29 Jul 2017

King George Day, Ascot

A tricky punting card today at Ascot as these unseasonal conditions persist, with more rain a possibility this afternoon.

In the 2.25 I do think FIRE BRIGADE has a solid each way chance with conditions in his favour. The fact that Hayley Turner is in the plate almost guarantees he's been working really well, having had a nice month between races to limber up. This progressive 3yo wants a good end to end gallop and does look likely to get that here. He has a nice weight and the 14/1 looks fair.

The King George itself is probably best swerved, but our ENIGMA Racing syndicates do own a stake in TIGRE DU TERRE and we expect a big run today. Richard Hannon horses are not primed to win on debut, so the ones that do are normally well above average. We believe that's certainly the case with this lad.

They don't do much off the bridle at home, so it's only at the racecourse where you truly find out what beats within, and Tigre du Terre displayed a big engine. His RPR of 93 was the joint highest awarded so far this year to a debutant in the UK. That sort of rating usually indicates a Group horse. He was also pleasingly professional and appears to appreciate some cut.

This is a much better race and he will have to improve, but there's every reason to suppose he will. In fact, zero negatives and it's fair to say we are very hopeful.

More about ENIGMA Racing syndicates:

Good luck,

2.25 Ascot, Fire Brigade - 1pt EW 14/1, 3x1/4
4.10 Ascot, Tigre du Terre - 3pt win 7/4

Herbie is one of the resident pro-gamblers in ENIGMA:

** Feedback: Fire Brigade ran very well and collected place money at a decent price. While to our surprise, Tigre du Terre disliked the very soft ground; the wheels span and he was unable to show his true form. One to keep in your tracker for better conditions: good or good to soft **

Talented prospect, Tigre du Terre trained by Richard Hannon

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