Fawaareq tipped for Gigaset International Stakes win at Ascot

Saturday 29th July, 2017 - 3:00pm Ascot - Gigaset International Stakes

One of Ascot's marquee racedays will take place on Saturday afternoon, as the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes takes centre stage at 3:35pm, but prior to that Group 1 showpiece there will be an ultra-competitive 7f handicap at 3:00pm, with a 28-strong field lining up in the Gigaset International Stakes, which will be a devilishly difficult betting conundrum for punters head to the Berkshire venue.

  • Heaven's Guest won this race in 2015
  • Fastnet Tempest won Victoria Cup at Ascot earlier in the season
  • The last eight winners have carried 9st 1lb or less

Saturday 29th July - 3.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Gigaset International Stakes    
Tips Fawaareq (each way)    Best Bet @ 25 / 1  

Favourites

Fastnet Tempest has been a really progressive performer this season, and the William Haggas-trained four-year-old will return to the venue that saw him land the Victoria Cup in fine style earlier in the season, but the 7/1 shot with Betfred was unable to deal with a higher mark when ninth in the Royal Hunt Cup last month, so may find it tough off the same mark of 99 on Saturday.

Roger Charlton's Makzeem put up a career best when second in the Silver Bunbury Cup at Newmarket last time, but the 8/1 chance with bet365 has been upped 3lb for that effort, so is another that could come up short, while Flaming Spear, a winner at Newcastle on his previous outing, is another to go up the handicap for a fine run, and is another to avoid at 10/1 with Paddy Power.

Sixth in the Royal Hunt Cup, Remarkable will run off a 1lb lower mark on Saturday, so has to make the most appeal of the fancied runners, and is worthy of huge respect at 10/1 with Betfred, while the Gary Moore-trained Gossiping (12/1 with Coral) is bidding for a third win in four races, and has to be respected.

Worth A Mention

2015 winner Heaven's Guest will attempt to recapture his crown on King George day, and is 9lbs lower when winning this race a couple of years ago, but Richard Fahey's stalwart has struggled to find his best form of late, and while is dangerously handicapped, may find life tough again at 20/1 with Betfred.

David O'Meara's Firmament (25/1) and Peter Chapple-Hyam's Buckstay (33/1) are class acts on their day, but from the top of the handicap they may struggle, while Roger Charlton's Yuften (16/1) is another on his best form would play a major role, with Squats (25/1) that is decent on his day, but has blown more cold than hot in recent times after finishing second in this race 12 months ago.

The Selection

Fawaareq has been in consistent form in recent times, and is yet to be out the first three in his last seven races, so the Owen Burrows-trained four-year-old, who was a decent third in the Silver Bunbury Cup at Newmarket last time out, has to be a leading each-way contender, and at 25/1 with Betfred is a cracking bet.

He runs off the same mark of 93 on Saturday, and while he has form to turn around with Makzeem from their meeting at Flat HQ, he will have a significant weight pull at Ascot, so if Jim Crowley can get him in a positive position in the early stages of this cavalry charge, then he could at least pick up a place, if not challenge for victory.

2017 Gigaset International Stakes Odds

Posted: Friday, 28th July 2017
Author: Steve Chambo

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