|Saturday 14th September 2019|
Will Advertise Rise to the Occasion at Ascot Again?
Advertise has enjoyed an impressive season on the flat, claiming victories in two leading races in the United Kingdom and France. However, trainer Martyn Meade will be hopeful that his charge has one final great display to end the campaign on a high note in the British Champions Sprint at Ascot.
The bay colt is the leading contender in the odds for horse racing betting from Space Casino, although the race will feature a talented field. Ten Sovereigns, Hello Youmzain and Dream of Dreams are expected to battle it out for the crown in the meet in October. As a result, the three-year-old will have to be operating at the peak of his powers to notch another victory.
Advertise had a very poor start to the campaign at the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. He was considered a slight outsider for the race at 11/1 in the minds of the bookmakers but still had proven enough in the 2018 season to compete at the top. However, with Frankie Dettori in the saddle, Meade’s charge was off the pace from the off and finished well down the standings in 15th out of 19 competitors.
A response was needed from Advertise at Royal Ascot. He had finished second behind the outstanding Calyx in the Commonwealth Cup in 2018 and faced a challenge to take the honours in his second appearance on the fabled track in the Commonwealth Cup. The presence of Ten Sovereigns loomed large over the rest of the field given that Aidan O’Brien’s charge was worth even money ahead of the meet. The three-year-old delivered a brilliant outing to take the crown and a place in the most prestigious of winners’ circles. With Dettori at the reins, he had the pace to defeat his closest rival Forever In Dreams by one-and-a-half lengths, earning his first major triumph
The battle between Advertise and Ten Sovereigns was reignited at Newmarket in the Darley July Cup Stakes. The bay colt was considered the favourite ahead of his rival for the race but, on this occasion, he was bested by O’Brien’s charge. Ten Sovereigns had the speed to push away from the pack and finished two-and-three-quarter lengths ahead of Advertise to record the win. It was still a decent outing from the three-year-old to place second, proving that even when he was not on peak form, he’s still a strong contender out on the track.
Meade took his charge over to France for his last outing to date in the Prix Maurice De Gheest at Deauville. Advertise was tested, as, although he was the leading contender, he had issues asserting his authority over the field. However, when it mattered the most, the three-year-old was able to up the ante to surge down the final straight to beat out Brando by a neck.
Since his disappointing performance in the opening race of the campaign, Advertise has been extremely consistent. Although he will face a tough challenge against Ten Sovereigns, it would not be a surprise to see him emerge from Ascot with another victory to his name.