Faced with 31 runners, I decided to try a quicker assessment of the Royal Hunt Cup, Ascot 4-20. Basically, just considering the contenders without giving prices. There are clearly several possibles but I came up with three:

Cadre currently 7/1
Dunn’o currently 18/1 BET 18 early
Manassas currently 40/1

I was looking for in from horses who have done well in big handicaps this season and liked Dunn’o best of these. Manassas is tempting at 40/1 and Gosden’s Cadre too short at 8s this morning. Dunn’o is by no means certain but fits the trends and an acceptable price in a race where favourites don’t do so well. Let’s see how things go with this assessment approach.

Yesterday, Always Bold was described as doing better than his finishing position looks so was a good bet. That said, I did note the winner Judgethemoment though he wasn’t the bet.

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