Axel ‘r’ Eight (Ascot Race 2 No. 2):
This five-year-old Gingerbread Man gelding is the early favourite in this Class 3 handicap over 2200m. At the end of last campaign he ground away for 3.05, 0.44 lengths 3rd over 2200m at Northam on 3 September, then resumed on 1 January where he led early but was beaten off for 13.64 lengths 14th over 2000m at Pinjarra Park. He will go better second-up but in this open race there is no value at the current price ad other runners are better propositions.