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  1. Another day that saw followers rewarded when the first selection YOUARENOTFORGIVEN won at recommended odds of 7/1. SEA ON TIME also won at recommended odds of 7/4. Another two winners in the treble that was let down dreadfully by Nelson's Rock who failed to give his true running. Idoapologise and and Ami Des Flots found one too strong in each of their races. Tomorrow looks to be an exciting day with the Coral Charge, Distaff and Eclipse all being run at Sandown, whilst the Old Newton Cup and the Lancashire Oaks are just two of the highlights at Haydock Park. Selections are listed below. TK 1-50 Sandown Raasel has thrived for these connections since he returned to turf last season, winning a total of six handicaps. He took his form to another level when landing a listed race at Haydock 5 weeks ago, when sweeping through the pack from off the pace. He looks determined to give this a bold bid with James Doyle on board who has been key to his rapid successes this season. Some of his rivals here are woefully out of form and would need a rapid reversal in fortune to beat him. Well worth a go at this level and looks certain to be a major player. 2-25 Sandown Lion Tower has won over this trip on similar ground before at Ayr last season and he has enjoyed a productive campaign when winning four times in total in 2021. He has continued his progression this season and he just had to be kept up to his work when successful over seven furlongs at York a few weeks ago. He has a three-pound rise to contend with here but he has all the right attributes to deal with it. As there are no issues with this trip or ground he has to command utmost respect. 3-00 Sandown Heredia remains a highly progressive filly who is unbeaten in four starts. She had something in hand when landing the Sandringham off a career high of 98 last time. She would not benefit from a slowly run race, but she's still a confident choice to maintain her unbeaten record. She scythed through the field last time in breath-taking fashion when landing the Sandringham just over a fortnight ago at Royal Ascot. Whilst the complexion of this race is slightly different, her class should be enough to see her through. 3-35 Sandown Native Trail was unbeaten in his first five starts before going down by under a length to stablemate Coroebus in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. He atoned for that when comfortably landing the Irish equivalent at the Curragh subsequently and he can't be dismissed now stepping up to ten furlongs for the first time. William Buick knows this son of Oasis Dream inside out and the pair have to have every chance of adding to their four previous Group One successes. 2-05 Haydock Duty Bound showed immense promise when winning a handicap over one mile and six furlongs at Sandown last month. That was his first attempt at anywhere near that sort of trip and he held off the attentions of Moonlit Bay by a little under two-lengths. He had obviously improved in leaps and bounds from his seasonal reappearance where he was beaten by the well regarded New Comedy. David Probert keeps the ride on this three-year-old son of Kingman. Owned by Her Majesty the Queen he comes here in the form of his life and can give a bold account. 2-40 Haydock Free Wind was highly progressive last season and won four out of five starts. The most Impressive of those came in the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster over a mile and six furlongs. This looks to be a sensible starting point for the daughter of Galileo and having proven herself on this type of ground in the past that cannot be an issue today. Rab Havlin is two from two on her and she is already proven at this level. She has to rate as a serious threat to all. 3-15 Haydock Liverpool Knight is a lightly raced four-year-old and he made a winning debut for Kevin Phillipart De Foy last month when lining up in a competitive Windsor handicap. He pulled more than three lengths clear of his rivals including the likes of Liberation Point who was well beaten and has come out to frank the form by winning subsequently at Chester. These middle distance races seem to have brought out the best in him and with every likelihood that he can improve again from his seasonal reappearance, he has to be considered. 8-00 Nottingham Holocene can get her career back on track by taking this classified takes. The Cheveley Park owned filly was good enough to win on her debut at Ripon back in May, but she was firmly put in her place on what was her all weather debut at Kempton around three weeks ago. A return to turf should be exactly what she wants and with the William Haggas horses in such excellent form, she has to be shortlist material. 2-18 Beverley Coco Jack won a couple of starts ago when shedding his maiden at Hamilton. He then bumped into a more than useful sort at Haydock a fortnight ago in the shape of Dornoch Castle. He has more than enough experience under him to account for some rivals who have as yet to fulfil their potential. Exposed is far from it and looks the chief danger to him, but the Wing Of Eagles gelding can defy top weight here. 5-15 Beverley Miss Clementine shed her maiden on her most recent start and no surprise if she progresses again here. Whilst this is a step up in class for the Churchill filly, her previous winning course and distance form ought to see her home in front. Connor Beasley rides her for the first time and Ed Dunlop is enjoying a purple patch at the moment and has trained seven winners in the last three weeks. She us still relatively lightly raced and looks the one they all have to beat here.
