Turf Talk: All the chat is about King George

YOU can tell the summer is half-way through as it’s King George day at Ascot on

Saturday.

Sadly, an injury to St. Nicholas Abbey sees the ante-post favourite ruled out. Not that I fancied him for the Ascot show-piece as I have always like Trading Leather and have long since felt that he was a horse in need of a trip in excess of ten furlongs.

His Irish Derby victory was most pleasing as I had backed him for Epsom’s Blue Riband event at 33/1, only to see his stable companion Dawn Approach run instead!

Ektihaam is the Number 1 danger to Jim Bolger’s horse in my opinion, but at the weights I reckon the three year old might just win this particular battle.

In the International Handicap I am staying loyal to Mark Johnston’s Es Que Love. He travelled like the winner in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket the other week and I can see him at least placing at 16/1. I would also like Baccarat to win the Skybet Dash at York at 14/1 as he too is one I have followed.

Selections

Saturday 27th July

Ascot – King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes – TRADING LEATHER

Ascot – International Handicap – ES QUE LOVE

York – Skybet Dash – BACCARAT