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2018 Wokingham Handicap tips - Three against the field for Royal Ascot's competitive handicap feature

Brian Healy 22 Jun 2018
The Wokingham goes to post on Saturday's Royal Ascot finale racecard.

Brian Healy picks out three against the field to win Saturday's competitive handicap feature, the Wokingham Handicap, on the final day of Royal Ascot.


The ultra-competitive Wokingham Handicap features on the final day racecard of the 2018 Royal Ascot festival, and the six furlongs cavalry charge down the straight course is always an exciting contest with a big field of runners.

Getting underway at 5.00pm, a maximum field of 28 runners will face the starter as they line up in a bid to land a first prize in excess of £100,000.

In a highly volatile and traditionally tough-to-solve contest for punters, Brian Healy picks out three against the field for Saturday’s fast and furious contest.

Dreamfield has looked a potential Group performer in his runs to date, and John Gosden’s charge coudl well prove hard to beat having won well on his return from a long absence.

However, he could just lack the experience required to win a race which is traditionally a rough ride for horses and it could pay to side with the experienced GEORGE BOWEN (25/1, Paddy Power, each-way) who appreciated the return to faster ground when snapping a barren run at York in May where he ran out an easy six lengths winner.

Richard Fahey’s charge had a few of these in behind, and the Dark Angel gelding lost nothing in defeat under a penalty at Goodwood last month, going down only by a neck having been outbattled by his rival.

The pair had pulled clear of the third, and while his revised mark demands another jolt of improvement, he relishes fast ground and stays further than this trip so his stamina could prove an asset in what is usually a truly-run contest where there is no hiding place.

Fahey also saddles GROWL (16/1, Paddy Power, each-way) who was a three-time winner during the 2016 flat season, scoring at Nottingham and Windsor, and snapping a five-run losing streak when landing a Listed contest at Doncaster.

In between, the Oasis Dream gelding ran with credit in some hot handicaps where he made the frame in the Stewards’ Cup and Ayr Gold Cup, and he went close in Group One company over course and distance when finding only The Tin Man too strong in the Champion Sprint.

Things didn’t go to plan for the six-year old last term, and he was largely disappointing throughout the campaign with his best finish coming when crossing the line in fourth behind Lancelot Du Lac in the 2017 Stewards’ Cup.

However, he ought to strip fitter for a solid return effort at Chester last month when chasing home the rejuvenated Kachy, and the handicapper has given him a big chance. He’ll need things to drop right in this big field, but the likely strong pace will suit and he can post a big run.

UNDRAFTED (20/1, William Hill, each-way) returns to the scene of his greatest triumph, having won the 2015 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, and Wesley Ward’s charge can’t be underestimated dropping into a handicap.

The Purim gelding has struggled to get his head in front since that Group One success, failing to defend his crown twelve months on having struck at Keeneland.

He has won again back there, beating Made Bail last April; but he has failed to add to his tally since sincs scoring at Churchill Downs back in November, and he was beaten at Belmont Park when last seen in April. That was over seven furlongs though, and he ought to appreciate the return to this trip.

He is thrown in on his old form, and while he arguably isn’t as good as he was, he has to be feared given his old exploits and there could be one more big win in him.

2018 WOKINGHAM HANDICAP TIPS - THREE AGAINST THE FIELD


GEORGE BOWEN (25/1, Paddy Power, each-way)

GROWL (16/1, Paddy Power, each-way)

UNDRAFTED (20/1, William Hill, each-way)


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2018 Wokingham Handicap tips - Three against the field for Royal Ascot's competitive handicap feature

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