  2. A good winner yesterday in Skittlebombs (BOG 9/1) was followed by sheer frsutration as all three horses nominated for the treble finished in second place. Captain Winters also found one too strong as he was second at Haydock. Some good looking racing coming today with decent cards at Doncaster, Newton Abbott and Sandown. 1-35 Doncaster Youarenotforgiven had his first run for Tony Carroll last time. He is fully entitled to improve for that run and has to be high on any shortlist given that he finished a creditable second of eight runners in handicap at Nottingham just 18 days ago. He had shown precious little for Jamie Osborne in three previous starts so the fact he ran so well first time out for new connections gives hope that he can improve once more. Ray Dawson has been having his fair share of winners lately and he has already partnered a handful of winners for this stable this year. Youarenotforgiven remains unexposed and is capable of more. 2-00 Newton Abbott Ami Des Flots had her first run for Kim Bailey having left the Bernard Martin stable. She clearly benefitted from the move to the new yard as she was an excellent second at Ffos Las over two miles four weeks ago. She will be suited by this step up in trip and will hold major claims given that she is such an unknown quantity against these. The Fergal O’Brien trained Pop The Champagne who beat her on that last occasion has gone on to win again at Worcester giving the form a timely boost. Likely to be prominent from the outset, David Bass will be trying the best he can to improve on that game effort last time. 2-10 Doncaster Sea On Time confirmed the promise that she displayed on debut when readily getting off the mark over an extended 1m3f at Haydock a couple of weeks ago. The Willie Haggas trained filly remains open to further improvement and she is hard to oppose, despite carrying a 6lb penalty. Stevie Donohoe replaces Cieren Fallon in the saddle but this daughter of Sea The Stars is expected to progress again. The trainer has a near 30% strike rate at Doncaster with his runners so the fact she turns up here is noteworthy. The jockey also nearly has a 30% strike rate when riding for the trainer so everything points to a huge run. 2-45 Doncaster (Treble) Mostly Cloudy arrives in search of a four-timer, having gone up almost two stone in the process. It would be no surprise if the son of Harzand had further progression to come after his latest victory at Nottingham where he won by an easy five lengths when defeating Pons Aelius. The runner up has come out and run well again to give the form a slight boost as he finished in the same position in a subsequent race at Newcastle just last week. Staying is clearly his forte and a further nine-pound hike in the ratings may not prove enough to stop him over a longer distance which promises to suit. NAP 3-20 Doncaster Jawwaal has been dropped a further two pounds in the ratings and is beginning to look as though he could be dangerously well handicapped. He is now two-pounds below his last winning mark and he is a multiple course and distance winner. He does need to reverse recent form with Burning Cash but they may not be an impossible task as Jawwaal now receives weight from his old rival as opposed to giving him some. If Michael Dods can get him back to his best, he could prove lethal here. 3-30 Sandown (Treble) Golden Voice looks to be improving all the time and the form of his head success over the course and distance on his most recent start was boosted when the fourth, Auditor, came out and won readily at Newmarket almost a fortnight later. A five-pound rise looks manageable for the three-year-old son of Havana Gold and William Haggas' charge looks as though he has the right temperament to go in again. 4-30 Doncaster Idoapologise has been out in the wilderness for a long time since his last win back in 2020 but he was narrowly denied over this course and distance on his most recent appearance. He has been dropped a further pound in the weights by the handicapper and with the ground fully in his favour, it would be of no great surprise to see him go well once again. Ben Robinson has ridden him on numerous occasions in the past and can atone for that most recent defeat here. 4-50 Newton Abbot (Treble) Nelsons Rock made a successful chase debut over the course and distance last month, jumping soundly. He seems sure to do better today and a five-pound rise may not stop him going in again. That was only his second run following a four-month break and it seems as though the step up in trip to three-and-a-quarter miles really brought out the best in him. Brendan Powell retains the ride on the seven-year-old gelding and with no going concerns, he has to be of obvious interest.
