STAR PREVIEW Ascot Friday

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here maybe trouble ahead…. or at least rain ahead of the King George card at Ascot on Saturday.There’s been light rain this morning and the question is how much more will come and whether it will be enough to rule out long odds-on Golden Horn (pictured) in the feature race.The going is currently good but connections are nervous that the ground will move against Golden Horn (around a 4/7 chance) who has run out an impressive winner of both the Derby and the Coral-Eclipse so far this season.Trainer John Gosden told www.godolphin.com: “I have been asked whether we are going to the well too often. My answer is that I am more worried about the forecast of rain at Ascot on Saturday than any fear that we might be overfacing him. I think he will be all right if it is good to soft’ but we will be in unknown territory on soft ground.”In his absence the race would certainly become more competitive from a punting point of view with the Hardwicke Stakes winner and second Snow Sky and Eagle Top likely to be disputing favouritism.At Ascot today the two mile John Guest Brown Jack Handicap at 2.55 will be a real test of stamina on rain softened ground.Rite To Reign (or should that be rain) looks a perfect each-way bet at around 9/2. Every drop of rain will help his cause further.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)RITE TO REIGN (2.55 Ascot) 4 points each-way at around 9/2 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: LOSS 22.49 POINTS (Open golf bets outstanding)What’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img