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Ask answers Ascot question

Ask was last night cut from 10-1 to 7-1 for the Gold Cup after being confirmed for the showpiece race at Royal Ascot next week.

The Patrick Fahey-owned seven-year-old, whose participation in the Gold Cup was uncertain a few weeks ago, has not run since winning the Prix Royal-Oak last October but is on target to run in the 2m4f race next Thursday.

Richard Hannon has raised the possibility of Dick Turpin missing a third clash with stablemate Canford Cliffs in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Dick Turpin has finished in front of the more fashionable Canford Cliffs on two occasions this season, causing something of an upset in the Greenham at Newbury, and again when the pair were second and third to Makfi in the StanJames.com 2000 Guineas.

While Canford Cliffs then triumphed in the Irish Guineas, Dick Turpin finished second in the French version, half a length behind subsequent French Derby winner Lope De Vega.

Hannon said: “Canford Cliffs definitely runs, but Dick Turpin might switch to the Jersey.

“I will leave him in both the St James's Palace and the Jersey Stakes and make a decision nearer the time.

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“It is up in the air really but if it turns up on the easy side I will probably run both in the St James's. Canford has learned to settle now and is a very good horse in my book.”

Tony McCoy rode 8-13 favourite Beyond to victory at Bangor last night.

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