  3. Brazen Idol rewarded followers at 11/2 when going in under Cieren Fallon at Thirsk yesterday and Captain's Bar hit the crossbar for each way backers at Kempton. On top of that the treble was only just touched off as Dubai Welcome went down by a length in his race whilst Jessica Rabbit found one too strong. Tomorrow's selections are listed below. Good luck all. TK NAP 2-00 Haydock Sharp Combo got off the mark at the second attempt in a Wolverhampton maiden over seven furlongs last term. He stepped up markedly from his seasonal reappearance to finish runner-up at Windsor just 10 days ago when beaten by Youthful King. The front two pulled well clear of the remainder of their rivals suggesting that there was more to come. He gets in off the same mark here and now taking another step up in trip, he has to be considered despite top weight. TREBLE 1-30 Haydock Storm Chaser improved on her seasonal reappearance and made the most of an ever falling mark by romping home over a mile and six furlongs just a week ago. Unbelievably she escapes a penalty for that wide margin success and if in the same mood has to be considered likely to follow up. The yard continues to be in incredibly good form and Mick Channon has sent out three winners inside the last ten days from only a handful of runners. Silvestre De Sousa replaces Rose Dawes in the saddle and this combination warrants utmost respect. 2-50 Yarmouth Princeville is an exciting newcomer from the Charlie Appleby team and he is well related to the likes of the Molcomb winner Yalta as well as the likes of Branscombe and Honiton. Being a son of Exceed And Excel, he ought to thrive on this speedy going and no surprise if he has been well schooled at home and shows enough to take this on his racecourse debut. The Godolphin handler has a near 25% strike rate when sending horses here and with the yard in such good form, Princeville can make a winning start. 6-36 Epsom Self Praise was a beaten favourite at Newmarket last time but he can be given another chance today. He has shown some fair form in finishing runner-up on his last three starts and Hugo Palmer's colt can deservedly open his account here. Having put in such an eye-catching effort in the Woodcote two starts ago he brings the best form to the table. A few of these rivals have disappointed in the past whilst others have not proven their consistency. He ought to prove hard to beat SINGLES 2-10 Perth Release The Kraken is still looking for a first career win, but has hit the crossbar on two of his last three starts, including when wearing first-time blinkers at Uttoxeter over almost 3 miles last time They are retained here this afternoon and a return to good ground should him in a better light. He put in a solid performance last time and the fact that he pulled some fifteen lengths clear of the third placed Robeam (who has subsequently placed again) indicates he is still on good terms with himself. Brian Hughes has partnered the six-year-old on his last 4 outings and they command respect here. 2-30 Haydock Captain Winters was a fair fourth of eight runners in novice event at this course over six furlongs on his debut just a little over three weeks ago. Having met some trouble in running he looks sure to be much more streetwise this time around. He is sure to benefit from that introduction and his experience of the track ought to give him an added edge. Whilst the yard has been struggling for winners of late, Captain Winters looks a certain improver and no surprise to see him in the winners’ enclosure after this. 3-00 Haydock Skittlebombz is an absolute model of consistency and fully deserves to get off the mark here. He was only just touched off in a seven-furlong handicap at Kempton last month and now has cheekpieces applied for the first time. He raced on this track on what was only his second start last year and ran with great credit behind Global Wisdom then. A return to turf and this track may well see him improve once again. PJ McDonald knows the Hugo Palmer trained three-year-old well and the pair are respected. 3-30 Haydock Lost In Time has certainly lived up to his name prior to his most recent start. His form had taken a nosedive despite a promising juvenile career. He had his first run back from a 213-day absence last time and he looked more like the force of old. The booking of Andrea Atzeni certainly catches the eye and the lightly raced five-year-old can make a brave attempt to put his career back on track. Saeed Bin Suroor clearly feels that the embers still burn inside this son of Dubawi and if putting in a similar run to last time should go very close. 5-20 Newbury Taaqat has shown some good decent form of late suggesting her time may be close at hand. The daughter of Pivotal is still only lightly raced compared to a few of these and it wouldn’t be impossible to suggest that she can improve past them. As a three-year-old she receives weight from all bar one rival and her young jockey’s claim could well give her an added edge. She has had more than a month to get over her recent exertions and looks primed to go well. 7-03 Newbury Tarhib won her first couple of starts as a three-year-old and having had a wind operation, got back on track with her sights lowered when runner-up at Chelmsford a fortnight ago. A tongue tie is applied for the first time today and she now finds herself dropping into Class 4 company. She represents a top yard and has an excellent jockey on board in Jim Crowley so she has to be of interest for an in form combination. 8-40 Newbury Codify is still a maiden but he posted good third place in handicap over the course and distance just three weeks ago. It was a marked improvement from what we saw on his seasonal reappearance at Sandown in May and no surprise to see him take another step forward. It could be significant that Adam Kirby retains the ride and has ridden him previously. He ought to know all there is about the son of Lawman and with the Clive Cox horses starting to run into some form, the duo cannot be discounted from this despite top weight.
