile Hurdle, which should've been a dead-heat but the stewards' went on a mad one and put him in 2nd. But, the one performance which makes me think he could be swinging on the bridle with a couple of furlongs to go is the Cheltenham performance on trials day in January. He didn't end up beating much that day, but the manner in which he travelled all over the field was special to watch and oozed a classy horse. He has done a lot of his winning and best performances on a slow surface but he put the doubts to bed on a quicker surface when he hosed up in the Grade 2 on good ground. I just have a sneaky feeling a mark of 96 could be low for this lad over these kind of staying trips, which clearly brought out improvement for him when he went hurdling.

Gordon Elliott is no mug, as well all know, so the fact he's sending him over for this race suggests the confidence they have in him. Jamie Spencer is a noticeable jockey booking, and that booking could result in this going one of two ways. We all know Jamie is a hold-up merchant, and that works for a lot of the horses he rides, and I think it might suit in this race as he will have the pace and cruising speed to get into a good spot when turning for home, but we've seen horses held up in this race in the past where they've not quite got enough track to peg back the leader, which is why slight worry.

Either way, I think he has a clear chance in this and could repay his owners who paid 225,000 GNS for him in October by landing this £51,540 pot.

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57 Comments
  1. dazzman1979 3 weeks ago

    1:45 thirsk – hoof it hoof it 3/1

    4:40 thirsk – good measure 7/2

    • dazzman1979 3 weeks ago

      5:10 Beverley- Sol Cayo 5/2

      6:16 Beverley- moss gill 6/5

    • dazzman1979 3 weeks ago

      Ascot pick – 3:05 – bradsell 7/1 💰

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    • ew thief 3 weeks ago

      Nicely done dazman 👍

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    • dazzman1979 3 weeks ago

      Just another day at the office thief 😂🤪💰

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    • watabanker 3 weeks ago

      Brillant tip dazzman 👌👌👌

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  2. recoba 3 weeks ago

    Happy Mondays yesterday all day!

    Big stuff but today and Rizzle I fully agree with Golden Pal analysis.
    Hes at his peak and Ortiz on board so if not tomorrow it’s never and Ward can shut it…again!
    I think he said much the same about Campanella and yes he won but only just.
    If it was round a turn he would be EVS for me.
    Ill Take the 3/1 but and a chance with him and “big secret” he’s been training Golden Pal last year odd at home in straights too and he’s been busting records over 3 to near 4F
    I would think he does this every year though before Ascot?
    Wasn’t him that said about busting records but supposedly leaked and “breaking records” is a s big statement along with others and of course it’s no work out and 5F and at Ascot.

    Good luck tomorrow mate

    Ascot Yankee and single

    Golden Pal 3/1(*)
    Blackbeard 3/1
    Corebus 8/11 (drifted and up to £20 back as cash if top 3 with Skybet but not getting sucked in although does look a bet to nothing but why the offer?)
    Cleveland 15/8

    £5 free bet Paddy Power for 2.30..
    3-5-3
    £5 free bet Bet365 ….Blackbeard 3/1

    GL to all tomorrow

    • recoba 3 weeks ago

      *3-5 -2. Combo tricast

  3. recoba 3 weeks ago

    🇺🇸 Well behind here I maybe asleep by the off but any night owls?

    2x singles and a wee double…

    Mountaineer -R4…Prominent Henry 5/1
    R5…Timmy Tiddler. 6/4.

    • recoba 3 weeks ago

      Staying up for the basketball first quarter at least anyway I’ve decided! Probably more 🙄 🏀

      GSW -4.5
      Over 210.5 total points
      Curry over 30 points

      pays 7/1 bet365

      Hoop dreams coach,just put me and feed me under the board and you’ll see..I know there’s a lot riding on it but it’s all psychological!”

  4. recoba 3 weeks ago

    Hmm… Was a wee bit closer to the off than expected there with horsea (delayed streaming too) so can’t really claim but certainly done me!
    Timmy Tiddler hosed it teo

  5. elvis parsley 3 weeks ago

    Ascot ew picks
    3-05 Harry time 25-1 ew 6 places SKYBET.

    3-40 king’s Lynn 14-1 ew 5 places SKYBET
    3-40 equilateral 28-1 bet365 ew extra 9 places.

    4-20 angel bleu 16-1 bet365 ew extra 7 places.
    4-20 Wexford native 25-1 bet365 ew extra 7 places.

    5-00 Coltrane 11-1 ew 7 places SKYBET.

