Iconic Choice camp hopeful ahead of Doonside Cup at Ayr

Tom Dascombe is Convinced Iconic Choice Can handle a step up in Excursion for the William Hill Doonside Cup at Ayr.

The Sixties Icon filly yields having frustrated last out time – but her kind earlier in the summer would provide her a huge possibility.
Beaten on a short-head by Dandhu at the Fred Darling first time out, she was then less than three lengths in the 1000 Guineas.
“If she did come back to her Guineas type, then she’d have a massive chance,” explained Dascombe.
“She appears in amazing form at home. I’m content with her and she’s stepping up marginally in trip – any cut in the floor would assist her, but she moves with a chance.
“She stayed a mile nicely a year ago, so you’d believe the 10 furlongs now must be a significant benefit to her.”
Mick Appleby can be expecting last week, Big Country to go close, following his return to something like his form at Doncaster.
He finished fourth behind the impressive Fox Tal and the drying floor will probably be in his own favour.
“He’s in great order and conducted a whole lot better , revealing a lot more, and he will have come ,” said Appleby.
“The ground is coming in his favour today, and I think he needs to have a fantastic chance.
“Considering the characters, there’s not much between lots of these and onto his very best form I believe he’d have a great chance. I don’t think he will be too far away.”
Richard Fahey runs two, Forest Ranger stuffed with a Group Two penalty and Exhort carrying out a smaller one to get winning a Listed race.
Perhaps the one is Keith Dalgleish’s What Is The Story, winner of 2 handicaps at York this season and stepping for the first time to Listed firm.

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