  4. Good evening all. Yesterday was tough to take with Ghaly and Mr Yeats both going closest to winning their respective races. We go again today with the selections from Worcester, Kempton, Bath and Thirsk. Hopefully a bit more luck on our side. TK NAP 3-00 Worcester Rookie Trainer made the most of a return to hurdles last time when beating Nelson’s Rock by two lengths over this course and distance. He cut no mustard when given three spins over fences prior to that and clearly relished the smaller obstacles. Despite being raised five pounds by the handicapper for that success, Neil Mulholland clearly has him in good heart and no reason to think he cannot run well again. Kevin Brogan keeps the ride on the eight-year-old and with the ground still on the good side, the pair look a force to be reckoned with. Treble 6-00 Kempton Eternal Pearl looks to have been given a decent chance to finally shed her maiden status at the fourth attempt. The daughter of Frankel was a beaten favourite at Newbury last time, however she was not disgraced on that occasion. Prior to that she was only narrowly denied in a Listed race at Goodwood when beaten by Sea Silk Road. Without a shadow of a doubt she brings the best form to the table here and she should prove too tough for the opposition. 6-30 Kempton Dubai Welcome was fancied to run well despite twenty months off the track at Kempton 4 weeks ago. He proved that he retained all of his ability as he finished a good second to Pearl Beach. The five-year-old is still far from exposed having only had a handful of runs in his career and there is surely more to come from the son of Dubawi. Ray Dawson has a 36% strike rate when riding for Saeed Bin Suroor and the pair look certain to go close. Dubai Welcome has run well around here in the past and he can give all of his rivals a bloody nose here. 7-50 Bath Tribuna Uffizi looked to be an unlucky loser when attempting to supplement his recent win at Windsor when lining up at Leicester just a couple of weeks later. He endured a troubled passage and lost out by the narrowest of margins to Thunder Flash. George Scott has found a race filled with rivals who are terribly out of sorts and who have already endured a somewhat disappointing season. There is still the possibility of further improvement from this four-year-old gelding and no surprise if he finds the winning habit once again. Singles 2-20 Thirsk Photograph looked as though he was running back into some sort of form when last seen out at Ripon a fortnight ago. He is beginning to look dangerously well handicapped and now takes another step down in grade. Despite top weight, unlike most of rivals these he at least hinted that the spark still flickered and Declan Carroll will be hoping that Harrison Shaw can re-ignite the enthusiasm of his five-year-old. This is low grade stuff and it may not take much winning, so he has to be of serious interest. 2-50 Thirsk Brazen Idol was unfortunate not to win at Wolverhampton last week and was only touched off by the narrowest of margins. Despite fluffing his lines when slow to break, if getting away on terms today he ought to prove a tough nut to crack. He gets in near the foot of the handicap and now has the assistance of Cieren Fallon in the saddle. Not many of these are in any sort of form and if repeating the same sort of efforts, he has been showing on recent starts, he ought to go very close here. 4-10 Worcester Jessica Rabbit returned to winning ways in impressive fashion over two-and-a-half miles at Uttoxeter two weeks ago and a six-pound rise for that win may not be enough to stop the eight-year-old this afternoon. That most recent run came following a seven-month lay-off and she has to command respect with her yard in such excellent form. She has absolutely no issues with the trip or the good ground and young Liam Harrison has been called upon to ride as he can take a useful three pounds off her back. Likely to go extremely well. 7-30 Kempton Moel Arthur has already shown his appreciation for this type of surface as he showed when winning at Lingfield back in February. He was short of room at a crucial stage but still posted a career-best effort when runner-up at Sandown last time when chasing home High Wells. He commands plenty of respect back on the all-weather. 8-00 Kempton Captain’s Bar finds himself in this low grade affair carrying top weight. He capitalised on the drop in grade when winning a six-runner seller at Lingfield over six furlongs just under a fortnight ago. He was value for extra having covered more ground than most on that occasion and Richard Hannon now calls upon a seven-pound claimer to alleviate some of the pressure. Many of his rivals here are not in the best of form and no surprise to see him take full advantage.
