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3:45 Royal Ascot: Colour Vision to test Fame And Glory

| 21.06.2012

It is hard to see beyond a Fame And Glory victory in the Ascot Gold Cup, but if any horse is liable to throw down a major challenge, then it is likely to be Colour Vision.

Fame And Glory was without doubt the champion stayer of last season, following a victory in the Ascot Gold Cup with another at the same course to close the season in the Long Distance Cup.

He can sometimes take a race to get going in a new season, but arguably looked as good as ever when landing the Vintage Crop Stakes on his reappearance.

The one doubt over the 1/1 favourite in the Royal Ascot odds is that he tends to prefer firmer ground, meaning that the overnight rain will not be to his advantage.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has also stated that the wetter ground will not allow his horse to show his class as much.

Saddler’s Rock has been reported as the main challenger, but is another who will not want it too soft.

Therefore, Colour Vision can be the big threat at 5/1 in the Royal Ascot odds.

He claimed a fast-finishing third behind Fame And Glory in the Ascot Gold Cup last season and may have got even closer if not hampered for a run in the home straight.

Colour Vision switched from Mark Johnston to Godolphin over the winter and the horse seemed to have done a lot of strengthening up when returning to the track at Kempton last month.

He quickly asserted to move from last to first and put the race to bed and now a four-year-old, looks ready to win for the first time above Group Three level.

Punters looking for a big-priced option each way could do worse than Gulf Of Naples at 33/1, who will relish the softer surface and has already finished third in a taxing Chester Cup this season.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.