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  6. jwpepper 3 weeks ago

    1540 Kings Lynn 12/1 E/W Khaadem 25/1 E/W Tis Marvellous 40/1 E/W 5 Places
    1700 Pied Piper 6/1 Surrey Gold 16/1 E/W Golden Flame 16/1 E/W Protected Guest 50/1 E/W 7 Places
    1810 Juan De Montalban 11/2 Alounak 25/1 E/W 5 Places
    sky doing money back £10 or £20 if second or third in the 1620.bett365 free fiver any Ascot race today.paddyp free fiver on the 1430.betflair tenner free bet if you lose in the 1505

  7. jwpepper 3 weeks ago

    T 1420 Myboymax 11/2
    T 1605 Ventura Rascal 11/1 E/W 4 Places
    T 1715 Birkenhead 7/1 E/W 4 Places
    Be 1845 Motarajel 12/1 E/W
    B 1853 Miss Tiki 9/2
    B 1923 Spanish Mane 9/2
    B 1953 Fieldsman 15/2

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  8. gengar1989 3 weeks ago

    2:30 baaeed 1/6 not worth a bet
    3:05 Persian force 3/1 win
    3:40 tis marvellous 40/1 e/wmondammej 100/1 e/w
    4:20 my prospero w/o 7/4
    5:00 pied piper 7/1 & scaramanga 22/1 e/w
    5:35 harrovian 8/1 e/w
    6:10 platinumcard 16/1 e/w
    Good luck

  9. double carpet 3 weeks ago

    3.05 Scolarship 22/1 ew 5 places

    Just an interest wager on this race. Based on what we’ve seen so far Persian Force should be fav but horses foaled in April have a poor record only winning 3 of the last 20 renewals.
    Then there’s breading with some highly regarded sires having never won the race with
    Acclamation (0-12) being the main one here having sired Rousing Encoure and Remarkable Force.
    And finally the draw hasn’t been kind to horses drawn 1-5 with just 2 wins from the last 14 runnings and that put me off Bradsell.

    5.35 Certain Lad 33/1 ew 5 places

    Am I missing something ????

    Certain Lad returns from a break to finish 2nd beaten 3L by Solid Stone.
    Back in 3rd (9L behind) was Megallan who won a group 3 at the Derby meeting.
    4th (a further 4L behind) was Majestic Dawn.
    Today Majestic Dawn is 10/1
    Certain Lad 33/1 ??????.

    BOL

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  10. postman 3 weeks ago

    Good morning ☕ anything happening today 🥱

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  11. busstop.2018 3 weeks ago

    Morning All . Yet another fill the bookies satchels meeting Ascot today great to watch but wont be getting a penny of me.

    Although no racing is easy as we all know.

    STRATFORD

    13.35. .Kolisi. .7/4

    14.10. .Lunar Shadow. .9/4

    15.20. .Boston Joe. .5/4

    15.55. .Awsomedude. .11/10

    GL ALL

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  12. CoreyForLuck 3 weeks ago

    Royal Ascot

    3:05 Blackbeard
    3:40 Twilight Call’s
    5:00 Pied Piper
    5:35 Cadillac

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  13. ew thief 3 weeks ago

    Morning all
    Rousing encore 3.05a 12-1
    Man of promise 3.40a 14-1
    New energy 4.20a 40-1
    Just Hubert 5.00a 50-1
    Foxes tales 5.35a 9-1
    Alright sunshine 6.10a 33-1
    Ew singles & ew lucky63 ☘️☘️Gl all

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  14. postman 3 weeks ago

    1:35 Stratford – Kolisi
    1:45 Thirsk – Hoof It Hoof It
    2:20 Thirsk – Danni California
    5:15 Thirsk – Lost my Sock
    8:15 Beverley – Irv

    First day back from my holiday, need to save up for another after spending more time in the airport than I did in the sun. 🕶

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    • postman 3 weeks ago

      I think placed accumulators are the way forward for me 😭
      2nd – Refused to race (money back) 2nd 2nd & 2nd.

  15. theplug 3 weeks ago

    Bring on the Night 7/2

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    • recoba 3 weeks ago

      Few ponds on this ThePlug at 11/4
      GL
      47p on tricast 13-4 -7
      All thanks to Paddy Power and there free bet,47p may as well go on something grand

    • theplug 3 weeks ago

      Ryan Moore 🤡

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    • recoba 3 weeks ago

      Made an ar$e of it 2x for me ThePlug especially Cleveland?

      He frustrates life out me and other week winning Derby ahead of Dettori really grinder my gears when interviewed he seemed to think he done a masterclass? 🙄

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  16. azzthewigan 3 weeks ago

    anierasgirl 1.45 ew

  17. azzthewigan 3 weeks ago

    lone Star 2.10 ew

  18. azzthewigan 3 weeks ago

    sir busker 2.30 ew

  19. williegee 3 weeks ago

    Good Afternoon guys,
    Don’t know a thing about horse racing, but after reading through today’s post
    felt the w/hills flash odds offer on Baaeed to win by 5 or more lengths @ 5/2 was
    worth a shout (£10 max), finger crossed the race goes as expected!

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  20. recoba 3 weeks ago

    Paddy Powers £5 free bet in 2.30 there they wouldn’t let you do straight tricast the forecast paid 1.75?
    I’m not great with decimals but they must have gave out next to nothing and of course your putting yer pittens on something in another race.

  21. recoba 3 weeks ago

    Well don to the auld Ozzie boy!

    Think Golden Pal was dead last??