  5. Hi all, its TK here deputising for The Brigadier who is off on hols this week. Hopefully a few winners coming our way as the week progresses. Tuesday's selections below ahead of posting onsite later. 2-30 Brighton (NAP) Silver Bubble recorded a first ever career success last time out and more importantly it came over this course and distance. The four-year-old son of Mayson ran out a comfortable victor here when scoring under Saffie Osborne just three weeks ago. Gay Kelleway has her team in great shape and actually has a fifty percent record with her runners at this track (winning 3 from 6). Saffie is back in the saddle this afternoon and ought to know a little more about her partner today. The front two pulled some ten lengths clear in that previous race and if similar tactics are deployed today, they have to have every chance of following up. 3-00 Brighton Treble (TREBLE) Shut Up And Dance comes here in search of a hat-trick for team Osborne. He has improved markedly since being upped to this middle distance trip and has scored readily on recent starts at Windsor and Chepstow. Turned out quickly for a potential third win in seven days, he is clearly taking his racing well and now Saffie Osborne comes into ride him for the first time. The good to firm ground shall certainly be of benefit to him and with all other rivals seemingly struggling for form, he has to be high on any shortlist. 5-25 Chepstow (TREBLE) Crosstitch is improving with each run and he went closest when beaten just over a length at Lingfield last time. This will be his fourth career start and Michael Bell now applies a visor for the first time. Running in the colours of Her Majesty the Queen, the three-year-old son of Recorder is reunited with David Egan. The pair combined when finishing third to Blatant at Leicester last month and the young jockey should know a bit more about his mount this afternoon as a consequence. Dresden Green looks the biggest threat for a very much in-form William Haggas team. 7-00 Chepstow (TREBLE) Infiniti has showed that he has improved beyond all recognition this season following two wins having reverted back to the flat. He moved yards at the end of last year and embarked on a hurdling campaign for Kevin Frost. He won at the fourth attempt over two-and-a-half miles at Market Rasen and then disappointed when attempting to follow up at Worcester on his next start. Frost made an inspired decision to take advantage of his relatively low handicap mark on the flat and it has reaped dividends. Aiden Brooks is a talented seven-pound claimer and he has a 100% record when riding the nine-year-old. No surprise to see the pair go close again back over two miles. 2-15 Hamilton Frisky remains lightly raced but has improved with each start so far this season. The three-year-old daughter of Bated Breath was not beaten far when third at Bath on her most recent appearance. She brings the most experience to the table here and now has the added assistance of Will Buick in the saddle for the first time. The combination command respect in a race where she will be fully race fit and the jockey is riding with utmost confidence. 2-45 Hamilton Ghaly has been off the track for well over eighteen months, but Saeed Bin Suroor has obviously deemed the fires to still be burning brightly. To send him on a 700-mile round trip just for the sake of it seems pretty ludicrous and this looks a sensible starting point for the son of Dubawi. He is well bred to get this one-mile trip and the last time that he encountered ground as decent as this was when he won on his local track at Newmarket back in 2020. He is extremely lightly raced compared to quite a few of these and there may well be more to come from him. Kevin Stott has won on Godolphin horses in the past and he looks to be a sensible jockey booking. 3-50 Hamilton Judy’s Park makes only her third appearance on the turf here this afternoon and from her two previous tries on it, she seems to handle it rather well. She is vastly experienced from running on the all-weather and even picked up a win at Newcastle over this trip back in March. George Boughey has a perfect 100% strike rate at Hamilton this season will all three of his previous runners having won on their visits. Will Buick rides Judy’s Spark for the second time today and he too has a 25% strike rate when teaming up with the trainer. A lot in their favour off bottom weight and warrants closer consideration than most. 6-50 Stratford Texard makes a quick reappearance having just won a little over 48 hours ago. He was a three-time winner in his native France and now encounters identical conditions to those he faced on Sunday at Uttoxeter. Tom Scudamore is back on board and the Pipe team are clearly hoping to strike again whilst the iron is hot despite a seven-pound penalty. Being the youngest in the line-up and possibly the least exposed means there is certainly further room for improvement. He showed a gutsy and determined attitude in that last race and will be a force to be reckoned with if in the same mood here. 7-20 Stratford Mr Yeats was on the scoresheet at Ludlow back in May before finishing a good second in an extended