Talking Horses: form pick Traffic Fluide can lift Sodexo Gold Cup

The big-race Ascot selection has better recent form than last year’s runaway winner Go Conquer

The Sodexo Gold Cup at Ascot is the most competitive race of the day, but Go Conquer turned it into a procession 12 months ago when he led throughout and jumped impeccably. He failed to reproduce that form in three subsequent starts, however, and while a switch to the Nigel Twiston-Davies stable may rekindle his enthusiasm, Traffic Fluide (3.35) has better recent form and looks the bet at around 5-1.

Ascot 1.50 Wenyerreadyfreddie made an inauspicious debut over fences on the King George card at Kempton on Boxing Day last season, but he looked a good deal more convincing when second behind Lil Rockerfeller, who was a high-class performer over hurdles, at Uttoxeter last month. Nicky Henderson’s novice now returns to handicap company on what looks like a very generous mark.

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