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Pick of the Pundits – Pundits find their destiny in the 16:25

| 17.06.2011

It was a sorry day for all backers on Wednesday but three winning favourites yesterday, including the heavily backed Fame And Glory, left the punters ahead of the bookies on day three of the Royal Ascot meeting.

It also meant a few of the 50 racing writers in the Racing Post naps competition were back to winning ways, with 13 of them finding a winner after a Thursday which saw none of them pick a winner.

Fame And Glory was the banker for most yesterday and today Green Destiny is the most napped horse of the day in the 16:25 at Ascot.

Green Destiny’s trainer William Haggas bypassed Wednesday’s Royal Hunt Cup in favour of today’s Wolferton Handicap because of the weather forecast, and the Irish trainer seems to have got his plan spot on.

The give in the ground will be ideal for Green Destiny having won on heavy ground at Leicester two starts ago, and his win in the Champion Series Suffolk Handicap at Newmarket on his last start looks great form.

Green Destiny is the short-priced favourite at 7/4 and there will be huge cheers for the four-year-old should he win at Ascot today, and while there is some strong challengers in Lost In The Moment, Beachfire and Right Step, Green Destiny should make the step-up in trip accordingly.

20:50 Ayr: Pokfulham – 11/8

After a season of hurdling Pokfulham will make his third outing on the Flat in a short two-week period, but on the basis of current form he looks to have a great chance in this 1m5f handicap.

Pokfulham will carry bottom weight in this 8-runner field and with rain forecast in Scotland, the Jim Goldie three-year-old will relish any give in the ground while his rivals wouldn’t.

The pundits look to have this one spot on but if the rain does come, Cookie Hamilton will look a huge each-way price at 14/1.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.