three-mile handicap hurdle at Huntingdon 25 days ago. He was only just edged out after mistakes at last two flights cost him dear. This drop back to two-and-three-quarter miles will be very much in his favour as will the re-association with jockey Mitchell Bastyan. Bastyan has won twice before on this gelded son of Yeats and he also has a 50% strike rate when riding at Stratford this season. There should still be plenty more to come from this five-year-old and he if ironing out that odd error, he is likely to go extremely close here. 8-20 Stratford The Plumber made a reasonable enough debut over hurdles at Southwell just a little over three weeks ago. He is expected to come on in leaps and bounds for the experience. Whilst no match at all for the winner on that occasion, he shaped with a degree of promise and Amy Murphy is likely to find suitable alternatives for him. Jack Quinlan has partnered this five-year-old son of Shirocco three times in the past (including in bumpers) and if progressing, he is worthy of a second look here.
  6. 2-30 Gypsy Lady 3-05 Title 3-40 A Case Of You 4-20 Lullaby Moon 5-00 Teodolina 5-35 Zabeel Champion 6-10 Hey Mr
  7. 2-30 Nakatomi 3-05 One Ruler 3-40 Gloria Mundi 4-15 Serpentine 5-00 Royal Pleasure 5-35 Kondo Isami 6-10 Bedouins Story
  8. 2-30 Royal Ascot Nakatomi (E/W) was blinkered when winning on debut at Keeneland in the sloppy conditions over four and a half furlongs. This Qatar racing owned gelding has the assistance of Oisin Murphy in the saddle this afternoon and it is highly likely that the pair will try and assume command from the get-go. He certainly knew his job when seeing off his ten rivals last time, inflicting a two length defeat on better fancied stablemate Happy Soul. He now has the assistance of a tongue tie as well as the blinkers. Wesley Ward has won this race twice in the past and looks sure to make a bold attempt to win another. 3-05 Royal Ascot One Ruler can go close here not having enjoyed the best of fortunes in the 2000 Guineas or the Derby. This step back in trip is expected to suit him better and if returning to the promise he showed last year, he should prove a tough nut to crack. He won the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket when beating Van Gogh and Dhababi last October before finishing second to subsequent Irish 2000 Guineas hero Mac Swiney in the Group One Futurity Stakes at Doncaster. If putting his best foot forward under Will Buick, he is shortlist material. 3-40 Royal Ascot John Gosden has absolutely farmed this race in recent seasons so he must hold Gloria Mundi (E/W) in high regard to send her here. A winner on debut in a Newbury maiden, she went down all guns blazing when second to the re-opposing Eshaada at the same track last month. This daughter of Galileo is bred to get every yard of this trip and they are fancied to turn the tables on Eshaada over this extra furlong. They have the beating of Aristia and Twisted Reality and can confirm that here to give Frankie Dettori a decent chance of third straight win in this race. 4-15 Royal Ascot Serpentine (E/W) is an intriguing runner having been supplemented for the race by connections. Last year’s Derby hero was very much on the comeback trail when well beaten in the Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland just last month. The trip was clearly too short for him and it is of significant note that they have moved him up dramatically in trip. If he takes to this new marathon trip, he would certainly have the beating of many of these. Ryan Moore will have to put him to sleep at the back of the pack and make his move at just the right time. 5-00 Royal Ascot Royal Pleasure (E/W) ought to enjoy the frenetic pace set by a few of his rivals in this cavalry charge. He was not seen to best effect when runner up in a moderately run affair at Kempton last time over seven furlongs. The slight step up to a mile is expected to suit and Sir Mark Prescott has his yard in decent form. This will be his turf debut and he does have stall three to contend with here. He remains capable of better and shouldn’t be too far away in this heritage handicap. 5-35 Royal Ascot Kondo Isami (E/W) has been a model of consistency for Mark Johnston and has been somewhat unfortunate not to have won more than the two races he has already secured at York and Chelmsford. He was headed close home when beaten by Dancing King at Doncaster last day and no doubt a return to this trip will be more to his liking. The yard have taken this prize six times since 1995, so it’s a race they clearly target. Ben Curtis takes over from PJ McDonald in the saddle and they command respect. 6-10 Royal Ascot Bedouins Story (E/W) loves it when there is a bit of give in the ground and the little bit of rain that came overnight will suit him. He is talented handicapper who has proven that time and time again, most recently in January when winning a sixteen runner affair out in Meydan. He has also been placed in Group Three company in the recent past and has gone well after similar breaks in the past. Seven furlongs brings out the best in him and with Frankie Dettori on board, the pair command respect.
