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Progressive Maid In Rio all set to win again at Ascot

The staying division can certainly throw up some shocks from time-to-time and is one that I personally find difficult to fathom at the best of times. However, today’s 3:20 at Ascot shapes as if it’s one to keep simple and the top few in the market look the most likely victors by some distance. Indeed, it’s the Mark Johnston trained Maid In Rio that I’m liking quite a lot and it would be really disappointing were she not heavily involved at the business end of proceedings versus this lot.


She’s one of those typically progressive Johnston horses who seem to keep finding improvement even after the handicapper tries to make life difficult and has been victorious on four of her last five outings. The first success came off 65 and she’s lining up here off 93, which speaks volumes with regard to her improving ways.


How much more there is to come has to be the burning question and it’s not one that I can answer easily, but she walloped some reasonable fellow 3-year-old handicappers when stepped up in trip to 1m 6f at Haydock last time out and could improve more now tackling an even longer trip.


Being by Captain Rio, you would be forgiven for doubting her staying prowess but there’s an ocean of stamina on her dam side of the pedigree and I don’t foresee any issues there. As well, for a stayer she has a decent turn of boot and that will always stand her in good stead given how these races pan out from a pace point of view. Everything’s in place here anyway, with the ground being quick and the track one she’s proven on (ran a cracker two starts back when third in a good race over 1m 4f), plus she gets a huge weight allowance now taking on her elders for the first time. That’ll come in handy and connections have found the perfect race for her. Is she good enough? I say yes, definitely, and 15/8 will do.


Selection for the 3:20 at Ascot:


Maid In Rio silks Maid In Rio – 15/8, available with a few firms.


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