Tom Dascombe is confident Iconic Choice will handle a step up in Excursion for Your William Hill Doonside Cup at Ayr.
The Sixties Icon filly returns from a break on Thursday, having frustrated last out time – but her form would provide her a chance.
Beaten a short-head by Dandhu in the Fred Darling out time, she was subsequently less than three lengths from the 1000 Guineas before failing to justify favouritism in the German equivalent.
“If she did come back to her Guineas kind, then she would have a large opportunity,” said Dascombe.
“She appears in terrific shape at home. I am satisfied with her and she’s stepping up slightly in trip any cut at the ground would assist her, but she moves there with a opportunity that is live.
“She remained a mile nicely annually, so you would think the 10 furlongs now ought to be a huge advantage to her.”
Mick Appleby is expecting Big Country to go close, following his return to something like his form that is better at Doncaster.
He finished fourth behind the Fox Tal and the ground that was drying will probably likely be in his own favour.
“He’s in great order and ran a lot better , revealing much more, and he will have come on again,” said Appleby.
“The floor is coming from his favour today, and I believe he should have a fantastic chance.
“Considering the characters, there is not much between lots of them and onto his very best form I think he would have a fantastic chance. I really don’t think he will be too far away.”
2 run, Forest Ranger burdened with Exhort and a Group Two penalty carrying a bigger one for winning a Listed race.
Perhaps the one to conquer is Keith Dalgleish’s What Is The Story, winner of two handicaps in York stepping for the first time and this year.
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