Il Primo Sole primed to land Ascot riches in Gigaset International Stakes

JOHN Gosden can land a big pot at Ascot this weekend with the talented Il Primo Sole.

The three-year-old is a 14-1 shot to land the £150,000 Gigaset International Stakes over 7f.

Il Primo Sole (middle) chased home Ostilio in the Britannia at Royal Ascot
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The colt looked an exciting prospect when bolting up on his debut at Yarmouth last summer.

After two shock defeats, he returned in April to win impressively at Kempton under Rab Havlin.

He ran better than his finishing position of eighth suggests in the French 2000 Guineas next time and he caught the eye in the Britannia at Royal Ascot last month.

The son of Raven’s Pass was a good fifth to Ostilio, who was allowed to dominate on the front-end, creating the impression a drop back from a mile would help.

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He is a strong travelling type who should have a strong pace to aim at with a maximum field of 29 likely.

After just a handful of starts he remains open to a good deal of progress, while he also receives a handy three-year-old weight allowance.

He is widely available at 14-1 and looks a rock-solid bet, with the forecast quick ground no issue.

There are several ahead of him in the betting, but the current favourite Flaming Spear might not line up in the race if the ground stays fast.

Makzeem has experience of big fields but is starting to look exposed, while George Of Hearts was behind Il Primo Sole at Ascot.

Mubtasim has a point to prove having flopped in the Bunbury Cup, so the biggest threat may come from 16-1 shot Louie De Palma.

The unexposed six-year-old was a beaten favourite at Windsor last time but is likely capable of better.


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