Tom Dascombe is confident Iconic Choice will handle a step up in Excursion for the William Hill Doonside Cup in Ayr.

The Sixties Icon filly yields having defeated in France last time out – but her type earlier in the season would give her a chance.
Prior failing to justify favouritism from the German equivalent beaten a short-head by Dandhu in the Fred Darling out the first time, she was then less than three lengths behind Hermosa.
„If she did come back to her Guineas form, then she would have a massive chance,“ explained Dascombe.
„She appears in great form in the home. I am satisfied with her and she is stepping up marginally in trip some cut from the floor would assist her, however, she goes with a chance that is live.
„She remained a mile well annually, so you would believe the 10 furlongs now should be a significant advantage to her.“
Mick Appleby can also be anticipating Big Country to go close, following his return to something like his shape that is better at Doncaster.
He finished fourth behind the Fox Tal and the floor will probably be in his own favour.
„He is in great order and conducted a whole lot better , revealing much longer, and he will have come on again,“ said Appleby.
„The ground is coming from his favour today, and I think he ought to have a good chance.
„Looking at the characters, there’s not much between many of them and on his very best form I believe he would have a excellent chance. I don’t think he will be too far off.“
Two run, Forest Ranger stuffed with Exhort and a Group two penalty also carrying a one for winning a Listed race at Pontefract.
The one is Keith Dalgleish’s What Is The Story, winner of 2 major handicaps in York this season and stepping into Listed company for the first time.

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