Ascot 12.45 – Line of Reason
The pace looks high here, with the super speedy Copper Knight almost certain to lead. Line of Reason is drawn one stall away, and could get the perfect tow into the race. He comes here in terrific form off the back of a smooth win at Ayr, and is capable of winning off this mark.
Newmarket 1.05 – Quorto
This looks a solid favourite in a slightly thin looking Group 2. Quorto was tremendously impressive on his debut, comes from a family full of useful middle distance horses and from a yard that remains in excellent form, particularly with two year olds.
Ascot 1.20 – Lord Glitters
I thought this horse was a little unlucky not to win the Queen Anne, as his momentum was checked at a crucial moment. Still, he ran really well, proving that he could be just as effective on a sound surface. We know he loves this track, has been campaigned sparingly this season and ought to be favourite.
Newmarket 1.40 – Von Blucher
A slightly left field pick, but this horse is having his first run on firm turf since he was a very respectable and close up sixth in this twelve months ago. He’s run a lot since, which has resulted in coming down the weights to a point where he should be competitive if retaining most of his ability.
York 1.55 – Mr Lupton
A likely pace burn-up here, with Take Cover and El Astronaute in attendance. Mr Lupton came with a rattle to beat the latter in a hot handicap here in May and should be even better suited by yet more pace to run at. His last run can be readily excused, as he never got a clear passage at Sandown last weekend.
Newmarket 2.15 – Limato
This may be the first time in an eternity that Limato doesn’t come into a big race shouldering huge expectations. This is also the first time this season, however that he has his conditions: fast ground, six furlongs and a race in which he has previously posted two of his career best efforts. He is too good to be forgotten, or to be left alone at his current odds.
York 2.35 – Time to Study
Dal Harraild will be tough to beat if near his best, but he’s coming off an injury and a layoff, so it may pay to take a chance with the super-reliable Time To Study, who has been performing with real credit in many good staying races. It’s highly possible he could boss this small field under the excellent Fran Berry.
York 3.10 – Third Time Lucky
It’s been a good while since Third Time Lucky won, but he’s run very well a couple of times recently and has now been given a fighting chance by the handicapper. He’s always thrown into very competitive races, but this looks quite winnable for the money on offer.
Newmarket 3.20 – First Contact
Nine places behind favourite Curiosity in the Britannia, First Contact would likely have been right upsides him granted any luck in running, yet is twice the price this afternoon. Prior to that, he’d looked a really exciting and progressive young horse, and he’s entitled to pick up where he left off for his in form stable.
York 3.40 – Dash of Spice
Saving the least original pick of the day until last! Earlier this week David Elsworth put this horse in the Juddmonte International, a mark of the esteem in which he’s held. He has absolutely pulverized good handicappers at Epsom and at Royal Ascot, when value for more than the winning margin. The slight question is the cut back in trip, but his pedigree and running style suggest that this could in fact be his optimum.
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