Selected Chelmsford City- all weather-
2.20 The hard to win with Alabaster runs for Sir Mark Prescott who has been very quiet of late, and with so many of the field coming here in poor form, worth chancing the back to form veteran Carvelas, despite a nudge up the weights and in grade. He has a great record here, especially at this trip.
¼ pt win Carvelas @ 11/2
2.55 Masham Star is not easy to win with but will have no excuses today. He’s at his best when dominating and from the plot draw looks sure to take these along and this is a good track for a front runner.
¼ pt win Masham Star @ 4/1
3.30 Fayez has really taken off of late with two good wins at Ripon , but is also effective here. In the first of those wins he outstayed Fennaan , but with a 10 pound pull, has to be optimistic of a reversal. This one is 2 from 5 on the all weather, and remains on a workable mark. He had little chance at Redcar last time from a bad draw and while the draw today could have been kinder, this has a winnable look and could surprise.
¼ pt ew Fennaan @ 14/1
4.45 PREMIUM RACE
Chelmsford City placepot
Selected Ripon- soft ground on this undulating and sharp track
3.20 An odds on fav in Faylaq, but well happy to take this one on as unproven on the ground and trip . the hat-trick seeking Agravain came off the pace to win at Redcar over a longer trip and last time made all at Beverley on softish ground, and was plenty tough in the finish. Both Battle of Willis and Cuban Sun have front run in the past , but going up in trip and on soft ground, likely to be ridden more patiently ,which could give the tip the opportunity for another all the way win.
½ pt win Agravain @ 7/1
3.55 PREMIUM RACE
5.10 Quite a few have chances in this open sprint, but the in form Mutabaahy just gets the nod because of the ground and also C&D form/
¼ pt win Mutabaahy @ 9/2
5.45 This is likely to be fought out by the in form pair of Kensington art and Stome Cougar, but on the ground, the nod to the former
1/4pt Win Kensington Art @ 7/2
Royal Ascot- soft ground on this stiff and galloping track
2.30 The Group 2 Norfolk Stakes
The short priced fav is Irish raider Sunday Sovereign who runs in famous colours but for a rather unfashionable stable in Paddy Twomey, but after a promising debut, he has taken off with two excellent front running wins , one on soft ground at this trip when he annihilated a small yet select field. He stays further than this trip so wouldn’t mind a strongly run race, which is on the cards, but he’s not on his own wishing to dominate and at the odds prefer the chance of the Godolphin runner Expressionist who is 1 from 1 , the win coming over C&d in the mud when he tracked a strong pace, quickening nicely to pull clear. The Godolphin juveniles this year are not as numerically dominant as usual, but do have some useful types of this age.
¼ pt ew Expressionist @ 12/1
3.05 The group 3 Hampton Court Stakes
This is a drop in grade for the useful Cape Of Good Hope, but is unproven on soft ground and not a good idea being far back on the round track, which he’s likely to be as he’s a hold up type. King Ottokar is 2 from 2 on soft ground, is nicely drawn and also goes with the pace. He found the longer trip against him at Chester, but previously had got the better of yesterday’s Queen’s Vase winner Dashing Willoughby and like his chance today.
½ pt win King Ottokar @ 6/1
3.40 The Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes
A short priced fav here in Fleeting , who ran a cracker in The Oaks coming 3rd , but is another hold up type unproven on soft ground. Star Catcher has come a long way in a short time and was only just touched off last time by Queen Power , but as she’s proven on soft ground , is nicely drawn, likes to be front rank, looks a nice ew alternative to the fav.
¼ pt ew Star Catcher @7/1
4.20 The Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup
Last year’s winner Stradivarius is a terrific racehorse, winning his last 6 races, including this last year. He is effective on soft ground and you would expect him to be able to cope with this gruelling C&D in the mud, and not bad odds at 6/4 , but this is a hot field , and on the ground I’m going for a longshot in Thomas Hobson who was 2nd to Stradivarius here in the mud, but over half a mile shorter , but this C&d winner is likely to still be plugging away when the rest have had enough. Interesting jockey booking of Andre Atzeni for Willie Mullins .
¼ pt ew Thomas Hobson @ 20/1
5.00 PREMIUM RACE
5.35 A really tough finale as the three market leaders in Sir Ron Priestley, Constantinople and Sinjarri have never tried soft ground. I’m with another longshot in Aiden O’Brien’s South Pacific who goes well on soft ground, is nicely drawn and mark looks fair on good runs in maidens. Longer trip could also help.
¼ pt ew South Pacific @ 20/1
Selected Lingfield- all weather- poolytack
5.50 You can’t knock daring Guest’s consistency , but so frustrating for his supporters, coming him on the back of 3 consecutive seconds. He’s well drawn tonight, remains on a good mark, is effective over C&d and has a good race make up with so many front runners setting this up for the late players. Connections try first time blinkers, but this move hasn’t helped other stablemates.
¼ pt win Daring Guest @ 5/1
6.25 Green Door hasn’t won for 3 years, but has so much in hand, this has to be just a formality for the 1/3 shot.
7.00 Brogan Bay ran really well last time from a bad draw at Wolver , but has also run well here. Nicely drawn and could take this modest contest from the front.
½ pt win Brogan Bay @ 7/1
7.30 Nawar has a recent solid 3rd over C&D on his Cv and from a good draw, looks a very nice ew bet.
¼ pt ew Nawar @ 12/1
8.00 Acid test for the bang if form Crazy Spin who comes here on the back of two big runs, but on the Southwell fibresand. , benefitting from a switch to front running.He’s well drawn and SDS rides, but still has it to prove on this surface. I’m with luna Princess who was wel behind Crazy Spin recently on fibresand but her recent 3rd in a handicap was a tidy effort and has showed ability on this surface.
¼ pt win Lunar Princess @ 6/1
No advice from either Ffos Las or Leopardstown . Nothing worth recommending