Wokingham fav needs a favour
Cape Classic, a leading fancy in the ante-post market, looks unlikely to get a run in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday.
The William Haggas-trained four-year-old needs a host of horses to come out at the final declaration stage for him to make the cut after 85 stood their ground at the confirmation stage and only 28 can go to post.
Cape Classic has been near the top of the betting - but towards the bottom of the weights on 8st 4lb - after landing a Windsor handicap last month.
The weights are headed by the David Nagle-trained Maarek, who has to carry the steadier of 9st 10lb in the six-furlong handicap thanks to wins at Naas and Newmarket.
Alben Star from the Richard Fahey stable and Brian Meehan's Elusivity have their places secured.
Ian Balding's Desert Law and the David Barron-trained Pearl Ice have also attracted support but their connections are still sweating as they are not guaranteed a run.