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Klopp out to make it third time's a charm at Ascot


By Nick Robson

Klopp Of The Kop can make the most of his sights lowered by opening his account at the third attempt in the opening race at Ascot. Having shaped with promise when a staying-on fourth on his racecourse debut at Newbury in the spring, the Excelebration colt was thrown in the deep end in the big sales race at York last month - a race which was turned into a procession by the exciting Mums Tipple.

The Clive Cox-trained Klopp Of The Kop outran his odds of 20-1 to finish third, beating 18 other juveniles, so he clearly possesses a fair amount of ability.

Taking the incredible winner out of the race - which is the only way to judge the performance of the others - Cox's charge was beaten just a neck by the 98-rated Rayong, so he sets a lofty standard in the Italian Tourist Board British EBF Novice Auction Stakes. Charlie Fellowes brings Chiefofchiefs back after a long break in the Lexicon Bracknell Handicap and he could be worth a small interest.

Follow Intello looks the best bet at Haydock.


ASCOT: 1.55 KLOPP OF THE KOP (NAP), 2.30 Law Of Peace, 3.05 Jaleel, 3.40 Wafy, 4.10 Chiefofchiefs, 4.40 Lady Of Aran, 5.15 Francis Xavier.

HAYDOCK: 1.45 Tulip Fields, 2.20 Hidden Spell, 2.55 Danzan, 3.30 Wild Edric, 4.00 Lincoln Park, 4.30 Qarasu, 5.05 Follow Intello.

KEMPTON: 5.40 Kheros, 6.10 Stars In The Sky, 6.40 Riot, 7.10 Charming Spirit, 7.40 Land Of Oz, 8.10 Chil Chil, 8.40 Sir Prize.

KILBEGGAN: 4.15 Marine One, 4.45 The Three Wizards, 5.20 Top Moon, 5.50 Cappuccino Man, 6.20 Fred The Foot, 6.50 Don't Let Go, 7.20 Dakota Beat.

MUSSELBURGH: 4.25 Bashiba, 5.00 Corton Lad, 5.30 Yoshimi, 6.00 Six Strings, 6.30 Burmese Blazer, 7.00 The Big House, 7.30 Cuba Ruba.

NEWCASTLE: 1.30 Ad Libitum, 2.05 Snowdon, 2.40 Shauyra, 3.15 Rich Belief, 3.50 Gravity Force, 4.20 Marvel, 4.55 The Bull

Double: Klopp Of The Kop and Follow Intello.

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