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Fay won't be found lacking at Ascot

William Haggas
William Haggas

By David Clough

Faylaq can take the step up in class in his stride in Ascot's Property Raceday Targets £3M Cumberland Lodge Stakes.

William Haggas' three-year-old tries Group class for the first time on Saturday, having improved most significantly in handicap company this summer.

Faylaq has justified favouritism in three of his last four starts, failing only when a creditable length second, in receipt of 7lb, to subsequent Group performer Floating Artist at Ascot in July.

He resumed his upward curve last time, with an emphatic win on the all-weather at Kempton, and has risen almost two and a half stones in the ratings in the space of four races over as many months. After only seven career starts in all, the beautifully-bred colt clearly has potential to continue his swift progress.

The John Guest Racing Bengough Stakes is a second Group Three on the card, and Donjuan Triumphant catches the eye on his favoured soft surface.

Andrew Balding resisted an Ayr Gold Cup bid on account of quick ground last month - and with fit-again Silvestre De Sousa back in the saddle, Donjuan Triumphant can prove his worth as conditions change at what has often been his time of year.

Casanova carries a proven formula for success into the bet365 Challenge Cup.

The only missing ingredient is Frankie Dettori, but Andrea Atzeni is no forlorn deputy in the saddle.


ASCOT: 2.00 Danzeno, 2.35 FAYLAQ (NAP), 3.10 Casanova, 3.40 Donjuan Triumphant, 4.15 Dandhu, 4.50 Alaadel.

FONTWELL: 1.50 Luck Of The Legion, 2.25 Pointed And Sharp, 3.00 Zubayr, 3.30 Cervaro Mix, 4.05 Minella Beat, 4.40 Goldslinger, 5.15 Exod'ela.

GOWRAN: 2.05 Theatre Of War, 2.40 Sunnyhill Lad, 3.15 Drury, 3.50 Sky Marshal, 4.25 Jett, 5.00 Freewheelin Dylan, 5.35 Dallas Des Pictons.

NEWMARKET: 1.40 Eva Maria, 2.15 Under The Stars, 2.50 Never Alone, 3.25 Billesdon Brook, 4.00 Raaeb, 4.35 Specialise, 5.10 Warning Fire.

REDCAR: 1.45 Vega Magic, 2.20 Finniston Farm, 2.55 Summer Sands, 3.35 First Contact, 4.10 Breanski, 4.45 Detachment, 5.20 Roundhay Park.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.30 Lippy Lady, 6.00 Hermano Bello, 6.30 Daysaq, 7.00 Kahala Queen, 7.30 Walk On Walter, 8.00 Chitra, 8.30 All Points West.

DOUBLE: Casanova and Faylaq (both Ascot)

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