Ascot Racecourse features once again in our daily speed ratings, which come from the Racing Post. Horses will be able to run quickly on a track where the going will be good. Six races will be hosted on Friday 8 May, but our focus is on the £30,000 19:45 Handicap.
For this race, 11 runners have entered. The field appears relatively quick, with three horses boasting speed ratings higher than 100. Carnival King has the highest rating of 108, while Fruity and Be Bold have been rated at 106 and 102, respectively.
However, a concern with backing any of those three is that all have been seeded close to the back of the pack. Instead, a better prospect appears to be the 93-rated Hawkesbury.
The three-year-old has won twice and finished second on two occasions from its past three races. Four Seasons (83) will also compete, having won four from its past six.