  22. Wildhorse 3 weeks ago

    Hi All

    Ascot / EW

    R. 5 – Pied Piper

    R. 6 – West End Charmer

    R. 7 – Okita Soushi

    Bol & see You tomorrow . !!

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    • Wildhorse 3 weeks ago

      Crazy to see , two Jokeys do the same fault , last 2 Races , inside the rails , Pied Piper and Maljoom :( .

  23. recoba 3 weeks ago

    Bad day so far,well zero returns but still got Cleveland to go.

    Corobeus but 10/11 Bet365 and EVS Paddy Power boost
    £20 cash back for top 3 finish Skybet at 10/11?

    This horse lost a hove or what??

    Taking him big time it was lovely day yesterday and yes it’s a marathon not a sprint etc but really this should be winning and I don’t get the drift?

    • gengar1989 3 weeks ago

      Lol your having a bad day mate I need something to be pulled out the fire here my worst day in long while not gonna go chasing though if get something from the next couple I’ll be happy always tommorow best of luck with the rest recoba.

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    • recoba 3 weeks ago

      Well done Dettori.

      Thistledown -R6…Grind N Wins. 2/1 bet365
      NAP and tipped up and is 10/11 it Eve with 3 other bookies ?

    • recoba 3 weeks ago

      Cheers Gengar 2nd Cleveland finishing well so a great day followed by a bad day is absolutely par for the course BYT Dettori gets me into profit n bets on for USA. If they go down it’ll be a loss but after yesterday nothing major but certainly no way to bet just because yesterday was a doozy,although a bit of ball$ when you can’t see past a horse is required at times !
      Was sweating it though, it was far from comfortable on Corobeus !!

  24. a3780cd 3 weeks ago

    Ascot 1700 golden flame 20/1 6 places

    Ascot 1735 aristia 16/1 5 places

    Ascot 1810 alounak 33/1 5 places

  25. elvis parsley 3 weeks ago

    Got equilateral place money and Coltrane 14-1 saves the day.
    Great days racing to watch.

    Isn’t that 3 times golden pal has lost over here now, shows the difference between the us racing and proper international championship racing

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  26. uncle pom 3 weeks ago

    -6.6
    Brighton 18:23
    Hot hot hot 5/1 2pt win

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    • uncle pom 3 weeks ago

      Get in 👍 worth missing ascot for 👌🏻

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  27. uncle pom 3 weeks ago

    Sorry for late post guys had a bad chest infection so missed all the racing today 😭 just got out the hospital so will be up tonight studying 👍

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    • dazzman1979 3 weeks ago

      Well done mate 👍 big drift on that one I had my doubts but backed it never the less seeing as it is hot hot hot ! 💰😂

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    • uncle pom 3 weeks ago

      🤣 doubting my genius? 🤣🤣

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    • dazzman1979 3 weeks ago

      I doubt myself every day

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    • uncle pom 3 weeks ago

      Gamblings a rollercoaster ride 👍

    • Poppa 3 weeks ago

      Thanks again Uncle Pom and hope you are feeling better

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    • recoba 3 weeks ago

      Yeah well done mate an wasn’t that late…just to Kate for me! ;)

    • recoba 3 weeks ago

      Oops hit post.

      Kate?? She gets a mention from me a lot thanks to predictive text but mean to say feel better too

    • uncle pom 3 weeks ago

      Stupidly I left my phone in the car while I was in there so posted as soon as I had signal . Normally like to put up night before so everyone has chance to see the selections .

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  28. recoba 3 weeks ago

    🇺🇸
    Repeating myself but trying to figure this?

    Thistledown -R5…Grind N Wins. 2/1 Bet365

    Still EVS or 10/11 with 4 others bookies giving prices and had 4 of the main dangers behind last win and there more exposed bar Front Circle but he was beat 12l so bar a crazy turn around this or 14/1 and bigger outsider runs an unexpected stormer this a crazy price from Bet365

    GL

  29. recoba 3 weeks ago

    You here that?
    Sound of me ripping up the firm book and throwing it at my TV which I’ve no choice but to replace now!!?? Lol

    Apologies if you followed that was poor from jockey but no excuses I thought it was well worth mentioning the difference in price

  30. recoba 3 weeks ago

    🇺🇸

    Philly-R8..No:7. 7/4 Flavian Prat ships over to tide a close 2nd in a G3 v these and that’s a bit of travel for 1 rude
    Finger Lakes -R7 No:7

    GL and well done the winners today

  31. dazzman1979 3 weeks ago

    Race 7 – finger lakes – dick the bruiser 10/1 💰😍

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    • recoba 3 weeks ago

      An the worm turns! 😂
      A Spursman type bet there,kinda and no disrespect Spursman if your looking in as it worked but Flavian Prat ain’t shipping over to ride a donkey so obvious choice and it was by far the best horse but couldn’t decide with other race so NO:7 it was!

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    • recoba 3 weeks ago

      3/4 in my Yankee and Grind N Win’s was the let down!! 🤷‍♂️

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