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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long


Tom, has two booked rides today at Ascot.


Flat winner on fast ground; well-held third on soft going at Kempton on hurdles debut.

Trainer Alan King, has a fine record with his hurdlers at Ascot showing a 14% strike rate

and a +25.34.

We are double-handed in our favourite juvenile hurdle at Ascot.

It has been frustrating waiting for our first jumping winner of 2022, having peppered the wire a good few times since we all welcomed in the New Year with a few choruses of Auld Lang Syne.

However, we have two of the seven runners for Saturday’s opener at Ascot, and it is a juvenile hurdle which Alan has won four times in the last eight years, the roll of honour including such useful performers as Balder Succes and Tritonic.

Harry Herbert’s Highclere Thoroughbred Racing team own Restitution, who cost them 50,000gns at the Tattersalls Autumn Sales.

Restitution had shown promise last year with John Gosden, winning his maiden at Yarmouth, and Alan has been pleased with the progress he has made since joining the Barbury squad.

He said:”Restitution was twice placed on the Flat for us at Kempton in the autumn and he made an encouraging start over hurdles back there when finishing third to Iceo, who is being talked of as a Triumph Hurdle candidate.

“They went hard up front that day, but he still travelled very well until tiring at the second last, and I hope he’ll build on that performance.”


Runner-up at Fontwell on Boxing Day; this is harder but he's not fully exposed.

Trainer Chris Gordon - This lad is still a pretty unexposed 7 year old, who was

successful in two novice hurdles at Plumpton (2m/2m4f) last term and then bettered

his reappearance effort when second in a Fontwell handicap (2m1f) on Boxing Day.

This is a tougher task today but the step back up in trip will suit and ground is suitable too.

Owner - Miss Jane Goddard


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