  9. 2-30 Royal Ascot Choux (E/W) was subject of a monumental gamble when making her debut at Thirsk last month. She was backed all the way in from 40's into 100/30 and won as she liked. Someone clearly knew she was ahead of her game and no surprise if she takes another significant steop forward here. David Evans may not be the most fashionable of trainers, but he can get them to run up sequences and this daughter of Exceed And Excel will love the lightning quick ground. Shane Kelly retains the ride having won on her last time and she is open to any amount of improvement. She looks a decent each way contender. 3-05 Royal Ascot Kemari (E/W) showed significant improvement from his debut to win comfortably at Yarmouth last time in a quick time. Quick into his stride, he inflicted a six length defeat onto Fantasising, who was always playing catch-up having missed the break. Still only lightly raced compared to a few of these, but there is undoubtledly further improvement to come. Will Buick is back on board the son of Dubawi and the pair can go close in a field that may not be the strongest. 3-40 Royal Ascot Lavender's Blue (E/W) has only half a length to find with Lady Bowthorpe based on their most recent encounter at Newmarket last month in the Dahlia Stakes. First time cheekpieces may offer some encouragement to her followers that she can narrow or even reverse that defecit. She absolutely loves to hear her hooves rattle the ground as she proved when winning at Sandown last summer under Jim Crowley, who is on board yet again this afternoon. The slight step back to a mile is certainly in her favour and this five-year-old daughter of Sea The Stars can make an impact. 4-20 Royal Ascot Love went without defeat last season and this immaculately bred daughter of Galileo looks hard to oppose. The 1000 Guineas heroine is a veteran of these group one races now and also scored convincing victories at Epsom and York last season. She has gone well fresh in the past and Ryan Moore bids to to record his fifth win on her today. She is versatile trip wise and has won her races from a mile right up to a mile and a half. Aidan O'Brien is likley to have her cherry ripe and she can obliterate the opposition. 5-00 Royal Ascot Trais Fluors (E/W) has taken his time to find his feet since joining Mick Channon from Kevin Condon, but he did the job nicely when winning for the first time in two years at Sandown just last Saturday. All of his best work came in the closing stages and Silvestre De Sousa readily assumed command on him when the gaps came. This marks a quick turnaround for the seven-year-old, but he is clearly showing no ill effects of that recent spin. He has what could be a useful draw in stall 28 and will be dangerous to all if in the same vein of form. 5-35 Royal Ascot Armor (E/W) looks set to improve again despite winning on debut for Richard Hannon and Ryan Moore at Doncaster last time. He always travelled strongly in the four-runner affair and should have learned plenty for the experience. Try as they might, his rivals could not cope with his turn of foot in the closing stages and he ran out a ready winner. Being a son of No Nay Never, he ought to relish this faster surface and Pat Dobbs should get a good tune out of him. 6-10 Royal Ascot Declared Interest (E/W) may have only won a class four race at Leicester last day, but that came on the back of a 214 day absence. This lightly raced four-year-old filly has obviously improved over the winter and spring and now bids to record her third win on the bounce. She has stamina in abundance having won over as far as a mile and a quarter, so expect plenty of use to be made of her. A big step up in class, but she is worth a crack at it and should give a bold account.
