The Messenger has one bet at Ascot on Friday and it is La Rav in the 4:20.
Ascot 4.20: La Rav
Jockey Jamie Spencer has been in irrepressible form of late, especially when on a hold up horse and in La Rav he has the perfect vehicle for his talents.
A progressive 3yo last season until going lame at York’s Ebor meeting, La Rav was undeniably disappointing on his return to the track recently at Newbury, failing to beat a single rival. However he will surely be better today for that recent runout.
He won two small races impressively last season – a maiden by 5l at Salisbury and a handicap over this mile trip at Newbury by 4l. He was a close third at Chelmsford in a far better race, and at a track that would not have played to his strengths before it all went wrong at York. He looks to have plenty of improvement in him though and will get the strong pace he needs today.
1pt win – La Rav – 4.20 Ascot at 8/1 with Paddy Power and Betfair