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Ascot – 2nd October: DOM’S NAP + NB | Saturday’s 2 Best Bets

Your two best bets for Saturday’s fixture at Ascot



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Ascot’s NAP: HUKUM | 2:40pm ABF/BGC Cumberland Lodge Stakes (Group 3) | Dom’s Pick
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A disappointing showing in the September Stakes last time but his Hardwicke Stakes third here at Royal Ascot, added to victory in the King George V Stakes a year prior, probably makes Owen Burrows’s representative hard to oppose.

Hukum Deauville
Hukum ridden by Jim Crowley win The Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury Racecourse

He’s picked up a couple of Group 3’s already this year, so he’s more than capable at this level and should be up to defying a penalty.

Roger Varian’s Title won a Doncaster Handicap with ease back in September and ranks chief threat to the selection.

NB: HIGHFIELD PRINCESS | 1:30pm World Mental Health Day British EBF Stakes (Fillies' And Mares' Listed)

The Night Of Thunder daughter has enjoyed a terrific season which included landing the Buckingham Palace Stakes here, form that was well franked thereafter.

Royal Ascot General
Ascot's Saturday card begins at 1:30pm

She's been a model of consistency in tougher races ever since, finishing a fine fourth at Doncaster last time out.

A return to the track where she enjoyed her finest hour makes her a very justifiable favourite now and she should take the beating under Jason Hart.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.