  10. 2-30 Choux 3-05 Kemari 3-40 Lavender's Blue 4-20 Love 5-00 Trais Fluors 5-35 Armor 6-10 Declared Interest
  11. 2.30 - PALACE PIER 3.05 - THE ACROPOLIS 3.40 - WINTER POWER 4.20 - POETIC FLARE 5.00 - JUST HUBERT 5.35 - FOREST OF DEAN 6.10 - SALDIER
  12. Royal Ascot 3-05 The Acropolis is Aidan OBrien's sole reprasentative in this seventeen strong field.The master of Ballydoyle has won this race seven times in the last twenty years including with the likes of Arizona, Carravagio, War Command, Power and Landseer. It is clearly a race he targets especially with those juveniles who have won for the yard on their previous start. The Acropolis improved significantly from his debut to record a relatively easy win over Thunder Eclipse at Listowel just a few weeks ago. He travelled comfortably throughout the race and answered every question that Wayne Lordan put to him. Natural progression is likely and this stoutly bred son of Churchill is now partnered by Ryan Moore. He bids to win the race for an incredible fourth time for Ballydoyle inside the last decade. The yard will be in buoyant mood having won with two of their last three runners over the weekend, showing the well-being of the string. The trip and ground ought to pose little in the way of an inconvenience and this three-year-old commands respect. 3-40 Royal Ascot The slick performance of Winter Power at York last time caught the eyes of many. As a three-year-old filly she gets weight from all of her rivals as she bids to emulate the likes of Lady Aurelia and Dominica who also won with similar favourable conditions. The speedily bred daughter of Bungleinthejungle likes to sit handy or set the pace and Ascot is a track that lends itself well to runners with that particular running style. Silvestre De Sousa has partnered her to three of her five career wins and no surprise if they hold all the aces here. It would be some performance from Battaash if he were to win this on his seasonal debut. He has gone well fresh in the past, but he is now a seven-year-old and he may find Tim Easterby's filly a tougher nut to crack. 4-20 Royal Ascot Poetic Flare will think he has just returned from his holidays having not had a race in three weeks. The 2000 Guineas winner went on to contest the Poule D'Essai at Longchamp and then the Irish 2000 Guineas at The Curragh with a six day gap in between. He was unfortunate to find only his stablemate Mac Swiney a short head too strong in the latter. Poetic Flare is a talented son of Dawn Approach who won this for the same connections back in 2013. The classic winner sets the standard here and can confirm recent form with Lucky Vega. Unlike a few of these runners, he is at least proven at this level. He acts on good to firm surfaces and should go extremely close. 5-00 Royal Ascot Just Hubert represents an in form stable at the moment and was far from disgraced when third to Frankenstella on his seasonal reappearance. He was doing all of his best work in the closing stages in that two miler at Haydock last time. A return to this better ground is likely to suit the William Muir and Chris Grassick trained five-year-old. He won over two-and-a-half miles at Goodwood in a Class 2 handicap last year, so he certainly has the stamina reserves to see out this marathon. Danny Tudhope keeps the ride and they look to have solid each way claims here. 5-35 Royal Ascot Forest Of Dean has proven himself at Group Three level in the past and this race should be well within his scope. He ought to be more than capable of olaying a leading role here. Frankie Dettori is a notable jockey booking for Team Gosden as they bid to repeat their win in this race having won it with Monarchs Glen back in 2018. Good ground suits this son of Iffraaj and he is fully effective at the trip. Frankie bids to enhance his 100% strike rate on the gelding having won on him at York on the Knavesmire last summer. They have to be rate as dangers to all here. 6-10 Royal Ascot It is exceedingly difficult to ignore the claims of Saldier in the finale as he remains fully unexposed on the flat. He gained a morale boosting win in this sphere when hacking up under a seven pound claimer at Listowel just nine days ago. Whilst any rain would only boost his chances, the eye-catching booking of Ryan Moore is a massive plus for the seven-year-old. Many of these runners have shown their true colours well before now, but Saldier is very much an unknown quantity on the level. If he progresses again from that recent start, he could well catch a few of these off guard.
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