Horsted Keynes tops 29 for the Longines International Stakes at Ascot
Last Updated: 25/07/14 11:47am
Roger Varian: Trains Horsted Keynes
Ante-post favourite Horsted Keynes is among a maximum field of 29 declared for the Longines International Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
The Roger Varian-trained four-year-old will attempt to go one better than on his last visit to the Berkshire venue.
That came at the Royal meeting when he was second to Louis The Pious in the Buckingham Palace Handicap over the same seven furlongs. David O'Meara's runner is again in the line-up.
O'Meara also has Watchable, who was third on that occasion, but has taken out top-weight Penitent which leaves Denis Coakley's Gabriel's Lad at the head of the handicap.
The Marcus Tregoning-trained Bronze Angel, fourth in the Buckingham Palace, renews rivalry on the back of a victory at York for which he incurred a 3lb penalty.
Jamie Osborne's Royal Hunt Cup hero Field Of Dream is bidding for another major handicap success while other fancied contenders include Ayaar, Belgian Bill, Abseil and Bunbury Cup winner Heaven's Guest.
Absolutely So, runner-up in that handicap at the Newmarket July meeting, is a notable absentee while Mike Murphy's American Hope missed the cut by one.