Deserts could be worth following at AscotBy David Wright
September 30, 2011
There could be a Desert double at Ascot tomorrow.
Golden Desert, a seven-year-old trained by Robert Mills, goes in the Totescoop 6 Challenge Cup (3.50), and 35 minutes later Desert Law runs in the Macquaire Group Rous Stakes.
Desert Law was entered in two races tomorrow, with in-form trainer Andrew Balding opting for the 4.25, rather than the Group 3 John Guest Bengough Stakes at 3.15 for his three-year-old colt.
The latter race could now go the way of Roger Varian’s Elzaam, who knows his way around Ascot.
The bay colt was second in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last year and fourth in the Royal Jubilee in June.
It could be Elzaam’s turn to get his head in front tomorrow.
The top weight for the Rouse Stakes is Jimmy Styles, part owned by Berkshire businessman Peter Ridgers, a former Bracknell footballer and cricketer.
The seven-year-old trained by Clive Cox will have the assistance of Kieren Fallon, who remains in hot pursuit of Paul Hanagan for the jockeys’ championship.
Ridgers lives locally, so it would be a great ‘home’ win if Jimmy shows the winning style.
Arctic Cosmos makes his first appearance since winning the 2010 St Leger in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes (2.40).
There are seven races in all at Ascot – the first at 2.05 – and they follow a six-race card today.
The opening PWC Handicap. (2.20) marks the return of jockey Ryan Moore, who has been sidelined since suffering a horrific fall at Glorious Goodwood in July.
Moore (pictured) rides Tuscania for Sir Michael Stoute, along with Kinyras for his boss in the Bollinger Handicap at 3.30.
The champion jockey is warming up to ride Workforce in Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
There is an extra treat for racegoers at this two-day meeting, as it marks the fifth Ascot Beer Festival, in association with CAMRA and Fuller’s.
There will be more than 200 real ales, cider and perries to taste.
And racegoers will be able to vote for their favourite tipple.
Horsepower, an American style IPA from Pitstop Brewery in Wantage, will be defending the title it won last year.
Between races, customers will be serenaded by Adrian Edmondson – from The Young Ones and Bottom – and The Bad Shepherds.
Edmondson founded the band in 2008, performing punk and new wave classics using folk instruments.